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'Children will always be a possibility,' says Rose of Tralee Maria Walsh

Published 10/04/2015 | 09:57

Maria Walsh - Rose of Tralee
Maria Walsh - Rose of Tralee
Rose of Tralee Maria Walsh
April 2015 issue of Irish Tatler is out now

Rose of Tralee Maria Walsh has opened up about her desire to start a family.

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The openly gay 27-year-old said that having children "will always be a possibility" whether she is a single mother or in a relationship.

“My father asked me when I came out whether I’d have children, but that is one thing that I’ve never shied away from," she told the current issue of Irish Tatler, on shelves now.

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Rose of Tralee Maria Walsh
Rose of Tralee Maria Walsh

"Whether as a single mom or in a partnership, children will always remain on the possibility list."

Walsh, who divides her time between Philadelphia and Ireland, said she doesn't take herself too seriously and says having a sense of humour is key to her success in the public eye.

 “If you don’t have a sense of humour, you cannot live in Ireland or claim to be Irish. One tweet was like, ‘I think I’m more upset that she’s a pioneer than she’s gay.’ That was quality. Or one chap tweeted, ‘Saw the Rose of Tralee at the Ploughing Championships today wearing a denim jacket. We get it. She’s gay’, and  I was like, ‘that is brilliant'," she added to the magazine.

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Maria Walsh is the 2014 Rose of Tralee
Maria Walsh is the 2014 Rose of Tralee

“I think some people think being in the Rose of Tralee means that you must only talk about boys, but it’s not that way at all…Why would it matter who I choose to share my bed with."

April 2015 issue of Irish Tatler is out now
April 2015 issue of Irish Tatler is out now

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