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Grace Flanagan About the "Philadelphia Rose Of Tralee"



The Philadelphia Rose of Tralee Final  is held in June. One women is selected to rKYW3 News Anchor Jim Donovan,Grace Flanagan, Actor Shawn Poston (His Uncle is Tom Poston from The Bob Newhart Showepresent Philadelphia at the International Rose held at the end of August in the Irish town of County Kerry. Thousands of people from all over the world come to celebrate! This contest is broadcast live in Ireland and is one of the most watched programs on Ireland's Network. It is Ireland's Miss Universe. Rose's come from Boston, New York, as well as England and other countries in Europe and Australia.

We had a great time this year at the event which was held last Saturday at the Philadelphia Irish Center in Mount Airy. Managing Director Sarah Conaghan put together an awesome time. Fun had by all!

The pageant is not based on beauty, but rather character and spirit! It is based on a love song written by the late William Pembroke Mulchinock. He fell in love with his maid named Grace. Because of their different classes (he a wealthy Merchant and Mary O'Connor his maid) their love was discouraged. This is evident in the song's lyrics:

"She was lovely and fair as the rose of the summer, yet 'twas not her beauty alone that won me. Oh no, 'twas the truth in her eyes ever dawning that made me love Mary, the Rose of Tralee."

Master of Ceremonies Jim Donovan  from CBS3 was awesome as he interviewed many lovely ladies. Actor Shawn Poston from "The Last Airbender" was among the many guests.

Mairead Conley from Havertown was this years winner. A graduate of Merion-Mercy Academy and Temple University, Mairead has a Bachelors Degree in Sociology. During her junior year, Mairead studied abroad in Rome, where she spent a year volunteering in an elderly center. She will be returning to school for her masters in social work.

Try to attend this event next year. Especially if you are a single male between the ages of 18 and 35. All of these girls are high-achieving and beautiful role models.

Gentlemen, you may meet your own GORGEOUS ROSE!

Contact Grace Flanagan at graceannflanagan@verizon.net