Hello all!

With less than three weeks till the Rose of Tralee International Festival comes to fruition, we thought we might take a moment to recognize the competition our dear Rose of Mayo; Sandra Ganley, has entered into.

For those who don’t know, here’s a brief background on the Rose of Tralee competition in the words of the Festival itself:

The Rose of Tralee International Festival is one of Ireland’s largest and longest running festivals, celebrating 58 years in 2017. The heart of the festival is the selection of the Rose of Tralee which brings young women of Irish descent from around the world to County Kerry, Ireland for a global celebration of Irish culture. The festival also includes street entertainment, carnival, live concerts, theatre, circus, markets, funfair, fireworks and Rose Parades.

Dozens of young women have come forward to compete again this year – you might recall from our previous mentions of Sandra that she has befriended fellow Roses from around the world! It might be difficult to choose a favorite, but it’s easy to be reminded why we chose ours…

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From left to right: Laura Ganley, Trish, Michael, and Sandra Ganley!

While each young lady is exemplary when it comes to Irish tradition and heritage, we truly feel in sponsoring Sandra Ganley, we’ve made the right choice. Between dance and languages, Sandra promotes a great deal of the Celtic spirit.

She and her sister Laura are, as aforementioned, well-known for their beautiful dancing! And Sandra, in speaking being the Irish Language Officer at Kilmovee Comhaltas, encourages the continued tradition of Irish Gaelic – you can actually hear her speak it in our most recent release for the upcoming Wild West Atlantic Way tour (which she helped inspire via County Mayo)! Sandra was kind enough to host this video for us, and we want nothing more than to see her succeed.

In sponsoring Sandra, we also believe in choosing someone who best embodies compassion, enthusiasm, and heart. She has inspired us beyond belief, and it has been a privilege to see her grow as an individual to pursue her dreams. You can take a moment to read her bio on the Rose of Tralee website here, if you like – it describes her better than perhaps we ever could.

Please show your support for Sandra by following her Facebook page and spreading the word! We’d love for everyone on Twitter, Facebook, and elsewhere to cheer Sandra on!

Stay tuned for the festivities of the Rose of Tralee in a mere 20 days!

Until next time,

Sam Fishkind

Wild West Irish Tours Scribe

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“As long as I can remember, I have had a desire to know more about my Irish ancestral origins. When I was considering visiting Ireland for the first time, I knew I wanted to see the area of my great-grandfather, John Gallagher, an ancestor whose origins I learned about from a letter my grandmother received in the 1960s. However, I was afraid this goal was unrealistic for one who never navigated the country lanes of Western Ireland. Much to my delight, I discovered that Wild West Irish Tours was offering an emigration themed tour in County Sligo, the home county of my Gallagher/Mullarkey line.”

Read the full article on thewildgeese.irish.

The Irish Embassy in Washington D.C. praises Wild West Irish Tours

“on the work they do in bringing people from both sides of the Atlantic in a fun way…”

Wild West Irish Tours was delighted to celebrate the launch of our new Ireland Music & Dance Festival Tour, with the help of the Irish Embassy and Irish singer, Mai Hernon.

At a recent launch of the launch of the Fleadh na hEireann in Fairfax Virginia, Claire Fitzgibbon, the Cultural Attache of the Irish Embassy, stated the following:

“The Embassy is delighted to be associated with Wild West Irish Tours’ launch of the 2014 tour season and the Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann, which this year is taking place in Sligo. The Fleadh is a major event in the Irish cultural calendar, and one which brings people from all over the world together through their shared love of traditional Irish music. We applaud Wild West Irish Tours on the work they do in bringing people from both sides of the Atlantic together in a fun way, further cementing the bonds of friendship between our two great nations.”

Read the complete article on Sligo Today.

In America, it was turned into a business. Now, it’s benefiting the local economy, bringing bus loads of tourists into Sligo and the north west. Its origins go back to March 2007. That’s when American Michael Regan-Waugh brought his partner Trish O’Donnell Jenkins to Sligo for a holiday.

Four years later, on March 17th, 2011, they left their jobs, sold their house in the U.S. and started Wild West Irish Tours.

Read the whole newspaper article on The Sligo Champion Digital Edition.