Laois Rose Grainne Hogan milks a cow with Rose of Tralee MC Daithí Ó Sé.
After a whirlwind fortnight at the Rose of Tralee, it’s back to milking the cows for Laois Rose Grainne Hogan.
Grainne, 23, climbed back into her wellies on Monday August 27 to return to work in Cardtown Camross, a little bit hoarse but with lots of good memories of her time in Kerry.
“It’s back to reality. I’m happy to be back,” she said.
Being in the Rose of Tralee was “unbelievable”.
“It was fantastic. The friends I made are unbelievable, everything was absolutely brilliant, I was treated like a queen, we had so many kids coming up to us looking for autographs, it makes you realise how lucky you are,” Grainne said.
Grainne made it through to the final 32 Roses and the live television interviews this year, the first Laois Rose since 2014 to do so.
She milked a dummy cow on stage with Daithí Ó Sé to great public reaction.
She also spoke touchingly about her granddad who was a healer and instilled a love of farming in Grainne, and her nana who was in Tralee for the first time and was in the audience.
The nation reacted warmly to Grainne’s down to earth hard working ethic and her love of animals, praising her as a modern female role model, something she is humbled by.
“It’s nice to hear people say those things, it’s very humbling. You don’t have to be a different person to be a Rose, they want to see who you really are,” she said.
Her mother Anne had got special praise from Grainne onstage for raising her family alone.
“She should be up here not me,” Grainne said to presenter Daithí during her interview.
Anne also had a great time Grainne confirmed.
“My family and my mam had a wonderful time, I've got great support from the start from everyone,” she said.
She praised the new Rose of Tralee, Waterford Rose Kirsten Mate Maher.
“I knew Kirsten from the first day, she is a great girl. Everyone was fantastic, we are all winners, with the opportunities that open just from being there and the people we have met,” she said.
After enjoying time off to recover thanks to her employers Noel and Breda Dooley, Grainne was back milking and feeding 110 dairy cows and raising her own few sheep.
“It’s back to reality. The cows don’t see me any differently, once you feed them that’s all they care about.,” Grainne said.
She is ready to embrace the rest of her year as Laois Rose, and will continue to be available for charity events and functions.
“That’s what I’m here for, to help people and promote our county,” she said.
Below: Laois Rose Grainne at work. Pic: Leinster Express