Meet the Kildare Rose 2014 contestants

Winning connections of 'Kilbally Bob' Joseph Murphy and Thomas Cox receive the presentation from Kildare Rose 2013 Hannah Ryan, with staff members of Newbridge Greyhound Stadium and Kildare Rose 2014 contestants on their night out at the stadium last week.
The Kildare Rose 2014 Gala Selection night takes place at the Osprey Hotel, Naas, on Saturday evening, April 5.

The Kildare Rose 2014 Gala Selection night takes place at the Osprey Hotel, Naas, on Saturday evening, April 5.

The girl selected as the 2014 Kildare Rose will go on to represent the county in the regional finals in Portlaoise on the June Bank Holiday weekend.

Read on for pen pictures of this year’s 20 Kildare Rose contestants.

Emily Aspell, Newbridge

Sponsored by: Richie Whelan’s Menswear

I’m 23 and live at home in Newbridge. I work full time in Ted Baker in the Kildare Village outlet. I’ve recently started a make-up artistry course with the IBHT. This is something I’ve always wanted to do and I love it. Competing in the Kildare Rose is a whole new experience for me. It’s something I would never have thought that I could or would do, but I have to say it’s been a great experience and I’m delighted I was given the push to do it!

Shauna Rothwell, Suncroft

Sponsored by: Annamar’s Restaurant

I’m 20 years old and live in Suncroft. I recently graduated from UCD with a B.A degree in Music and English and intend to continue my studies and pursue my ambitions of becoming a secondary school music teacher. I have been trained to sing classically from the age of 14 and have completed all my grade exams. I am currently undergoing vocal training in the Royal Irish Academy of Music. My other great passion is horses, a hobby that I have loved since I was five years old. I would love to represent Kildare at the Rose of Tralee and share my pride with the rest of Ireland and the world.

Katie O’Neill, Maynooth

Sponsored by: O’Neill’s Bar, Maynooth

I’m 26 years old. I’m the middle child of 5 (4 girls, 1 boy). I went to maynooth Post Primary school in 2005, I then went on to study childcare and have worked in this sector for many years. I am currently applying for primary school teaching. I work part time in my family business, O Neill’s Pub Maynooth, I find this great because you’re meeting with new people everyday. My hobbies include boot camp classes with Target Fit in Maynooth and spinning. I also love to travel and have recently visited my sister in Australia.

Daynah Lee, Kill

Sponsored by: The Dew Drop Inn Bar and Restaurant

I am 18 years old and live in Kill village. I’m very honoured to be a contestant in the Rose of Kildare this year. I attend IT Carlow College and I am in my first year of studying to become a Human Resources Manager.

I’m very passionate about music and love going to concerts. I am a very outgoing person and love going out with friends and meeting new people. After I graduate from college I hope to travel the world as I have always wanted to go to Australia and San Francisco to visit my family, and experience new things.

Meadhbh O’Sullivan, Newbridge

Sponsored by: Roisin Linnane

I’m 21 years old and from Newbridge, Co. Kildare. I’m in my third year of college studying Sports Science and Health in DCU. I’m currently on placement in the Defence Forces Physical Education Centre. I hope to study Physiotherapy when I finish my degree and would love to work with a sports team. I have a huge interest in the GAA and am a member of Sarsfields GAA club. I’m also a member of the Leah Moran Stage School and love to dance and perform on stage. I have a bubbly personality and I love spending time with my family and friends and socialising in general!

Karen Kavanagh, Naas

Sponsored by: Hampton Lodge Equestrian

I am 18 years old and live in Naas. Last year I completed my Leaving Cert in St. Mary’s College, Naas and I am currently studying an advanced diploma in hairdressing with Robert Chambers in Grafton Street, Dublin. I have always had a passion for hair and I am really enjoying the course. When I complete the hairdressing course I would like to enrole in a makeup and beauty course as this would allow me to provide the complete makeover package for the people of Kildare. Fitness is important to me and I enjoy dancing and going to the local gym in my leisure time.

Tara Higgins, Naas

Sponsored by: Two Mile House GAA

I’m 21 years old and from Naas. I am an avid Kildare GAA and Two Mile House GAA supporter. I recently qualified as a beauty therapist, and I am currently working as a sales assistant in Centra in Naas. I plan to complete a hairdressing course in the near future and combine both my qualifications. Recently I have been researching charity work abroad and also hope to do this as it is something I have always wanted to do. To be a Rose is a childhood dream of mine and I’m so glad to be taking part in the Kildare Rose selection. I don’t want this experience to end!

Orna Whyte, Kilcullen

Sponsored by: Joe Mallon Motors

I am a 21 year old student living in Kilcullen. I am currently studying Media and Public Relations at IT Carlow. I have an enthusiastic interest in Drama and I am member of several drama groups including the Kilcullen Drama Group. I would love to pursue this hobby as career in the future. My other love is GAA and I love nothing more than cheering for my county and town. I also volunteer with charities including the Irish Cancer Society. I am an outgoing and sociable girl who enjoys life to the full.

Emilie McCarthy, Kill

Sponsored by: BAM Building

I’m 20 years old and from Kill. I’m studying media studies and music at NUI Maynooth where I’m a class rep and also sit on the staff/student committee.

In my spare time I teach singing and piano to children and I also help to run a youth choir in my community with my mom, which it really rewarding. I love to sing and perform; I also love long walks in the beautiful countryside right outside my door! Cooking is a big passion of mine and I love to try recipes from all over the world. I love to travel and it’s something I can’t wait to do more of.

