As proud local media sponsor of the Laois Rose of Tralee 2019, the Leinster Express is happy to introduce this year's Laois Rose hopefuls.
Introducing Laois Rose 2019 entrant Rachael Walsh from Portlaoise. Watch her introduction video above and read her profile below.
"I'm Rachael Walsh, I'm 21 years old and I'm from Portlaoise town. I have been living independently in Ballyroan village for the last two years.
"It's a lovely little village and community. I'm working part-time at Halford's in Portlaoise. I enjoy it so much as I've suffered from depression and anxiety in the past and sometimes still struggle.
"Since I've started to work in Halfords it's one of the main reasons to get out of the bed each morning. I look forward to going into work as my workmates are very nice and we all get on great and have a laugh. I like to have stability in my life and be organised.
"I have also been attending the local bingo in St Mary's Hall, Portlaoise for quite a long time. Since I've been a child with my grandmother Rosanna she passed away on January 12, 2018.
"Myself and my grandmother had a very close bond she guided me through a lot of my life she gave me knowledge wisdom and strength. I hope I can make her proud she would have been thrilled to know that I'm one of the Laois Rose hopefuls.
"I still attend the bingo I find it a great way of socialising and still keeping the memory alive that myself and my grandmother shared together. I feel like I could help those in difficult situations as my life has been a roller-coaster and I'm certainly not perfect but I'm still here through all that journey to tell the tale. I've always gone by the motto 'everything happens for a reason', we are all unique in our own way and no one should be judged in this world.
"I am very grateful for this amazing opportunity and can't wait to experience the new journey," she said.
The Laois Rose selection night takes place on Friday, April 19 at Castle Durrow from 7.15 pm. Tickets are €25 and some will be available on the night.