Ottawa Rose Centre


April 27th, 2019

Our 2019 Ottawa Rose is Kathleen Zuk!

Kathleen is a graduate from the John Molson School of Business with a Major in Finance, and Minor in International Business. Born in Montreal, Kathleen now calls Ottawa home while working for Export Development Canada.

Kathleen is a proud GAA woman with roots in County Monaghan. She was instrumental in building the Montreal Shamrocks women’s gaelic football team in 2013 and was honoured to have been selected as an ambassador for Montreal’s Irish community as a United Irish Societies Princess for the 2014 St. Patrick’s Day parade.

Kathleen is currently a member of the Ottawa Gaels Gaelic Football Club and is inspired by the strength, confidence and determination of the senior ladies team. Recognizing the ability of the GAA to welcome and connect, Kathleen has always sought out a football team wherever she has lived. She is grateful to her sponsor Saint Brigid’s Centre for the Arts for their continued support and encouragement.

Thank you to our headline sponsor,selection weekend sponsors, partners and volunteers as well as our 12 amazing rose applicants. The Ottawa Rose Selection would not be possible without you!

April 2019

Tickets to the 2019 Ottawa Rose Selection now on sale!

Tickets can be purchased until Monday, April 22nd via Eventbrite by following this link.

Come celebrate the Ottawa Rose Centre's 10th Anniversary on Saturday, April 27th at the Residence of the Irish Ambassador to Canada from 6-9pm.

*Please note tickets will not be sold at the door.

February 2019

Save the Date!

Join us Saturday, April 27th at the residence of the Irish Ambassador to Canada as we select our 2019 Ottawa Rose. Details to follow.


January 2019

Ottawa Rose Centre celebrating their 10th anniversary selection!

We are now accepting applications for the 2019 Ottawa Rose selection. Applicants can apply online at

For more information email us at or send us a message on our Facebook page: @ottawaroseoftralee

*Please note: Due to changes in the Rose of Tralee International Festival format, the Ottawa Rose Centre will now only host a selection every 2 years. Following the 2019 Ottawa Rose selection, our next selection will not be until 2021.

August 2018

Waterford Rose Kirsten Mate Maher New International Rose of Tralee

Kirsten Mate Maher is a 21 year old student and part-time model from Waterford and the first African-Irish woman to win the Rose of Tralee. Maher currently works in a boutique in Tramore, Co Waterford. On Monday she was notified that she had been accepted on to a course at Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT)to study Multimedia and Application Development.

She sings with the Island of Ireland Peace Choir, which was formed in the wake of the Omagh bombing. She is also a keen musician and plays with the Waterford Hockey Club.

Waterford Rose Kirsten Mate Maher on stage in the Dome. Photograph: Dominick Walsh

Full article can be read here: 

September 2017

Offaly Rose Jennifer Byrne New International Rose of Tralee

Jennifer Byrne is a 24 years old from a small rural area in Offaly called Clonaderig. She studied Medicine at NUI Galway and is currently working as a junior doctor in the Accident and Emergency department of University College Hospital Galway.

Sport has always been a part of her life and Jennifer has been fortunate enough to represent Ireland in soccer at U17 and U19 level and in the World University Games.

As a medical student, she volunteered at Barretstown, a charity set up for children living with a serious illness and their families and also volunteered in Mpongwe Mission Hospital in Zambia through a charity called Volunteer Services Abroad.

Jennifer was named the 2017 International Rose of Tralee in August, 2017.

August 2017

She is almost there! Thank you to all our sponsors and partners who help the Rose of Tralee Ottawa Centre provide amazing young women like Vanessa with the opportunity to participate in the International Festival:

July 2017

May 2017

For the First Time in History: An International Rose of Tralee in Canada's Capital!

This spring was off to a wonderful start with the Rose of Tralee Ottawa Centre hosting the International Rose of Tralee for the first time. Maggie McEldowney who hails from Chicago made a day visit to Ottawa as part of her commitment to visit all North American Centres – the first International Rose of Tralee to do so!

Roses all in a row L-R: Laura Hay (2010 Ottawa Rose); Claire Conway (2015 Ottawa Rose); Maggie McEldowney (2016 Chicago Rose and International Rose of Tralee); Vanessa Foran (2017 Ottawa Rose); Sarah Griffin (2016 Ottawa Rose) and Stephanie Coull (2014 Ottawa Rose). Photo Courtesy of Sarah Thorenton (2009 Ottawa Rose).

April 2017

Congratulations Vanessa Foran: Selected to be the 2017 Ottawa Rose!

Vanessa Foran, Sponsored by Heart&Crown Irish Pubs was selected the 2017 Ottawa Rose in March. Vanessa will travel to Ireland this August to participate in the Rose of Tralee International Festival. 

Photos courtesy of Alison Slattery Photography

Right: Vanessa Foran, 2017 Ottawa Rose. 

