Occupation: Veterinary Nurse
Tara Roche is from Callan, Co Kilkenny and works in the town's Veterinary Hospital. She is passionate about human and animal welfare and last year was chosen by Edinburgh Napier University to travel to India to train local veterinary technicians.
Along with her family, Tara takes part every year in the Darkness into Light charity walk and in 2014 they completed endurance event Hell and Back in aid of the Irish Wheelchair Association. Describing her selection as Kilkenny Rose as "an incredible honour", she hopes to use her skills and experience "to benefit people and animals all over the world".
"I hope as an ambassador for my county I can make a positive lasting impression during my year as the Kilkenny Rose. Up the Cats!"