Millennial diary: Ciara O'Connor
Nuclear winter. Brexit. Oil spills. Trump. And now, a new disaster to add to the master-list: a woman presenting The Rose of Tralee. Calm down! Don't be alarmed! It's not actually happening. But last week this frankly bad-taste thought experiment was presented to Maura Derrane, who spoke for the nation, saying that it would be a "disaster" if a woman took on the presenting role.
"I know we are all about feminism these days, but there are certain jobs that are for men. I think it would be a disaster if a woman started presenting the Rose of Tralee," she said. The feminism notwithstanding.
"Daithi is so good at that job; he is ideal because it is a male-driven role, and it would be odd if a female was asking other females those type of questions. Daithi can ask the questions that other people can't and that works."