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Niamh is the new Donegal Rose 2018

Last night  the Central Hotel in Donegal Town hosted the Donegal Rose Selection in association with R McCullagh Jewellers. 

The 14 Roses accompanied by their little Rose Buds all looked fabulous. The MC for the evening was Lee Gooch who interviewed the Roses on stage making them all feel at ease.

Just after 11.30 the winner of the 2018 Donegal Rose was announced Niamh Ni Dhubhgain from Tory Island emerged as the winner. Niamh was sponsored by the Shandon Hotel and Spa and her boss Carolynne Harrison GM of the Shandon Hotel was there to support her girl on the night along with her daughters Elaina and Eva and hubby Colin. 

Niamh had great support from her native Tory Island and I am sure the party is still going on!

Again this year the Roses wore jewellery from R McCullagh Jewellers and Gareth Ball was there as an escort. He has been a great supporter and sponsor of the Donegal Rose for many years. Well done to the escorts Colton Friel and Daniel Gallagher.

The judges were Rory O Donnell along with former Donegal Rose Zoe McGettigan and Emma Boylan. They had individual interviews throughout the day followed by a group interview and finally stage interviews with MC Lee Gooch.  The Donegal Rose Centre wish to thank R McCullagh Jewellers and all the Sponsors of the Roses in this year’s selection and to Rory’s Auto Spares for the Rosebud gifts.

Well done to all the Roses who did themselves and their sponsors proud last night. They included Aisling O’Kane Sponsored by McGrory’s of Culdaff, Aisling Sheils Sponsored by The Silver Tassie Hotel, Clara Byrne Sponsored by Eclipse Cinemas, Kerrie McGroarty Sponsored by Tangles Hairdressing, Kerry McLaughlin Sponsored by Ollie & Mel’s Boutique, Kerry Smyth Sponsored by Deirdre’s @ the Diamond, Kylie Gallagher Sponsored by The Villa Rose Hotel, Laura Kenny Sponsored by The Gateway Lodge, Megan Ruddy Sponsored by DF Promotions, Niamh Duggan Sponsored by The Shandon Hotel & Spa, Rachel O’Brien Sponsored by The Gweedore Bar, Sarah Long Sponsored by Dillons Hotel and Maud Gallagher Sponsored by Ocean Farm Ltd.

Last but not by any means least is the Donegal Rose Co-ordinator Elaine McInaw who puts so much work into this event year after year. Her hard work always pays off and last night was evident of that, so well done Elaine and full credit to you. Best wishes to Amy Callaghan 2017 Rose who had a great year representing Donegal.

I am sure Tory Island will be well represented this year at the Rose of Tralee and I have no doubt that Niamh will do Donegal proud with an exciting year ahead.

Bring on the party Carolynne now in the Shandon Hotel! #proudsponsors

Donegal Rose Co-ordinator Elaine McInaw with the compere last night Lee Gooch.
Amy Kate Callaghan, 2017 Donegal Rose with Elaine McInaw and all the Rosebuds in the Central Hotel last night.
The 2018 Donegal Rose Niamh Ni Dhubhgain along with the Gateway Lodge Rose.
My 2 escorts Daniel Gallagher and Colton Friel!!
Shona Tinneny, Moya Larkin and Sinead McGowan.
Andrea Keeney and Linda McGroary O Donnell.
Even Ethel Quigley needed bodyguards last night!! Colton Friel and Gareth.
Nicole McKeown, the Armagh Rose along with he aunt Karen McKeown.
Amy Callaghan getting ready to hand over her title along with her dad Seamie.

Carolynne Harrison, GM Shandon Hotel and sponsors of the winning Rose Niamh along with her hubby Colin.

Moya Larkin in good company with the two Liam’s!
Shona Tinneny who was their to support Dillons Hotel Rose pictured with Claire O Reilly.
Moya Larkin and Liam McIntyre looking well last night.

Dadd’ys girl…..Eva with her dad Colin Harrison.
Jody and Conal McGroarty with their daughter Kerrie.
Amy Callaghan presenting Cissie O Donnell with birthday cake, she has been a great supporter of the Rose of Tralee.
Annette Fallon winner of the best dressed lady with compere Lee Gooch.

Chairperson of the judging panel Rory O Donnell handing the winning envelope to Lee Gooch.
Lee Gooch congratulates the 2018 Donegal Rose Niamh Ni Dhubhgain sponsored by the Shandon Hotel & Spa

A delighted Carolynne Harrison General Manager of the Shandon Hotel & Spa congratulates her girl Niamh.

The 2018 Donegal Rose Niamh saying a few words with her proud father and compere Lee Gooch.

Carolynne Harrison, GM Shandon Hotel & Spa and sponsors of the winning Rose Niamh, with Niamh’s granny and Lee Gooch.
Gareth from R McCullagh jewellers who sponsored all the jewellery for the Roses as he does every year along with the winning Rose Niamh Ni Dhubhgain.
Well done to my girl Niamh, a proud Carolynne Harrison.
Well done Lee Gooch for putting on a great show pictured with the new Donegal Rose Niamh.

Donegal Rose Co-ordinator Elaine McInaw congraulates the 2018 Donegal Rose Niamh.
Escorts Daniel Gallagher and Colton Friel congratulates the 2018 Donegal Rose Niamh Ni Dhubhgain.
The new 2018 Donegal Rose Niamh with Rosebuds Elaina and Eva Harrison.

The judges Rory, Emma and Zoe along with Niamh.


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