By Dan Walsh at Enniscorthy Castle
It was an emotional Saturday morning for Wexford Rose Joy Quigley as she was given a warm send-off with applause, flag waving and festive enthusiasm in her native Ferns where the bus made a brief stop with 33 Roses on the Wexford Rose Tour.
Speaking to WexfordLocal.com at Enniscorthy Castle this morning, Joy said she was emotional in Ferns where family friends and the community came out to wish her well in the prestigious Rose of Tralee. “That’s what it is all about,” she said, before adding; “It’s all about the hurlers in the county final tomorrow and best of luck to the Ferns lads!”
Cllr Aidan Browne, Cathaoirleach of Enniscorthy Municipal District Council, Mico Hassett and staff at Enniscorthy Castle welcomed the girls to Enniscorthy. Also present were Cllr George Lawlor, Cathaoirleach Wexford County Council, Minister James Browne, Cllrs Kathleen Codd-Nolan and Jackser Owens and the members of Enniscorthy Historical Re-Enactment Group. The occasion concluded with Cllr Lawlor singing Boolavogue.
Following a brief tour of the castle with Eve Furlong and photo opportunities on the castle roof it was back onto the bus heading towards New Ross, Campile and Hook Head this afternoon.
The girls were in dancing form last night when attending the Wexford Rose Tour Reception in the Ashdown Park Hotel, Gorey.
The Wexford Rose Tour lasted three days in the hottest weather on record and the scene is set for big Wexford interest in the Rose of Tralee which will be televised live by RTÉ 1.