Below: 2017 Rose Applicants and Rose Buds with 2016 Ottawa Rose, Sarah Griffin

March 2017

Meet the 2017 Ottawa Rose Applicants!

Check out our 2017 Applicants Page to read the full bios of these amazing young women. One will be selected to represent Ottawa at the Rose of Tralee International Festival this summer - Who will become our next Ottawa Rose?

Tickets are now available for the 2017 Rose of Tralee Ottawa Selection. Join us at the Irish Ambassador's Residence for on-stage interviews, party pieces and entertainment. Cocktail attire encouraged.

Tickets are no longer available.

March 2017

2017 Ottawa Centre and Rose Sponsors:

Les Suites Hotel Ottawa           Aer Lingus         Embassy of Ireland - Canada

Heart & Crown Irish Pubs       Ottawa Gaels    Irish Embassy Pub Grill Montreal    

Montreal Shamrocks              Bow&Pearl (Ireland)              

                        Om Diva (Ireland)               Sharon Dillon Designer Headpieces (Ireland)

2017 Selection Weekend Sponsors and Partners:

      Surgenor Ottawa                          Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann Ottawa

St. Patrick’s Home of Ottawa             Saint Brigid’s Centre for the Arts   

    D’Arcy McGee’s Irish Pub                 Sue Fay Healy School of Irish Dance

Alison Slattery Photography              Irish Women’s Network of Ontario

               Irish Film Festival Ottawa                Irish Society of the National Capital Region

February 2017

Next Ottawa Rose Centre Event: Cooking Class


Come take part in our Ottawa Rose International Cooking Class at Loblaws Cooking School, on February 24th at 7pm

Learn how to prepare a unique 3 course meal step by step, then sit down and enjoy with friends and family. Tickets are limited and available through Eventbrite:

Meanwhile: 2017 International Rose of Tralee Maggie McEldowney Running for Charity

​2017 International Rose of Tralee Maggie McEldowney has confirmed she will take part in a number of long distance running events for charities over the coming months. In doing so, Maggie plans to raise money for good causes on both sides of the Atlantic - Baile Mhuire Day Care Centre for the Elderly in Tralee and Young Irish Fellowship Club of Chicago.

“What better way to honor the Irish diaspora than through two Irish charity organizations from across the world. For me, there's no better place to honor it than from where it all started this year - in the beautiful town of Tralee. Please consider a donation." Anyone who wishes to donate money to support Maggie’s efforts in the Tralee International Half-Marathon and other upcoming running events, can do so at:

January 2017

The 2017 Ottawa Rose Search has begun!


December 2016

Season's Greetings!

Autumn 2016

The Rose of Tralee Ottawa Centre would like to congratulate Chicago Rose, Maggie McEldowney on becoming the 2016 International Rose of Tralee. Maggie is a 27 year-old Chicago native working as the Director of Development at Marist High School. She is a graduate from the University of Illinois with a degree in Media Studies.  Maggie is actively involved in the Chick Evans Scholar Alumni Community and serves on the Board of the Young Irish Fellowship Club of Chicago, a committee responsible for coordinating fundraisers that celebrate Irish culture. In 2015, she ran the Chicago Marathon raising money for local charities. She has also volunteered her time at Chicago events such as the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Gala, the American Ireland Fund Green Gala, and Mulliganeers fundraisers. Her roots hail from Co. Derry.  

 A Message from the 2016 Ottawa Rose:

Officially back and settled on Canadian soil and attempting to describe the most amazing four weeks of my life has proven very difficult. It was with a heavy, but full heart that I left Ireland and my 2016 Rose of Tralee family consisting of 64 phenomenal, independent and inspirational women. My experience at the Rose of Tralee Festival and travelling to Ireland to represent Ottawa was fun-filled and exhausting, yet truly unbelievable and I would do it all over again if I could! 

The morning of Sunday, August 21st was a particularly early and stressful one as we learned of the top 32 roses, chosen by 3 panels of judges, to be on live, national television. I broke down in tears of joy as I was announced to be among them and was absolutely delighted to be able to stand in front of over 2 million people and represent my centre, family, and incredible communities that I call home. I am truly blessed and thankful to represent such vibrant Irish communities not only in Ottawa, but from Kingston to Quebec City, and everywhere in between.

I am thankful every day that so many years ago, Thomas Griffin and Lawrence Fitzmaurice made the difficult choice to leave St. Mullin's, Co. Carlow and Ardfert, Co. Kerry respectively, and immigrate to Canada. My heritage has shaped me into the strong, independent woman I am today cherishing family, friendship and community above all.

