Rose of Tralee winner Maria Walsh comes out

Philadelphia Rose Maria Walsh stole our hearts when she won the Rose of Tralee last week, and now we swoon harder as she reveals she is a lesbian.

Rose of Tralee Maria Walsh

“I’m not ashamed of my sexuality by any means,” Maria Walsh (27) told the Irish Sun after her Rose of Tralee win last Wednesday.

Walsh said: “The Rose of Tralee is about celebrating women’s intelligence, careers, their volunteer work. The question of sexuality never came up. To me, being gay is normal; it’s natural.”

She continued, “I’m confident in who I am as a person. I told my parents and they were supportive, as I knew they would be.”


Walsh revealed that she recently ended a two year relationship with woman, but that now she is single.

The Boston native first moved to Mayo with her family at seven years-old. She studied journalism at Griffith College Dublin before moving back to the US once she got her degree.

Congrats, Maria!

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