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Why the Rose of Tralee is on thorny ground

Eilis O'Hanlon


The Co Kerry contest may be a relic of a bygone age, but trying to update it by allowing those who were born male to take part is offensive to women

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RTÉ’s Dáithí Ó Sé at the 2017 Rose of Tralee festival with some of the women hoping to be crowned the winner. Picture by Andres Poveda

RTÉ’s Dáithí Ó Sé at the 2017 Rose of Tralee festival with some of the women hoping to be crowned the winner. Picture by Andres Poveda

RTÉ’s Dáithí Ó Sé at the 2017 Rose of Tralee festival with some of the women hoping to be crowned the winner. Picture by Andres Poveda

By now, if Christmas has gone according to tradition, the average home should look as if a bomb has hit it.

It’s Christmas. Don’t worry about it. But still women do. They can’t help it.


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