New York Rose crowned the 2023 International Rose of Tralee


by Aishling Conway
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Róisín Wiley has been announced as the 2023 International Rose of Tralee, becoming the firth Rose representing New York to take the title. 

Róisínwas presented with her sash by the 2022 Rose of Tralee Rachel Duffy just after 11.30pm on Tuesday night. 

The 27 year old is a VP of National Sales at a consumer marketing company, working with customers to support them to plan and execute strategic digital & in-store campaigns. Her parents, Eddie & Majella, were born and raised in Templeglantine and Kilmallock and emigrated to NYC in their 20s, building a life in Westchester, NY. 

RTÉ’s Dáithí Ó Sé and Kathryn Thomas made the announcement live from Kerry Sports Academy at MTU to local and global audiences following two sensational TV nights. Over the course of both nights, viewers tuned in from countries including Australia, France, Germany, Ukraine and the United States.

The celebrations were instant as Róisín was whisked away to the streets of Tralee, where she will be presented to the town of Tralee and serenaded in front of the thousands of people that have lined out for Midnight Madness and a fireworks display.

Following the announcement, a shocked Róisín said; “I’m speechless. I’m so thankful and I’m so excited to represent my class and I hope I do them all justice. Growing up as an Irish-American in New York, I’m so proud to represent Ireland in New York and to stand as a formal figure now I’m so, so honoured.” 

As the 2023 Rose of Tralee, Róisín will enjoy an extensive prize package that includes:

·       World travel prize valued at €25,000

·       Kia Niro plug-in hybrid for her year

·       Complimentary accommodation at the 4-star Meadowlands Hotel every time she returns to Tralee during her year

·       Sean Taaffe Hair and Beauty will provide hair styling to the Rose of Tralee during her year

·       TRND BTY will provide make up products and application 

·       Kerry County Council will host the Rose of Tralee, and a guest, to a weeklong holiday in The Kingdom 

32 International Roses from communities across Ireland and around the world took part in the 2023 Rose of Tralee International Festival. Across five days, the International Roses, Rose Escorts and Rose Centres all enjoyed the superb hospitality on offer in Tralee and a whole host of street entertainment and festivity including parades, music events, as part of the inaugural Féile Trá Lí street festival which coincided with the Rose of Tralee International Festival.


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