Friday 9 December 2016

‘It’s been bloody hard’ - Maria Walsh on adjusting to life in Ireland after years in US

Published 20/03/2016 | 11:37

Maria Walsh revealed that a cup of Barry's Tea always reminds her of home.
Maria Walsh revealed that a cup of Barry's Tea always reminds her of home.

Maria Walsh has opened up about the difficulties she has faced when she returned to Ireland after six years spent in Philadelphia and admitted the adjustment was “bloody hard”.

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The former Rose of Tralee moved home to Ireland after her year long reign as winner drew to a close and she admitted it was hard to rebuild her life here after being away for so long.

“I moved back to Ireland last September after six short years away,” Maria writes in her column in The Irish Sun.

“My mindset and my gut were pointing to rebuilding once again in the country in which I was educated.

Maria Walsh pictured at The P and G Beauty Luminescence Event at The Radisson Hotel Golden Lane,Dublin. Picture: Brian McEvoy
Maria Walsh pictured at The P and G Beauty Luminescence Event at The Radisson Hotel Golden Lane,Dublin. Picture: Brian McEvoy

“As my Rose of Tralee stint was ending it offered me the ‘Now or Never’ kick I needed.

“Some didn’t understand the concept,” she said.

The Mayo girl has been fortunate to begin carving her way into a media career in Ireland after she was chosen to host last year’s TV3 Christmas Toy Show.

However, she revealed that it was tough to make the decision to leave her life in the US behind.

“Like many of our young Irish diaspora I had a great career path, a trajectory of success, a home, a supportive circle of friends, while living in a historically beautiful city and being able to financially support myself.

“Those things didn’t involve our home- Ireland.

Former Rose of Tralee Maria Walsh
Former Rose of Tralee Maria Walsh

“But it’s been bloody hard,” she said.

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