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Moment in Time: Ballylinan girl crowned Laois Rose in 2008

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Laois Rose 2008 Stephanie Farrell

It’s hard to believe but this time 10 years ago Ballylinan girl Stephanie Farrell was crowned Laois Rose.

It was the fifth hosting of the popular event and Stephanie, who was the fifth Rose to be interviewed on stage by MC Brendan Hennessy and sponsored by A-Wear in Carlow where she was working at the time, was crowned the winner ahead of the other 16 contestants.

Speaking afterwards, Stephanie said she was “absolutely shocked”. “I know everyone has said it but it’s very true. Any of these girls could have won.

“All day I was just concentrating on getting through the day, I hadn’t thought about who was going to win at all.”

Philip Kehoe, chairman of the judging panel, said “each girl has done Laois, their sponsors and their families proud”.

“It was a really difficult job to pick one girl above others. We only had 15 minutes with each girl in the interviews and even the group interviews are only 15 minutes long.

“There was a few girls who stood out in the interviews and Stephanie was one of them.”

A wonderful singer, Stephanie performed a cover of Maura O’Connell’s SummerFly both during her interview on stage and after being crowned the winner.

She later went on to represent Laois at the Regional Finals in June of that year but wasn’t one of the lucky girls chosen to go forward to the Dome in Tralee in August.

Alf Harvey’s wonderful set of archive photos will no doubt bring memories flooding back to all those who took part.

Marianne Conlan representing Laois County Council poses for the camera with family and friends.
Laois Rose 2008 Stephanie Farrell
Laois Rose 2008 Stephanie Farrell representing A-WEAR pictured with judges, Colette Murray, Philip Kehoe and Helen Dunne
Laois Rose 2008 Stephanie Farrell representing A-WEAR is congratulated by committee members, Lauren Friese, Anne Marie Bowe and Sharon Preston
Laois Rose 2008 Stephanie Farrell representing A-WEAR is congratulated by friends
Laois Rose 2008 Stephanie Farrell representing A-WEAR is congratulated by her family
Laois Rose 2008 Stephanie Farrell representing A-WEAR poses for the camera with contestants at the Portlaoise Heritage Hotel for the Laois Rose selection.
Laois Rose 2008 Stephanie Farrell representing A-WEAR is congratulated by 2007 Laois Rose Claire Sutton
Edel Prendergast, Ciaran O’Connell, Sarah Ozenbrook and Laois Rose for 2007 Claire Sutton
Chloe Maher and Kayley Grant supporting April Maher
MC Brendan Hennessy introduces 2007 Laois Rose Claire Sutton
Laura Durcan, Octavio, Clare Gorman, Jolanta and Sebastian
Winner Stephanie Farrell representing A-WEAR hears the announcement at the Portlaoise Heritage Hotel for the Laois Rose selection.
Four year old Catherine Brennan has a nap under the watchful eye of her mum Martina Brennan while supporting her sister Caroline Brennan
The Higgins sisters, from left: Bernie Dunne, Deirdre Doyle, Ailish Higgins, Catherine Burbage and Helen Kelly
Nicole Kelly and Elisha Dunne
Cathy Rogers, Helen Kelly, Mary Slevin and Deirdre Doyle
Yvette Delaney, Fiona Jones, Michelle Dinan and Claire Sheridan
Alena Groarke, Suzanne McCabe and Ann Fleming
Laois Rose 2008 Stephanie Farrell representing A-WEAR is congratulated at the Portlaoise Heritage Hotel for the Laois Rose selection.
Edel Prendergast, Paddy Hogan, Sharon Preston and Lauren Fries
Ashley Ryan, Michelle McCarthy, Jenny Miller and Julieanne Miller
Tom and Kay Donoghue

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