Hi everyone! My name is Stephanie McCarthy and I'm delighted to be selected as this year's 'Rebel Rose'. I live in Frankfield, Cork.

I graduated from University College Cork with a degree in Neuroscience and I'm currently completing my Master's in Pharmaceutical Technology. I was inspired to pursue my career in pharmaceuticals by the eagerness and strength of people to fight an illness, even when there are limited therapies available. Once I complete my Master's I hope to work in the area of clinical trials.

I am very family-oriented and a proud mum myself. Born on St Patrick's Day, I'm one of three siblings and the middle child by eight minutes as I have a twin sister! My mother hails from Dubai and my father is from Cork with Kerry roots.

I love being on-the-go and keeping busy, but when I do like to relax you will find me with a book in my hand and a cup of tea. I'm a keen lover of all things fashion and have worked as a bridal consultant for many years.

To represent Cork this year is a huge honour for me. I'm counting down the days to Tralee to what I'm sure will be an experience of a lifetime, especially for the Diamond Jubilee Year!