Donna Breen from Bansha has been crowned the 2013 Pride of Tipperary.
The 21-year old has just received her degree in Counselling & Psychotherapy from the Irish College of Humanities and Applied Sciences in Limerick. Her proud parents, Anne and Jim are originally from Dromline between Bansha and Rossadrehid and her father and brother James work for the ESB.
Donna received a first in her degree and will be returning to college in September to do her Honours. In September 2012 she started working one day a week as a counsellor for the students in the Shannon College of Hotel Management. “I absolutely love it and I find the counselling is great for the young students who are away for the first time studying. They need to be able to talk to someone because I know how difficult it can be away from home. When I was 17 I went to college in Dublin but I dropped out because I found it really difficult to adjust. It’s very important for students to have support and I really enjoy that aspect of my job.”
Donna has just returned from voluntary work in an orphanage in Africa. Donna’s favourite part of participating in the Pride this year was dressing up in the vintage gear. “I have just loved the festival, the dressing up and the coming together.” Her aim for the year ahead is to get more people involved in the festival and other events happening around Tipperary Town. She has her eye on fund-raising events and close to her heart is the charity Pieta House, due to a family bereavement and also the Irish Cancer society.
“My uncle committed suicide when I was ten years old and that’s what led me to counselling as a career and at present a member of my boyfriend’s family has cancer so I want to do as much as I can there.”
The Nationalist wishes this well-rounded beautiful young lady all the best for her year as Pride of Tipperary.