Sunday 17 December 2017

Rose of Tralee judge Nuala Carey hits back at pageant critics

Nuala Carey. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
Nuala Carey. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
Nuala Carey
Ros Purcell and Nuala Carey, Judges for the Land Rover Style Award at the Punchestown Racing Festival © Michael Chester 087 807 2295 NO Reproduction Fee
Nuala Carey at the launch of Miss Chic jewellery's latest collection in Vanilla nightclub-photo Kieran Harnett
Caitlin McBride

Caitlin McBride

RTE weather presenter Nuala Carey has hit back at critics of the Rose of Tralee pageant.

The annual contest sees dozens of young women from around Ireland and the world competing for the coveted crown, and, in recent years, it has been hit with accusations of being an outdated concept.

But Carey, who will be on the judging panel this year, says that the public interest in indicative of its relevance today.

“I know people snigger at it, but over a million people watch it every year, they’re overrun with girls interested in being part of it," Nuala told Woman's Way magazine.

“You’re interviewing 50 girls and I’m very conscious 49 girls will go home disappointed. The standard is high, they are so well rounded with degrees coming out their ears, very good people.”

The annual contest, which is now in its 55th years, is hosted by Daithi O Se and will kick off once again from August 15th-19th.

Meanwhile, the popular broadcaster also said her ultimate ambition was a job with the state broadcaster.

The autumn looks are already hitting the shop floor and I ask if she’ll be buying into this year’s trends or sticking with classic pieces. “I know what suits me and what doesn’t. Block colours tend to suit me, with a little bit of bling to liven it up. I stick to very high street”

“When I was in school I always wanted to work in RTÉ and I did my work experience there and I really enjoyed it, I just liked the atmosphere, I liked the place," she added in conversation with the magazine.

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