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”.
— RTE One (@RTEOne) August 20, 2018
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.
‘Just be sound’ Three little words that will win it for the Waterford Rose. #RoseofTralee
— Acehart (@Acehart) August 20, 2018
Waterford rose to win! 🌹she has the whole package! #roseoftralee
— Buttons (@Buttons25534874) August 20, 2018
Waterford Rose – great dress, fabulous hair, talented, pure sound and talking about a sensitive subject. Very on point! 🇮🇪 ☘️ #RoseofTralee
— Aisling McDonald (@Aishaling_Mc) August 20, 2018
Waterford rose hands down. Winner alright #RoseofTralee
— Ciaran C (@CiaranC) August 20, 2018