Tuesday 27 June 2017

Rose of Tralee winner Maggie defends competition: 'They are being depicted as ungrateful, catty princesses'

Newly-crowned Rose of Tralee Maggie McEldowney. Photo: Frank McGrath
Newly-crowned Rose of Tralee Maggie McEldowney. Photo: Frank McGrath
New Rose of Tralee Maggie McEldowney. Photo: Frank McGrath
Maggie celebrating on stage Photo: Frank Mc Grath
Rose of Tralee winner Maggie McEldowney from Chicago is congratulated by this year's team of Roses at the Dome in Tralee on Tuesday night. Photo by Domnick Walsh
Chicage Rose Maggie McEldowney. Photo: Frank Mc Grath
Daithi Ó Se pictured with Chicage Rose Maggie McEldowney on stage during the Rose of Tralee at the Dome in Tralee. Photo : Frank Mc Grath
Sydney Rose Brianna Parkins in Tralee Photo: Frank McGrath
Experience: Sydney Rose Brianna Parkins on stage
Chicago Rose Maggie McEldowney who was announced as winner of the 2016 International rose of Tralee, pictured celebrating on stage at the Dome in Tralee. Photo:Frank Mc Grath
Kirsty Blake Knox

Kirsty Blake Knox

The newly crowned Rose of Tralee, Maggie McEldowney, has jumped to the defence of the festival's organisers and her fellow Roses who she believes are being depicted as "ungrateful, catty princesses".

Chicago native Ms McEldowney released a statement yesterday discussing the media coverage of the festival and outlining what she hopes to achieve while acting as the 2016 Rose.

Her comments come after Sydney Rose Brianna Parkins wrote an article titled 'Inside the Rose of Tralee' - which she compared to a "great big Kate Middleton impersonation contest".

Ms Parkins made headlines when she called for a referendum on the Eighth Amendment during one of the televised finals.

Daithi Ó Se pictured with Chicage Rose Maggie McEldowney on stage during the Rose of Tralee at the Dome in Tralee. Photo : Frank Mc Grath
Daithi Ó Se pictured with Chicage Rose Maggie McEldowney on stage during the Rose of Tralee at the Dome in Tralee. Photo : Frank Mc Grath

However, Ms McEldowney says she has no intention of sharing her political opinions while acting as 2016 Rose.

"My political stances (which I have) will not be in the headlines because this festival is not about me and my opinions," she wrote.

She also said the Roses have been wrongly represented by the media.

"My lovely and spectacular Roses classmates, who are now some of the people I respect most in this world, are being made out to seem like ungrateful, catty princesses who are only in it for the show, and I will not stand for that...

Sydney Rose Brianna Parkins in Tralee Photo: Frank McGrath
Sydney Rose Brianna Parkins in Tralee Photo: Frank McGrath

"I will not allow the media to depict [them] in anything but the greatest light their little pens can descriptively portray."

Irish Independent

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