An investigation has been launched into claims that the Rose of Tralee was subjected to racist abuse at a chipper.
Kirsten Mate Maher – the first ever African Irish winner – says she was verbally attacked during a night out in Kilkenny on Sunday.
She’s told KCLR radio however that she’s leaving the matter to the Gardaí and would not be commenting further.
In the past Kirsten has admitted that she’s regularly asked if she’s actually Irish.
The Waterford Rose, who grew up on the Kilkenny border, is half-Zambian half-Irish, and is the first African-Irish woman to win the competition.
It is understood that Ms Maher was enjoying a night out with friends on Saturday night before she was subjected to vile abuse.
Paul Osagie, manager of the Blue Door Takeaway, where the alleged incident happened, said that staff and customers were appalled.
He told KCLR FM: “It saddens my heart seeing this happening in Kilkenny.”
Kirsten returned to her job in Redlane Boutique in Tramore, County Waterford yesterday.