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Rosanna Diane Davison was born on 17 April 1984 (7lb 9oz). Her father Chris de Burgh immediately bought two of the biggest bottles of champagne he could find and sent them with the inscription 'Thank you for the gift of life' to Mike Darling and Joe Duignan, the two people who had effectively paved the way for Rosanna's birth.

Chris de burgh pictured with baby Rosanna

Two years before Rosanna was born, her Mother - Diane Davison had suffered an ectopic pregnancy but was helped by the quick intervention of family friend Dr Joe Duignan and the surgical skill of Dr Michael Darling.

Chris de Burgh said in 'The Authorized Biography 1996': " After the history of what Diane and I had been through - we both yearned for children - Rosanna's birth was obviously a huge moment in our lives. We felt very fortunate to have a child at all, and for me to be there at the birth… It was a real mash of emotions, but it was an extraordinary thing to happen to us."



Rosanna was Christened on 17 February 1985 - named Rosanna Diane. Whenever possible CdeB took his family on tour with him, especially in the early years.

When writing for the album 'Into The Light' during 1985, CdeB felt that he needed to write a song about the "amazing, strong emotions that you get when you have your child in your arms." He describes writing the song 'For Rosanna' as not an easy song to write due to the powerful emotions involved; in the Getaway Gazette 1986 Chris wrote: "The song was a release and a therapy - but it's only a part of the way I feel. I would have liked to have made a ten-minute song just to say everything I wanted to!

'For Rosanna' by Chris de Burgh - 30 seconds audio

A Young Rosanna at home in Ireland

When I did this song, I ran back into the studio to listen to it and I was in tears at the end of it because I'd actually managed to grab the emotion I was attempting to convey. It hit me right between the eyes. It was a moving moment. I also had a strong feeling that this is the best gift I've ever given Rosanna. You know how parents and kids are -they don't get on very well when the kids are teenagers -but at least I'll know that, in a quiet moment, she might go away when she's older and, if she's had a row with her dad and her mother, she might listen to this song. It's just like a present for her -it's forever. I felt really good about that, felt really strongly that I'd done something which all parents would like to do, but which most people can't actually say. It wasn't an easy song to write, or easy to crystallize just how I felt."

Rosanna was the athletics captain in her fifth and sixth year in school, represented her secondary school in the prestigious All Ireland finals, and after gaining four 'A' grades and two 'B' grades in her Leaving Certificate, entered University College Dublin to study archaeology, sociology and the history of art.

She speaks English, Irish and French fluently, and is widely travelled, an artist and sculptress who enjoys music, cinema and art, and is an avid dancer who has studied ballet and modern dance. Rosanna also enjoys athletics, swimming, snow and water-skiing, hockey, tennis and hill walking.


In 2003 aged just 19, Rosanna was approached to enter the Miss Dun Laoghaire contest held at the Nemo Bar and Café in Dun Laoghaire, Co Dublin. Chris de Burgh described what happened on in Nov 2003: "She only went into it, because she was at a shopping centre in Dun Laoghaire in Ireland, and somebody came up to her and said "would you like to go in for a beauty competition next Saturday?". As she says herself, her boyfriend was away and she wasn't busy that Saturday, so she went in. Nobody knew anything about her, but she obviously wowed the judges."

Rosanna wins the title of Miss Hawaiian Tropic
Rosanna also won the Miss Hawaiian Tropic prize at the UCD Arts Fashion Show in the RDS in Dublin. (The UCD Arts Fashion Show showcases some of Ireland's leading young Irish designers).


In March 2003 at a celebrity packed ceremony at the City West Hotel Ireland, Rosanna easily ran away with the crown and was awarded the title of Miss Ireland 2003.

Within six months of winning the title of Miss Ireland, Rosanna found herself flying out to the South China beach resort of Sanya in China to compete in the Miss World competition of 2003 in front of an estimated 2.5 billion people worldwide. Rosanna, officially Contestant No. 52, had previously taken the Miss World Beach title, and was the favourite to turn the judges' head in Sanya.

Miss Ireland Competition 2003 - Rosie wins!


On Saturday 6th of December 2003, Rosanna shined brighter then the other 105 contestants from around the globe to be crowned one of the most beautiful women on earth and the first Irish girl to win the Miss World title.

