One of Cork’s finest sportspeople, Cork camogie captain Anna Geary, will put down her hurley this week as she heads off for the experience of a lifetime as the Cork representative in the 2014 Rose of Tralee.

Anna, sponsored by Collins’s Bar, Milford, was chosen to be Cork Rose at the selection night at the Silver Springs Hotel in June.

The Milford native, who grew up on the family farm, is a marketing professional at Dell Software and also a Dell Charity Champion. Anna holds a Business Degree from the University of Limerick and a Postgraduate Diploma in Public Relations from Cork Institute of Technology.

The Cork Rose has a passion for sport and is the current Cork camogie captain and played her part in Cork’s All-Ireland quarter final win over Offaly in Limerick last Saturday. Anna holds three All-Ireland senior medals with Cork and two All-Ireland senior club medals with her native Milford, and was named an All-Star on four occasions.

Anna also works as a national ambassador for the Make-A-Wish-Foundation and with RTÉ as a sports analyst. She has also worked with the Higher Education Authority to promote studying/working abroad during university.

A lover of her native language, she says: “I am an advocate for greater use of the Irish language as we all know the cúpla focal as Gaeilge.” She also loves fashion, food and dancing and enjoys the challenge of Bikram Yoga.

The Rose of Tralee gets into full swing this week and a huge crowd of supporters from Milford, including her proud parents Michael and Ellen Ann and members of her family, are planning to make the trip to the Kerry town.

Anna will face Dáithí O’Sé on either Monday or Tuesday evening for interview on stage in the Dome, and it will be screened live across the nation.

The Cork Rose is looking forward to representing her county at the world famous pageant. “I am proud to represent all of my fellow Cork Rose finalists in Tralee and I look forward to every moment of this experience.”