The 2018 Rose of Tralee says competition is about empowering women

2018 Rose of Tralee Kirsten Mate Maher pictured with her parents Kwalo and Jacinta Maher on stage in the Festival Dome at the Rose of Tralee International Festival on 21 August 2018 Photo By Domnick Walsh © Eye Focus LTD - www.dwalshphoto.ie Tralee Co Kerry Ireland Mobile Phone : 00353 87 26 72 033 Land Line : 00 353 66 71 22 981 E/mail : [email protected] WEB Site : www.dwalshphoto.ie

The 2018 Rose of Tralee says the competition is about empowering women and not about how a person looks.

Kirsten Mate Maher’s comments follow extensive media coverage focusing on her appearance in recent weeks.

The newly crowned Rose says she is proud of both her Irish and Zambian heritage.


Speaking to Jerry O’Sullivan on Kerry Today, the 2018 Rose of Tralee says the competition celebrates and empowers women.

She adds people should embrace different races but not get hung up on it.