Hong Kong’s first Rose selected at event organised by son of founding member

A contestant has been selected to represent Hong Kong for the first time at the Rose of Tralee, in an event organised by a founding member’s son.

Clarissa Langley Coleman is the Hong Kong Rose; she was born in Hong Kong, and raised in the US, Japan and Hong Kong, and her grandmother is from Co Mayo.

She’ll be one of the 64 Roses from Ireland and Irish communities around the world, who’ll take part in the festival from the 16th to the 22nd of August.

The Hong Kong selection was organised by Marcus O’Connor, son of the late Florence O’Connor, one of the founders of the Rose of Tralee Festival; 21-year-old Marcus lives in Hong Kong.