"My name is Kirsten Mate Maher, and I'm honoured to be the 2018 Waterford Rose.
"I love singing and sing with the Island of Ireland Peace Choir which was formed in the wake of the Omagh bombing in Co Tyrone in 1998. We have performed together in The Garden of Remembrance, The Aviva Stadium, Stormont and many other places. I also gig with my friend Calum in my spare time just for fun.
"I play hockey with Waterford Ladies' first team and we are currently competing at Munster Division 1 level. I have such a big love for animals, especially horses and dogs. I have been horse riding since I was five-years-old and in the future I hope to own many horses and dogs - maybe even some sheep and goats too.
"In September I look forward to attending Waterford Institute of Technology to study Multimedia and Application Development. I hope to pursue a career in computer programming."