CBS 58's Michele McCormack in special ceremony in Ireland
Rose of Tralee Wall of Honor
TRALEE, IRELAND-CBS 58 Anchor/Reporter Michele McCormack has just returned from a special ceremony in Ireland.
Her name was engraved on the "Rose of Tralee" Wall of Honor in County Kerry, Republic of Ireland.
As a teenager Michele was selected "Rose of Tralee" and represented the Midwest in the international festival that gathers women of Irish descent from around the world to celebrate the global reach of Irish Culture.
Michele is not the only Milwaukee connection to the festival.
Marquette Graduate Deidre McNulty also was selected a Rose of Tralee following in the footsteps of her mother Teresa Gilmartin.
Even though decades separated their time as "Roses", McCormack and McNulty continue to support the contest because since 1959 it has never bowed to pressure to bring in a bathing suit competition.
Instead judges select a rose based on her sincerity and personality.
As the song for which the contest is named states: "It was not her beauty alone that won me. 'Twas the truth in her eyes ever dawning that made me love Mary, the Rose of Tralee."
Freelance journalist James Lost profiles Michele's journey at :
The Rose of Tralee has centers throughout the United States for single women, ages 18-28 who might want to try out for the opportunity to win the all expense paid trip to Ireland.
The festival culminates with a live telecast where each Rose shares her family's story and what she believes is most important about Irish culture. It is watched by more than a million viewers in the Republic of Ireland.
The closest qualifying center for Wisconsin women is in Chicago. For more information: