Mary Kennedy hits back at critics of the Rose of Tralee and says it's a celebration of Irish women

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Mary Kennedy hits back at critics of the Rose of Tralee and says it's a celebration of Irish women
Mary Kennedy hits back at critics of the Rose of Tralee and says it's a celebration of Irish women

RTE’s Mary Kennedy has hit back at Rose of Tralee critics saying it’s a celebration of Irish women.

The Nationwide host has been a judge for 10 years and described the festival as “modern” with
“old-fashioned charm”.

She said: “I think it’s important there’s still a place for something like the Rose of Tralee.

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“I love all the traditions we have in this country – I love the language, I love the culture – I just really think the Rose of Tralee is part of what we are.

Presenter Dáithí Ó Sé with Rose of Tralee contestants in 2017 (Image: Collins Photo Agency)

“I hate when people say it’s old-fashioned or out of touch. I say to people, ‘Come down to the festival and see it for yourself before you judge it. If only you could bottle the energy and the joy you feel when you’re there.

“It’s modern but has an old-fashioned charm and what’s wrong with that?”

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The mum of four also praised the quality of the contestants in the event running for 59 years.

She told the RTE Guide: “These are really accomplished young women who have lives – they work hard, they’re ambassadors and have a place in the world.

“It’s a hugely important contribution they make in all sorts of ways. It couldn’t be further away from the #MeToo movement because these women are highly valued.”

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Source: Celebrity News Ireland