With the Rose of Tralee well underway, we can’t help but ask, “is there really a place in 2017 for a beauty competition?” Yes, RTE claims that the Roses are not only judged on beauty, but personality as well. However, there is a clear trend within the competition of conventionally beautiful women winning. The Rose of Tralee does not show the versatility of Irish women. Where are the single mothers who are raising children by themselves? Where are the trans-women? Where are the women with disabilities? Where are the women of colour? Surely not every woman is a primary school teacher?
Please forgive me. I forgot the Rose of Tralee was not the place to air political opinions, according to a head judge on the panel. The 2016 winner, Maggie McEldowney, has recently shared this opinion, stating that “it would be almost selfish to think about your beliefs.” God forbid a grown woman has an opinion. This seems like a direct stab at the Sydney Rose from last year, who vocalised the need for a repeal referendum. This did not go down with judges or fellow contestants. With that in mind, we took to Twitter to see how people feel about the Rose of Tralee in 2017.
The only thing missing from the #RoseOfTralee is an auction at the end where the lovely girls are sold off to lonely farmers.
— martinmcmahon (@williamhboney1) August 21, 2017
My dad just suggested an anti-Rose of Tralee competition called the Hoes of Tralee and i'm fully ready for it #Roseoftralee
— Beth O'Reilly (@BethDoesMusic) August 21, 2017
As a 25-year-old woman, it is truly amazing to me to see girls who are my peers talk about things like how they enjoy jiving. #RoseofTralee
— ⭐ amy o'connor ⭐ (@amyohconnor) August 21, 2017
— Kate (@katekelly_) August 21, 2017
And our personal favourite
"My father is a leprechaun and my mother is a pint of Guinness. I was born in a ring fort and love the taste of turf…" #Roseoftralee
— Jimmy Casey (@jimmyendless) August 21, 2017