Roses, sheep, Guinness, Dáithí Ó Sé & ice cream on the schedule for Rose of Tralee Tour of Ireland
HERDING sheep in Leitrim, gracing the hallowed Croke Park turf, pulling a pint of Guinness and sharing an ice cream with Dáithí Ó Sé at RTÉ are just some highlights of this year’s Rose of Tralee Tour of Ireland.
This year’s 32 International Roses will stop off in Kildare, Dublin, Leitrim and Limerick before arriving in the Kingdom of Kerry on Friday 14th August for the start of the Rose of Tralee International Festival.
The Rose Tour Manager, Steve Cronly, said: “The Rose Tour of Ireland offers the perfect opportunity to showcase the Rose of Tralee as more than a five-day Festival. It’s also is a very important event on the Irish tourism calendar as the media coverage that the Rose Tour commands is the perfect picture postcard to send to the world. There is no other Festival in Ireland that offers such an insight to so many parts of Ireland en route to the main hub of the entertainment in Tralee.”
The Roses will begin their tour at the Maldron Hotel in Dublin Airport on Sunday 9th August from where they will set-off to check out the stunning jewellery and homeware at the Festival’s lead sponsor, Newbridge Silverware and the Museum of Style Icons.
Visits to top tourist and iconic locations – Croke Park and the Guinness Storehouse – are scheduled for Monday 10th August and a gala dinner at the Clayton Ballsbridge Hotel.
The Rose of Tralee TV Host, Dáithí Ó Sé and the 32 Roses will be introduced to the country’s media at a press photo-call in RTÉ at 10.15am on Tuesday 11th August prior to the Roses departure to Barretstown Camp in County Kildare.
They are scheduled to herd sheep through the streets of Mohill on the evening of Tuesday 11th before being awarded the freedom of the village. Stunning Lough Rynn Castle Estate and Gardens will once again be the Roses’ base for two nights, on Tuesday 11th and Wednesday 12th August, when they visit County Leitrim.
The Roses will be treated to a packed progamme of activities in Leitrim including visits to Acres Lake, Drumshanbo, Waterways Ireland - Shannon Blueway and the newly opened Sliabh an Iarainn Visitor Centre, Leitrim’s Home Brew Brewery, Carrig Brewing and thrills and spills at Lough Key Forest Park.
The George Boutique Hotel is the venue for the first rendezvous between the Roses and this year’s 32 Rose Escorts on Thursday 13th August, however the details of the Rose/Escort pairings for the Festival won’t be revealed until they all arrive in Tralee the following day.
On Friday 14th, they will round-off the Rose Tour in Tralee when they meet the patients and staff at the Bon Secours Hospital, enjoy a Kerry County Council Civic Reception at Tralee Bay Wetlands Centre and arrive at the Fels Point Hotel where they will stay for the duration of the Festival.