By Jimmy Rhatigan
All pics; Martin Doheny
A TALENTED 17 year old local school girl is the latest Rose of Callan.
Laura Foley, a 5th Year student at St Brigid’s College was a popular choice when the 2018 Rose was announced by MC, George Candler at a full house in the Steppes Bar, Green Street, Callan at 11.30 on Saturday night.
On an occasion of great excitement when a bunch of 16 beautiful potential roses vied for the title, a classmate of Laura Foley’s, Korneilja Lukoseviciute, originally from Latvia but living in Callan for 12 years, was crowned Miss Personality. Kornelija was sponsored by Food for Life.
Judges were Sarah Healy, proprietor of Crystal Ice Beauty Salon, Kilkenny and former Tipperary hurler, now substance abuse counsellor, John Leahy.
A daughter of Pat and Mary Foley, local haulage contractors, Laura was crowned by last year’s rose, Gorja McGuirk.
The Rose Competition was sponsored by Bank of Ireland, Callan and Laura who works part-time for Londis Top Shop was sponsored by Callan Co-op.
Laura is a top class camogie star and also enjoys playing the guitar and singing which she did as her party piece at the rose final.
She plays for Windgap Camogie club and has been with Kilkenny U17s for four years. She won All-Ireland honours two years ago and was captain last year when Windgap won U16 shield.
Laura also plays badminton, Gaelic Football and handball with St Brigid’s.
The roses were joined on a parade of honour to the final venue by 16 rosebuds and 16 escorts.
Winning girls were supported by their families and by fellow students from St Brigid’s. She won an All-Ireland handball medal with Windgap.
Proceeds from the rose competition and raffle, with prizes sponsored by Callan and Kilkenny City businesses, went to to Mount Carmel Care Home, Callan.
The fourth annual event was again organised by Carmel Wall and her team.
The new rose received a voucher from Bank of Ireland, Callan, jewellery from Ryan’s Jewellers and Lorimat, Kilkenny City, a voucher from Aroi Restaurant, Friary Street and a collection of beauty prizes.
Laura plays for windgap in the camogie, she playes for kilkenny under 17″s for past four years, won all ireland two years ago.
Under 16’s with windgap was captain last year they won shield final.
Plays badminton , gaelic and handball in st bridgets college callan
Also won all ireland in handball 2 years ago playing for widgap.