Wednesday 17 October 2018

Millennial diary: Ciara O'Connor

Daithi O Se and Maura Derrane
Daithi O Se and Maura Derrane

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."

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