Imposter syndrome leaves former Rose of Tralee Maria Walsh 'insecure'
Former Rose of Tralee Maria Walsh is the hot new talent on Irish TV. But she admits to having crippling moments of insecurity as she adjusts to her new-found fame.
Although the Mayo woman (28) just scooped an accolade at the Irish Tatler Women of the Year Awards, modest Maria still has a hard time owning her successes.
"I'm going through bouts of imposter syndrome to be honest with you because nine women took the stage with me.
"How do you stand beside Senator (Katherine) Zappone and Ursula Halligan?" she said.
"My story was just my story and I felt that I probably didn't deserve a place on the stage. It was an amazing moment and I was genuinely surprised, like many of the winners at the awards on Saturday night."
Speaking about her 'coming out' story in 2014, she said it was a "great moment" and she hoped it sparked more debate about sexuality in Ireland.
Maria added: "I guess because I have been living as a gay person for so long that it was just my normality.
"Do I think it started some conversations around some dinner tables? Yeah and, hopefully, got a few more younger people comfortable in their sexuality."
She said she was pleasantly surprised with how things have turned out for her.
"I thought after the Rose of Tralee, I thought my year in the spotlight would essentially cease, but it's nice people are interested in me.
"Hopefully, I can align myself with interesting things," she said.