Colleen is a Rose for the weekend at the International Rose of Tralee Festival!
Colleen Whelan from Graiguenamanagh is 14yrs old but unlike most teenagers her age has gone through a huge amount in her young lifetime.
However, Colleen loves all the Roses and how they all talk about their Irish roots and feels so proud that all the Roses have something in common their Irishness. Colleen said ”I am going to be the Kilkenny rose and win purely because of my charm and hurling skills.”
So last weekend on Friday the 15th of August Colleen had her dream come true thanks to Share a Dream where she spent the weekend with the Roses at the International Rose Festival in Tralee.
Colleen arrived to the Fels Point Hotel on Friday the 15th of August with her mum Liz, dad Sean and sister Niamh and was met by the Share a Dream committee and checked into the hotel.
After a few photos Colleen headed off to lots of shops in Tralee who all gave her a great Tralee welcome along with some beautiful gifts. Then after a delicious lunch at Yummy Cafe Colleen, her mum and sister headed off to CH Chemists to be transformed and get her make up done. Then off to the hairdressers for more transforming.
After a hectic day Colleen and her family returned to her hotel for a rest before getting ready to attend the Rose Ball later that evening.
Before the Ball commenced Colleen and her family had a private meeting with all the Roses and Daithi O’ Shea. She was later wined and dined at the Ball and treated like real VIPs and the highlight of the night was when Colleen was introduced as the 33rd Rose.
Share a Dream would like to thank all their wonderful Tralee committee,Grace O'Donnell, the Rose of Tralee International Festival committee, Iarnroid Eireann, Fels Point, An Garda Síochána, Shaws Department Stores,That's Perfect, Benefit Cosmetics UK, DAN FITZGERALD & SONS, Hilsers Jewellers, Swamp and everyone else involved in making this dream come true for Colleen and her family.
According to Colleen’s mum Liz “Colleen is so excited and we are in shock as to everything that has been organised for us and the Tralee people are so kind. It is really special and we would like to thank the Share a Dream Foundation.”