Hello, my name is Nicole Loughlin. I'm 22-years-old and I'm honoured to be representing my county this year as the Mayo Rose. I grew up in Shrule on the Mayo/Galway border and could not be any prouder to call it my home.

I have recently finished my final year of my four-year honours degree in Mathematics and Education, which I studied at National University of Ireland, Galway.

Over the past year I have been busy coordinating my fundraising campaign entitled Let's Make It Happen. The campaign marks a unique venture which involves uniting school communities, both locally and globally, to fund the building of a post-primary school in Malawi. The idea originated from a summer visit to Malawi, where I witnessed first-hand the poverty crisis that envelops this country. Thankfully, I exceeded my goal and construction of the first school block is under way with plans in place to start a second in the near future.

As the third eldest of nine children, I am beyond blessed to have such a supportive family. Coming from a large family life is hectic, but we wouldn't have it any other way.

We grew up watching The Rose of Tralee. My family and I can't wait to experience it first hand from inside the Dome!