Introducing Your 2019 Ohio Rose of Tralee Applicants
Audrey Burns: Hello, I am from Kent, Ohio. I am 19 years old and currently in my second year at the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) in Rochester, New York, where I study Visual Media – a program focused on photography, graphic design, marketing, and management. When not busy with my studies, I work with a graphic design studio and a non-profit organization, where I create content to solve problems in the community. For example, I have made commercials for cancer research, branding for environmental sustainability, and illustrations for mission trips.
My mother’s Irish heritage dates back to when my ancestors came to America from Belfast and my father’s side hails from Armagh, Dublin and Kildare. I have always been curious about my Irish roots and getting involved with the Ohio Rose Centre has opened a door to connecting with my family on a whole new level.
Ms. Burns is sponsored by Casey’s Irish Imports, Rocky River
Ciara Delahunty– Hello, I am 26 years old from Columbia Station, Ohio. My Irish heritage is from Dublin, Ireland, where all my grandparents were born. My mother was also born in Dublin and moved to the United States in her early twenties.
I graduated from Hiram College with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and a minor in Bio-Medical Humanities in 2015. I graduated from Kent State University with a Master of Science focusing in Nursing Education in 2018. I have worked for two years as an Emergency Room nurse at University Hospitals in Westlake, Ohio. Currently, I am a travel Nurse and have worked in Pennsylvania and Arizona. In my spare time, I enjoy traveling and have had the opportunity to visit many cities throughout the world. I hold dual citizenship and go back to Ireland every six months, making it my second home.
Ms. Delahunty is sponsored by Stone Mad Pub & Restaurant, Cleveland.
Shannon Enoch– Hello, I am 22 years old, hailing from Garrettsville, Ohio. Currently I am a senior at Hiram College, where I study Communication, Creative Writing, and Public Leadership. Between classes I lead the Student Senate as the President of Hiram’s student body, study international politics as a Garfield Scholar for Public Leadership, tutor American Sign Language, volunteer with the local Habitat for Humanity chapter, and connect with alumni as a Student Ambassador.
Outside of Hiram, I work as a bartender at Two Travelers Tavern in Garrettsville and volunteer at the Windham Renaissance Family Center. I enjoy sculpting, writing, and hiking local Ohio trails. My great-grandmother. Margaret O’Hara, came to the United States from Foxford, Co. Mayo. From dancing in the kitchen to Gaelic folk jams to telling stories of Cu Chuliann and the Fianna, I am blessed to carry on my great-grandmothers legacy and heritage.
Ms. Enoch is sponsored by Sean’s Pub & Eatery, Garrestsville.
Maureen Ginley– Hi there! I am a 26-year-old content marketer living and working in our state’s great capital – Columbus, Ohio! A proud alumna of Magnificat High School, John Carroll University, and the NEOMFA in Creative Writing Program, my education has taken me all around Northeast Ohio.
Following graduation with my MFA, I packed up my things, moved to the Arch City, and began my career at Postali, a marketing agency that helps attorneys build their brands, websites, and client bases through a number of creative techniques.
In my spare time, I enjoy writing for the Ohio Irish American News, taking spin and hot yoga classes, volunteering with A.D.O.P.T. Pet Rescue, and exploring one of Central Ohio’s many hiking trails with my rescue dog Elvis. My Irish heritage traces back to Bunnahowna Co. Mayo, where both paternal grandmother’s and grandfather’s families resided.
Ms. Ginley is sponsored by the Shamrock Club of Columbus
Danielle Goebel– I am 27, and a single mother. My son, Landon, is the reason for everything I do. I love cooking, gardening, traveling and trying new things. My constant aim for excellence has led me to be one of the top female sales representatives at GMS, where I have worked full time for the past five years.
My determination comes from being the youngest of six siblings. My paternal grandmother was from Co. Mayo, and it was always one of her wishes that one of her grandchildren become a Rose of Tralee. One of my life goals is to help children of single parents reach their full potential. I am so blessed to have a supportive family that inspires me to move forward, but not everyone has that motivation behind them. I want to focus on providing parents resources for childcare, healthcare, and education.
Ms. Goebel is sponsored by Rebecca Kaminski
Grainne Hutchinson– Dia dhuit! I am a 23-year-old Columbus native from Dublin, Ohio. I’m a proud Buckeye Alumni with a bachelor’s in marketing with a Global Option and spent an amazing semester abroad at Trinity College Dublin. I currently work at Huntington National Bank as a Customer Insights Specialist, where I utilize research to be the Voice of the Customer.
In my spare time, I volunteer at the largest Ronald McDonald House in the world. My many hobbies include tennis, sailing, and anything crafty. Two of my biggest passions are traveling and Disney. I would love to combine the two and travel to all six Disney parks one day. I have traveled to nine countries so far, including Ireland, where most of my family still lives. My family is from Portarlington, Offaly and I myself hold dual citizenship with Ireland.
Ms. Hutchinson is sponsored by Fado Pub & Kitchen, Columbus
Morgan Miller– Hello. I am 22 years old. I am from Marietta, OH. My Irish roots trace back to Co. Antrim, before my ancestors came to America in 1720. I am a recent graduate of Ashland University located in Ashland, OH. I double majored in Philosophy and Political Science, while also triple minoring in Ethics, History, and Religion.
While at Ashland University, I was a member of the Ashbrook Scholar Program, defended a forty page thesis on transcendental beauty and art, President of the 2ndAmendment Club, Office of Religious Life in Student Senate, facilitator for 1Girl, and an active member in Philosophy Club. My hobbies include sewing, traveling, and watching the Pittsburgh Steelers. My interests include art, philosophy, and Catholicism.
Ms. Miller is sponsored by T & T Creations
Christine Smyth– Hello. I am 21 years old, and was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio. I attend Baldwin Wallace University and am pursuing an Arts Management & Entrepreneurship B.A. with a dance minor.
My mom enrolled me in Irish dance classes fifteen years ago as a way to keep my deceased father’s proud Irish roots alive in my life. My love of dance flourished as I worked hard to attain my competitive achievements at the world championships. However, my pure joy in dance shines best through show performances.
My future ambitions are to tour with a professional dance show, open my own Irish dance school in Cleveland named in honor of my dad, and offer free special needs classes so that all children may be able to experience the joy of Irish dancing. I am so excited and thankful to be here. Éire go brách!
Ms. Smyth is sponsored by St. Columbkille Parish