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The Waterford Rose made a meta reference to Father Ted on stage and everyone was delighted

Surely this was intentional.

1280x720-pbe Source: Channel 4

IF YOU’VE BEEN watching The Rose of Tralee down the years while following Twitter at the same time, there is one thing for certain: a rake of people will compare it to The Lovely Girls Competition in Father Ted.

It’s so inevitable that there has been a deserved backlash against it:

exhausted Source: @AidanBurke24

It’s obvious, hackneyed, and there are better things to make jokes about given there are hours of intentional and unintentional comedy on show.

But it’s different when someone on stage makes a reference to it, as we saw last night.

Chloe McGrath was the Waterford Rose on the night, and early on in her chat with Dáithí she said a ~familiar~ phrase

chloe Source: RTE

“I was lucky enough to be selected as the Waterford Rose to represent the lovely girls watching the showing back at home”

chloe2 Source: RTE

Yes, she went there

This was a revelation

The big question remains: was it intentional?

Surely someone got on to her before and was just like:

Ah you should definitely slide in reference to “lovely girls” for the craic

On an eventful night, a meta Father Ted shoutout was very welcome

Yes, yes she did.

She’s done her county proud

*wipes away a single tear*

“I love me county”

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