Roses raise the Green Flag in Mountmellick

Students of Mountmellick Community School have a new career option, to enter the Rose of Tralee, after the raising of their Green Travel Flag was graced by a beautiful bunch of Roses on May 29.

Students of Mountmellick Community School have a new career option, to enter the Rose of Tralee, after the raising of their Green Travel Flag was graced by a beautiful bunch of Roses on May 29.

International Rose Maria Walsh wielded a spade with aplomb as she planted a rose tree following the raising the school’s fourth green flag.

Lovely Laois rose Ailbhe Culleton from Coolrain with 32 Rose contestants were led out by student escorts for the flag raising ceremony.

It was attended by Laois County Council chairman Cllr John Joe Fennelly, principal Larry Curtin, teachers and the local community.

A guard of honour was formed by the girls of St Joseph’s GNS.

“It was an absolutely marvellous event, not just for the students but the wider community. The Rose recommended that our lads apply to be escorts so that was very gratefully received, while all the roses complimented the fact that we have achieved four green flags,” Mr Curtin said.

The school has also launched its 25th anniversary programme of events, which starts in September.