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Inishowen Rose delighted with Tipp pal's win 03.09.08

by Damian Dowds, Inishowen Independent

FIONA Doherty, the Quigley’s Point girl who represented Donegal in the Rose of Tralee competition earlier this year, has said she’s delighted that Tipperary Rose Aoife Kelly won the title last week.
Fiona met Aoife at the regional final held in Portlaoise in June and the pair quickly struck up a firm friendship. “We met at the final and I got really friendly with Aoife and Charlene Connolly the Clare Rose,” Fiona said. “We’ve kept in touch since and I’m not one bit surprised that Aoife won it.”
A graduate of Queen’s University in Belfast, Fiona Doherty beat off 15 rivals from across the county to be named Donegal Rose at the Mount Errigal Hotel in Letterkenny in May.
The 22 year-old did not progress from the 30 finalists at the regional competition in Portlaoise, but Aoife Kelly was one of six Roses to advance to last week’s televised final in Tralee.
“I’m delighted that Aoife won, she really had the whole 
Rose of Tralee winner, Aoife Kelly and Donegal Rose, Fiona Doherty.
package,” Fiona continued. “She was a lovely girl, smart, good craic and good looking.”
“I only came back from a working holiday in Spain last Wednesday, so I actually missed the show on television,” Fiona admitted. “I was working in a camp outside Madrid and also spent some time in Majorca, but I returned to rainy old Ireland last week.”
“I will take the time to watch the show on my computer, and I’ll contact Aoife when everything calms down to congratulate her properly.”
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