She accepted her tiara with minimum fuss, waving calmly to the audience as the other contestants hugged and kissed her while gold confetti was fired out of a mock cannon.
“I was just so thrilled about being placed in the top five,” she said afterward, grinning broadly. “I didn’t think I’d get this far.”

As Miss World Rosanna has travelled all over the world, to places like the U.S., Canada, China, Sri Lanka, Germany, Poland, England and so forth promoting the Miss World Pageant.
More about Miss World 2003

Article from the Sunday Times Magazine October 2006:
Chris de Burgh and his daughter, Rosanna


Rosanna Davison is Miss World 2003!





Rosanna Davison Playboy

Rosanna is to pose for the Spring 2012 edition of 'Playboy Europe', having declined lucrative offers to appear from a number of magazines.

Rosanna got the backing of her parents, and boyfriend, Wesley Quirke to appear naked in the top publication. "When I am old and wrinkly I will have shots like these to look back on," she said about the centrefold, due out in May.

Rosanna Davison in 2012



May 2009

Rosanna has recently finshed filming the part of the lead female role as a romance novelist in the new indie Irish feature film 'Vena', which is produced and directed by Kevin Abosch and co-stars Richard Wall.

Shot entirely in Dublin, for the past month, the film is based on a romance novelist (Davison) whose relationship with a botanist (Wall) is strained by his obsessive research into plant consciousness.

Rosanna Davison in 2009

May 2009

Rosanna is heading to South America this month to film a RTE documentary about her father's roots and will go to Argentina to trace her family history for the new series of Who Do You Think You Are? Each episode of Who Do You Think You Are? on RTE Television is a stand-alone detective story: the Personality sets out with only scant details of their family tree, but with precise genealogical & historical research they go back in time to uncover new facts, surprising revelations, moving testimonies & experiences.

Who Do You Think You Are promotional image

November 2008

Rosanna released her new fitess DVD, Body Centering Pilates. The DVD that was filmed together with Mum, Diane Davison at the Brook Lodge hotel in Wicklow, will teach you the art of Body Centering Pilates from beginner level right through to advanced. It promises to increase core strength and flexibility, improve posture, elongate muscles and increase overall bodily confidence and awareness.....

Image: Rosanna - Body Centering Pilates

September 2008

Rosanna will make her TV presenting debut soon on Edge Film’s ‘The Fabulous Food Adventure’, filmed for UTV.

The Fabulous Food Adventure , which starts at 7:30pm on Thursday 4th September 2008 on UTV, takes viewers across Ulster as celebrities source local produce to be prepared by a selection of chefs. The episode with Rosanna also features celebrity chef Antony Worrall Thompson.

Image:The Fabulous Food Adventure.

August 2008

Rosanna has a new look!

"I'm now a sultry chocolate brown brunette and loving it! Thanks to the talented Michael Doyle & his team at Peter Mark, Stephen's Green," a delighted Rosanna has posted on her Bebo page alongside the proclamation of "Bye bye Blondie".

We all think it's a great look here Rosanna!!

Image: Rosanna with her new brunette hair colour.

August 2008

Stunning Rosanna has posed for popular lads' magazine Loaded in which she strips down to her underwear. The long awaited five-page spread in the latest edition of the UK magazine pictures Rosanna around London.

In the article, Rosanna said: "My attitude towards sex is that it's best between people who have feelings towards each other. You don't necessarily have to be in love with them, but there has to be something there."

Image: Rosanna from Loaded.

June 2008

Rosanna is set to become a TV star and will be racing onto our small screens shortly after signing up for a new motoring show for TV3. As she gears up to co-host the car programme, Rosanna said: “It’s exciting for me and another step in the direction that I want to go. I have a keen interest in motoring, believe it or not so it won’t be just a model draped over a car – I really have an interest in cars. We will start filming in the autumn for that and I’m still in talks with ITV and Channel 4 for a possible reality show.”

Image: Rosanna set to co-host on TV3.

May 2008

Rosanna, a keen swimmer, helped to launch the guide yesterday as part of National Water Safety Awareness Week.

Among the guide's main points are: l Don't swim alone l Don't swim just after eat ing l Don't swim when you're hot or tired l Don't swim in strange places l Don't swim out after anything drifting l Don't stay in the water too long l Learn basic life support.

