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 Lovley little village and community. I'm working part time in 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 work mates 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 alot of my life she gave me knowledge wisdom and strength. I hope I can make her proud she would of been thrilled to know that I'm on of the Laois Rose hopefuls.
"I still attend the bingo I find it a great way of socialising and still keeping a 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 went 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.
Do you know someone who could be the next Laois Rose? Entries are now open! Contact Laois Rose Centre Coordinator Lyn Moloney 0834631611 or email firstname.lastname@example.org or get in touch with the Laois Rose Centre on Facebook.