I have to say a massive thanks to my supportive family, friends, the Ottawa Gaels GAA and Eastern Canada GAA who came to Tralee to give me some last minute pep talks before hitting the stage, SFH Irish Dance Studio, the Rose of Tralee Ottawa Centre, the Irish Society of the National Capital Region, Rosemary O'Brien for helping me with anything and everything from advice to hats, and Stephanie Coull, our incredible 2014 Ottawa Rose, for being my rock in Tralee and continuing to represent the Ottawa Rose centre with poise and confidence. Last but not least, I would also like to thank all the wonderful members of the community here in Ottawa, as I could not have made it through this without each and every one of you.

I look forward to continuing my involvement throughout our great community here in Ottawa to the end of term as the 2016 Ottawa Rose as well as for many years to come; once a rose, always a rose!

August 2016

The Road to Tralee in 2016 

 With months of events under her belt, Sarah is prepared for the frenzy of the Rose of Tralee International Festival!

Request our newsletter for further updates and photos:

The Rose of Tralee Ottawa Centre hopes that every Rose from around the world enjoys her own journey to Tralee in 2016. With events of a lifetime about to begin for these young women; we would like to acknowledge all four Canadian Roses who have made their way to Ireland:

July 2016

Tralee Send-off for the 2016 Ottawa Rose

May 2016

2016 Ottawa Rose Sarah Griffin Springs into Action

Since being selected the 2016 Ottawa Rose in March, Sarah Griffin has been actively participating in community events. April included a 1916 Commemorative Concert hosted at the Official Residence of the Irish Ambassador to Canada; and attending a bilingual Irish/English production of Pearce in Pictures by Fíbín at Saint Brigid’s Centre. In May, Sarah’s focus was participating in the first Darkness Into Light 5K Run/Walk to be hosted in Ottawa on May 7th in support of Pieta House. Photos from all these events were shared in our newsletter. Not on our mailing list yet? Contact us at!

March 2016 


The Rose of Tralee Ottawa Centre is pleased to announce that Sarah Griffin has been selected to be the 2016 Ottawa Rose. She will be one of four Canadians participating in the Rose of Tralee International Festival in Ireland this August. 

Sarah has an Honours Bachelor of Arts with specialization in Linguistics and a Minor in Celtic Studies from the University of Ottawa as well as a diploma from Dawson College in Modern Languages. She would like to complete a one-year graduate certificate, starting in the fall, to be a Communicative Disorders Assistant. Born in Montreal, Sarah now lives outside of Ottawa in Lanark County. This 23-year old’s focus for the past 11 years has been competitive Irish dancing with Moran Academy in Deux-Montagnes, and Sue Fay Healy Irish Dance Studio in Ottawa. Sarah has competed at multiple championships, her most recent being the 2015 All Ireland Championships in Killarney, Co. Kerry. In the same year, Sarah received an Ireland-Canada University Fund (ICUF) scholarship to study Irish for a month in Galway. Her paternal great-grandfather emigrated from Co. Carlow and maternal great-great-grandfather left Co. Kerry, both to settle in Quebec. 

In her first week as the Ottawa Rose, Sarah attended the St. Patrick’s Day Luncheon on March 17th at the National Irish Canadian Cultural Centre. She then walked in both the Ottawa and Montreal St. Patrick’s Day parades on the weekend. You can see Sarah highlighted in this Ottawa Life Magazine article about the celebrations taking place at the parade after-party, Saturday. We know this is only the beginning of her amazing year.

The 2016 Ottawa Rose Selection took place March 11th-13th. Members of the public who met with 2016 Ottawa Rose Applicants over the course of the weekend and who attended the Selection Event itself were impressed by the calibre of these young women; each representing themselves and their sponsors so well. From the ten individuals, Sarah Griffin was selected to be the 2016 Ottawa Rose. Sarah will participate in the Rose of Tralee International Festival this summer.

The success of the 2016 Ottawa Rose Selection Weekend would not be possible without our Sponsors and Partners:  

Les Suites Hotel Ottawa        Aer Lingus        Surgenor Automotive Group        Embassy of Ireland - Canada

The Gaelic Hour        St. Patrick’s Home of Ottawa        Saint Brigid’s Centre for the Arts    D’Arcy McGee’s Irish Pub

Murphy Ford Sales Ltd., Pembroke        Andre R Gagne Photography        The Scottish and Irish Store

Irish Women’s Network of Ontario        EPM        Sue Fay Healy School of Irish Dance          The Conways

Trillium Academy of Irish Dance        John’s Repair Service        Catrysse Veterinary Services        Patty’s Pub

Bradley Kelly Construction Ltd.         The O’Briens          Irish Society of the National Capital Region

                                                    We thank you for your continued support.


March 2016

The 2016 Ottawa Rose Selection Weekend Is Here!

We welcome 11 Applicants to this year's Rose Selection. Who will become the next Ottawa Rose? Join us to find out!