Sarah McDermott, Newbridge

Sponsored by: Irish Derby Festival Queen

I am 21 years old and live in Newbridge. I am thrilled to be competing in this year’s Kildare Rose final and representing the Derby Committee as last year’s Derby Festival Queen. I’m currently a full-time fourth year B.Ed student at Froebel College of Education, working towards becoming a Primary School Teacher. I was born in Perth, Australia and moved to Newbridge when I was seven. Aside from studying my interests lie with singing, dancing and performing and when not performing I can be found teaching at local summer camps or working with children with special educational needs. I love eating out, junk food, fashion and photography!

Niamh Fitzpatrick, Rathangan

Sponsored by: Brouder Brothers Steel Ltd

I’m twenty years old and I live in Rathangan. I am a huge Kildare football fan and I play Gaelic football with Rathangan ladies. I’m in my first year studying music, English and geography in NUI Maynooth and I hope one day to become a music and geography teacher. Music is a big interest of mine; I have been playing piano since a very young age. Irish dancing has also been a very big part of my life and it has allowed me to travel to France and Disneyland to perform with my dancing school.

Sarah McCabe, Naas

Sponsored by: The Beauty Hub

I’m 26 years old. I graduated from DIT in 2010 with an honours degree in Biomedical Science and presently work as a medical scientist in the laboratory in Naas General Hospital. I am also currently undertaking a masters degree and will graduate in the summer with a Masters in Clinical Laboratory Science. I originally hail from the beautiful countryside of Donadea but have recently moved to the equally lovely town of Naas. I have a keen interest in sports and fitness and play camogie, tag rugby and enjoy going to the gym. In my free time I love to bake and enjoy going for good food and catching up with my close friends

Shauna Behan, Kildare town

Sponsored by: Shannon Aerospace

I’m 20 years old. I was born in Co Clare but moved to Kildare town in 2007, where both my father and grandfather are from. I studied aviation at DIT, Bolton Street before opting for a traineeship at Shannon Aerospace as an Aircraft Maintenance Technician. I am currently working towards finishing my training and receiving my qualification as a category A license holder. Outside of aviation, I am a qualified PADI diver; I also love GAA and have played for Round Towers. I also enjoy Irish dancing and have won numerous medals at all age levels in both Clare and Kildare.

Elizabeth Crossan, Leixlip

Sponsored by: Rhinestones

I’m 18 years old and live in Leixlip with my mum and two brothers. I’m a full-time student attending Inchicore College studying social care. I’m a part-time sales assistant in Rhinestones Jewellers on St. Andrews Street. It’s an amazing shop and my favourite! What I love about working there is every time you look in a cabinet you see something new and full of history, whether it be from the 20s or 70s. I love photography. It’s a passion of mine. I bring my camera everywhere with me. I particularly love nature shots.

Ali Behan, Kinneagh

Sponsored by: Manguard Ltd

I’m 25 years old. I grew up in Kill but currently live in Kinneagh. I graduated from C.I.T. Cork School of Music in 2011 with a Bachelor of Music. I now have a fantastic job as a self-employed musician, conductor and teacher, and I also work part-time in the Riverbank Arts Centre. My loves in life are my boyfriend Peter, our three cats and dog Penny, reading, walking on the Curragh, baking and planning trips abroad. I’m currently studying Italian as I would love to live there some day. Looking forward to this adventure!

Leighann Nugent, Leixlip

Sponsored by: Leixlip Supervalu

My name is Leighann Nugent, I am 19 years old and I live in Leixlip, the home town of Guinness. Currently I am completing a one year course on criminology and social studies, Next year I hope to study law in NUI Maynooth and I hope to achieve a PHD in the subject. In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my friends and family but I love spending time with my niece. When I have the time I go horse riding.

Jenn Murphy, Kildare town

Sponsored by: Harte’s of Kildare

I’m 20 years old and live in Kildare town. I feel blessed to be taking part in such a well-known competition. I am currently studying retail management and marketing in DIT and I want to become a fashion buyer in the future. In my spare time, I take part in the Irish society and I am in the fashion society as a stylist for the DIT Vodafone fashion show that takes place each year. I also volunteer as a hair model for the House of Colour. Most recently I modelled at the IHF competition.

Kerri Gillespie, Naas

Sponsored by: Naas Oil

I am 22 years old and from Naas. I am studying Horsemanship and Equine Breading in Piper’s Hill College, Naas and I previously studied Business Administration and Equine Studies where I received a student of the year award for 2013. I work part time for Derrinstown Stud which I love, and I hope to one day manage a thoroughbred stud when I finish my studies. Aside for my love for horses, in my spare time I love to keep fit and spend time with friends. I also have an interest in the beauty industry and previously worked for Tan Organics.

Emma Duggan, Newbridge

Sponsored by: Scissor Hands

I’m 23 years old. I was born in Little Rock, Arkansas, and moved to Newbridge when I was four years old. I studied counselling and addiction studies in Limerick. I’m now working as a social care worker and have worked in a residential unit for the past three years. I love my job and previously did voluntary work in a homeless shelter, so that basically lead me down the path of my current career. In my spare time I enjoy socialising with friends and going to different places. I love fashion, going shopping and spending time with family. In the future I would like to further my education and get my masters in my field.

Kerri Devereux, Kilcullen

Sponsored by: Fallon’s Bar and Restaurant, Kilcullen

I’m 24 years old and live in Kilcullen. I was originally born in Vancouver, Canada but moved to Kilcullen when I was 10 years old and Kilcullen is where I call home. I am currently studying Fashion Buying in Crumlin College which I love and last year I completed a course in Fashion Styling. I really enjoy the course as it gives you a chance to be creative with fashion while also studying things such as Marketing. In my spare time I love to go to the gym and spend time with friends. I have had a great time participating in the Kildare Rose and meeting some really nice people.