Racial Abuse Investigation Launched

Gardaí are investigating an incident in which the new Rose of Tralee was allegedly subject to racial abuse in Kilkenny last weekend.
Waterford Rose Kirsten Maté Maher, who is from Mullinavat, County Kilkenny, was on a night out in the town when the incident is believed to have taken place.

Kirsten Mate Maher surrounded by fellow roses following her victory at Rose of Tralee.

Kirsten Mate Maher surrounded by fellow roses following her victory at Rose of Tralee.


Gardaí say it occurred in a takeaway in the late hours of the night and that they have “plenty of witnesses” to take statements from.
Ms Maté Maher, who works as a stylist in Tramore, was crowned Rose of Tralee on Tuesday last.

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