February 2016

Rose of Tralee Ottawa Centre Fundraiser 

Come join us for an evening with friends, music, fashion, and boutiques! Proceeds go to the Rose of Tralee Ottawa Centre as we prepare for the 2016 Selection weekend in March.

January 2016


December 2015

The Search for the 2016 Ottawa Rose

Applications are now being accepted for individuals wishing to become the 2016 Ottawa Rose.

  • Please confirm that you meet all the eligibility criteria.
  • Ensure that you are available for the Ottawa Rose Selection Weekend taking place March 11th-13th in Ottawa, Ontario
  • Find an Organization or Business Sponsor
  • Contact the Ottawa Centre directly with any questions about the Ottawa Rose selection process.


December 2015

Christmas Cheer with the Irish Society of the National Capital

2015 Ottawa Rose Claire Conway joined the Irish Society of the National Capital Region for its Christmas Afternoon Tea, hosted at the Irish Ambassador's Residence in Ottawa.

(Left to Right) His Excellency Dr. Ray Bassett, Irish Ambassador to Canada, 2015 Ottawa Rose Claire Conway, and Bryan Daly, President of the Irish Society of the National Capital Region.

November 2015

The 2015 Ottawa Rose: Celebrating with the Gaels

The Ottawa Gaels celebrated 40 years as a Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA) club in Ottawa on October 17th. The Rose of Tralee Ottawa Centre President Austin Comerton, Centre Representative Laura Hay, and current Ottawa Rose Claire Conway all attended the gala banquet to support the Gaels.  Claire visited with 2015 Rose Applicants Lisa Wright and Louise Dowd among the full house of community attendees. We would like to congratulate the Gaels on hosting a great event!   

Left: Claire having fun with Ottawa Gaels GFC Chairperson, Vanessa McLean at the photo booth. Above: Claire and 2015 Éire óg Ottawa Hurling Club Rose, Louise Dowd.

September 2015

The 2015 Ottawa Rose: Autumn Appearances

With a summer filled with celebration in Ireland, the Rose of Tralee International Festival finished its 56th year naming Meath Rose Elysha Brennan the 2015 International Rose of Tralee. Back here in Canada, the Ottawa Centre continued its community involvement with a new endeavour in September: participating in the 35th Annual Terry Fox Run.  Ottawa Roses and Centre supporters were out walking the 5km and running the 10km distances on Sunday September 20th with our participants raising over $200 for the cause.

2015 Ottawa Rose Claire Conway with Rose Centre reps and supporters ran, walked, and wheeled down Colonel By Drive for the 35th Annual event. Ottawa Roses Keira Kilmartin (2013) and Stephanie Coull (2014) even took to the streets of Dublin to walk as one with us for The Terry Fox Walk.


Claire was invited to the International Plowing Match in Finch, ON where she was greeted with a warm welcome. The event was a great success and thoroughly enjoyed.


July 2015

The Rose of Tralee Regional Festival: From a Rose Perspective

The Rose of Tralee Ottawa Centre is extremely proud of 2015 Ottawa Rose Claire Conway who made her way to Ireland last month for the Regional Festival. Take a moment to read about the experience from a Rose's point of view:

Hello everyone! For those of you who do not know me, I am Claire Conway, this year’s Ottawa Rose. Last month, I had the privilege of representing our Canadian capital at the Rose of Tralee Regional Festival in Portlaoise, Ireland. And what an outstanding experience it turned out to be! As the Rose of Tralee Festival celebrates the Irish diaspora, I had the amazing opportunity to meet 55 women, each representing their Irish communities from all over the world. From Melbourne to Texas, from Dubhai to New York, many communities were represented for the event and were gathered together through the festival.

The event having lasted a total of nearly 5 days, I had the opportunity to visit Ballyfin house & Castle Durrow, to visit a local school, to take part in a vintage car parade, to do some Irish dancing, and to try out some delicious meals, all while getting to know all of the other delightful roses. I even played in a camogie match wearing our Ottawa Hurling team’s jersey! On the night of my public interview, I had a lovely chat on stage with host Daithi O’Shea, and had the privilege of playing my party piece; Red is the Rose on harp and voice.

Even though I was not invited to take part in the International Festival in Tralee in August, I have decided to head over to Ireland all the same to visit my family, and also to support my rose friends at the festival. I look forward to sharing this next experience with you all. I would like to take this opportunity to thank the members of our Irish community here in Ottawa for all the on-going encouragement and support. I am so grateful to have had the amazing experience of taking part in the Rose of Tralee Festival in Ireland!

 April 2015

Claire's First Two Months

Since Claire was selected, she has attended numerous community events including the Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann April ceili, Youth Tulip Ball, and the Ottawa Gaels Annual Spaghetti Dinner fundraiser. A wonderful interview with Claire can be found from the Cornwall Standard Freeholder. Up next: you can meet Claire at the Irish Women’s Network Spring Garden Party on Sunday May 3rd.

