The Rose of Tralee has never looked more out of kilter with women of Ireland
Let's be clear. It is not a great leap forward for equality that a lesbian girl with a blinding smile is the newly-crowned Rose of Tralee. It remains a cringe-making, money-making pastiche of mock Irishness.
Maria Walsh has not lent the archaic festival a modern patina. In truth - a virtue celebrated in the words of the song - the Rose of Tralee festival has never looked more out of kilter with Ireland. Or with the women it claims to celebrate.
The jamboree was staged a matter of days after we learned how the State treated a young woman whose life is several planets removed from a super-duper girl contest, or however the organisers seek to categorise its bevy of Roses.