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Daithi O’Se makes strong statement about Rose of Tralee contestants – as first mixed race finalist says ‘we’re all the same’

The Waterford Rose made a huge impression

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Daithi O’Se made a strong statement about religion, race and sexuality on the Rose of Tralee this week.

The RTE presenter was interviewing Waterford Rose Kirsten Mate Maher, the first mixed-race contestant to make it to the live finals.

Speaking about the media’s interest on the run-up to the competition, Kirsten said she was disappointed by how much focus was put on the colour of her skin.

“There are a thousand other things about me that could have been written about,” she said. “We’re all the same”.

In an emotional moment, Daithi said nothing like that should matter in life; “the colour of your skin, who you pray to, who you marry.”

With Kirsten adding: “just be sound”.

Viewers at home were quick to support the Rose to win the crown, making the Waterford Rose and of course the much-loved Carlow Rose, the ones to beat in the competition.