Manager of her family’s business Lazy Lanigans Pub and Restaurant in Hackensack, New Jersey, Rita Talty represented New Jersey in last year’s Rose of Tralee.
Talty’s parents came to the U.S. from County Clare. “I am greatly appreciative of all they have done for us, and the opportunities they have made possible for us,” says Talty of her parents Ann and Mike.
Being selected as the New Jersey Rose of Tralee, East Stroudsburg University graduate Talty traveled throughout Ireland making memories and friends that will “last a lifetime.” “Being Irish gives me a sense of pride and being able to identify myself with a community,” she says. “I am lucky to have been brought up in America, but am fortunate to have to have the best of both worlds.”
Talty is a regular visitor to Ireland, and is greatly appreciative of her parents’ support. “They have worked very hard for my three brothers and I, and I appreciate all the opportunities they have made possible for us,” she says.
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