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Hazel Ni Chathasaigh from Roxboro Road is the 2018 Limerick Rose

Roxboro local, Hazel Ni Chathasaigh was announced as the 2018 Limerick Rose at the Limerick Rose Selection at Thomond Park Stadium.

Hazel Ni Chathasaigh from Roxboro Road is the 2018 Limerick Rose

Hazel Ni Chathasaigh from Roxboro Road is the 2018 Limerick Rose, which was announced at the 2018 Limerick Rose Selection at Thomond Park Stadium on Saturday, March 10.

Hazel is a 23-year-old physiotherapist, who works at University Hospital Limerick, and is a proud Gaeilgeoir having attended Gaelcholaiste Luimnigh before progressing to the University of Limerick. An avid rugby supporter and tag rugby player, Hazel has her own published research in sports physiotherapy. With a background in competitive indoor and outdoor swimming, Sponsored by Matthew Stephens for the Limerick Rose Selection, Hazel has represented the University of Limerick at both intervarsities and the Irish Open Championship. She enjoys the buzz of the Milk Market on a Saturday morning and the atmosphere at Thomond Park on match-days.



 “The atmosphere at the Thomond Park Stadium was electric – We are absolutely thrilled with the success of this year’s event. All the Rose entrants were of extremely high calibre and Hazel will make a superb ambassador for Limerick as the 2018 Limerick Rose” said Conor Walsh, coordinator of the Limerick Rose Centre.

Limerick Rose judges, Adam Craughan 2010 Rose of Tralee international Escort, Sarah Conlon 2013 Laois Rose and Brid Richardson 2010 Limerick Rose assessed each entrant through individual and group interviews, as well as their stage interviews on Selection Night.

The Limerick Rose Selection is not just one night, with the Roses visiting many local businesses and sights, such as Escape Limerick, Kayaking with Get West, Nancy Blakes, King John’s Castle, Pieta House, House Limerick & Amber Limerick, The Savoy Hotel and a fantastic lunch hosted in the George Hotel.

MC Ollie Turner and Valerie Wheeler won over the crowd with their signature style of serious interviewing and hilarious anecdotes as they watched the Roses take to the stage for various types of song & performances. They co-judged the ‘Best Banner’ prize, which offered the winner a two nights stay for two people in the Rose Hotel Tralee. A raffle was held with all proceeds going to Pieta House – Charity partner of the 2018 Limerick Rose Selection.

Local businesses sponsored each entrant and gave generously to the Limerick Rose with the following prizes: Tipperary Crystal Jewellery, Designer Wear from the Ivory Closet Boutique, Designer Wear from The Attic Bridal Boutique, Hair & Make up for the year from Catherine Hickey, Flowers courtesy of Lawless Flowers, Gift Hamper from Debenhams, Gift presentation from Croom Stores, Gift from Allan’s Glass.

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Richard is a presenter, producer, songwriter and actor. He was named the Limerick Person of the Year (2011) and won an online award at the Metro Éireann Media and Multicultural Awards (2011) for promoting multi-culturalism online. Richard says that the concept is very much a community driven project that aims to document life in Limerick. So, that in 20 years time people can look back and remember the events that were making the headlines.