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Wednesday 7 December 2016

It'll be bittersweet to hand back Rose crown - Maria Walsh

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Rose of Tralee,Maria Walsh taking a well deserved tea break in Adare as she heads for the final day of her charity Trek2Tralee cycle/run.
Rose of Tralee,Maria Walsh taking a well deserved tea break in Adare as she heads for the final day of her charity Trek2Tralee cycle/run.
Rose of Tralee Maria Walsh cycling towards the final day of her charity Trek2Tralee cycle/run.

It's going to be bittersweet handing over my Rose of Tralee crown next week. I've had the most amazing year.

In fact, after treating myself to a short Californian holiday, I'll stay in Ireland for a few months and see what opportunities come up.

I've signed with Ryan Turbidy's agent Noel Kelly so hopefully any projects in the pipeline will happen soon.

The entrepreneur side of my brain also needs to be fed so I'm looking at some potential start-ups.

I think Ireland has a lot of opportunity now and I'm trying to find a project where I can marry everything I learned this year as Rose of Tralee with my previous life experiences.

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Today I finish my Trek2Tralee where I have run, cycled and walked from my hometown of Shrule in Mayo to Tralee. When I get there tonight I have just two hours to get ready for the Rose Ball - which has sold out this year for the first time - so it'll be a quick turnaround.

I'm doing the trek to raise funds for Barretstown, Development Perspectives and Donal Walsh #LiveLife.

We've raised about €5,000 to date but I'm really hoping that people will get online before tonight to get the numbers up.

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