25-year-old school teacher from Malahide Maria Coughlan is the new Dublin Rose. The youngest of three children, she teaches at St Vincent de Paul Infant School on Griffith Avenue. Maria is a champion Irish Dancer, having retired last year as a two time World Champion, five time All Ireland Champion and three time Dublin Regional Champion. She has recently set up her own school, the Coughlan School of Irish Dancing. Maria will now go on to represent the capital at the 2017 International Rose of Tralee Festival in Kerry in August. Maria came out on top of a pool of 47 potential roses, of whom 24 qualified for the Dublin Rose Grand Final, which hosted by RTE’s Marty Morrissey in the Crowne Plaza Dublin Airport Hotel earlier this week.