Cheers rang out across the Anner Hotel last Saturday night as Thurles native Fiona O'Sullivan was crowned the 2016 Tipperary Rose in front of a 300 strong crowd of supporters, well wishers, family and friends.
University College Cork student Fiona is already well known throughout Tipperary having fronted the Tipperary County Matters programme on Irish TV for the last number of years. The 21 year old Speech and Language Therapy student is a daughter of Liz and Declan O'Sullivan from Loughlahan, Thurles and will no doubt be drawing on her experience in front of the camera when she takes to the Dome in Tralee later this year.
Fiona was selected from 22 elegant ladies from all over county Tipperary and is now going forward to represent Tipperary in stage two of three processes in the newly expanded Rose festival in Tralee this August.
Tipperary centre coordinator Ciarán O’Connell said: “We would like to take this opportunity to congratulate Fiona. She is a true modern young lady and emanates the qualities of what a Rose should be and we wish her the very best of luck. She is sure to have a great year ahead,” he said.
A special thanks was also given to outgoing Rose Alison Boland who received a standing ovation on the night for the work, passion and dedication she gave during her time as the Tipperary rose. A raffle held on the night also managed to raise a staggering €1,165 for Alison's chosen charity Suir Haven Cancer Support Centre.
"She has been a great ambassador and representative for Tipperary and we are grateful for the time and dedication she gave to her role as the Tipp Rose,” concluded Ciarán.