Niamh Carey says Luxembourg has shaped her career and who she is today
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In the third of our interviews with this year’s contestants to represent the grand duchy at the Rose of Tralee, we meet an intern at the European Court of Auditors from County Cork who is still taking her law exams.
A 24-year gradate in law and French, Niamh Carey fell in love with Luxembourg when she was selected to speak at the European Youth Parliament. A keen fitness fanatic, she has signed up for the ING half marathon this year, just months before competing in her first full marathon with her twin sister Mags.
Who, or what, convinced you to enter the Luxembourg Rose?
I always love watching the Rose of Tralee every year. I used to spend my summers in Castle Gregory, near Tralee, so the festival was always a highlight! Between university and exams, I never thought to apply, until I arrived in Luxembourg. The Luxembourg 2015 Rose, Aedammair Ni Chiardha mentioned it a Camoige tournament and said how much fun it was! She spoke so enthusiastically about it, I got the idea stuck in my head, and ever since I have wanted to do it.
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 favourite memory of Luxembourg is either running the 10k Run in the Dark through the city last November; the city was so beautiful to run through at night! Or when I went to see Alt-J last summer in Neumunster Abbey. Such a lovely summer’s evening and great music!
What would it mean for you to be selected as the Luxembourg Rose?
I would be incredibly honoured. Luxembourg has been a city which has shaped my career and ultimately who I am today. I would be proud to represent a country that so many Irish people call their home.
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.