This month, Claire will make her way to Ireland for the Rose of Tralee Regional Festival which runs from Thursday 28th to Sunday 31st May 2015.The Regional Festival is held every year before the Rose of Tralee International Festival to determine which Roses will represent their territories at the International Festival in August. Three other Canadian Centres will be represented by Roses: Newfoundland and Labrador, Western Canada, and Toronto. Claire’s immediate family, relatives from Tyrone, and Ottawa Rose Centre representatives Keira Kilmartin (2013 Ottawa Rose) and Stephanie Coull (2014 Ottawa Rose) will be in attendance supporting Claire from the audience for her on stage interview with host Dáithí Ó Sé

 Ottawa Rose Claire Conway before a harp performance in April, 2015.

 March 2015

2015 Ottawa Rose Selection Weekend

Thank you to all our sponsors, partners, volunteers, panelists, and of course Rose Applicants for another successful Ottawa Rose Selection Weekend! Check out our gallery page to see what took place.

Congratulations to Claire Conway on being selected our Newest Ottawa Rose!

March 2015 

Who will be the next Ottawa Rose?

February 2015

The search has begun!

September 2014

Even as Rose Centres around the world get back into their daily routines following the whirlwind of the 2014 Rose of Tralee International Festival, it is never too early to consider applying for next year!

Individuals considering to apply to be the 2015 Ottawa Rose must be available for the Ottawa Rose Selection weekend in March (dates to be confirmed) and consider the following eligibility criteria.

To apply to be a Rose, all applicants must:

a) Be 18 years of age by January 1st next and will not have reached your 28th birthday on or prior to the following September 1st.

b) Be unmarried or never been married.

c) Be born in Ireland, or an Irish citizen or of Irish origin by virtue of one of your ancestors having been born in Ireland.

d) For applicants residing outside the island of Ireland - be living in the region you wish to represent for a minimum of one year and recommend that if selected as the Rose that you will remain resident in this region for the following 12 months.

e) Never have previously represented any Centre as a Rose in the Regional Festival or International Rose of Tralee Selection.

f) Be available for Rose Selection events and if selected be available for the Regional Festival and International Festival events.




Maria Walsh (27) is the first Philadelphia Rose to take the title and she was presented with her sash and tiara by the 2013 Rose of Tralee, Haley O’Sullivan and David Doyle from Newbridge Silverware, lead sponsors of the Festival.

Maria, who works as a studio manager for a clothing and lifestyle brand in Philadelphia, said: “I am extremely blessed to receive this wonderful honour in the company of 31 high calibre, beautiful, intelligent and hard-working women. We’ve had an extraordinary time in Tralee and great friendships have been formed.”

Born in Boston, Massachusetts, Maria moved to the south Mayo village of Shrule in 1994. She studied Journalism and Visual Media in Griffith College Dublin and graduated in 2009 before venturing to the Big Apple in early 2010. She moved to Philadelphia in late 2011.

Maria is a Studio Manager for Anthropologie, a clothing and lifestyle brand but she joked about being a little concerned about how the outcome of last night’s outcome selection might be greeted by her employer.

“I’m not going to lie, but when my name was announced I thought to myself ‘my boss is not going to be very happy’. When I went for this trip, my boss said, ‘don’t come back with the crown’. Nonetheless, I’m looking forward to spending the next 12 months encouraging women of Irish origin and descent to take part in this wonderful Festival.”

Maria’s parents are Noreen and Vincent, she has two brothers – Kevin and Michael - and a sister, Eileen and, being an avid Mayo Gaelic football fan is particularly looking forward to next Sunday’s All-Ireland Semi-final against Kerry.

She is a Pioneer and a member of the Glencorrib Center since she was twelve and she has volunteered for many years with the Pioneer Association and No Name Club, two organizations that focus on the development of our young people.

In addition to the honour becoming the 2014 Rose of Tralee, Maria has won a prize package that includes a treasure trove of Newbridge Jewellery and Homeware, a €25,000 World Travel Prize sponsored by The Loop at Dublin and Cork Airports and a year’s driving in the new Kia Soul worth €25,000 from Kia and McElligotts of Tralee.

This year’s Rose of Tralee International Festival kicked-off on Friday August 15th and around 200,000 people were in Tralee over the course of the five-day Festival, the highlights of which were Union J, Walking on Cars, three parades, two fireworks displays and an airshow.

The Street Carnival in the town centre was complimented by the Dome events that included Nathan Carter, the sell-out 1100 capacity Rose Ball, two Rose selection nights and The Kerryman Fashion Show which was attended by nearly 1600 people.

The General Manager of the Rose of Tralee International Festival, Oliver Hurley, commended the local business community and the dedication of the team of 150 volunteers who worked tirelessly to deliver a top class event to people of all ages.

