Tuesday November 24, 2020

Nadine O'Regan: Artistic Licence

Rose of Tralee’s troublesome petals reflect the true Ireland

28th August, 2016
Brianna Parkins, the Sydney Rose, called for a referendum on the Eighth Amendment while on stage Pict: Domnick Walsh

Ican’t think of anything worse than being a Rose. It’s not just all the faff surrounding being a contestant at the long-running festival in Tralee that bothers me: the old-fashioned dresses, the mismatching jewellery, the cheesy escorts, the crying parents, the bad jigs and the nervous laughter whenever a Rose tries to do a novelty rap.

It’s also the silent restrictions that are almost never voiced aloud to contestants, but nonetheless...

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