Rose Me­gan on aid mis­sion

The Argus - - NEWS - By OLIVIA RYAN Louth Rose, Me­gan Fer­gu­son with Rose of Tralee 2017, Chicago Rose Mag­gie McEl­downey

WITH the search al­ready un­der­way for the 2017 Louth Rose, Me­gan Fer­gu­son speaks of the ‘proud role’ she cur­rently holds as ‘ the best ex­pe­ri­ence of my life.’

The Car­ling­ford na­tive is in the last few months as Louth Rose, and is pre­par­ing for what may be her big­gest chal­lenge -a visit to an or­phan­age in Ch­er­nobyl.

Me­gan will be join­ing a group of twenty roses who are trav­el­ling to Ch­er­nobyl, a coun­try dev­as­tated by a nu­clear ex­plo­sion in the 1980s.

As she pre­pares to join the group of other Roses and es­corts as they travel to Be­larus with Adi Roche’s Ch­er­nobyl Chil­dren In­ter­na­tional, Me­gan tells of the unique bond be­tween the ‘Rose of Tralee fam­ily’.

‘It re­ally is the best part of this whole ex­pe­ri­ence, the peo­ple I have met, and the ex­tra­or­di­nary amount of sup­port we have all been able to give each other on this jour­ney.’

The 21 year old who works in The Four Sea­sons Ho­tel, Car­ling­ford, says she is ‘ prouder than I ever could have imag­ined’ at rep­re­sent­ing her county.

‘Hon­estly, ev­ery time I put on the sash, it’s like pulling on the county jer­sey.’

It’s been a whirl­wind of a year, we’ve had so many dif­fer­ent events, from a trip to Ger­many where we vis­ited the Christ­mas mar­kets and we will be go­ing to New York for the St Pa­trick’s Day Pa­rade.

Now in the last few months of her role, she is ap­peal­ing to all young women who feel they want to ‘de­velop their per­son­al­ity and con­fi­dence, and have the ex­pe­ri­ence of a life­time’ to ap­ply for the 2017 com­pe­ti­tion.

‘ The most dif­fi­cult part of the whole process is ac­tu­ally get­ting your ap­pli­ca­tion form in. Once you do that, it’s a great process to be part of, no mat­ter how far you go with it.’

‘Any­one who wants to talk about any as­pect of the ap­pli­ca­tion, they can con­tact me through my face­book page.,’ said Me­gan.

Ap­pli­ca­tion forms are avail­able on www.rose­of­tralee. ie. A Louth Rose se­lec­tion night will be held in Louth in the spring,

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