Christina Murphy is thrilled to take part in what she says is a celebration of women.
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In the second of a series of four interviews with this year’s contestants to represent the grand duchy at the Rose of Tralee, we meet a fine art graduate from Armagh.
26-year old Christina Murphy grew up on a farm in the village of Mullaghbawn and studied fine art at the University of Ulster, Belfast. A keen traveller, she has lived in Croatia, England and New Zealand
Who, or what, convinced you to enter the Luxembourg Rose?
From a young age I would look on admiringly at the Rose of Tralee on TV (as I’m sure many little girls do). However, I never thought I would be lucky enough to be a part of it. When I heard of the opportunity to take part in the Luxembourg Rose I was apprehensive at first, but thanks to amazing support from my boyfriend, and nudges from my friends and family, I convinced myself to take part. Being abroad is another great reason to take part in the Luxembourg Rose, as this is a great experience to be a part of the Irish community here in Luxembourg and to have a strong connection with my very missed home. Already I have met three amazing girls and the brilliant Rose committee, and I couldn’t be happier.
What has been your favourite memory of Luxembourg since you moved here, and what has been the biggest challenge of living in the grand duchy?
My fondest memory of Luxembourg is the first day I moved here. I came here initially as an au pair, so the nerves and excitement as I walked through Luxembourg airport to be greeted by my new family was a great feeling. Luxembourg was so new. It seemed like the biggest city at first, the weather was amazing (I arrived in August) and because my host family were so encouraging and supportive I had the best welcome.
Initially I chose to come to Luxembourg because of challenges. The year previously I was living in New Zealand and I decided that I wanted to go out of my comfort zone and learn a new language.
Luxembourg, of course, was the best choice. The vast amount of cultures and languages, the great job opportunities, amazing people. I am still learning and keeping up with the French language, and although it is challenging I have come a long way from when I first arrived in Luxembourg.
What would it mean for you to be selected as the Luxembourg Rose?
Of course, it would mean a tremendous amount. Words couldn’t describe. The ability to represent a country I’ve called my home from home for so long, and the great Irish community we have here in Luxembourg at the Rose of Tralee would be a dream. However, I genuinely didn’t enter the Luxembourg Rose to become the Luxembourg Rose. I entered to make new friends, continue to gain confidence, to have an experience of a lifetime and express my immense pride to be Irish.
This festival is a celebration of women and to just be a part of it is such an amazing thing.
This year’s Rose Ball to select Luxembourg’s Rose of Tralee will be held at the Parc Hotel Alvisse in Dommeldange on 14 April. Details here.