Planning for the 2015 Rose of Tralee International Festival will get underway in the coming weeks and the dates for next year’s event are set to be confirmed in September.

Applications are now being accepted to become Roses in 2015 and full details are available from 

August 2014

2014 Rose of Tralee International Festival

The Rose of Tralee International Festival will be taking place August 15-19th in Tralee, Co. Kerry. Although our Rose Stephanie will not be on stage with Daithi in the Dome, she will be in attendance to support the 32 Roses who will be representing the Rose Class of 2014. A testament to the bonds formed between these remarkable young women in a short amount of time, Stephanie and all the Roses will be there as cheerleaders and representatives of their respective centres. The 2014 Rose of Tralee will be chosen over two nights of selections on Monday August 18th and Tuesday August 19th on RTE. You can watch the selections online on the RTE website. Stay tuned for a report from Stephanie on her experience in Tralee and her time in Ireland.

July 2014

2014 Rose of Tralee Regional Festival

Ottawa Rose Stephanie Coull made her way over to Ireland last month for the Rose of Tralee Regional Festival. The 27 year old Montreal native holds a Bachelor’s degree in Anatomy & Cell Biology from McGill University and another in Education from the University of Ottawa. She currently works as a chemistry and mathematics teacher at the Sacred Heart School of Montreal. Alongside almost 60 other Roses from around the world, Stephanie was one of three Canadians participating in the festival that celebrates Irish culture and the modern Irish woman.

You will soon be able to see what Stephanie got to experience as the 2014 Ottawa Rose in Portlaoise on the Ottawa Centre's
gallery page and Facebook album. Stephanie had her on-stage interview on the Friday night with support in the audience coming from Austin Comerton, her family, Keira Kilmartin (2013 Ottawa Rose), and even support from Stephanie's dance school in Montreal (Bernadette Short's School of Irish Dancing)! Stephanie did an amazing job representing Ottawa and Canada as a whole - we are so proud of her! For 2014, the Toronto and Western Canada Roses are the two Canadians who will be representing Canada in Tralee this August.


From Stephanie:

I am so grateful and thankful to have been a part of the wonderful experience granted to me through the Rose of Tralee Ottawa Centre. To be able to count myself amongst the women I met over my week in Portlaoise is truly the best gift of the entire experience. From our first visits to local schools and playgroups to dancing with the Rosebuds in the rain and laughing with 60 amazing new friends as we got to know each other, The Rose of Tralee Regional Festival was life-changing! Our common love of Ireland and our Irish roots was a unifying factor like none other. We were kept busy but none of the sore feet or tired eyes mattered because the love, support and admiration we received from the people of Co. Laois were second to none.


The Rose of Tralee Festival celebrates all things Irish and how much the diaspora continues to support and connect with Ireland. I was honoured to represent Ottawa on stage and to have support from Ottawa and Montreal in the audience meant the world. Although I will not be on stage with Daithi O'Se in the Dome in Tralee this year, I will be there with bells on to support my 32 Rose sisters who will represent all of us with grace and style. It doesn't end there though! I look forward to supporting the Ottawa Irish community throughout the rest of my year as the 2014 Ottawa Rose. Go raibh mile maibh agat!

The Rose of Tralee Ottawa Centre is so proud to have such a poised and gracious Rose in 2014. We are thrilled that Canada's Capital continues to be represented so well by another young women of Irish descent on the International Stage.


May 2014


Our fashion show fundraiser at the Irish Ambassador's Residence returns for a second year.

Come admire the spring/summer collections from Melanie Lyne and millinery from local Chapeaux de Madeleine 

Tickets are $30 each and can be purchased through our homepage.  Those in attendance have a chance to WIN A TRIP TO IRELAND!

 April 2014


Congratulations to Stephanie Coull on being selected the 2014 Ottawa Rose! Stephanie was sponsored by the Sacred Heart School of Montreal in the Ottawa Selection from March 14th-16th, 2014.

Stephanie will travel to Ireland in May for the Rose of Tralee Regionals in Portlaoise Co. Laois with an opportunity to return to Ireland again in August for the Rose of Tralee International Festival in County Kerry.

Best of luck Stephanie!


March 2014



Come join us for the Selection event at the Ambassador's Residence on Sunday March 16th. Not able to join us there? Be sure to check out the Roses at their other public appearances:



11am:  During the 2014 Ottawa St. Patrick's Parade. Starting at 11am in front of City Hall

3:45pm: Outside Parliament Hill

6:00pm: Attending the Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann Dinner and Ceili (Tickets must be purchased in advance at:



8am: Tune into the Roses being interviewed live in studio on the Gaelic Hour (CJLL 97.9FM)

Noon: Public Meet and Greet at the Celtic Cross Pub and Eatery (343 Somerset, at Bank Street)

3pm: THE OTTAWA ROSE SELECTION being hosted at the Irish Ambassador's Residence. Tickets on sale through our homepage!


