Saturday 22 October 2016

Mulcahy: Rose of Tralee discusses coming out

Published 09/04/2015 | 02:30

International Rose of Tralee Maria Walsh.
International Rose of Tralee Maria Walsh.
Kit Harrington

In this month's glossy edition of Irish Tatler, Rose of Tralee, Maria Walsh, discusses the best responses she received on social media regarding her decision to publicly come out as a gay woman.

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"One tweet said 'I think I'm more upset she's a pioneer than she's gay'," Maria recalled. "Or one chap tweeted; 'Saw the Rose of Tralee at the Ploughing Championships wearing a denim jacket. We get it. You're gay'."


Dublin City Councillor Gary Gannon looked surprised when asked by a reporter if his decision to get embroiled in the political game had anything to do with a sense of notoriety or celebrity.

"Are you joking? I never feel like a celebrity," he said. "Most of the time you just feel like a bit of an a**ehole." Nicely put, Gary.


'Game of Thrones' star Kit Harrington enraged our Northern cousins this week when he described Northern Ireland's tourism drive as "wonderfully depressing".

"They celebrate three things," he told US chat show host Seth Myers. "Having the most bombed hotel in Europe, the Titanic - a ship that sunk on its maiden voyage - and now they have 'Game of Thrones', the most depressing TV show in history."

Deputy Lord Mayor of Belfast, Guy Spence, has now invited Kit to take a bespoke tour of the city. "I'll show you plenty to celebrate," Spence warned the actor.


Regarded Irish sand sculptor, Daniel Doyle, is delighted his most recent site specific art work - a giant 30m footprint on Sandymount Strand - has created such a stir.

The piece took four hours to make and celebrates the return of much loved 80s ice pop - the Freaky Foot.

"Making the foot is different to anything I have ever done before," Doyle said. "Mainly because I couldn't see what I was doing.

"There was a worry that it would turn out a bit lop sided. But I suppose I could have just claimed it was melting." Creative license and all that.

Irish Independent

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