"Dia Duit ó Chontae na Gaillimhe! My name is Deirdre O'Sullivan, and I am so grateful for the opportunity to be this year's Galway Rose. Home is Luimnagh, a small village on the edge of Lough Corrib. I currently live in Dublin and work as a primary school teacher in St Clare's, Harold's Cross.
"Growing up, we spent our summers in Tralee. As my grandparents lived on Denny Street, we always felt we were more than just at the Festival - we felt we were part of the Festival. To be returning this year representing my county is a dream come true for myself, and my family.
"I am passionate about health and have been a regular volunteer with Croí since 2009. I have also taken a lead role in St Clare's active school flag initiative which involves 'Wake Up, Shake Up' and coaching the hurling team, among other things.
"Life has been a whirlwind since I was announced as the 2018 Galway Rose and I have had little time for reading, music and planning my future travels. That being said, I wouldn't have it any other way. Nothing makes me happier than, once again, being part of the magic!"