A Clanabogan lady is hoping to be the second ever ‘Tyrone Rose’ to make it to the final of the International Rose of Tralee festival, which is in its 55th year and will see 32 Roses converge on Tralee in August.
27 year-old Sinead Taggart, well known across the county and Ireland for her singing talent, never mind her vivacious personality, is currently working with the Western Health & Social Trust, whilst juggling a professional singing career with local band Atmosphere. She was crowned the Tyrone Rose for 2014 at the Greenvale Hotel in Cookstown in front of a packed house on Wednesday 23rd April 2014 as well as many online followers as the event was streamed LIVE on the internet courtesy of Silvermist Media based in Fintona.
Sinead along with the 14 other Roses did their friends, families and communities extremely proud, giving the audience a fantastic nights entertainment with all their talents on display. A very accomplished performer, Sinead gave the audience a great rendition of the ‘Bright Blue Rose’, a very fitting song for a beautiful lady. She also wowed the audience and judges with her bubbly personality and on stage presence and banter with MC Jimmy Cowan, taking the coveted title of Tyrone Rose for 2014.
Sinead was chosen out of 15 Roses to represent Tyrone in the upcoming Regional Finals, which are due to take place in Portlaoise at the end of May. Seven women will then be chosen at the Regional Finals to progress to the International Festival in Tralee in August.
“I’m delighted to have been selected as the ambassador for Tyrone and hope that I can represent the fourteen other girls to the best of my ability in Portlaoise, adding her thanks to everyone involved with the Tyrone heat”, said Sinead.
“I’ve always thought about being a Rose, and due to other commitments over the past few years I never got the chance to take part, and when the opportunity came up this year I just went for it, and was delighted to be able to represent my sponsor Sallys of Omagh as their Rose. I will be picking a Charity to work with in the year ahead to raise vital funds and will embark on fundraising activities over the coming weeks and months, so watch this space. I am so glad I got involved, and I am now really looking forward to the next stage in Portlaoise.”
Sinead is taking over from 23-year-old Joanne O’Neill who was been a fantastic ambassador for the county and gave a ringing endorsement of the festival as she addressed the crowd at the Tyrone selection, wishing Sinead all the best for her year ahead.
The Tyrone Rose selection event, now in it’s 9th year has continued to grow in stature thanks to the hard work of the Tyrone Rose committee. Speaking on the success of this year’s event, Tyrone Co-ordinator Colin Hampsey, said, “We are delighted with the success of this year’s event, and the calibre of the Roses this year has been exceptional, we have a wonderful new Rose in Sinead Taggart and have no doubt she will be an amazing representative of the 14 other magnificent Roses who took part, and follow in the footsteps of the amazing 2013 Tyrone Rose Joanne O’Neill and all our previous Tyrone Roses.
“We are hopeful that our new Tyrone Rose Sinead can fly the flag for us in Portlaoise and make it to Tralee in August. I would urge everyone to get behind Sinead and support her in the year ahead.”