Shrule woman Maria Walsh has been selected to represent the American state of Philadelphia in the Rose of Tralee competition.
Ms Walsh is the daugther of Vincent and Noreen Walsh.
She will compete in the regional finals of the Rose of Tralee competition in May in Portlaoise. If she is successful there, Ms Walsh will go on to participate in the main event in Tralee in August.
Ms Walsh is a keen footballer and charity volunteer. She moved to America in 2010 and works in Philadelphia in the fashion industry.