A FORMER Rose of Tralee finalist has said she is 'angry and frustrated' after she was turned down for a nanny's job in Russia because of her Irish accent.
Grainne Boyle, from Gartan in Co Donegal, was told by a London agency that she was otherwise 'perfect', but her accent wasn't 'BBC' enough.
"At first I thought it was amusing, but then it made me quite angry," said the 26-year-old who has a Masters in Education and has studied linguistics. "I was laughing with family and friends because I was sent to elocution lessons for 13 years," she added.
She had applied for the job through the prestigious Bonne International Nanny Agency based in London's Harley Street and she completed a Skype interview last Friday.
The teacher was the Dubai Rose of Tralee in the 2011 contest when she worked there as a private tutor, and had previously worked for a family in Russia.
The agency said Russian families want nannies with "BBC English". "Unfortunately accent is probably the first criteria by which families choose candidates. Everyone is after BBC English," said agency boss Ann Gremitskikh.