Representing Roscommon Racecourse, Bernie is a daughter of Michael and Kathleen Ryan and is currently working as a Clinical Nurse Manager in Critical Care at the Mater Hospital Dublin.
She told radio presenter Fergal D’Arcy, who was compere for Sunday’s selection night, that she had completed three of the six world major marathons, raising money for various charities in the process.
The young nurse also plays Gaelic football for Roscommon Gaels and has represented her country at underage level.
During the Covid-19 pandemic, Bernie worked in the Mater’s Intensive Care Unit and also completed a post-graduate Diploma and Masters in Critical Care. She also worked with the HSE’s Organ Donation and Transplant Ireland team in 2021.
She told judges that working with the team was very important to her and that she would raise awareness around organ donation if selected to represent Roscommon.
Speaking following event, Bernie said she was shocked but “over the moon” to be selected as Roscommon’s Rose of Tralee.
“I just can’t believe…it doesn’t feel real. The Roses this year were unreal and I think any one of us would have been a worthy winner and wonderful ambassador for Roscommon. I’m honoured to be selected and I hope to represent the other girls and the county well down in Tralee,” she said.
Bernie, who will now go on to represent Roscommon at the International Rose of Tralee Festival in August, thanked her own sponsors Roscommon Racecourse, as well as the Roscommon Rose Centre.
Meanwhile, John Neilan from Athleague was named as Roscommon Escort of the Year on Saturday evening and he too will be making his way to Tralee for Rose Festival.