Saturday 22 July 2017

'Lovely Girls' contests deservedly struggle to find entrants

Maria Walsh, who won the Rose of Tralee competition last year
Maria Walsh, who won the Rose of Tralee competition last year

Lorraine Courtney

Rose of Tralee organiser Brendan Galvin is begging mothers and grandmothers to be "cruel to be kind" and to "almost bully their daughters" into entering the competition this year.

Television producers realise the telly potential of pageantry and have created the pageant genre, which now includes programmes like 'Here Comes Honey Boo Boo', 'Toddlers and Tiaras' and 'Little Miss Perfect'.

Almost a million of us tune in to watch the 'Rose of Tralee' here every year. Apparently, there is little as entertaining as a girl impersonating a drag queen impersonating a girl and all the while presenting this as one big competition.

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