Tara Maria Keigher was born in Surrey, British Columbia where she has lived her entire life and grew up with proud Irish traditions.
At the age of eight, following in her parents and Nana’s footsteps, she began Irish dancing with the Steel School of Irish Dance, and continued on for another 15 years.
Tara graduated in 2010 from Kwantlen Polytechnic University and began working at Surrey Memorial Hospital.
In 2011, Tara was chosen to represent Edmonton and Western Canada in the Rose of Tralee International Festival, and she was the first Western Canadian to make it on to the finals.
Tara always says that being part of the Rose of Tralee International Festival was one of the greatest experiences of her life and will never forget the bonds she made with the other girls of Irish roots.
This Canada Day long weekend Tara will be taking part in the 2013 Miss BC pageant.
Tara is also actively taking part in fundraising for the Cops for Cancer campaign.
Tara’s Irish roots come first from her Papa Keigher, who was born in Tulsk, Co. Roscommon.
Her maternal grandparents, who are Burkes and Kelly, are from Dublin and Kildare.
Tara’s mom, uncles and grandparents moved to Vancouver in 1965 and established roots.
Check out Tara’s Facebook page for Miss BC https://www.facebook.com/pages/Tara-Maria-Keigher-for-Miss-BC-2013/135211326655238?ref=ts&fref=ts
Check out Tara’s Cops for Cancer fundraising page http://www.copsforcancerbc.ca/tourdevalley/tarakeigher
His Excellency Loyola Hearn, Canadian Ambassador to Ireland, Tara Maria Keigher with Oonagh and Anhony O’Gara organisers of the 2011 Rose of Tralee Festival.