A huge note of thanks to all of our sponsors and partners. Without your support the 2014 Ottawa Rose Selection would not be possible:

February 2014

The Upcoming Rose Season

The deadline for applications is fast-approaching. All interested individuals must have their application submitted to by Monday February 24th, 2014. We have another great Ottawa Rose Selection Weekend planned for March 14th-16th so stay tuned for more details including photos and bios of our 2014 Ottawa Rose Applicants.

As we come into the new "Rose Season" we have a number of events planned. Interested in attending our Irish Dinner Cookery Class on Saturday March 1st? Tickets can be purchased through Eventbrite on our homepage. You will even have the opportunity to meet the Ottawa Fury Midfielder, Richie Ryan. Tickets are $35 and must be purchased in advance.

We also have tickets on sale now for our Ottawa Rose Selection Event on Sunday March 16th, hosted at the Residence of the Irish Ambassador in Rockcliffe Park, Ottawa. Tickets for the selection are $25. Come support the young women who are seeking to represent Ottawa in Ireland at one of the longest running Irish Festivals. Enjoy their on-stage interviews with MC Michael O'Byrne from CTV News. Who will be the next Ottawa Rose? Come find out for yourself on Sunday March 16th!  

January 2014

Accepting Applications for the 2014 Ottawa Rose


Happy New Year! For all those who have considered applying to be the Ottawa Rose - we are now accepting applications.

Submission Deadline: Monday February 24th, 2014



November 2013


An eventful autumn for our 2013 Rose


Following the festivities in Tralee, 2013 Ottawa Rose Keira Kilmartin settled into an Irish routine to begin four years of Medicine at University College Cork. Keeping in touch with some of the other Roses and Escorts, Keira has run a 10k for charity, attended impromptu Rose reunions, the Hi Style Awards, and the Friends of A Black Tie Ball while still in Ireland. Take a browse through our 2013 gallery to see for yourself!

Founded in 2012, Friends of A was established in memory of the 2010 Texas Rose of Tralee Adrienne Hussey by her family and friends with an aim to raise money to fund ongoing research into cranial aneurysms. This charity has gained considerable successes since its inception including the establishment of the University of Limerick Adrienne Hussey Scholarship, charity walks/runs, and most recently the Black Tie Ball. This year's Rose of Tralee Haley O’Sullivan  was in attendance which seems most fitting, as Haley represented Texas in 2013 at the Festival. The Ottawa Centre is thrilled Keira was able to attend the Ball and congratulates Friends of A for its successes to date – keep up the amazing work.

On this side of the Atlantic, the Rose of Tralee Ottawa Centre hosted a Cookery Class and Dinner as our fall fundraiser. With an Oíche Shamhna theme on Halloween Night, we encouraged attendees to dress in costume – and did they ever. Check out the gallery below. Special thanks to the staff in the Gloucester Loblaws’ President’s Choice Cooking School and Wine Rack. Donna, Thuy, Jennifer, and Lori: Your enthusiam was contagious and we loved partnering up with such a great group of foodies and experts in the field. You not only cooked up a storm but also taught us about shopping and cooking for the whole realm of dietary considerations today: diabetes, coeliac disease, lactose intolerance, high-blood pressure, high-cholesterol – the tips seemed endless! What is more, we were thrilled to have Keira on hand to speak to the crowd about her experiences thus far as the Ottawa Rose.


It may be hard to believe it is that time already, but we are starting the search for 2014 Applicants. If you know of a young woman who would represent us well in Ireland at the 2014 Rose of Tralee International Festival encourage her to get in touch with us at the Rose of Tralee Ottawa Centre: We would also like to note that the 2014 Ottawa Centre Brochure and Application form are now posted.


 Ottawa Centre Halloween Cookery Class and Dinner - October 31, 2013

Hosted at the PC Cooking School in the Gloucester Loblaws Community Room

 June 2013


2013 Ottawa Rose Keira Kilmartin - a 22 year old McGill University student with aspirations to pursue medicine, has been selected as one of two Canadians to participate in an International Festival celebrating the accomplishments of young women with Irish ancestry.

The Rose of Tralee International Festival is one of Ireland's largest and longest running festivals, celebrating 54 years in 2013. The festival brings young women of Irish descent (“Roses”) from around the world to County Kerry, Ireland, in August for a global celebration of Irish culture.

The Ottawa Centre has been a part of the Festival since 2009. Our selection panel from the Ottawa Irish community selects the applicant they see best embodying the qualities and characteristics of a “Rose”- someone who represents the collective aspirations, social responsibilities and ambitions of young women of Irish descent. Keira was selected to be the 2013 Ottawa Rose in March. She travelled this month to Ireland for the Rose of Tralee Regional Festival, held every year before the Rose of Tralee International Festival to determine which Roses will represent their territories at the International Festival in August.

