Friday December 13, 2019

This old flower is starting to pong

Reviewed this week: The Rose Of Tralee, RTE One. Revenge Porn, Channel 4. The Scandalous Lady W, BBC Two.

21st August, 2015
Dáithí Ó Sé with winner Elysha Brennan in The Rose of Tralee (RTE One). Picture: Domnick Walsh

It comes with the regularity of the festivals by which our ancestors marked the turning year, Imbolc or Bealtaine or Samhain. The Rose of Tralee (RTE One) is nothing less than a harvest festival, and the crop is young women. It serves to show that the seed is strong, that the ould sod is still fertile, and that the land of hearts’ desire is not the land of faerie, as Yeats would have it, but...

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