Niamh O'Sullivan attended the Rose of Tralee International Festival launch yesterday morning wearing a little red dress, ASOS shoes - and an insulin pump. We caught up with the New Zealand Rose to find out more. Watch the interview above.
Twenty-seven-year-old dietitian Niamh has decided to settle in the Taranaki region of New Zealand for the rest of her days. However, before she bids farewell to her life in Ireland, the Clonakilty native wants to embrace the "greatest things that Ireland has to offer".
We caught up with Niamh to discuss life with diabetes, preparing for the festival and how she plans on keeping herself mentally and physically fit over the coming week. Watch the interview above.
"I really want to show women who might not have a pump or might look to get one [that] you can totally wear a sexy red dress and it can be slim and fitting and you can't even see it. I don't think you can see it, you can't even see the pump, so I'm actually really happy with my choice and feeling really confident which is really nice," she said.
In the beginning of her career, the Rose hopeful was working in London with "all the glamorous stuff" ranging from cardiology to gastroenterology before moving to New Zealand, where she found a job working with a childhood obesity programme.
Niamh is passionate about her work with children, and is on a mission to stop the nation from fat shaming those with obesity. The Clonakilty woman shared her thoughts on the obesity crisis, as well as her tips for helping struggling parents. Watch the video below.
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"I think that we're feeding for love, and that's the problem; they [parents] think that they're feeding for love and it is love but it's not the right type of love that they're needing at the moment. They actually need the tough love," she insisted.
Dáithí and the final 32 Roses will broadcast live from Kerry at 8:00pm on Monday 21st and Tuesday 22nd of August on RTÉ One. International audiences can watch the event live on the RTÉ Player.