Sarah McInerney to Represent Ohio in the Rose of Tralee International Festival

Sarah McInerney, 2022 Ohio Rose

February 12, 2022 – The Ohio Rose Centre announced today that Sarah McInerney will represent Ohio in the 2022 Rose of Tralee International Festival taking place this August in Ireland. 

We are delighted to introduce Sarah McInerney as the 2022 Ohio Rose. She is an Irish citizen from County Clare and just received her PhD in Biomimicry from the University of Akron. Her interest in conservation has led to focusing her career on promoting environmentally sustainable behavior through education and innovation by looking to nature for inspiration.

Outside of work, Sarah plays Gaelic football and camogie, enjoys horse-riding and rock-climbing and exploring the beautiful Ohio Metroparks.

Due to other commitments, 2020 Ohio Rose Christine Smyth is unable to represent Ohio at the Festival this year. We want to thank Christine for her time and dedication to the Rose over the last two years.

The Ohio Rose Centre has a tradition in recent years of selecting the first rose for the international festival, and the excitement is really ramping up in Ireland after the 2022 Festival was launched on Friday to great fanfare. 

Please join us in welcoming 2022 Ohio Rose Sarah McInerney as she represents Ohio in the Rose of Tralee International Festival!

Sarah is so excited to head home, especially after the last 2 years of the pandemic delaying travel plans. She said, “The Rose is just the cherry on top of it all!”


Meet the 2020 Ohio Rose Applicants!

Announcing our 2020 Ohio Rose Applicants! Read their biographies here.

  • Shannon Enoch
  • Meghan Gallagher
  • Maureen Ginley
  • Erin Hogan
  • Grainne Hutchingson
  • Cailin Klein
  • Sarah McInerney
  • Sara Scacchi
  • Lynn Schutte
  • Molly Shonk
  • Christine Smyth

You can meet the 2020 Ohio Rose Applicants:

Ohio Rose Christine Smyth

Christine is heading to Ireland for the 2021 Rose of Tralee International Festival!

Hello! I am Christine Smyth and my passion is Irish dance. I am 23 years of age and was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio. Irish culture is an essential part of my life with having proud family roots in County Clare. My future aspirations are to be an Irish dance teacher, wife, and mother someday. Currently, I am working towards opening The Smyth School of Irish Dance named in honor of my deceased father. I teach classes to adults, children, and special needs students so that all may experience the joy of dance. My background as a Regional Champion and World Medal Holder paired with my passion for teaching inspires my life goals. I am a student at Baldwin Wallace University studying Arts Management, Entrepreneurship, & Dance. I love spending my free time with family, and I am so grateful to be a part of the Cleveland Irish Community.

Sponsor Name: Casey’s Irish Imports, Rocky River, OH

2019 International Rose of Tralee is Limerick Rose Sinéad Flanagan

27.8.2019 Tuesday Night. Pictures from the Rose of Tralee International Festival. The 2019 International Rose of Tralee is Limerick Rose Sinéad Flanagan selected onstage in the Festival Dome on Tuesday night. Photo By Domnick Walsh © Eye Focus LTD – http://www.dwalshphoto.ie Tralee Co Kerry Ireland Mobile Phone : 00353 87 26 72 033 Land Line : 00 353 66 71 22 981 E/mail : info@dwalshphoto.ie WEB Site : http://www.dwalshphoto.ie

Announcing 2019 Ohio Rose Danielle Goebel

Two amazing weekends culminated in the announcement of 2019 Ohio Rose Danielle Goebel. Danielle will represent Ohio at the 2019 Rose of Tralee International Festival in Ireland this August.

When asked about the upcoming year, Danielle said that she wanted “to make the most of this opportunity,” and she hopes to “make an impact in people’s lives.”

Danielle was chosen among many outstanding women from Ohio. The 2019 Ohio Rose applicants came from diverse cities and backgrounds. From Cleveland to Marietta, Ohio’s proud Irish-American women continue to push the boundaries in leadership, community outreach and philanthropy. Read the 2019 Ohio Rose applicant bios.

2019 Ohio Rose Applicants

Meet the 2019 Ohio Rose Applicants

Our 2019 Ohio Rose Celebration kicks off on Saturday, February 9th, when the Ohio Rose Applicants meet each other at orientation and then depart for a bus tour. We welcome family and friends to visit the Ohio Rose Applicants on tour at P.J. McIntyre’s Irish Pub from 5:15 – 6:45 p.m on Saturday, February 9th. Read the Applicants’ Full Bios here.