AISLING Ryan, this year’s Queensland Rose of Tralee, says her Catholic faith is “important” and has helped her attain various goals.
“My faith has helped me to form a strong set of values which I use as a guide to how I live my life and how I treat others,” Aisling, who was named Queensland Rose of Tralee in Brisbane on May 22, said.
“My parents raised me to have strong compassion for others which has led me into the (occupational therapy) profession that I am now a part of.
“It has also given me a strong sense of self which has attracted me to take part in and assisted me throughout the competition.”
The former John Paul College student entered the 23rd annual competition because of the family’s “strong sense of Irish community and culture”.
“My family has … always enjoyed becoming involved in Irish celebrations in Queensland,” the 21 year-old said.
“My cousin participated in the Queensland Rose of Tralee six years ago – which is the first time I heard about the festival.
“My family has encouraged me to take part in the festival for some time and this year was the opportune time.”
The competition aims to select “a young woman to represent Queensland in the International Rose of Tralee festival in Ireland”.
Aisling said it “celebrates the aspirations, ambitions, intellect, social responsibility and Irish heritage of modern young women from Ireland and around the world”.
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