Rose of Tralee 2019: Limerick Rose Sinead Flanagan is getting set to compete in the annual competition, the Rose of Tralee.
Limerick Rose 2019 is getting set to compete in The International Rose of Tralee
Doctor Sinead Flanagan is gearing up to compete in the International Rose of Tralee, an annually televised competition, after claiming her Limerick Rose title at the start of summer. The twenty-seven-year-old doctor is preparing to compete at the sold-out, two-week-long competition, taking place at Fitzgerald’s Woodlands House Hotel.
She has been preparing since the start of summer for the competition. She said, “I am so looking forward to the festival. The opportunity to represent Limerick is a privilege and I am so excited to hopefully do everyone proud in Tralee. It will be great to make memories with the 31 other Rose’s from across the globe. The festival is also celebrating its 60th year so it is shaping up to be a fantastic experience”.
“The preparation for the festival has definitely been busy but I have had lots of help. My family, friends and the Limerick Rose Centre have been great for advice, reassuring chats and outfit planning! I have also been so fortunate with amazing sponsors in Limerick, from dresses to headpieces to hair and beauty, they have made the preparation very easy,” she added.
Sinead currently works at Cork University Hospital. She first obtained her degree in physiotherapy at the University of Limerick and then furthered her studies at University College Cork, achieving her medical degree. While she is staying with general medicine for the time being, she hopes to specialize in infectious diseases in the future.
Sinead is a past pupil of Crescent College in Limerick and is the daughter of the Pádraig Flanagan, the Principal of Castletroy College.
Sinead is an activist, with having previously volunteered in Ghana for a summer as a medical student. She also attended this year’s Darkness into Light and cut the ribbon at the event. She recounts the trip to Ghan as being a great, moving experience and plans to return to Africa one day.
“Travel is a big interest of mine; I have been lucky enough to have been afforded the opportunities to go. I went to Ghana in the summer of 2017 with forty other students from UCC, and so we spent the summer there helping out at a hospital in rural Ghana. That was fantastic and a privilege, and I hope, through the Rose, to go back to another developing country like Ghana, or even Chernobyl. Travel is definitely something that I enjoy,” added Sinead.
The Rose of Tralee International Festival 2019 will take place from Friday, August 23 to Tuesday, August 27.
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