16 year old Niamh Gleeson from Bansha, Tipperary who suffers from a very painful illness Juvenile Arthritis had a dream to be the Rose of Tralee.
After arriving to the beautiful Fels Point Hotel, and checking in Niamh and her family were greeted by the Mayor of Tralee Pat Fitzpatrick.
Then it was off to the Spa where she got her make-up done while enjoy some delicious Mock-tails and goodies. Next a Garda escort arrived to whisk her off to Tralee Garda Station for a full tour of the surveillance and operations centre before escorting her to Kelly’s Hairdressers were she got her hair done.
At the parade Niamh got the shock of her life when she was greeted by Rose of Tralee Maria Walsh, who asked her new friend to join her on the main float beside her. Then Niamh was really overcome when Maria offered to switch sashes with her and also gave her the very special Rose of Tralee crown just for a very “special moment in time”.
Finally, Niamh visited a number of shops where she received numerous gifts and later that evening went to a special meet and greet with Boyband “Hometown” and attended their concert with her family.