Rose of Tralee contestant is a huge hit for a very important reason
It's that time of year again.
Every year, people give out about The Rose of Tralee and yet every year, it's always a much-talked (and tweeted) about programme.
As kids, it signalled the start of the last week before heading back to school and even as adults, it's a sure sign that summer is almost over.
Last year's opening night was a huge talking point, the stage was stormed by a Fathers4Justice protestor and this year, there's one contestant who has already made an impact with people watching at home.
During her chat with presenter Dáithí Ó Sé, the Fermanagh Rose, Stephanie Maguire, used this time to discuss domestic violence in Ireland and highlight the hugely important work done by Women's Aid.
— Rose of Tralee (@RoseofTralee_) August 21, 2017
Unsurprisingly, this was appreciated by people watching at home with many social media users taking to Twitter to praise Stephanie for bringing up an issue that many people in Ireland can empathise with.
Fermanagh rose supporting Women's Aid, great to see her use the profile of #roseoftralee to raise awareness. ?☘️
— Victoria Johnston (@vjohnston98) August 21, 2017
— Aoife (@adeery509) August 21, 2017
Fair play to the Fermanagh Rose for putting a spotlight on domestic violence and Women's Aid #RoseofTralee
— Lana Del Kate (@kayayeteeie) August 21, 2017
— ClaireBlennerhassett (@Claireissimo) August 21, 2017
Second Rose in - Fermanagh - is talking about domestic abuse awareness. Fair play #Roseoftralee
— Tony Clayton-Lea (@TonyClaytonLea) August 21, 2017
Stephanie was also surprised on stage by Derek Ryan, a country and western singer whom she's a massive fan of and viewers loved it.
— RTE One (@RTEOne) August 21, 2017
— Amy O'Neill (@Amylou00000) August 21, 2017
— Stacey Brady ?? (@stacbrady_x) August 21, 2017
Although it's only night one, it seems that Stephanie is emerging as an early favourite.
Surely the Fermanagh rose has it in the bag already?????? #roseoftralee
— Leslie Prendergast (@Tweets_Leslie) August 21, 2017
Main image via Twitter: Rose of Tralee