Read Meghan's bio, as it appeared on www.roseoftralee.ie before the Festival
Hi! My name is Meghan Adams, and I am 22 years old. I was born in Bethesda, Maryland, but I grew up and went to school in Cleveland, Ohio. My grandmother and grandfather were from Ballintubber and Roscommon, respectively, and immigrated to America when they were young adults. Ever since I can remember, my Irish heritage has been a prominent part of my life. From Irish dancing since age four to marching in the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Cleveland, I have been able to experience the Irish traditions my grandparents aimed to keep at the core of our family. Therefore, I am so honored to represent my community and make my family proud.
I recently graduated from Loyola University Chicago where I studied Statistics, Marketing, and Information Systems. There, I was involved in multiple organizations including Chi Omega Fraternity, Alpha Kappa Psi (a business fraternity), Loyola University Chicago Irish Dance Team, Women’s Club Basketball, and Best Buddies. Upon graduation, I received a full time offer as a Research Analyst with IPSOS in North America, one of the world’s leading market research firms.
I enjoy traveling, which is quite an understatement. I studied abroad and had the opportunity to visit ten countries through a program called Semester at Sea. One of my favorite memories was teaching young children how to Irish dance at a school in Myanmar (Burma). I also enjoy new adventures, some of which have included shaving off my hair while passing the equator and running the 2016 Chicago Marathon while raising $1,000 for Make-A-Wish. I am excited and honored to represent Ohio in the Rose of Tralee Festival, and am ready for this next adventure. I look forward to meeting my fellow Roses, Rose Escorts, and all those involved with the Rose of Tralee Festival.