Orlaith Roche, a 26-year-old model from Sudbury, at left, will represent Boston and New England this month as the Boston Rose when some 65 young women from around the world gather in County Kerry for the annual Rose of Tralee competition.
The highlight of the international festival, at 58 years old one of Ireland’s largest and longest running events, is the selection of the Rose of Tralee but over its seven days of celebrating Irish culture (Aug. 16-22) there are street entertainments, a carnival, live concerts, theatre, circus, markets, funfair, fireworks and Rose Parades.
“My dad was born in Wexford, Ireland, and my mom is from Ennis, Co. Clare,” said Roche. She added: “I am the youngest of the Roche clan, two boys and two girls - two of whom were born in Ireland. I was born in Boston, but my most vibrant childhood memories are from when I was living in Ahane, Co. Limerick. Growing up surrounded by the rolling hills and stunning scenery instilled in me the desire to roam and connect with nature.
“Becoming the 2017 Rose of Tralee would be a dream come true and such an honor for not only myself, but my forever proud Irish family.”
The ceremony crowning the 2017 Rose will be nationally telecast in Ireland on RTE, and livestreamed at rte.ie.