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Scholarship honours the memory of late Rose

  A Kilrush engineer said he will never forget the groundswell of support from friends of a former Rose of Tralee contestant who passed away last year. Up to 60 Rose of Tralee escorts, contestants and friends of Adrienne Hussey crammed into the waiting room of Beaumont Hospital in Dublin at midnight on Wednesday, January 12, 2012. Barry Prendeville said people came from all over the world when they heard about Adrienne’s critical condition. Unfortunately, their worst fears were realised when Adrienne, at just 26, died from a ruptured cerebral aneurysm that doctors believe may have been congenital. She was a social worker from Plano, Texas. Like all her friends, Barry was devastated after her death and wanted to do something to remember her by. Having met Adrienne while she was competing as the Texan Rose of Tralee in August 2010, they struck up a great friendship. At the time, Barry was the escort for the Luxembourg Rose and when …

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MOTHERS’ Day is heralded by an avalanche of greeting cards, bouquets, chocolates, gift tokens for pampering at spa resorts and crowded restaurants, with Mother as the guest of honour. And why not? Yet an infinite number of women, who, for a variety of reasons, have no children, are viewed as just that – women. Yet, they are mothers or were potential mothers, as surely as any mother celebrating next Sunday with her loving family.

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