A 25-year-old Oncology nurse from Killinkere has been selected as the Cavan Rose for 2018. Rachel Cusack, now living and working in Galway, will represent the Breffni County at the international Rose of Tralee festival in August. She took the crown and sash from outgoing Rose Paula McParland at the selection night in the Hotel Kilmore last Friday night.
One of the Killinkere GFC Ladies, Rachel was sponsored by Matthew's Bar in Virginia. Her mum is a Kerry woman and her dad a true Cavanman. Rachel also has two younger brothers. For full interview with a delighted Rachel, see Wednesday's Celt.
Meanwhile, Laura Galligan, co-ordinator from the Cavan Rose Centre, thanked all of the sponsors of this year's Cavan Rose and wished Rachel the best of luck going forward in the competition.
"Without the generosity of the Cavan businesses, the rose selection couldn't take place. We were very proud of the 11 fabulous ladies who were amazing for the whole process. They were a credit to themselves, their families and their sponsors. Rachel is a fabulous young lady and a true rose. She is about to embark on a magical journey to Tralee in August and she begins with her interviews with the international judging panel in July."
Ollie Turner, Galway FM, was the MC on the night.
The Anglo-Celt, media partners
The Hotel Kilmore, hosts
Cut & Style, Drumalee;Talking Heads, Cavan and Cutting Edge Hair & Beauty, Ballyhaise (hair)
Natasha Murray Make-Up
Boots Cavan (Rose goodie bags)
Cara Pharmacy (hamper for winning Rose)
Cedar Flowers (Roses for winning Rose)
Amy Clarke (Photography on night)