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Dáithí Ó Sé reveals fears after Rose of Tralee contestants receive ‘malicious online threats’

"It is a safety issue more than anything else."

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Dáithí Ó Sé has revealed that he has been targeted online due to his role as host of the Rose of Tralee festival.

His experiences came as this year’s Rose of Tralee participants were targeted by “malicious online threats.”

According to TheIrish Greyhound Board, this year’s entrants have been targeted by trolls online due to the competitions association with greyhound racing.

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The Irish Greyhound Board pulled its sponsorship of the Rose of Tralee festival last month, after backlash following an RTE Investigates documentary which raised concerns for the animal’s welfare within the industry.

“Many festival ambassadors, including the Roses themselves, have been the subject of malicious online threats in recent weeks which the Rose of Tralee Festival and the IGB find totally unacceptable,” they said in a statement.

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At the festival’s 60th anniversary launch, Daithi told The Irish Mirror: “I’ve had everything thrown at me on TV over the last 20 years.”

“I got a few things privately on Facebook saying maybe I should rethink my position as the host.”

“And you know, we all saw the documentary. It was horrendous and I think the Rose of Tralee pulled out of the sponsorship.”

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Daithi also referenced the 2016 incident, where a gatecrasher stormed the stage to protest for Fathers4Justice.

“The Fathers4Justice thing, you don’t need to be worried about that but the stuff that is happening all over the world, you just don’t know what these people could be carrying,” he said.

“So it is a safety issue more than anything else.”

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