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Waterford Rose Kirsten Mate Maher was crowned Rose of Tralee 2018. Photo: Steve Humphreys
Waterford Rose Kirsten Mate Maher was crowned Rose of Tralee 2018. Photo: Steve Humphreys
Waterford Rose Kirsten Mate Maher sings & # 39; Feeling Good & # 39; while she participates in the Rose of Tralee International Festival at The Dome in Kerry.
Recently crowned in 2018 Rose of Tralee Kirsten Mate Maher, pictured after he was welcomed in the Rose Garden in Kerry according to the tradition of the international festival. She said she is proud of her roots in Kilkenny and Zambia. Photo & # 39; s: Steve Humphreys

Kathy Armstrong

The newly crowned Rose of Tralee was subjected to racial abuse only a few days after winning the iconic festival.

A garda probe was launched after Kirsten Mate Maher was reportedly targeted by someone who in the early hours of Sunday morning picks up a racist manger during a takeaway on John Street in Kilkenny.

The Waterford Rose, who grew up on the Kilkenny border, is half-Zambian half-Irish and is the first African-Irish woman to win the competition.

It is clear that Mrs. Maher had gone out to enjoy a night out with friends on Saturday night before being subjected to vicious abuse.

Mrs Maher confirmed today that the incident happened with the local radio station KCLR FM, but did not comment further.

Paul Osagie, manager of the Blue Door Takeaway, where the alleged incident happened, said that staff and customers were upset.

He told KCLR FM: "It is sad that my heart is happening in Kilkenny."

A spokesperson for garda also said to Independent.ie: "Gardai in Kilkenny is aware of an alleged incident that occurred in a fast food restaurant on John Street, Kilkenny on Sunday, August 26, 2018 at about 3 o'clock in the morning .



Recently crowned in 2018 Rose of Tralee Kirsten Mate Maher, pictured after he was welcomed in the Rose Garden in Kerry according to the tradition of the international festival. She said she is proud of her roots in Kilkenny and Zambia. Photo & # 39; s: Steve Humphreys

Recently crowned in 2018 Rose of Tralee Kirsten Mate Maher, pictured after he was welcomed in the Rose Garden in Kerry according to the tradition of the international festival. She said she is proud of her roots in Kilkenny and Zambia. Photo & # 39; s: Steve Humphreys

After winning the game last Tuesday, Mrs. Maher said she does not think race should be a problem in modern Ireland.

The part-time model and the student explained to Independent.ie: "I grew up in Kilkenny, went to school in Kilkenny, it was a small school," she said. "Maybe you get a little bit, but it would be the same as someone who takes it to wear glasses, I do not think it should be something that I have to be noticed, certainly not more.

"There are so many different races and so many people here that it is strange that we should be surprised if someone of color or someone of mixed race is in the Rose of Tralee.

"It's crazy how you can help 57 girls to make up for it with such different personalities, but I think that's why we go on – because we're making a real difference."

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