Sydney Rose Brianna Parkins received applause from the audience when she stated her support for a referendum repealing the eight amendment during her interview with Daithí Ó Sé.
Brianna, a journalist for ABC News, spoke about her work with domestic violence charities in Australia and the lack of funding for shelters. She then went on to say that there also was more work to do on women’s rights in Ireland:
"I think it’s time to give women a say over their reproductive rights. I would love to see a referendum on the eighth amendment come up soon. That would be my dream."
Which isn’t the usual Rose of Tralee chat but the moment garnered widespread praise online.
I want to be friends with the #SydneyRose and go to protest marches with her and have her hold my hair back after too much wine. ❤️🌹❤️🌹❤️— There’s a Newperson (@TheresaNewIdea) August 22, 2016
Ha! The Sydney Rose has covered all the hot topics repeal the 8th , the poem ban AND lovely bottoms! #RoseofTralee— Clare Keeping Her Distance Barrett (@CBumble) August 22, 2016
The organisers are currently sending the Sydney Rose back in her time machine, to the future where she so clearly belongs. #RoseofTralee— John Banville (@John_Banville) August 22, 2016
Cork Rose Denise Collins confirmed to 96FM this morning that the Roses were asked about their views on the 8th Amendment in their private interviews.
And Brianna thanked everyone for their support, saying the response had been overwhelming.
I'll take them all ! I'm overwhelmed by the response thanks for the support— Brianna Parkins (@parkinsbrea) August 23, 2016
Despite some tweets saying that RTÉ had edited out her statement from their online coverage, it’s available to watch here.
Earlier in the night, a man dressed in a priest outfit gatecrashed the stage holding a poster that read "In the name of the father".
The man is allegedly part of the Fathers 4 Justice campaign, a UK-based group which seeks to give equal rights to fathers after divorce, and was shouting "fathers for justice".
The broadcast was briefly interrupted while the protestor was removed from the stage.