1999 Southern California Rose of Tralee - KERRY O'CONNELL BEAUCHEMIN
“My quest for adventure, my desire to meet new people, explore new cultures and discover a bit about myself & my Irish ancestry was brought to life before me on my journey as the Rose of Tralee”
As a little girl I grew up with an avid imagination & an uncanny ability to get lost in my dreams. Often times I would imagine far away places and distant lands where leprechauns danced little jigs at the end of beautiful rainbows, where fairy princesses made friends with wizards and where I could pass away the day beneath the hot sun listening to the sounds of a babbling brook and contemplating when my next great adventure would begin. Little did I know that years later my fantasy world would collide with reality. My quest for adventure, my desire to meet new people, explore new cultures and discover a bit about myself & my Irish ancestry was brought to life before me on my journey as the Rose of Tralee. 1999 was a year unlike all others, it is a year that I look back upon and smile and feel so blessed that someone thought I lucky and fair enough to be the Rose of Tralee. I have fond memories of the friends that I made, the people that I met and the wonderful moments that are forever burned in my memory of my time in Ireland. Who could ask beautiful scenery, the most humble of people and the richest of cultures? Being the Rose of Tralee shaped and molded me into the person I have become today. I look back now upon my year as the Rose and I say “thank you” to each person who walked with me on my journey and to the roses of the fture, May you always remember to dream & imagine…you never know where it might take you.