Image: Rosanna at the National Water Safety Awareness Week

13th February 2008

Rosanna will get TV presenting experience when she co-presents the Dustin the Turkey Saturday TV show on the morning of the Eurosong final in Limerick on February 23. As well as appearing alongside Dustin, she will also feature on TV3's make-over show Inside & Out. Rosanna was enlisted to coach some of the participants about projecting a good outer image in a bid to boost their self-esteem.
A full time presenting job for Rosanna in the future? Watch this space!

Image: Rosanna is to appear on Irish TV

8th February 2008

Rosanna attended the launch of Dublin’s leading boutique hotel, The Dylan.

The hotel has launched a new service to cater for the growing number of customers who want to buy the same bed as the one they’ve just slept in. The Dylan has linked up with Kaymed, Ireland’s leading designer and manufacturer of luxury beds, to offer guests the chance to bring the luxury experience of the Dylan home with them.

Image: Rosanna at the Dylan Hotel Ireland

February 2008

A host of big name stars are set to jet into Belfast to The Waterfront Hall on 22nd February for this year's Fate Awards. Adding a touch of glamour to the event will be Rosanna and lingerie model Caprice.

The awards themselves are a celebration of the best in the Northern Irish Entertainments Industry and aim to recognise and reward those people in the entertainment scene that have gone that extra mile.

Image: The Fate Awards 2008 logo

22 January 2008

London-based fashion label Lipsy launched its spring collection show at the ultra-modern surroundings of the new Radisson Hotel in Dublin 8. The showing of the label's spring line was an explosion of colourful silk.

Among the models showing off the new collection were Baiba Gaile , former Miss Irelands Sarah Morrissey and Aoife Cogan and former Miss World Rosanna Davison.

Image: Rosanna at the Lipsy launch

28 December 2007

Irish Water Safety Education Development Officer, Lisa Anderson, receives the keys to a new vehicle presented by Kia Motors Managing Director James Brooks, with Rosanna Davison.

Irish Water Safety is targeting children at risk of drowning by mobilising an Education Development officer to promote water safety to kids nationwide. In the last five years alone, 16 children aged 14 and under drowned in Ireland.

Image: Lisa Anderson, Irish Water Safety Education Development Officer, receives the keys to a new vehicle presented by Kia Motors Managing Director James Brooks, with Rosanna Davison.

20 December 2007

YOUNGSTERS in Our Lady's Children's Hospital in Crumlin, Dublin, got a Christmas gift with a twist when a host of celebrities turned up on their doorstep.

Along with Rosanna other celebrities also spreading goodwill were 'Off The Rails' presenter Caroline Morahan, comedian Brendan O'Carroll, and Boyzoners Mikey Graham and Ronan Keating, 'Naked Camera' star PJ Gallagher and Dustin the Turkey.

Image: Rosanna Davison and Abby at Our Lady's Children's Hospital

22 November 2007

Rosanna attended the RDS in Dublin for its official launch on Thursday 22nd November 2007 of the 7UP Christmas on Ice. Now in it’s 5th year at the RDS, 7UP and it’s 1st year at Liffey Valley Shopping Centre, Christmas on Ice is a seven week ice-skating extravaganza! Spectacular covered ice rinks, festive fun, striking new venue design, entertainment and bars and cafes, there is something for everyone, from families, schoolchildren teens and young adults.

Image: Rosanna Davison and Laura Brennan (8) at the RDS 22nd November 2007

20 October 2007

Rosanna and father, Chris de Burgh are featured in an article published in the Daily Mail Weekend magazine
called "Bridging The Gap".

The article gives the view from both sides and is basically an in-depth look at growing up and learning to let go of your eldest child.


Image: Rosanna featured in the Dialy Mail Weekend Magazine October 2007

26 Sept 2007

Rosanna joined other models from the Assets modelling agency such as Corina Grant and Sarah McGovern to help raise money for the Bray Youth Centre and the Holy Redeemer Parish. The seasonal fashion show at Milan & Co. on the Florence Road was absolutely packed on the night.

Entry to the show was free but anyone coming along was invited to make a donation to the youth centre for as much or as little as they liked.