With nearly 70 Rose Centres around the world, the Regional Festival narrows the number of young women down to the 32 to participate in a tour around Ireland and the Festival in Tralee; and to be interviewed on a nationally broadcast RTÉ television show in August. This two-night show is filmed before a live audience and has almost 1 million viewers.  

There are four Canadian Centres involved in the Rose of Tralee International Festival - Ottawa, Toronto, Western CAnada, and Newfoundland and Labrador. This year, Keira Kilmartin representing Ottawa and Erica Halfyard representing Newfoundland were selected to be the two Canadians among the 32 International Roses. Both will be returning to Ireland in August, 2013.  

Full Press Release in PDF Format:

 May 2013

A Success! On Sunday May 12th, the Rose of Tralee Ottawa Centre hosted its first Fashion Show. Wtih this fundraiser, we sought to showcase the sophistication and style of the Rose of Tralee International Festival, while also promoting the Ottawa Centre with 2013 Applicants and members of the Ottawa Irish Community as models. A post-runway reception followed the show in addition to a silent auction. Thank you to all who attended this event - we hope you were able to get a bit of inspiration for your own wardrobe as we come into the garden party and wedding season.

Models wore dresses from Melanie Lyne collections, hats and fascinators designed by Chapeaux de Madeleine, and footwear provided by Town Shoes. This event would not have been possible without the generous support and partnership from these businesses.

 April 2013

Thank you to all who attended the 2013 Ottawa Rose Selection Event. It was a sold-out success! Congratulations to our new Rose Keira Kilmartin. She will represent us well at the Rose of Tralee International Festival Regionals in Portlaoise, Co. Laois May 29th to June 2nd.

Closer to home: stay tuned for updates on our May Fashion Show Fundraiser.

March 16th-17th 2013:

2013 Ottawa Rose Applicants are participating in a number of activities over the course of this weekend. Follow us on twitter for updates, or come out to support the Applicants at the following events!

  • See 2012 Ottawa Rose Avaleigh Eastman and the 2013 Ottawa Rose Applicants during the St. Patrick's Parade along Wellington - Look for the Rose of Tralee Float!
  • Meet the Applicants at the Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann Céilí and Dinner hosted at Blessed Sacrament Church (only a handful of tickets left for sale).  Music by the Ottawa Céilí Band

  • Listen in between 8:00-10:00am on CJLL 97.9 for The Gaelic Houwhere host Austin Comerton will interview all 9 applicants in the first hour.
  • Don your green at noon and attend the St. Patrick's Day Luncheon at the Saint Brigid's Centre: Home of the National Irish Canadian Cultural Centre - Our Rose Applicants will be there in full force.
  • Official 2013 Ottawa Rose Selection will take place between 3:30 and 5:30pm. Tickets have sold out - but news will be posted by the Ottawa Centre on facebook, twitter and our website so stay tuned!

Thank you to all our partners and sponsors who have made the selection weekend possible:

March 2013

With the 2013 Ottawa Rose Selection weekend just around the corner, keep an eye out for new announcements this week. 

March 10th: Our Cookery Class and Kitchen Party  fundraiser was a success with a highly entertaining chef teaching us the tricks of the trade to prepare a traditional Irish meal. Thank you to Loblaws in the Gloucester Centre for your wonderful hospitality, and to the Wine Rack for your support and expertise. To all the musicians, dancers and poets who attended - your talents made it a true kitchen party!

March 12th: Announcement of the 2013 Selection Panel

March 14th: Announcement of 2013 Ottawa Rose Selection Weekend Activities

March 15th-17th: 2013 Rose applicants participating in numerous activities as part of the Ottawa Irish Festival - Stay tuned to find out where you may find the Rose applicants throughout the weekend!


February 2013

2012 Ottawa Rose Avaleigh Eastman was interviewed on CTV Morning Live February 11th. Take a look at Avaleigh's interview as she talks about her "Rose experience" and what is in store for the 2013 Ottawa Selection:  

February 2013

The search is on for the 2013 Ottawa Rose! 
Deadline for 2013 Ottawa Rose applications: Monday February 25th, 2013. Details and applications forms available on our "About" Page

Mark Your Calendars
Check out our homepage for two upcoming events hosted by the Rose of Tralee Ottawa Centre. 

                  Sunday March 10th: Cookery Class - Four Course Dinner and Irish Kitchen Party
                                                           Loblaws Community Room Gloucester Mall
                                                           Tickets $30.00 purchased in advance
                                                           Fundraiser for the Ottawa Centre
                   Sunday March 17th: Rose of Tralee Ottawa Centre 2013 Selections
                                                           Residence of the Irish Ambassador
                                                           Tickets $25.00 purchased in advance
                                                           Part of proceeds going to the Ottawa Valley Aid for Chernobyl Children
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