Rose of Tralee Comes Out

Gayness slips off the conservative agenda

Could there be a more appropriate occasion than the Lovely Girls Competition for the winner to announce she’s a lesbian?

Isn’t it great?  Even Blessed Breda of Iona seemed happy enough with it on a radio chat show at the weekend.

I must admit that I was surprised we didn’t see outraged fundamentalists reaching for the torches and the pitchforks, but no.   That didn’t happen, I’m glad to say.

Lovely Girls

The subject came up today over lunch as I chatted with an absolutely out gay man.  What do you think about the Lovely Lezzers competition? I asked.

They all have lovely bottoms, he said.  And anyway, my mother spotted it straight away.

How do you mean?

The minute she saw Maria Walsh on the telly, she said There’s something about that one.


My mother spotted The Gay straight away.

You’re shitting me.

I’m not.  My mother said Her hair is too short for a Rose of Tralee.  And then when Maria came out, my mother said, See?  I fucking told you!

I was staggered.   You mean it wasn’t the wife-beater T-shirt or the dungarees?

No, Bock.  Mothers can tell these things.

Special powers?

Well, he said, now that you mention it, she is partial to a drop of Powers.

I didn’t pursue it.  Next weekend the Limerick Pride parade takes place – an event I’ve been attending for years.  Sadly, these days it’s been without the usual bigots, which is a bit disappointing since it’s nice to have a slight Father Ted feel to the whole thing.   Careful now!


Last year they didn’t show up at all with their placards, indicating perhaps that bigotry is running out of steam, though I doubt it.  Maybe Irish bigots have simply shifted their hatred elsewhere: to Muslims perhaps, or to pregnant women in need of help.  Maybe bigotry in Ireland just has too many people it needs to attack, and the gays have slipped down the list.

I don’t know.

But anyway, we’re looking forward to a great weekend, which has been moved forward to allow for the Royal Deluxe extravaganza on the 5th of September.  Giant granny oppresses Limerick gays, shock!


Limerick Pride events.




17 thoughts on “Rose of Tralee Comes Out

  1. Bock,

    I am just looking for trouble now and without doubt I will be screamed down as a homophobe and a bigot and whatnot but as you probably noticed I am in a burst of unusual energy for writing now so here goes !!

    I do not care a fig what a person’s sexual outlook is — personally it is non of my business but I will remark that this is one of the areas where these gay people get themselves into trouble with the wider world around them.
    They insist upon using the concert stage, the sports arena and other public venues for advertising their sexual status openly in front of everyone else WHO DON’T WANT TO HEAR ABOUT IT and feel that it is somehow being forced on them. They must understand that the wider world around them will NEVER accept them for religious, cultural, personal and other reasons and they have to come to terms with that — sorry, but !

    When people go to a show or a concert or a sporting event that is exactly what they want to see and hear, not some upstart imposing their psycho-sexual preferences upon them.
    Somebody commented a while ago on this site that the gay movement is a political power.
    I can see why.

    If one of your evangelical friends, me for instance, got up on a sports rostrum and started waving a Bible in the air, you would have plenty to say about that !

  2. You must have seen a different version of the contest from everyone else, since there was no mention in it of anyone’s sexual orientation.

  3. Bock,

    I did not see it at all actually. I was just going entirely by your account.
    Your description of things seemed to reflect what seems to be becoming something of a practice with some individuals who have for a time entered the limelight.

    Did the lady actually announce her sexual position from the stage or other public vantage point?

    Some people just don’t know where to draw the line, I suppose, and have no sense of propriety.

    Maybe I misunderstood what you wrote but upon re-reading I cannot see ambiguity.
    Maybe the hours that I keep are tiring me.

  4. Is there any chance you’d stage a small protest at this year’s Limerick Pride march? There’s been a disappointing shortage of religious bigots waving placards in recent times, and I always thought they brought a bit of colour to the occasion.

  5. There was a little man in an anorak pacing up and down at the pro-choice march outside Dáil Éireann on Saturday. He was fingering one of those little green and white scapular things and muttering away to himself. It was sort of quaint really, I thought.

  6. Did the lady actually announce her sexual position from the stage?
    Yeah, she squatted and pointed to her crotch, saying me only likey these.
    Don’t you mean orientation?

    “They must understand that the wider world around them will NEVER accept them”
    Speak for yourself, ya auld bigot.

  7. Clearly, even the Limerick Gardai are so far removed from the wider world that they’re raising a rainbow flag on their station for the Pride march next weekend. You’d have to wonder what religious bigots have in mind when they talk about the wider world, since most western Europeans have no difficulty embracing their fellow citizens in all their diversity. The reaction in Limerick every year is overwhelmingly warm and accepting, which is why I’m reaching out to bigots to come and protest, for a little bit of variety.

  8. Bock,

    No, sorry, I am afraid that I cannot embark on such a venture. The Gospel is not for entertainment but rather a serious matter. Many Christians, Protestant and Catholic alike feel that protests and demos are only giving oxygen to these things and if our presentation is not succeeding in making people stop and think then there is something wrong.

    You don’t really appear to understand the Christian Mission.
    If you start to understand that Christians are essentially AT WAR with spiritual powers that do not sympathize with mankind then you are getting somewhere.

    It is a serious issue, Bock. It is not a game or a performance or a recreation.
    If I were to comply I might only be betraying Christ and He has already had a long line of such men all the way from Judas Iscariot.

    Christians who are concerned about “doing something” I think should go to their room and close the door and get down on their knees and pray — and I mean pray rather than saying prayers and await God’s answer and guidance on the matter.
    If we pray earnestly, The King of Heaven will lead our cause and win.
    I don’t expect that it will come easy.

  9. A Little Cynical,

    I often wear an anorak, I have been told in the past that I am cute/quaint and I do occasionally think out loud i.e. talk to myself !!!

    Check him out next time !!

  10. No sorry 337, I never said the anorak man was cute or quaint – more that the notion was quaint, I probably should have used the word twee, now that I think about it.

  11. Now, Bock, I will steer aside from religious comment here and just dwell on personal opinion.

    Over on another associated thread to this one, you have published a photograph of UNIFORMED members of the Garda Siochana in Limerick displaying that striped flag of the Gay movement. You also tell us that they were flying it from the Police station.

    This is exactly what I was getting at earlier on about the abuse of public platforms that some gay people think it is OK to use to further the image.

    If some members of the Garda Siochana happen to be gay then I find it highly objectionable to be advertising the matter IN UNIFORM.
    Normally, I support the Gardaí for I think that they have a tough and thankless job but on this occasion I will not.
    Maybe they are not all gay but the public conduct here whilst presenting as police personnel was unprofessional, disgraceful and shameful.

  12. 337 – You have been to consistent and either go all out on the exaggeration or maintain the subtlety. You’ve failed on both counts really.

    D for effort.

  13. Poe’s Law:

    Without a clear indication of the author’s intent, it is difficult or impossible to tell the difference between an expression of sincere extremism and a parody of extremism.

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