THE people of Waterford will be rooting for Waterford Rose Ellen Flahavan this weekend as she takes part in the Rose of Tralee Regional Festival in Portlaoise.
Ellen, the daughter of John and Mary Flahavan, of Flahavan’s Porridge in Kilmacthomas, is one of 61 hopefuls, of which 21 will be selected to advance on to the final of the competition in Tralee.
Speaking to the Waterford News & Star, primary school teacher Ellen said, “I would love to go through, I think anyone would, it’s a brilliant opportunity.
“I’m very excited about the whole weekend. I can’t wait for the Vintage Car Parade; my Dad is also very excited about this as vintage cars are a passion of his. There’s also the street disco, which falls on Thursday and all the Roses will get to meet with Daithi (O’Shea) too.
“It will be a brilliant weekend and great experience and anything that happens after that will be a bonus,” she said.
The 24-year-old said she has had great support from the people in Waterford and family and friends are travelling to Portlaoise in their droves to support her over the weekend.