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For Killeeshil girl, Michelle Kelly, the coming week will undoubtedly be a special one. The highly renowned annual Rose of Tralee Festival will get underway from Thursday 14th August and Michelle will be there as one of the Roses hoping to claim the most prestigious of crowns. Indeed for the Scotland Rose the entire occasion will actually get underway from Sunday 10th August with the beginning of a tour of the counties en route to Tralee. Also, while she hails from the mid Tyrone village of Killeeshil, the St. Mary’s GAA player will take to the stage and all other surrounding events as the Scotland Rose on this occasion.

Scotland Rose with Daithi O Se

Scotland Rose, Michelle Kelly, won through at the Regional Festival in Portlaoise and will be standing with Dáithí Ó Sé on stage live on RTE at the Festival itself next week TyroneLife caught up with Michelle who will be the first in what should be a prominent list of ‘Tyrone People in focus’ on our website and online digital magazine… What are your favourite memories of growing up in Killeeshil?

• My first memories of growing up in Killeeshil are of Cabragh Primary School – where my mum and dad teach and where my three sisters and I attended. We took part in many Feis’ and Festivals and the Cabragh tournament was always the highlight of the year!

• Living a field away from our cousins, Joan and Bronagh, who were the same age as my sisters and I. We used to meet in the middle of the field or shout from both of our gates and make arrangements to play/build our tree house etc.! It is great having family live so close.

• Also taking regular trips to Parkanaur with our dogs and bikes!

• The many many nights spent down at the Killeeshil football pitch. Whether it was for training or games we always had a good time…especially when we were winning! We were very lucky to have some amazing managers taking us over the years.

follow The GAA plays a huge role in family and community life in Ireland. Have you any significant GAA memories with your club or county that really stand out?

• My favourite memories are definitely all the great wins with Killeeshil ladies. A few memories which stick out in particular though are the All-Ireland Feile weekends and winning the under 14, 16 and minor county championships!

• I also have many great memories from my involvement in the Scor na nÓg. I took part in the Ballad Group section for years with my sisters, cousins and friends. We won two Ulster titles and got to two All-Ireland Finals but sadly never won. Through the Scor we made many friends throughout Tyrone and got to play at Healy Park at a Tyrone game!

• Another memory which specifically sticks out in my mind is when Tyrone won the All-Ireland Final in 2003. All of our family were there, as all of my mum’s side of the family are from Armagh (so her 9 siblings and all their kids!).  So there is a massive rivalry between us. When Tyrone won, this was an amazing day for the whole county but it was made even better for us by the fact we’d beaten Armagh!

Scotland Rose, Michelle Kelly, gets back to her roots and meets up with Killeeshil ladies players ahead of the festival. Pictured with Claire Hegarty, Genevieve Scullion, Marion Connolly, Michelle Scullion, Louise Kelly and Danunta McGahan.

Scotland Rose, Michelle Kelly, gets back to her roots and meets up with Killeeshil ladies players ahead of the festival. Pictured with Claire Hegarty, Genevieve Scullion, Marion Connolly, Michelle Scullion, Louise Kelly and Danunta McGahan.

• Winning a Teamtalk All-Star Award in 2007 for the Ladies Youth Player of the Year was another personal favourite. As a Killeeshil girl, how did you come to be the Scotland Rose?

After finishing St.Ciaran’s High School in Ballygawley I moved to Newcastle University where I studied Business, Accounting and Finance. The degree programme integrates placements at PwC offices throughout the UK. I decided without having ever even visited that I wanted to work in Edinburgh so since 2010 I have lived on and off here. After finishing University last summer, I moved to Edinburgh and now work here full-time as an auditor at PwC.

Then a few months ago I seen the Scotland Rose event advertised in Malones Irish Bar in Edinburgh so I applied and now I’m off to Tralee!

I am extremely proud and excited to be the first ever Scotland Rose in the Rose of Tralee International Festival. Could you tell us about your weekend in Portlaoise where you won your place to the Rose of Tralee weekend:

Representing Scotland, I was an ‘International Rose’, so we arrived in Portlaoise early on the Wednesday. This gave all the International Roses an opportunity to get to know each other and find out where we were all from and where our Irish roots lay.

The Irish girls then arrived on the Thursday. It was such an amazing experience meeting 59 other girls from all over the world and all around Ireland. Quickly friendships were formed and we had so much fun in the five days. We were looked after so well and got to visit some lovely places and met so many nice people along the way.

Michelle works in Edinburgh and her journey as Scotland Rose began there

Michelle works in Edinburgh and her journey as Scotland Rose began there

My family and friends came down then for the weekend to support me and they all had a great weekend. It was topped off on the Sunday night with me getting through to Tralee so it was a great weekend for me and the whole family!

What sort of preparations do you have to do for this weekend event in Tralee?

Well the whole experience for me is actually 12 days so the key thing has been organising all the outfits!! I have been very fortunate in getting a few dresses sponsored by businesses in both Tyrone and Armagh. I have to especially thank Gasp Boutique and Bella Me, both in Armagh for their beautiful gowns. Elite Hat Hire in Warrenpoint for sponsoring all my head pieces and also Cuba Dungannon and Aurora Dungannon for sponsoring day dresses.

Also my family at home have been amazing organising everything. They have been busy sorting banners, accommodation, travel arrangements and tickets etc. so it has been all go for everyone. I have also been preparing for the individual and group interviews which take place down in Tralee and also preparing my song as hopefully I will get the opportunity to perform on the night on stage in the Dome!

buy lamisil pills What are your thoughts looking ahead to the Rose of Tralee weekend?

