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Thursday 8 December 2016

Maria Walsh: 'There is such a sisterhood to Rose of Tralee - they're having the best week'

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Maria Walsh
Maria Walsh

There have been so many amazing moments this year and it's so hard to pick out my favourite one.

But I have to say that being presented with the Mayo jersey in Croke Park a couple of days after being crowned was just incredible. That was such a buzz and I was still on such a high from winning the week before.

That would be my personal highlight. But from another perspective, I've done a lot of questions and answers in schools where I got to share my experience with students of all ages who really needed a transparent conversation and that meant a lot to me.

Also meeting Barack Obama at the White House on St Patrick's Day was pretty sweet.

I did lots of international trips as well with the Hope Foundation, Chernobyl, South Africa, Tanzania with Development Perspectives and we also did a 32 county tour to connect with the different Rose centres which was phenomenal.

I've met most of this year's Roses and they're all lovely - they're having the best week and there is such a sisterhood to it.

All I can say to whoever wins is that you can shape the year the way you want and to enjoy every minute of it.

Grab a bite of Lowry success

What better way to celebrate Shane Lowry's win at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational and his move into the world's top 20 golfers than by naming some burgers after him?

His two sponsors, the Bonnington Hotel and McGettigan's bars, have decided to rename the chicken burger to 'The Shane Lowry Driver Special - the 'Birdie' Grilled Chicken Fillet Burger'.

McGettigan's will make a donation to Shane's nominated charity, Temple Street Children's Hospital, every time someone buys one.

Music in Monkstown

South Dubliners take note that Music in Monkstown, a three-day festival of classical music, returns to the charming village from September 18 to 20.

The festival will feature five concerts over the three days, and the programmes range from solo piano to string quartets.

The concerts will take place in the parish church and tickets are available on www.eventbrite.ie or at the door.

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