Brianna Parkins: 'Why did I bother becoming a Rose if I’m that much of a feminist? Because you can be both, and many Roses are.' Photograph: Perry Duffin

There’s no rule book on becoming a minor international controversy. Last August, after I called for a referendum on abortion and segued into a samba a(...)

Haley O’Sullivan from Texas is the 2013 Rose of Tralee. Photograph: Domnick Walsh.

Last night 25-year old Texas Rose Haley O’Sullivan was crowned the 2013 Rose of Tralee. The instigator of an outbreak of Harlem Shaking on the (...)