That Which We Call A Rose


Screen Shot 2014-08-20 at 03.41.30 Maria Walsh, Rose of Tralee 2014

Philadelphia Rose Maria Walsh was last night crowned as the 2014 Rose of Tralee.

You may recognise her…


Maria appeared in the Irish Times Weekend Magazine in January this year where Deirdre McQuillan wrote about the locations expert Nigel Swann:

Recently, he has taken on a co-producer, Maria Walsh, an Irish American who was born in Boston but returned to Shrule, Co Mayo, with her Irish parents when she was seven. After graduating in journalism from Griffith College, Walsh moved to New York and worked as a producer with Anthropologie, where she met and worked with Swann.

It features a photo of Mr Swann and Ms Walsh in a house in Henrietta St, Dublin taken by photographer Perry Ogden. In the accompanying blog it says:

Here is a photograph that Perry took of Nigel with Maria Walsh, who we had worked with at Anthropologie and has moved home to Ireland and is now working with Nigel. A great team! So now we have a man and a woman ( ha ha ) for all our production in Ireland, and they also handle production and locations all over Europe and are amazing to work with, so check them out!

No mention of the above when the Philadelphia Rose was interviewed by Daithí Ó Sé.


Watch here (scroll to the 1 hour mark).

Philadephia rose wins Rose of Tralee 2014 (RTÉ News)

44 thoughts on “That Which We Call A Rose

    1. H

      PS did it occur to you that the reason it wasn’t mentioned was because a researcher didn’t do their job properly?

          1. Odis

            The Australians eh?

            When they aren’t publishing offensive cartoons about us. They are sending over arachnid death squads.

    1. cluster

      I think the suggestion is that she entered (somehow) as the Philadelphia Rose, yet may in fact be living in Ireland and have no connection to Philly (?)

      If there’s one thing we demand from our Roses, it’s integrity.

      1. Clampers Outside!

        For balance like…

        Well… I was out last night, came home, flicked on the tele and ’twas herself that came on.

        Seemed like a lovely girl / woman / Philadelphian / Boston bornite / Mayo raised / whatever… And with the usual ‘tell us a story stuff’ I didn’t cringe once! Nice dress too, classy, Hepburnesque… especially with her short raven black hair. Although… I thought the white dress was a whoah (as in cheesy) moment at first and then I saw the coffee / tan hem. It worked, I thought. Her accent was a nice mix too, not too much of the twangy American in it.

        She looked great….. can I say she looked hot? Does that mean I’m a sexist now Ted. Will the bra burning feminists be beating down my door to string me up on a funeral pyre dedicated to the death of anything remotely nice to say about a woman’s look or looks. Will they kindle it with copies of Vogue, Cosmo, Red and a few copies of Loaded from 1999 to 2001? Is this the end of me? If you burn me, I’ll only rust.

  1. A

    I think it emphasises that she might have won because she is actually a normal person being herself rather than a dressed up primary school teacher reading a poem what she wrote but didn’t learn off

  2. Jesse

    what kind of woman would put herself forward as a rose, what kind of braindead do you have to be

  3. Murtles

    Absolute disgrace!! I haven’t seen this much of a fix with Roses since Diarmuid Gavin hung a big metal yolk off a crane and won the Chelsea Flower Show.

  4. Llareggub

    This is what our TV licence money is going on? Seriously, who watches that muck? Are the entrants still supposed to be virgins?

        1. Murtles

          I think you may be confusing this with wedding day brides in some cultures. Good programme too, it’s on 3e on Thursdays, and like Daithi, I haven’t a clue what the presenter is saying.

  5. Am I still On This Island

    No, but all must be examined by the Iona institute for purity, bath in holy water every morning & let desperate local farmers cop a feel at the nightly dances

  6. funman

    seriously lars biscuits, whats your issue here? Intelligent and articulate women with interesting career wins a contest shown live on TV, and this somehow merits scrutiny.

    Ended up watching the entire thing with my 2 daughters and enjoying it. Its all the things clampers said and more, but its kitschy and friendly at the same time. Its uniquely Irish. I think a lot of the people who disparage the rose of Tralee are, at some level. uncomfortable being Irish.

      1. Clampers Outside!

        I +1’d the middle bit, by the way :)

        I don’t think anyone is being uncomfortable with their Irish back ground by disliking the ROT. They’re just a bunch of moaning ninnys

    1. Caroline

      Yes, people who disparage the Rose of Tralee are flawed and have transgressed the code of being Irish. That about sums it up alright.

      1. Llareggub

        Yeah lets all return to the 1940s when women knew their place in Irish society. Doesn’t this muck just perpetuate the crap we are trying to free ourselves from. Woman force fed and cut open against her will – meanwhile in Tralee, Daithi the clown parodies himself while women dumb down to vie for title. I really am uncomfortable being Irish.

    2. hello you!

      It’s the people who are comfortable being “Irish” I feel sorry for…
      It’s implied that being ‘uncomfortable’ marks you out as something, I don’t know, unpatriotic?? How very Irish indeed!

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