The Rose of Tralee celebrates an old Ireland that most of us are happy to have seen the back of. But that doesn’t alter the fetid state of this horrible competition.
Other pits produced charcoal while yet more displayed evidence of burning in the form of fire reddened clay, but did not produce either slag or charcoal.
It appears that the majority of these sites were part of a small but intensive industrial site, concerned with the production of iron.
(Yeah, I’m going to keep saying “beauty pageant”.) In the interest of balance, let’s take a few kicks at the liberals before returning to our usual biased stance.
There was a most amusing spurt of outrage following the broadcast.
In all, seventeen pits were identified on the eastern side of the rock outcrop.
The majority of these contained varying quantities of iron slag, which is a by-product of iron smelting.We have just learnt that there was another dive in viewing figures for this year’s Rose of Tralee Beauty Pageant.This is less to do with the event than with the general decline in live TV.I don’t think the Rose of Tralee is necessarily a political platform,” she said. It is a reactionary, patriarchal, twee dinosaur that, if endured at all, should be watched in a state of full-throated fury.One can’t really blame RTE for broadcasting the beauty pageant.But there was a sense that, because this was the sort of thing that have happened.