Image: Milan and Company Ireland

Sept 2007

TV3 celebrated the new season of programming in style at a launch held at No. 6 Kildare Street in Dublin.

Rosanna was swept off her feet by the 20 Stone goliath of Dublin Wrestler, Sheamus O'Shaunessy.

6ft 6in Sheamus, or SOS to his friends, has just signed a 3 year contract with the WWE.

Image: Rosanna together with wrestler Sheamus O'Shaunessy.

July 2007

An annual magazine called 'Irish Debs' was launched recently featuring an interview with Rosanna about her Debs experience.

"Anyone who is insecure, can be influenced by what they read or see," she said. "That's why I think it is irresponsible for the weight watchers' story to be included in a magazine geared towards teens."

Image: Front cover of the magazine: 'Irish Debs'.

July 2007

Rosanna has recently returned from a holiday with her family in Mauritius.

The Mauritius holiday has become something of a tradition for the de Burgh family as this is the fourteenth year in a row that they have enjoyed the five-star Le Saint Geran Hotel. Wearing a pink bikini and floppy white hat, the former Miss World enjoyed a paddle in the Indian Ocean, occasionally joining her father for a chat.

Image: Rosanna on a beach in Mauritius 2007

04 June 2007

Rosanna laced up her running shoes and joined the ISPCA team on Bank Holiday Monday 4 June 2007, to participate in the Flora Women's Mini Marathon in a bid to promote responsible pet ownership.

Rosanna pictured here with Galway girl, Aine Ni Dhroighneain were both helping the ISPCA to continue its work locally and nationally rescuing, rehabilitating and re-homing cruelly treated and neglected animals.

Image: Rosanna and Aine Ni Dhroighneain (Tara from Ros na Run) with Rua, an Irish Red Setter.

01 June 2007

Rosanna pictured here with with Blaithin O'Hea (2) at Dublin Docklands for the launch of National Water Safety Awareness Week.

Between Monday 29th May and the June 5th Bank Holiday, Irish Water Safety’s National Water Safety Awareness Week is highlighting the importance of learning to be safe in, on and around water to ensure that all members of their families are made aware of the risks surrounding water.

Image: Rosanna at Dublin Docklands in June 2007

08 April 2007

Rosanna and Professional dancer Ronan McCormack
paired up for Celebrity Jigs 'n' Reels in aid of Spinal Injuries Ireland. Afterwards she said: "I'd just like to say a HUGE thank you to all who supported me throughout my (short!!) stint in Jigs N' Reels, especially my friends, family and representatives from the charity - I appreciated so much. What an amazing experience, it was such fun!! My main aim was to raise the profile of Spinal Injuries Ireland, an incredibly worthwhile cause, and hopefully I managed to do that as well as I possibly could."

Celebrity Jigs and Reels RTE network Ireland

03 April 2007

Rosanna is among the top names to grace the catwalk at Anthony Ryan’s Summer Fashion Show which is to be held on Tuesday, April 3, at The Ardilaun Hotel, Galway.
The proceeds of this year’s fashion show will be donated to National Breast Cancer Research (NBCRI). The night promises to be a wonderful evening with live entertainment along with a major raffle and plenty of free handouts for those attending. NBCRI was founded in 1991 and is a voluntary charity based at the Clinical Research Institute, NUI Galway. Tickets are available from the NBCRI .

IFTA at the RDS Dublin 2007

09 February 2007

The 4th Annual Irish Film and Television Awards took place at Dublin’s RDS on Friday 9th of February, honouring Irish and international talent in front of a 1,100 audience.

Rosanna stole the show in a dazzling hot pink gown with bare midriff. Other high profile women stepping out on the red carpet included songstress Sinead O’Connor, TV Personality of the Year 2003 winner Miriam O’Callaghan and BBC Northern Ireland’s shining star Christine Bleakley.

IFTA at the RDS Dublin 2007

29 January 2007

Rosanna and Father Chris de Burgh are guests at one of the social highlights in Cologne, Germany: The "Lambertz Monday Night 2007".

The "Lambertz Monday Night 2007" is an annual gala party about chocolate and fashion. CdeB joked there that he has a sweet tooth but he controls it very well. "My daughter is my nutritionist advisor and she says 'Don't eat that!' which is fine by me."

