Sympathy for the late John Byrne
Statement from Anthony O'Gara, Executive Chairman of The Rose of Tralee International Festival:
"We were sorry to hear about the passing of the late John Byrne this week. On behalf of everyone involved in the Festival, past and present, I wish to express my sympathy to the Byrne family.
Our thoughts are especially with John's wife Ciara, the 1962 Rose of Tralee (Dublin).
As proprietor of the Brandon Hotel, Mr Byrne worked closely with, and was a significant supporter of, the Festival for many years.
He was one of the great Kerrymen of his era, in particular, as a leading figure among the Irish community in the UK. May he rest in peace."
Generosity of Tralee businesses helps Festival Support Group break €100,000
THE business community in Tralee showed their team spirit by contributing €100,000 between them to help cover the cost of bringing free and affordable family entertainment to Tralee for this year’s Rose of Tralee International Festival.
The Chairman of the Festival of Kerry Support Group, Danny Leane, said: “Our main aim during this year’s door-to-door fundraising drive was to break the €100,000 ceiling for the first time. We wish to thank the many new and established local businesses who helped us to reach that target through their generous contributions. The support that everyone has given us in recent years is crucial to the continued success of the Street Carnival and on behalf of the group, I am happy to express our sincere thanks.”
Around 200,000 people were in Tralee over the course of the seven-day Festival and Rose Gathering and during that time they enjoyed some top class free and affordable entertainment.
The highlights of this year’s Street Carnival line-up included JLS, The Stunning, Nathan Carter, Ryan Sheridan, PictureHouse, Hermitage Green, The Kilkennys, Spin South West DJ’s, Declan Sinnott, Brendan Shine, John Spillane, Johnny Reidy Céilí Band along with the Lee Strand Air Display, Parades sponsored by the Bon Secours Hospital Tralee, Fireworks, Food & Craft Market and 10K Road Race.
They complimented the Dome events that included the sell-out 1100 capacity Rose Ball, two selection nights and The Kerryman Irish Independent Fashion Show which was attended by 1700 people.
The General Manager of the Rose of Tralee International Festival, Oliver Hurley, said: “We commend the work of the Festival of Kerry Support Group who have gone back to basics to remind us all that the Festival is for everyone. We look forward to working with Danny and his team of dedicated volunteers again in 2014.”
The 2014 Rose of Tralee International Festival is scheduled to take place from Friday 15th to Tuesday 19th August.
Haley is first Texas Rose to be crowned Rose of Tralee
THE 2013 Rose of Tralee is 25 year-old Texas Rose Haley O'Sullivan.
Dáithí Ó Sé announced the outcome in the Festival Dome in front of a massive TV audience last night.
The 2012 Rose of Tralee Nicola McEvoy presented Haley – the first Texas Rose to take the crown - with her sash, Newbridge Silverware tiara and perpetual trophy in front of nearly 810,000 TV viewers.
Speaking immediately after the result was announced, Haley said: “I don’t even know if I can put it into words, it’s really amazing. All the girls were so fabulous and we were all talking about how it doesn’t matter who wins. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and we’d be happy for whoever it is. I genuinely did not think it was going to be me, so it was a genuine shock and I’m a little overwhelmed right now, but it’s all positive.”