A new Rose has been crowned….
The new Rose of Tralee, Waterford Rose Kirsten Mate Maher, has called on Ireland to embrace its diversity, telling RTÉ Radio 1’s Morning Ireland that “there is no typical Irish woman” and by God she is right!
And what accomplishments she has managed as she is the first African-Irish winner of the Rose of Tralee since the establishment of the competition in the year 1959. She is, however, the third mixed-race woman to be crowned Rose of Tralee, after 1998 Rose Luzveminda O’Sullivan and 2010 Rose Clare Kambamettu.
“We’re all mixed and we’re all from different parts of the world,” Kirsten said on RTÉ Radio 1’s Morning Ireland and what a fine interview it was!
We here at Dublin Visitor Centre would like to wish you the very best of luck in the year ahead as Rose of Tralee, we are sure you will be a success!
Here are some snaps you lot might enjoy and of course the moment she was crowned Rose of Tralee 2018;
— RTE One (@RTEOne) August 21, 2018
What just HAPPENED. I am stunned.. It is hard to describe how I feel this morning but I am bursting with pride. To my 56 Rose Sisters all I can say is I love each and every one of you. You truly are a fantastic bunch of women. You have all done yourselves, familys, friends and Counties/Countries/Cities proud. We have all gotten to know each other so well, each and everyone of you has inspired me in some sort of way. I am incredibly proud to represent the Class of 2018 ❤ @jenny_b_5 You’ve given me big (sparkly) shoes to fill over the next year. You’re an inspiration to us all. Beautiful inside and out thank you for being such an amazing role model. To my Rose Centre, family, friends my amazing boyfriend @cian.omahony to the entire team of volenteers that make the festival happen each year, to the people of Waterford and the fantastic and welcoming people of Kerry THANK YOU. I hope I do you all proud. This experience has been magical for all 57 of us Roses and our families. Bring on the year ahead #justbesound