A young Irish language proofreader at the European Commission was crowned Luxembourg’s 2015 Rose at the annual Irish contest hosted on Saturday.
Aedammair Ni Chiardha, 25, from Dublin, was selected by judges out of five intelligent, witty and glamorous girls who performed at the Irish party at the Hotel Parc Alvisse in Dommeldange.
Dressed in a dark green, floor-length gown with silver beaded detail, the talented young linguist was caught between disbelief and sheer joy as, with tears in her eyes, she accepted the crown.
“It will be an honour to represent Luxembourg in Ireland,” she told wort.lu/en.
Saturday’s win was all the more surprising to Aedammair because Aedammair had not planned to enter the contest until 2016, to coincide with her best friend in Ireland.
She said: “My best friend, Shona, was going to enter next year. Now I met such a great bunch of girls. They’re all hilarious. I couldn’t say ‘no’”.
Born one of five children, Aedammair has completed a Bachelor of Arts degree in Geography and Irish language (Nua Ghaeilge) and a Masters degree. She first left the family fold for a traineeship with the Council of the European Union in Brussels where she worked as an Irish translator.
When the programme ended, she
applied to work as an Irish Proofreader at the Publications Office in
“I love living in Luxembourg because it reminds me of home in a way. It is small like Ireland so you always bump into people you know,” she said before winning the crown,” she said, adding: “Before moving to Brussels, I would never have been able to compete in the Rose. Since I’ve been living independently, alone abroad I’ve had so much more confidence. “
As the first candidate to hit the stage on Saturday, Aedammair clearly set the bar high. Supported by family members, best friend Shona and escort Joe Glennon, she wowed judges with her natural charm and a rendition of Drowsy Maggie on the tin whistle, an instrument she played for five years while at school.
The Rose of Tralee is an Irish festival which emerged in Tralee out of love song The Rose of Tralee, by William Mulchinock a 19th century wealthy merchant who fell in love with Mary O'Connor, his maid. Discouraged from following his heart because of class differences, William emigrated and later returned to Tralee only to find Mary had died.
Today, the contest has centres around the world, representing the Irish diaspora. It was adopted by Irish residents in Luxembourg in 2002 to celebrate the talented young women moving to the Grand Duchy. In 2012, Luxembourg Rose Nicola McEvoy won the grand title of International Rose of Tralee, representing Luxembourg as an ambassador for the contest around the world.
Irish Ambassador to Luxembourg Peadar Carpenter said: “Whether or not you win, it’s nice to take part. It’s a connection with Ireland, and it’s very real.”
Aedammair succeeds 2014 Rose Niamh Bergin. She will compete in the regional finals in Portlaoise from May 28 to 31.
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