Rose of Tralee racially abused in Kilkenny

Waterford Rose Kirsten Mate Maher is crowned the 2018 International Rose of Tralee on stage in the Festival Dome at the Rose of Tralee International Festival on 21 August 2018 Photo By Domnick Walsh © Eye Focus LTD - 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 :

A Garda investigation has been launched following  alleged racial abuse against the new Rose of Tralee.

It’s being reported Kirsten Mate Maher and her boyfriend were allegedly verbally abused by two men at a fast food outlet in Kilkenny city in the early hours of Sunday morning.

Gardai were called to the scene but it is not clear if charges will follow.

21-year-old Kirsten, who was last week crowned the first Irish-African Rose of Tralee, says that she’s leaving the matter to the Gardaí.