2012 Melbourne Rose to meet ‘The Gathering Roses’ on St Patrick’s Day in Rhode

Claire Lynch, the 2012 Melbourne Rose of Tralee, will visit Rhode on St Patricks Day to meet, greet and advise the Gathering Roses as they prepare for The Gathering Rose competition.

Claire Lynch, the 2012 Melbourne Rose of Tralee, will visit Rhode on St Patricks Day to meet, greet and advise the Gathering Roses as they prepare for The Gathering Rose competition.

The event takes place on Saturday May 4th and Sunday May 5th, which is part of The Rhode Parish Gathering Festival 2013. The Rhode Parish Gathering committee delighted and honoured to have Claire come and meet the Roses so that she can advise them on how to prepare themselves for the coming weeks.

Claire is a relative of Kim Murphy, one of the The Gathering Rose entrants who represents Posh Wash Laundrette in Rhode village and it is through Kim that organisers were able to secure the attendance of Claire on St Patrick’s Day. This is a great opportunity for The Gathering Roses to ask Claire for advice as the competition is not judged on interview performance on the night.

All of the roses will do many tasks for community and charity in the coming weeks and will become ambassadors for the Rhode Parish Gathering Festival. Claire will arrive in Rhode after The St Patrick’s Day Parade in Edenderry which is also a Gathering Ireland event.

Claire Lynch works as a community occupational therapist after obtaining a degree in Occupational Therapy from the University of Ulster, and is currently undertaking a Doctorate of Clinical Sciences. The 25-year-old belongs to St Kevins GAA club in Melbourne, enjoys raising money through running races, and has completed a 20-mile obstacle course in mud.

She has volunteered in Mozambique with the Young Africa Organisation, and last year was nominated for the Kookaburra Award which recognises groups and people that have changed the world for the better, through her work with the elderly and with socially isolated women with chronic health problems.

She loves every day at work where her manager says her enthusiasm and passion are infectious. Claire emigrated to Melbourne from Louth where she was born and raised four years ago, and recently obtained her Australian permanent residency. Her mother Bernie is originally from our neighbors Edenderry.

Claire’s brilliant work with community and charity has also rubbed off on her 17 year old relative Kim Murphy who will take on her second parachute jump in three years. In November 2009 Kim raised over €3,000 for LOFFA (Laois Offaly Families For Autism) by jumping at just short of 15 years of age and now she is going up in the air again for autism, but this time it is for the national charity Irish Autism Action whose patron is Keith Duffy.

Her Parachute jump scheduled to take place on the 27th of April (weather permitting). Kim is doing this also as part of one of her tasks for being one of selected as one of the 26 Gathering roses and all donations would be greatly appreciated.If you would like to support Kim you can contact her on 0851654048. Kim is very eager to raise funds and awareness for autism and in taking on this challenge in April has another very significant fact as April is autism awareness month and April 2nd is World Autism Awareness Day.

Today the number of people in Ireland with a diagnosis of Autism would fill the Aviva Stadium. however, the number of people in Ireland affected by Autism would fill the Aviva Stadium five times over.

These staggering statistics provide some idea of the scale of the issue in Ireland today. Irish Autism Action is striving forward in addressing this – through the opening of the Autism Centre of Excellence (ACE) in the heart of Ireland. The new innovative Autism Centre of Excellence is located on the grounds of the Franciscan Friary in Multyfarnham, Co. Westmeath which was opened last month and reflects the national flagship nature of the facility through an environment of learning, research and developmental opportunities for children and adults on the spectrum. The objective in setting up this unique Centre in Ireland is to offer vital resources to families through a variety of services including a diagnostic and assessment Centre, a Helpline and Information Centre, supported employment opportunities on site in addition to Outreach Programmes.

The Gathering Rose order for the weekend

On Tuesday night last the draws for the order in which the Gathering Roses will be interviewed on Saturday May 4th and Sunday May 5th was made with 13 roses appearing on Saturday night and the other 13 appearing on Sunday night. The list of 24 is below with two remaining roses to be confirmed.


Rhode Gathering

Saturday May 4th in O’Tooles

Bridget Cully – Otoole’s Bar and Lounge Rhode

Colleen Molloy – Rhode Ladies GAA

Cliona Molloy – Croghan Community Centre

Ashling Nugent – Eden Décor

Jennifer Leavy – Jimmy’s Takeaway

Avril Curley – Rhode and Croghan Gaelic for mothers

Kim Murphy – Posh Wash Laundrette

Samantha Maguire – St Brigids GAA

Colette Mulligan – Shaz Hair Studio

Aoife Hannon – Croghan Hill Challenge

Niamh Glynn – MAX Marble and Shower

Nicole Scally – Rhode Motors


Sunday May 5th in Killeens

Roisin Davy - Dunphy’s Centra

Amy Mulligan – Clonmore Harps GAA

Tara Scally – Dempsey’s Butchers

Kelly Hannon – Rhode GAA

Orlagh Heavey – livegaaresults.com

Sinead Mc Namee – Mc Namee Crash Repairs

Shirley O Connor – Killeen’s Daybreak

Anna Mc Nally – Cicida Hair Design

Sarah Mc Namee – James MC Vetinary

Aisling Killeen – Killeen’s “The Village Inn” Rhode

Olivia Hyland – Ryan’s Pharmacy

Grace Doyle – Tir Na Nog Beauty