I’m extremely excited. I cannot wait to see all the girls again who I met at the Regional Finals and get to know the other nine girls who weren’t in Portlaoise.

I also cannot wait to tour around Ireland. We start in Dublin on Sunday 10th August and we tour around many different counties until we arrive in Tralee on Friday 15th. I haven’t actually been to some of the counties we are visiting so what better way to see around Ireland than with 31 amazing girls!

However, I have no doubt that come Sunday I will be getting nervous about the on stage interview and my first ever telly experience!! Ahh it scares me now even thinking about it so I’ll try not to think about it for the time being!!

Pictured at the Regional Festival in Portlaoise

Pictured at the Regional Festival in Portlaoise

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I have been fortunate to have done a lot of travelling over the last few years.

My trips to Africa have been the most interesting experiences in my life to date.  In 2009 a group of us travelled to Zambia with St.Ciaran’s Peregrini. This was my first visit to a third world country and it opened my eyes to the harsh reality of what is actually going on in these countries. We spent a lot of time in the compounds trying to help out where possible, in orphanages and working with street children. Although it was tough, it was a life-changing experience and started my work with the Friends of Africa (FOA) charity.

In 2010 my best friend Michelle Scullion and I travelled to New Zealand where we spent time travelling around the South Island in a camper van! New Zealand is absolutely gorgeous and there were so many outdoor activities and fun things to do. Here I did the Nevis bungee jump (the 2nd largest in the world -134 metres)!

In 2011 I returned to Africa with Friends of Africa (FOA). During my 6 weeks in South Africa I helped run a summer camp for the children in the rural village, we helped out in a secondary school, spent time with the children in the local nursery school and built a house. Experiences such as these will stay with me forever and I hope to return to Africa again.

In 2012 I travelled to Thailand with two best friends. This trip had so much variety. We trekked in the jungle, visited lots of temples and palaces, and spent time down in the islands were we made some amazing friends, went scuba diving, visited the tsunami ruins and experienced our first ever full moon party!

Last summer I travelled around California, also visiting the Grand Canyon, Vegas and stopping off in Cancun with five of my friends from University.

So it is safe to say I absolutely love to travel to new countries, experience new cultures and meet new people. This summer my travels are to Tralee!!!

This can be totally cut down if needs be – I always get carried away when talking about travelling! Ha too many stories to tell.

ginseng buyers in zanesville ohio Any messages to your supporters or what can we all expect from you at the Rose of Tralee?

Loads of my family and friends are making the trip down to Tralee and I just want them all to have an amazing week. I hope they enjoy the Rose of Tralee festival and experience as much as I intend to! I also have some University friends coming over from England so I want them to make the most of their time in Ireland and take it all in!

I have no doubt they will all be going mental with their Scotland flags and banners like they’re at a Killeeshil or Tyrone match so keep an eye out for them on RTE 1 on the 18th/19th of August!!

I really want to thank everyone at home for their support and especially my family who have been amazing at helping me organise and sort everything.

I am going to make the absolute most of the whole experience so I plan to have lotsss of fun, make lots of friends and just enjoy every minute of it all!

I would also have to mention my two grannys and great aunt Bridie are unable to make it to Tralee. They have been absolutely loving all the preparations and are so proud and excited to see me on stage in a just one weeks time!!

And finally I would just like to give my own best wishes to the Killeeshil cyclists who are doing their ‘4 County Challenge’ the weekend I’m in Tralee for the festival and hope all goes well for them too!

Michelle Kelly helped launch the Killeeshil GAC Cycle and the event will go ahead while the Rose of Tralee Festival takes place this weekend.

Michelle Kelly helped launch the Killeeshil GAC Cycle and the event will go ahead while the Rose of Tralee Festival takes place this weekend.


Band/Singer(s): Gareth Brooks/Dixie Chicks/One Direction/Bastille

Song: This changes all the time but at the minute I am listening to John Legend – All of me (De Hofnar Bootleg) on repeat!

TV Show(s): Made in Chelsea

Item of clothing: My leather jacket

Place (apart from home): Emm… it has to be Edinburgh. Edinburgh is an absolutely incredible city to live in. What I like about Edinburgh is the choice it offers when it comes to culture, socialising, sports, and of course shopping. I love when my family and friends come to visit and they get to experience this beautiful city with me. There is always something going on here. At the minute the Fringe Festival is on – the festival lasts for the full month of August. We also host the biggest New Year’s Eve street party in the world. And Scotland is big into their rugby so when the Scotland team are playing at Murrayfield there is always a great buzz about the city!


Why Not – Edinburgh

Sinners & Perdu – Newcastle

Sally’s and Sense – Home


Bringing back some footballing memories with her sister at Killeeshil pitch ahead of the Rose of Tralee Festival.

Bringing back some footballing memories with her sister at Killeeshil pitch ahead of the Rose of Tralee Festival.

Running – I recently completed the Edinburgh half marathon and have signed up for another in October!

Hiking – last month I did the Caledonian Challenge, which is a 54 mile hike in the West Highland Way in the north of Scotland. This was an incredible but extremely challenging experience but for a very worthy cause – Foundation Scotland.

Socialising with friends and taking weekend breaks to see friends all over the country.

Facebook or Twitter? Why?

Definitely Facebook – mainly because there are more pictures… I love looking at pictures and Facebook is a great way of keeping in touch with people I am actually friends with. Whereas on Twitter I usually just stalk celebrities and get jealous of their lives!

Favourite Joke?

Q. What biscuits can fly?

A. The wee plain ones

Biggest Dislike(s): People who bail on plans, especially at the last minute

watch Here at Tyrone Life we would like to thank Michelle and wish her the very best of luck on her Rose of Tralee journey…

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