Congratulations to 27-year-old Maria Walsh, the 2014 winner of the Rose of Tralee competition. Maria, a native of Boston, Massachusetts, grew up in the village of Shrule, County Mayo. She studied Journalism and Visual Media at Griffith College in Dublin, graduating in 2009. As a committed Pioneer, she spoke eloquently of her membership of the Association at the annual Festival, held in Tralee, County Kerry, which reaches an audience of over a million viewers. Prior to her moving to Philadelphia in 2011, where she works as a Studio Manager for a clothing brand, Maria was involved in promoting the Association in Ireland and organising various youth activities with the National Youth Committee of the Pioneer Association for several years. We wish her well in her role as the 56th Rose of Tralee.