Saturday 10 December 2016

Delightfully old-fashioned event must soon look to the future

Published 30/08/2016 | 02:30

New Rose of Tralee Maggie McEldowney. Photo: Frank McGrath
New Rose of Tralee Maggie McEldowney. Photo: Frank McGrath

Kirsty Blake Knox has a point: the Rose of Tralee does indeed reflect changing attitudes to young Irish women in the new millennium (Irish Independent, August 27).

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It was years ago now that I heard a Rose announce in the Adelaide Irish Hall in South Australia that whereas she knew she was supposed to say, after dancing a vigorous 'Siege of Ennis', she was "positively glowing" the fact of the matter was she was "sweating like a pig".

The young colleens I saw in the wee hours in Ennis at the Fleadh the week before last surely typified the high-spirited independence of young Irish women today.

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