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And while Walsh is full of praise for the festival organisers, who barely raised an eyebrow when they found out she was gay, there have been comments in the press hinting that she wouldn’t have won the title had they known beforehand.Despite this, Walsh claims her sexuality was never a secret - she simply wasn’t asked about it.Walsh is relentlessly upbeat about the attention she has received since.“I’m sure there’s some negative critique out there," she says.“I met someone on a random Friday night, as millions of people do, and instantly connected with her.And I thought to myself, 'I’m going to be with her'.” Walsh’s family supported her decision, although there were questions about what it would mean for her personal life and career (she has a journalism degree and now works for clothing brand Anthropologie).The Late Late Show’s presenter, Ryan Tubridy, riled some viewers by asking Walsh’s father in the audience what his ‘concerns’ were.But for Walsh there was no inner struggle, or conflict with her Catholic faith.

Yet people in Tralee tell me there are many who privately think she should not have won.The criteria for winning the festival is, astonishingly, still based on the lyrics of a romantic ballad, ‘The Rose of Tralee’, written by a wealthy 19th century merchant who was in love with a ‘lovely and fair’ maid.Although Walsh, with her Natalie Portman-esque good looks is undeniably beautiful, she probably wasn’t quite what he had in mind, as she herself admits.But there’s certainly a determination to use her newfound fame in a positive way. It’s a hugely powerful message to send to Middle Ireland and the voters who will need to be convinced next Spring.“It’s fantastic if I can educate people who don’t understand what gay is like, or if I can be an example to anyone voting. To think there's nothing more to this newly crowned Rose than blinding smiles, pretty frocks and saccharine ideals, would be to underestimate her.

Yet people in Tralee tell me there are many who privately think she should not have won.The criteria for winning the festival is, astonishingly, still based on the lyrics of a romantic ballad, ‘The Rose of Tralee’, written by a wealthy 19th century merchant who was in love with a ‘lovely and fair’ maid.Although Walsh, with her Natalie Portman-esque good looks is undeniably beautiful, she probably wasn’t quite what he had in mind, as she herself admits.But there’s certainly a determination to use her newfound fame in a positive way. It’s a hugely powerful message to send to Middle Ireland and the voters who will need to be convinced next Spring.“It’s fantastic if I can educate people who don’t understand what gay is like, or if I can be an example to anyone voting. To think there's nothing more to this newly crowned Rose than blinding smiles, pretty frocks and saccharine ideals, would be to underestimate her.Over a million people watched it this year, so it’s almost comical when people say it’s irrelevant or not celebrating women in the right way.” Yet, just days before the festival began, Ireland attracted international indignation when a woman who had been raped was forced to give birth against her will.