Amy Callaghan will represent Donegal in the prestigious Rose of Tralee International Festival this summer.

Last year’s Donegal Rose, Zoe McGettigan, handed over to the newly announced Donegal Rose, Amy Callaghan!

Amy Callaghan from Glenswilly was the popular winner of the Donegal Rose selection which was held last night in the Clanree Hotel.

Amy was absolutely delighted and now goes forward to represent Donegal in the Rose of Tralee International Festival.

Sixty five Roses from around the globe will participate in the International Rose of Tralee Festival in which thirty two of these Roses will be televised in the live TV programmes on Monday 21st and Tuesday 22nd of August.

She is the daughter of Seimi and Geraldine Callaghan.

Dad Seimi couldn’t hide his delight and posted a lovely message on Facebook which read “The proudest dad in Donegal, so happy for my first-born. Well done Amy.”

Amy represented the Century Complex at last night’s gala event which is co-sponsored by McCullagh’s Jewellers and Clanree Hotels.

“We are so proud and delighted and for you. Thank you for representing Century Complex and being such a beautiful person,” said a spokesman for Century Complex.

All of the Roses wore beautiful jewellery from R McCullagh Jewellers.

A spokesperson for the Donegal Rose committee says; “Special thanks to 2016 Donegal Rose Zoe McGettigan who has been a true Donegal ambassador for Donegal and the Rose of Tralee.

“She has been an inspiration to everyone she encountered at various events representing Donegal, Zoe raised funds for various charities including over €2500 for Bumbleance, she attended many special events including the St Patrick’s Day Parade in New York.

“We wish Zoe well and know that she will continue to be part of the Rose of Tralee International Festival moving forward.

“Thank you to Elaine Dolan in Elaine’s Essential Beauty for looking after the makeup, thank you to ABC Gym Sponsoring Geraldine Harkin, MacBride Bros. Joinery Sponsoring Louise MacBride, Donegal Airport Sponsoring Bridget Corry, Harvey’s Point Hotel Sponsoring Julie McGrath, R McCullagh Jewellers Sponsoring Darina Nugent and Rachel Parke, Malin Hotel Sponsoring Grainne Byrne, CC Century Complex Sponsoring Amy Callaghan, The Grey Room Sponsoring Claire Cassidy, Cavankee Fishing Co Ltd Sponsoring Geraldine Cavanagh, Rossan Knitwear Sponsoring Hannah McNelis and Shandon Hotel & Spa Sponsoring Emily McEleny.

“Thank you to the Rosebuds and Escorts and to Host Lee Gooch.