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Ellen can’t wait to represent Tyrone at Rose of Tralee

MC Brian Carty chats to new Tyrone Rose Ellen Campbell on stage at Corick House Hotel and Spa. (Photos: Damien Donnelly)

Ellen Campbell from Stewartstown was crowned the Tyrone Rose 2018 at a glittering county final staged at Corick House Hotel and Spa.

Last Sunday night’s showpiece occasion in an excellently presented Corick House Hotel & Spa venue featured 12 finalists in the Tyrone heat. On a lovely May evening, the girls gathered outside for a pre-event photocall and all of them were in a relaxed frame of mind.

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The contenders came from a wide spread of areas across Tyrone, with each representing their family and community with tremendous dignity.

There could only be one winner but the Roses remain all one big team, a point highlighted by Brian McCarty who made the journey from Cork to MC a memorable event.

Ellen’s expression revealed a mixture of deep shock and sheer delight as her name was announced as the girl to take over the mantle from 2017 Rose, Niamh McElduff.

She was warmly congratulated by the rest of the Tyrone Rose finalists plus family, friends and supporters.

Speaking on stage soon after the result, Ellen remarked that she “could not wait to represent Tyrone in such a prestigious event and was very much looking forward to the whole experience’’.

Ellen also paid a glowing tribute to Niamh McElduff’s inspiration and the example she set for all aspiring Roses.

All the Tyrone Roses 2018 dressed in red for a pre-show photocall and centre (front) is 2017 Tyrone Rose Niamh McElduff, Carrickmore, joined on her left by by 2018 Rose Ellen Campbell from Stewartstown. The full list of finalists for 2018 as well as Ellen were Lisa McCrory (Carrickmore), Sarah O’Brien (Newtownstewart), Niamh McVey (Moortown), Nadine Plummer (Blackwatertown), Michaeailin MacAodha (Aghyaran), Louise Neeson (Strabane), Labhrain Richeal (Cookstown), Danielle Logue (Loughmacrory), Clara-Louise McMenamin (Aghyaran), Claire Lunney (Loughmacrory) and Alanna-Marie Muldoon (Eglish).

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Earlier, Niamh herself had reflected on her truly memorable year with eloquence and emotion. She gave great tributes to her parents Paula and Barry plus took time to recall the influence of the late Michaela Harte.

“Michaela embodied what it is to be a Rose of Tralee participant. She was the Ulster Rose and her superb principles live on through her lasting legacy,” said Niamh.

Niall Mulrine from the Tyrone Rose committee then thanked everyone who had made the show possible plus singled out the 12 Roses themselves for added praise.

He also congratulated outgoing Rose, Niamh McElduff, on her super year representing Tyrone at various events both near and far.

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