PhD student Edwenia O’Malley is the Mayo Rose

Congratulating Edwenia O'Malley on her success at the Mayo Rose selection heats is Imelda Smith, Robin Smith, Christina McMahon and Paula O'Hara of Motivation Weight Management, proud sponsor of the Rose of Tralee. Photo: Michael McLaughlin.

Congratulating Edwenia O'Malley on her success at the Mayo Rose selection heats is Imelda Smith, Robin Smith, Christina McMahon and Paula O'Hara of Motivation Weight Management, proud sponsor of the Rose of Tralee. Photo: Michael McLaughlin.

On Saturday April 20 at the Royal Theatre in Castlebar, physiotherapist Edwenia O’Malley from Louisburgh was chosen to represent Mayo this year at the 53rd Rose of Tralee. Edwenia, who is also a PhD student at University College Dublin, will now go on to the regional finals in Portlaoise this June and, despite the huge task of writing her thesis, she is really excited about taking part and representing Mayo. She won the hearts of judges with her performance of traditional Irish song, “The Parting Glass” and is especially delighted for her granny: “My granny told me she never thought she would have a grandchild a Rose,” she said.

This year is extra special for the Rose of Tralee as more than five million people, who have been to the international festival since 1959, are being invited to return for an extended Rose Gathering from Wednesday 14 to Tuesday 20 August. The 2013 Rose of Tralee will be crowned in the Dome on Tuesday August 20 after Dáithí Ó Sé presents two wonderful nights’ entertainment to a huge TV audience.

As a sponsor of the Rose of Tralee 2012 and 2013, Motivation Weight Management is thrilled to support this year’s international festival. “Every year this amazing festival puts everything that is good and positive about Ireland and its people in the spotlight and we are delighted to be part of it this year. Edwenia is a wonderful girl and she will do her county proud this year,” said Imelda Smith from Motivation in Castlebar. Motivation Weight Management is best known for its outstanding success in helping thousands of Irish people to reach and maintain their ideal weight long-term. This Irish company now employs 120 people in 32 clinics nationwide.

Motivation’s success is founded on the company’s unique approach to weight management, which focuses not just on what people eat, but why. This groundbreaking concept was pioneered by world-renowned French-Canadian bariatrician Dr Maurice Larocque, who developed the revolutionary Mental Weight concept, to help people achieve and maintain their ideal weight by identifying and tackling the root cause of their eating habits and behaviours. According to Motivation Weight Management, 70 per cent of eating is for emotional reasons. That’s why they focus on the person, rather than their weight. Motivation Castlebar is located at Unit 10 in the N5 Business Park and is open Tuesday and Wednesday from 9am to 6pm, Thursday and Friday from 9am to 8pm and Saturday from 9am to 2pm. To book an appointment, call 094 906 0540 or email:[email protected]

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