The Rose of Tralee International Festival is one of Ireland’s largest and longest running festivals. Festival will celebrate 60 years in 2019. First of all the Heart of the festival is the selection of the Rose of Tralee. Which brings young women of Irish descent from around the world to County Kerry. Ireland for a global celebration of Irish culture. The festival also includes street entertainment, carnival, live concerts, theatre, circus, markets, funfair, fireworks and our internationally renowned Rose Parade.
The Carlow Rose 2018 is Shauna Ray Lacey –‘Mammy Rose’.
Carlow’s ‘Mammy Rose’ talks about her parents’ heroin addiction and her first child at 21
The Carlow Rose, Shauna Ray Lacey, touched many viewers with her openness about becoming pregnant at 21. And her parents’ struggle with their heroin addiction.
The Rose said the news of her pregnancy led to her own mother giving up heroin. An addiction which had already claimed her father’s life. Both of her parents struggled with addiction when she was growing up.
“The moment I told her I was pregnant with Emmy. She said ‘I wasn’t in your life but I will be in Emmy’s life’.” Shauna said.
Shauna sang Aslan’s ‘Crazy World’, which she dedicated to her late dad. Who sand it to her as a little girl.
This wasn’t enough for the judges to grant her a win, however. Waterford Rose Kirsten Mate Maher, who has called on Ireland to embrace its diversity won the Rose of Tralee being the contest’s third mixed-race winner. She supported repealing the 8th amendment in the abortion referendum and is childless.