My name is Joy Shannan Kerrigan; I am 24 years old and I was born in Johannesburg, South Africa. I moved to Melbourne with my family in June 2010 and have fallen completely in love with it. I am the third of four girls and absolutely love having a big family. My pa, James Kerrigan, was born in Edenderry, a town in Country Offaly, where his father was Bank Manager of the Hibernian Bank of Ireland. When he was four years old he moved to Athy, where he remained until moving to Zimbabwe.
In 2014, I completed a Bachelor of Arts Degree majoring in Psychology and Drama and in 2015 I completed a Cert IV in Finance and Broking. I am currently working full-time with ANZ Mortgage Solutions, where I enjoy a challenging role and a fast paced and creative environment.
A few of my hobbies are sailing, dancing, painting, singing and travelling. I backpacked around Europe in 2014 for four months, where I encounter compassion, gained culture knowledge and learnt how to live adventurously.  I am honoured to have been selected as the 2015 Melbourne Rose and represent the place I now call my home in my pa’s homeland.


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