The Letterkenny woman who proudly represented Donegal at the Rose of Tralee has sent a kind-hearted message of thanks to her supporters.

Amy Callaghan – Donegal Rose 2017

Amy Callaghan made a lasting impression in this year’s festival for her account of the importance of mental health for young people.

Looking back on the experience, Amy shared how exhausting and exciting it was to be a Rose.

She shared a realistic image of life behind the glamorous photos and events:

“Sash hanging off, hair getting done, Amy out for the count…accuracy level ” Amy wrote on the Donegal Rose Facebook page.

Image via @DonegalRose

Amy thanked all her friends and family who supported her journey and sent out an encouraging message to girls who are considering taking part in the competition.

“I want to say thank you to everyone for their endless support and beautiful kind words about my interview on Monday night

“To anyone considering applying for the Rose of Tralee I would say, do it… It’s honestly been the most amazing experience and I’m so grateful and honoured to have met and got to share it with such an amazing bunch of women and indeed our lovely escorts,” she wrote.

This year’s crown was passed on to Offaly Rose Jennifer Byrne, a junior doctor who was clearly stunned to hear her name called out as the winner last night.

Amy congratulated Jennifer on her success: “You will be an absolutely incredible ambassador for our Rose class of 2017 and indeed the Rose of Tralee International Festival!”

Amy will continue to represent Donegal as our local Rose throughout the year. She will be appearing at events and continuing her promotion of mental health awareness which has earned her much praise this week.

“Here’s to the year ahead and I hope I can continue to do my county proud as Donegal Rose – Rose of Tralee 2017 xx,” she said.