New York Rose of Tralee Departing Stewart Airport for Ireland

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The 2017 NY Rose of Tralee Sinéad Kirnan will be departing Stewart International Airport this evening, Wednesday, August 9th, on Norwegian Airlines and arriving in Dublin, Ireland the following morning where a welcoming celebration is scheduled to take place. A sendoff at Stewart is scheduled for 6 PM tonight.
The International Rose of Tralee Festival takes place in Tralee, County Kerry, Ireland, every year where approximately 65 young ladies of Irish birth, or descent, from around the globe participate for the honor of being named “The Rose of Tralee”. Please see the following for more info.

This year’s representative for the greater New York area is Sinéad Kirnan, of Walden. Please see the following for more info.

Meet our 2017 New York Rose

All are encouraged to come out and give Sinéad a big sendoff.

Meet our 2017 New York Rose, Sinéad Kirnan!

Sinéad was born in Walden, NY to Veronica (Kane) of Naas, Co. Kildare and Bill Kirnan of Brooklyn, NY. Thanks to her Dad’s passion for genealogy, the paternal side of her family can also be traced back to Co. Sligo and Cavan. As the oldest of three girls, Sinéad and her sisters were extremely fortunate to spend their summers growing up in Naas. The girls also loved Irish dancing with the Sheahan-Gormley School of Irish Dance from an early age. As they got older, trips to Ireland became independent and more frequent. Guessing which saint their Aer Lingus plane was named after began the excitement of each trip. Sinéad’s parents made it a priority for her to grow up within the Irish culture and to show her the importance of a strong family bond.
Sinéad completed two years of college at Seton Hall University in New Jersey, when she decided to follow her true passion of aviation. She had found her 8th grade yearbook, where she had written a 10 year prediction for herself; that she was going to be flying jets in the Air Force and running for the Rose of Tralee. In 2013, she decided to follow her first goal and enlisted into the Air Force National Guard as a C-17 Loadmaster. For the next two years, she underwent extensive military training across the United States. The past four years have only heightened her love of flying, which she accredits to her trips back and forth to Ireland. After graduating with her degree in Biology (medical track) and psychology minor this May, Sinéad will continue to follow her dream of becoming a pilot within the Air Force. She hopes to use her biology degree to combine two of her interests and enter into the medical field, as a flight physician. Ultimately, she dreams of sitting in the cockpit on her first flight in command to Dublin.

Sinéad looks forward to representing her Rose Sisters in Ireland as the New York Rose and she is humbled to have the chance to represent all Irish women of New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut and be united with the countless number of Irish close and far. Her passion to encourage people and mentor the youth holds true in all aspects of her life. She enjoys coaching and reffing youth basketball leagues and participating in leagues of her own. She is an active member with numerous organizations within her community. She is a volunteer with Hudson Valley Honor Flight, escorting World War II veterans to Washington, D.C., and at the Veteran’s Affairs Hospital at Castle Point as a physical therapy aide. She is a volunteer at various Special Olympics events and is a Eucharistic Minister in her church, Most Precious Blood. As part of her continuous desire to mentor, Sinéad works with the Girl Scouts as part of Operation Cookie Drop and volunteering within local schools to visit with the kids to promote confidence and inspiration.

One of Sinéad’s greatest honors is working with Wings for Val, a non-profit foundation in memory of Lt. Valerie Cappelaere Delaney, to help continue her legacy of inspiring young girls to feel beautiful, but also not afraid to be courageous. Sinéad hopes to stay true to the values of faith, loyalty, and integrity that her parents have instilled within her and she is honored be part of a community of strong, compassionate, and intelligent Irish women. If you hear a plane overhead, wave; it may be Sinéad!

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Photo Credit: Iain Toft

Celebrate 2017 NY Rose Sinéad Kirnan as She Heads to Ireland


Come join the Kirnan’s in their favorite local bar, Sweeney’s, to send off Sinéad Kirnan, the 2017 New York Rose Of Tralee. Kirnan leaves for Ireland on August 9th, to represent New York in the International Rose of Tralee Festival. Sinead was born and raised in Orange Co. NY, so let’s give her a proud New York Irish send off.

The New York Rose Of Tralee Center will be accepting donations and 50/50 to help defray the costs and the 300 Euro for charity in Ireland. Our 2017 NY Rose, Sinéad Kirnan, Air National Guard (Air Force) has done so much for our community and country. We are so proud of all her accomplishments and genuine heart. Join us to give her a big New York send off with plenty of good fun. Irish musicians, dancers, singers, and story tellers are welcome to come and join in and make this a real Irish Session.

The Rose of Tralee festival is an international competition which is celebrated among Irish Communities all over the world. The festival, held annually in the town of Tralee, in County Kerry, takes its inspiration from a nineteenth-century ballad of the same name about a woman called Mary, who because of her beauty was called The Rose of Tralee.

Musicians and singers will need to bring your own instruments, leads, and/or microphones.

Date: Saturday, July 28, 2017


Sweeney’s Irish Pub
33 Orange Ave
Walden, NY 12586

Time: 5 PM – 9 PM

Meet the Candidates for the NY Rose of Tralee at a Night at the Races

Kristin Stack 2016 New York Rose

Kristin Stack 2016 New York Rose

Come Join the Lovely Ladies who are in the running for the NY Rose of Tralee at Empire City for a Night at the Races.

The Night at the Races is at The Empire City on 810 Yonkers Avenue, Yonkers, NY, April 28, 2017 at 7:00.

There will be a contest for the Best Dressed Person at The Night at the Races. A prize will be awarded so come in your best attire!

The First Race is 7PM.

Sponsored Races: Irish Famine Summer School.., Slattery’s Midtown, THEIA by Don O’Neill, Dan Dooley Car Hire, Bridget O’Brien PR & Events, Michelle Rene Designs, Clinton Stables, American Irish Historical Society, Irish American Writers & Artists, Celtic Complexion, and Irish American Young Leaders.

Whether you’re a horse enthusiast, a serial fashion addict or just looking for a fun day out, the Empire City has something for everyone. Please come show your support and wear your fancy dress and Hat for Rosy Heart Foundation, meet us in the Empire Terrace. If you would like your business name in lights and in the race program, please contact us on how to sponsor a race.

Unateresa Gormley, Cultural Director and her Executive Board, Ann Marie Mulholland, Karen Murphy and Bridget O’Brien are hard at work organizing the New York event. There are 16 fabulous Young Rose’s and Ambassadors, representatives of Ireland’s 32 counties to compete in the regional competition. The competition is to be held at the Empire City at Yonkers Raceway (Our Sponsoring Partner) on April 30 and is one of 70 Rose Centers across the world that will be participating in this prestigious competition. The New York Rose will be selected on Sunday, April 30, at Yonkers Raceway. (All applicants must have contributed non-career volunteer service to their communities.)

The winner will then participate with the other 70 center representatives to be held in Ireland to represent their region at the International Rose of Tralee Festival in Tralee on August . The winner, chosen from 32 competitors from all across the globe, will be selected for her personality and her ability to serve as the festival’s ambassador.

The Rose of Tralee, is one of Ireland’s largest and longest running festivals.
“A Rose reflects the intelligence, compassion and independence of modern Irish women,” says Unateresa Gormley, who is heading up the selection efforts in the tri-state area.

The first Rose of Tralee festival began in 1959 but this year’s festival will be even more special as it is one of the biggest events of this year’s The Gathering Ireland 2015.

To obtain an application and/or to purchase a weekend ticket package, which includes admission to the April 30 competition, dinner email or call Gormley at 914-715-9914. To find out more about the Rose of Tralee festival,


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