will be initially broadcast at 8:00am on Sunday repeated at 8:00am and 1pm daily for one week.
It will then move to the archives.
The Annual Rose of Tralee Festival is underway and we had the
opportunity to meet the four Canadian Roses. Also chatting with Nathan
Carter before his performance at the Rose of Tralee Festival.
Hi! I’m Colombe Aingeal Nadeau-O’Shea. I’m 26 years old and was born
and raised in the beautiful city of Toronto. I am half French Canadian
and half Irish. My grandparents, aunt and uncle hail from Dublin. They
came over in 1954, and once settled here had
I went to an arts high school to follow my passion for visual arts
(I’ve been painting since I was seven, had a solo show at 12, and had
pieces hanging in the Four Seasons Hotel in Toronto for eight years). I
ended up majoring in photography and dance! I also grew up playing the
piano (brought to Toronto from Dublin!), and figure skating.
After high-school I went to Wilfrid Laurier University, where I
majored in Psychology and minored in French (I’m bilingual, and
currently learning Spanish). I then took a year off, worked, and
traveled the world for three months. Upon my return, I went back to
school to get my Master’s degree in Fashion Theory from Ryerson
After school (and traveling solo through South America for five
weeks), I started my career as a business etiquette consultant Corporate
Class Inc. I loved it, but something was missing! I took a step back
from that full-time role (currently still a contractor there) to join a
non-profit tech start-up. I couldn’t be more excited!
Some of my hobbies and passions include (but aren’t limited to):
painting, working out, traveling (been to nearly 30 countries so far,
and counting!), volunteering (a huge part of my life), animals
(including my ones at home – Jax, a ball python and Charlie, a budgie),
music, reading, high-adrenaline sports (like sky-diving and
scuba-diving), hiking, spending time with friends and family, and living
and promoting a vegan lifestyle.
I’m so thrilled and honoured to represent Toronto in this years’ Rose of Tralee Festival!
I am a 22-year-old student completing my Bachelor of Social Sciences
degree at the University of Ottawa with a specialization in
International Development and Globalization and minor in Business
Administration. I grew up in Whitby, Ontario and moved to Ottawa to
study in French Immersion and be in a bilingual environment. After
completing my studies, I plan to obtain a master’s degree in
International Development and I am interested in working for a
non-governmental development organization in the future.
I have volunteered locally as well as internationally from my time
helping to build a school in Tanzania when I was in high school, to
being Vice President of Internal Affairs for the University of Ottawa’s
International Development Conference. In 2012 I was honoured with the
Celebrating Youth Award for my involvement in the Whitby Environmental
Youth Alliance and the Whitby Youth Council.
Throughout my studies I have worked in heritage and tourism at the
Capital Information Kiosk in Ottawa, educating tourists about Canada’s
history. I also worked as a tour guide at the Canadian National Vimy
Memorial in France for four months, where I was able to teach visitors
about Canada’s participation in the First World War. I was proud to have
the opportunity to visit France, the country of my ancestors on my
mother’s side. I am now looking forward to be visiting the land of my
Irish ancestors for the first time this summer. My Irish roots are on my
father’s side of the family as my great-great-grandfather, John Foran
Jr. immigrated from Castlegregory Co. Kerry to Canada as a baby in 1840
to Huron County, Ontario. In my free time, I enjoy reading, playing
guitar and exploring Ottawa by bike.
WESTERN CANADA ROSE
Hi’a, my name is Sinead McGahern, and I feel truly blessed and
honoured to be the 2017 Western Canada Rose. I am 27 years old, and
currently living in Calgary, Alberta. I was born and raised in Winnipeg,
Manitoba, where my parents, Patrick and Kama decided to settle down. My
father, Patrick, is from Co. Cavan and immigrated to Canada in 1976. My
mother, Kama, is from Lynn Lake, a small mining town in Northern
When I graduated high school, I moved to Halifax, Nova Scotia to
attend Dalhousie University. In 2013, I graduated with a Civil
Environmental Engineering Degree and moved to Calgary. I have been
working at a small environmental consulting firm for the past three
years and have been fortunate enough to travel for work throughout
southern Alberta and British Columbia.
In my spare time, I enjoy being outdoors, especially snowboarding in
the winter and hiking in the summer, primarily in the Rocky Mountains. I
have a love for the arts, and enjoy painting, metal smiting, writing,
and photography. Yet, my passion is dance; I attend Irish dance training
twice a week, and I volunteer my time, teaching at my Irish dance
Academy once per week. Most of my weekends in the spring, summer and
fall are filled with adventuring throughout Alberta and British Columbia
in my 1986 Westfalia VW camper van. Since I am an only child, I am very
close to my parents, which has me talking on the phone to them every
day and spending time with friends every chance I get.
I am beyond ecstatic to be attending the 2017 Rose of Tralee
International Festival as the Western Canada Rose. I cannot wait to
begin this journey and show how proud I am to be an Irish Canadian,
representing my family in Ireland and community in Canada.
Newfoundland, Labrador Rose
My name is Katie Hanlon-Wadman, I am 19 years old, and I live in
Paradise, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada. I am currently completing
my Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering at Memorial University of
Newfoundland (MUN). I decided to pursue Engineering after participating
in the 2014 Women in Science and Engineering Newfoundland and Labrador
Student Summer Employment Program. This program places high-school girls
in positions in Science and Engineering to promote women’s interest in
During that Summer, I worked as a Wave Pump Research Assistant at
the National Research Council of Canada. Since then I have worked in
many engineering related positions through my co-op program at MUN. I am
very determined and hard working, having earned seven scholarships for
school. Life long learning is something that I am very passionate about.
From tutoring high school students, to discovering something new each
day, my love for learning and passing on knowledge is tremendous.
In my spare time, I love to swim, hike, camp, rock climb, cook, and
volunteer. My love for camping and volunteering came from my nine years
with Girl Guides of Canada. Most recently I have volunteered with
GoodLife Spin4Kids, the Community Food Sharing Association, and the
Canadian Cancer Society Relay for Life. These organizations hold a
special place in my heart.
My Irish Heritage originates from my father’s side of the family. My
three times great grandfather Timothy O’Connor was born in Kilkenny,
Ireland and settled in Placentia Bay, NL in the late 1800s. As well, my
great grandmother Ellen Connors (Henry) was born and raised in Belfast,
Ireland and came to Newfoundland as a war bride after marrying Thomas
Connors in 1944. O’Connor eventually became Connors for sounding “too
Irish”. I am very proud of my Irish and Newfoundland Heritage and the
impact it has on my life everyday.
Nathan Carter was born in Liverpool. His family originate from Newry
in County Down.He soon leaned to play the accordion and trips to
Ireland to compete in Fleadh Ceoil’s became a regular feature of young
Nathan’s life, and by the age of 12 he won All Ireland medals for
singing, and the accordion. Nathan soon became a member of the Liverpool
Ceili band, playing accordion and piano, and solo performances soon
followed in Liverpool and Ireland.
On a trip to Donegal in 2009, Nathan was appearing in concert in
Buncrana, where he met with songwriter John Farry. So impressed was
Farry that representation soon followed and the rest, as they say, is
Nathan’s recordings include WHERE I WANNA BE (no. 1), BEAUTIFUL LIFE
(no. 1), ‘STAYIN’ UP ALL NIGHT’ which topped the Irish chart and
reached the top 20 in the UK. THE WAY THAT YOU LOVE ME, TIME OF MY LIFE,
THE LIVE SHOW, Audio CD & DVD. WAGON WHEEL CD, which saw him sign
with Decca Records. The video single to ‘Wagon Wheel’, has generated
more than a million hits on YouTube.