Texas Rose dies of haemorrhage after dream move here
A FORMER Rose of Tralee contestant has died after following her dream to move to Ireland.
The 2010 Texas Rose Adrienne Hussey's story of romance ended in tragedy last night.
She passed away in Beaumont Hospital from a suspected brain haemorrhage having returned to Ireland to be reunited with her former Rose escort boyfriend Eoin Treanor.
Mr Treanor and many of her fellow Roses had kept a vigil at the hospital over recent days and were by her side when she passed away.
The Texas beauty (26) had taken ill suddenly on Wednesday night of a suspected brain haemorrhage.
Her parents flew over from the US and arrived in Ireland yesterday morning.
Adrienne was originally from Plano, Texas, but had roots in Dublin and Waterford.
Following her participation in the 2010 pageant, it was her dream to return to Ireland.
The Texas University graduate worked as a social worker in a non-profit school prior to the Rose of Tralee festival, working with young people who had dropped out of high school.
She had graduated from the university with a Masters in social work.
Last night organisers of the Rose of Tralee International Festival expressed their shock at her sudden death.
General manager Oliver Hurley said it was with great sadness that they had received the news of the untimely death.
"We extend our deepest sympathy to Adrienne's family, to her boyfriend Eoin and to her fellow Roses, many of whom kept a vigil at her bedside in Beaumont Hospital last night," Mr Hurley said.
He said that Adrienne had worked extensively with at-risk young people, including those on probation or who had been excluded from school.
Adrienne had returned to Ireland late last year and was living in Dublin.
The previous year she had attended a function in Monaghan -- the home county of Mr Treanor -- as a guest of the town council before travelling to Limerick to attend a New Year's Eve Ball with other Roses who had taken part in the 2010 festival and their escorts.
She had always spoken fondly of her participation in the festival, saying: "Having the chance to be a Rose was an opportunity of a lifetime and I can honestly say it has changed my life in more ways than one."
She said the best thing about taking part was the friends she made.