Tuesday, 18th September 2018
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'Sound' Rose of Tralee Kirsten back at work As gardai probe racial attack following night out

IT was back to normality, of sorts, on Monday morning for the 2018 Rose of Tralee, Kirsten Mate Maher as she returned to work in the popular Redlane Boutique in Tramore, Co. Waterford. But it wasn't a regular Monday morning by any stretch of the imagination.

A mayoral reception was held at the store to welcome Kirsten home and to congratulate her on a wonderful achievement and on how beautifully she represented herself, her family and her county on the night.

The first Waterford Rose to win the title in 59 years, compliments flooded social media for the Mullinavat native has been kept busy since her win at press and photo calls.

Unfortuneately her wish to keep the issue of her mixed race a non-issue was scuppered when she was allegedly subjected to racial abuse while on a night out in Kilkenny at the weekend. Kirsten said she is leaving the matter in the hands of the Gardai a nd had no wish to commnent further on the issue. The behaviour of the group of males at the Blue Door Takeaway on John Street in Kilkenny has been widely condemned.

Mayor Joe Kelly was thrilled to see the Waterford Rose win the title of Rose of Tralee 2018 last week live on television.

Mayor Kelly said 'Kirsten is a very worthy winner and has done Waterford proud. Her performance on the live TV show and in all aspects of the judging process was fantastic and she represented herself, her family and Waterford with distinction, a very worthy winner'.

Mayor Kelly continued 'there was a huge national and international audience for the show and this can only help to raise the profile of Waterford City & County nationally, in Europe and the USA as a great place to come and visit.

"I also want to extend my congratulations to all of Kirsten's family who are very proud of her and deserve everything that comes with having the Rose of Tralee in their family'.

'I wish Kirsten the very best during her year as the 2018 Rose and I'm certain she will represent Waterford and Ireland with distinction everywhere she goes. I look forward to welcoming Kirsten back to Waterford at the homecoming event which is being planned at the moment'.

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