Friday 28 April 2017

The Rose of Tralee has never looked more out of kilter with women of Ireland

Winning Rose of Tralee 2014 Philadelphia Maria Walsh wearing the necklace
Winning Rose of Tralee 2014 Philadelphia Maria Walsh wearing the necklace
Martina Devlin

Martina Devlin

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.

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