Rachel Duffy from Rosemount in Co. Westmeath was last night announced as the 2022 Rose of Tralee. She has become the first Rose from Westmeath to take the coveted title.
The 24-year-old looked in total shock when the result was read out by host Dáithí Ó Sé and when asked to comment on her win she said: “We’ve had a great year in Westmeath this year between the Tailteann Cup, Fleadh Cheoil and now we have the Rose of Tralee.”
Our own Roscommon Rose Bernie Ryan, although she didn’t win, did herself and the county proud. She has been commended on twitter and other social media channels for her wonderful demonstration of how to perform CPR on a person in an emergency situation.
Using a dummy, Bernie, who works as a critical care nurse, taught Dáithí Ó Sé how to do chest compressions live on stage and spoke about the importance of learning this life-saving skill no matter what age you are.
Many twitter users took to the platform to praise Bernie for using the Rose of Tralee to demonstrate the importance of CPR, with one twitter user saying:
— Laura T (@nursieLT) August 23, 2022
Another person said:
— Carla (@carladoc1994) August 23, 2022
With another twitter user saying:
— Valerie O’Regan (@NurseRebel) August 23, 2022
There was even calls for Bernie to win, with one twitter user saying
I’m calling it. The Roscommon rose who is the ICU nurse and is teaching CPR to the nation is going to win #roseoftralee. Oh and she’s gorgeous too!! 🌹
— Marie Scully (@MarieOScully) August 23, 2022