M&C Saatchi suit Fiona O’Sullivan has been crowned Sydney’s Rose of Tralee.
The fearless Optus Account Manager will jet back to her homeland to represent the Harbour City in the annual celebration of all things fair and Eire this August.
Fiona was crowned Sydney’s Rose at a glittering selection ball at the Sofitel Sydney and will become the 50th to represent the city at the annual festival celebrated among Irish communities all over the world.
The 26-year-old from Cork said the honour is a “dream come true”.
“The Rose of Tralee competition is a fantastic celebration of Irish culture.
“Representing Sydney is a massive honour, as Sydney has really become my home away from home since I arrived here in 2011.
“Everyone, both at home in Ireland and here in Sydney, has been so supportive and all are excited about the festival in Tralee in August. I hope I do the Sydney Irish community proud.”
Word of Fiona’s triumph got around M&C Saatchi the Monday after she won the title.
The call around 99 Macquarie St went out for Fiona to give a rendition of Scottish ballad Caledonia that she sung as part of her winning routine.
But agency staffers would only get their song if they raised $500 for the Conquer Cancer Ride that 21 M&C Saatchi-ites are taking part in.
In just over 15 minutes a staff whip round had raised more than $1,000 for the great cause, the email was sent into meltdown and Fiona enchanted all and sundry with a moving recital from the Level 3 long table (pictured below).
An effort worthy of Sydney’s Rose of Tralee.