The National Final of the Rose of Tralee -
tickets, accommodation, schedule, contestants! Everything you need to know.
Meet the contestants, and see what they got up to in the past few National Finals.
If you're a young single woman of Irish birth OR descent, you could enter the Rose of Tralee
Alana represented the Taranaki Irish Society.
Alana Marshall is 27 and is working as a Recreation and Events administrator for the New Plymouth Council, recently working on the Rugby World Cup events in New Plymouth and the Surf festival.
Her great, great grandfather on her father’s side was from Clare while on her mother’s side Antrim.
Alana has completed a Bachelor of Commerce in Marketing and a Bachelor of Arts in European studies. She has recently completed her first 24 hour endurance race (in Coromandel) and the Oxfam trailwalker. She is very musical and can play the violin, piano and saxophone (playing in a jazz band at high school).
Alana would love to have a cup of tea with Kate Middleton and visit her sister in Japan. She enjoys taking on new challenges and would love to work on exciting events in Auckland and Sydney.
The 2012 contestants:
(l to r) Siobhan Kelly (Auckland), Natalie Sangster (Waikato), Patricia Mulvey (Christchurch), Louise Thomas (Dunedin), Ailbhe Ryan (2011 NZ Rose of Tralee), Alana Marshall (Taranaki), Grace Campbell (Invercargill), Catriona Young (Hutt Valley), Jessica Segal (Wellington GAA)
(Both photos on this page courtesy of Emotif Photography)
“Winning the Rose title was a surprise - and a great honour!”