Ardara’s Donegal Rose Tamara Payne has made it through the regional qualifiers of the Rose of Tralee after being selected as the Ulster Rose.
Nineteen-year-old Tamara was named as the Ulster Rose on Friday last, following the third Regional Festival Selection night in Portlaoise.
Tamara is studying law at the Letterkenny Institute of Technology and also works in the Nesbitt Arms Hotel, where she is one of the most popular members of the team. She is the daughter of Anna and William Payne of Garrowart.
Over 60 Roses attended the Regional Final Festival in Portlaoise and 23 were chosen to go forward to take part in the International Rose of Tralee Festival in Tralee in August.
Tamara was interviewed by host, the bearded Kerryman, Dáithí Ó Sé, while Lifford’s Mickey Harte entertained the crowd as the judges made their final decisions.
Stephen McCahill of Ardara told the Democrat, “Tamara will be a great ambassador for Ardara, indeed the whole of Donegal. She is one of the most bubbly persons I have come across.
“She is also a very creative person and has Ardara very much at heart. When we were painting a building across the road she came up with some great ideas on how to enhance it. Her personality will bring her a long way.”
A large crowd turned out on Monday evening to welcome the popular Ardara girl back to her hometown.
Stephen added, “Since becoming the Donegal Rose she has attended many community events around the country - hopefully we might have the opportunity of asking her to welcome home the Anglo Celt a little bit later in the year. If she wins outright I’m sure we’ll have to create another festival around her,” he joked.