Lambertz Monday Night 2007

22 January 2007

Rosanna was joined by fellow Miss Ireland winners Aoife Cogan and Sarah Morrissey, along with top model, Miss Ireland judge and the face of, Glenda Gilson at the launch of Miss Ireland 2007 in the Powerscourt Town House Centre.

The Miss Ireland final will be held in Cork this year at the Silversprings Hotel.

Promotional image for the Miss Ireland 2007 launch

December 2006

Rosanna together with her mother Diane after her graduation from University College Dublin, Ireland's premier University.

Rosanna recieved a First Class Honours degree in Sociology, and a 2.1 in History of Art at UCD - a 35 school institution with over 20000 students.

Chris de Burgh, Rosanna and Steve Bennett - 18th November 2006

18th Nov 2006: webmaster, Steve Bennett meets with Rosanna and Chris de Burgh backstage during CdeB's latest tour.

Chris de Burgh's 'The Storyman' concert at the NEC Arena Birmingham has been reviewed by Chris High and can be found here.

Nice to meet you Rosanna!

Chris de Burgh, Rosanna and Steve Bennett - 18th November 2006

10th Oct 2006: Rosanna judged the prestigious Dawn Dairies According to For the past week Irish newspapers have been filled with stories on Miss World Rosanna Davison's new boyfriend Wesley Quirke - son of mega rich former Garda and owner of Dr. Quirkey's Goodtime Emporium.
Rosanna and Wesley are claimed to be 'officially' Ireland's latest golden couple as they were spotted (right) at the Mr. Ireland 2006 finals in the Mansion House, where Wesley's (Wez to his friends) brother was competing under the sponsorship of Mr. Social & Personal.

Rosanna with Wesley Quirke in 2006

20th July 2006:
Rosanna judged the prestigious Dawn Dairies Queen of Fashion competition at the Killarney Festival Races. The winner of the coveted title, the Dawn Dairies Queen of Fashion, won a trip for two to Paris.

Regarded as one of the highlights of the social racing calendar in Ireland, the Dawn Dairies ladies day at Killarney Races attracts capacity crowds and ends the four-day (17th to 20th of July) meeting on a fashionable high note!

Judging the Dawn Dairies Queen of Fashion competition at the Killarney Festival Races

5th July 2006: After Rosanna completed her year as Miss World, she returned to her studies at University College, Dublin, and finished her Final exams in May. We have just heard that she got a First Class Honours Degree in Sociology, and a Second Class Honours Degree, First Grade, [a 2.1] in History of Art, altogether a BA (hons). In addition, she was offered a four year PhD Scholarship in Sociology in UCD! Well done, Rosanna!

Wednesday 15th February 2006 - Rosanna and Dad 'CdeB' will attend the 'Holiday on Ice' gala premiere in the Tempodrom Berlin.

Rosanna Davison is Miss World 2003!

Saturday 5th November 2005 -
Rosanna attends the Irish Film and Television awards at the RDS in Dublin.

The event which finds a host of celebrities gathering to celebrate outstanding Irish talent was hosted by Actor James Nesbitt.

Some of the other celebrities at the event included Andrea Corr, Eva Birthistle, Renee Weldon, Grainne Seoige and Caprice.

Monday 3rd October 2005 - Sparkling Snow Queen, Rosanna Davison and her darling Princesses Robyn (4) and Ella (4) conjured up a snow-filled Winter Wonderland as they officially launched BUPA Ireland Smithfield on Ice at the Mansion House. BUPA Ireland Smithfield on Ice will be the highlight of the most exciting Christmas Programme that Dublin City Council has ever staged – A Christmas Tale.

Since handing over the title of Miss World in 2004, Rosanna has done a lot of modelling work, mainly in Europe and achieved a First Class Honours degree in Sociology, and a 2.1 in History of Art.

Rosanna Davison has been chosen as the next 'face' of 'Holiday On Ice' in Europe. 'Holiday On Ice' is a massive travelling production that started in the 1960's and has enjoyed 300 million visitors since then. Rosanna is delighted about the appointment - one that has proved a huge sucess with numerous television appearances and her image shown on giant billboards and posters across Europe.

Holiday On Ice - Rosanna is the new face chosen to promote the new production.



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