The Rose of Tralee International Festival pursues a celebration that showcases the inner qualities, grace, intelligence, wit, charm and achievement that characterize modern young Irish women world wide.
More information regarding this time-honored festival dating back to 1959 can be found at www.roseoftralee.ie, which is the Rose of Tralee International Festival's official web site. A great showing of support for the Northern Ohio Rose Centre can be achieved by visiting "Ohio" under the "Centres" tab on this site.
The Northern Ohio Rose event was held at LaCentre in Westlake on April 27, 2012. Dan Coughlin served as Master of Ceremonies.
Marybeth Ions (violin) Jack Ciarniello (piano) entertained.
Marybeth Ions and Jack Ciarniello
The 2012 Northern Ohio Rose of Tralee candidates and their escorts were piped into the hall by bagpiper Bruce Grieg.
Northern Ohio Rose of Tralee contestants and escorts
2012 finalists from across the Greater Cleveland area were Brenna Behan and Caitlin Mackin, both of Westlake; Madeline Fox of Lakewood; Mary Cooper of Euclid; Tara Quinn of South Euclid and Ashley Speaker of Southington.
2011 Northern Ohio Rose Bridget Linton was on hand for the ceremony.
2011 Northern Ohio Rose Bridget Linton
National Anthems sung by Katie Cooper
1971 Rose Linda Schubeck, Westlake World Partners Co.'s Brett Luengo and 2011 Rose Bridget Linton
Judges of the Northern Ohio Rose
Contestants and escorts
The Leneghan Dancers performed at the ceremony and were joined by 2011 Rose Bridget Linton for a number.
Bridget Linton with Leneghan Dancers
Ashley Speaker was crowned the 2012 Northern Ohio Rose.
Ashley Speaker - 2012 Northern Ohio Rose
Ashley Speaker - 2012 Northern Ohio Rose with escort
Enjoy these images from the 2012 Northern Rose ceremony.
Tom Scanlon and Gerry Quinn
Westlake Mayor Dennis Clough, Tana and John Carney and Bryan Falk
Denise McConville and Rex Harper
Scott and Randi Fatzinger
Vera and Tom Casey
Steve and Francine Tirpak and Jim Horan
Scott Ziance with David and Kelly Campbell
Escorts Sgt Frederek Willard, Cpl Timothy Lilley, Sgt. Carlos Tong and Sgt. Douglas Sinclair
Gerry Quinn, Regina Costello and Dan Coughlin
Egon Luengo and Ed Shubeck
Jack Mulloy, Wally Votteler and Coletta Mulloy
Ashley and Marjorie Speaker
Kathy and Brett Luengo
Katie Cooper and Bridget Conway
Tara Quinn and supporters
Chris, Kathleen and Katie Cooper
Brett Luengo, Ken and Lynn Brady and Karen Killeen
Ashley Speaker - 2012 Northern Ohio Rose and Bridget Linton, 2011 Rose
Congratulations to Ashley Speaker - 2012 Northern Ohio Rose