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Tralee set to burst from a packed entertainment line-up at Festival 2014

Rose Launch Tralee 2ROSES and festival-goers will be ‘walking on cars’ to get to Kerry next month for the 2014 Rose of Tralee International Festival which takes place from 15-19 August.

The Rose of Tralee, Haley O’Sullivan and a bunch of this year’s Roses were in Tralee this week to announce details of this year’s entertainment line-up which will feature over 80 hours of free and affordable entertainment in the Dome and around the streets of Tralee.

The General Manager of the Rose of Tralee International Festival, Oliver Hurley, said: “We pride ourselves on being able to stage such a wide-ranging programme of FREE and affordable entertainment to suit people of all ages. It would not be possible without the input of the local business community, our sponsors, Rose Centres and the thousands of people who travel from all over the world to enjoy the Festival.”

Among this year’s highlights will be the Union J and Walking on Cars concerts on Denny Street on Friday 15th and Sunday 17th respectively. Priced at only €10 from, tickets to these events are limited, much sought after and selling fast.

A festival is not a festival without a parade and unlike many other popular festivals in Ireland and abroad, the Rose of Tralee can boast that it will successfully stage three parades again this year on Saturday 16th, Sunday 17th and Tuesday 19th August.

With over 700 people taking part in the parades, spectators are encouraged to come early to grab the best vantage points to see the marching bands, floats, costumed performers, the Rose of Tralee Haley O’Sullivan, RTÉ Selection Host Dáithí Ó Sé and this year’s 32 International Roses.

The skies over Tralee will light up with two spectacular fireworks displays and the annual Skyfest Air Display on Sunday 17th.

From the Dome to Denny Street and along The Mall to The Square, the public will enjoy five daily schedules of entertainment including Nathan Carter, Derek Ryan, Brendan Shine and Birds Amusements.

Family town is a kaleidoscope of fun and colour that will come alive at midday every day during the Festival. A fun-packed programme of events to suit children of all ages in the comfortable, family-friendly setting of Pearse Park will feature - Circus Workshops, Planetarium Dome, Face Painting, Balloon Modelling, Art Attack, Cheeky Chalk, Water Walkers & Human Gyroscope, Fun Races, Crystal Fountain Wishing Well, Carnival Cut-outs, Giant Bubble Throwing & much more.

Instead of walking on cars, many people will be visiting this year’s Festival to exercise their legs by taking part in the second Rose of Tralee International 10k Run around the streets of Tralee, driving home the message that there is something for everyone at the Festival.

The lead sponsors of this year’s Festival, Newbridge Silverware, will send the Roses off on their Rose Tour of Ireland on Sunday 10th August and the 32 Roses will arrive in Tralee on Friday 15th August after visits to Limerick, Roscommon, Leitrim, Kildare and Dublin.

The Festival Dome will be the venue for the Kerrygold International Rose Ball, the first official event of the 2014 Rose of Tralee International Festival. The Kerryman Rose of Tralee Autumn Winter Fashion Show on Sunday 17th August will be guaranteed to fuel dreams and keep the paparazzi cameras flashing.

The Newbridge Silverware Escort of the Year will be announced on RTÉ One television live from the Dome during Part One of the Rose Selection on Monday 18th and the 2014 Rose of Tralee will be crowned in the same venue on Tuesday 19th.

The Festival is as popular as ever with Tralee’s hotels, self-catering and camping accommodation already under pressure to meet the visitor demand for beds.

“The legacy of the Rose Gathering looks set to produce another bumper week for Tralee’s accommodation providers with many already reportedly booked out weeks ahead of the Festival,” said Oliver Hurley.

Full details of all the FREE and affordable events at the 2014 Rose of Tralee International Festival and tickets to all Dome events, as well as the Union J and Walking On Cars Concerts on Denny Street, are available from

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Nathan Carter is Gareth Brooks Special Guest in Croke Park

Nathan Carter is Garth Brooks Special Guest in Croke Park and he’s coming to The Dome at The Rose of Tralee!

It has just been announced that Ireland’s hottest act, NATHAN CARTER will be special guest on the Garth Brooks shows on the Monday and Tuesday 28 and 29 of July.

“I am just over the moon” said Nathan this week. “They are the biggest shows of my life and I can’t wait to take the stage in Croke Park in front of 80,000 people. What a thrill.”

Garth saw a clip of Nathan from his recent sell out appearance at The Marquee in Cork and requested that Nathan be his special guest. Meanwhile, tickets to Nathan are now on sale for his concert show, coming to The World Famous DOME at Ireland’s biggest and best loved Festival, The Rose of Tralee.   

He plays The Dome on Thursday 14 August. Tickets for the show are now on sale from The Rose of Tralee website at and priced at just €29.90 including booking fee.

Nathan with his brand new album Where I Wanna Be is the top selling album in Ireland this year.

Despite stiff competition from international artists including Kodaline, Eminem, One Direction & Michael Buble, the hottest act on the Irish music scene is delighted to be the first country act to have reached No1 in the Album Charts since Garth Brooks over 6 years ago.

Speaking about this most recent achievement, an obviously thrilled Nathan said, "I am absolutely delighted that Where I Wanna Be has reached Number 1 in the charts. It is something that every musician and recording artist strives to achieve and I owe a huge thank you to everyone who has bought the album and helped to make this happen. Where I Wanna Be is my fourth studio album. I wasn’t sure how we would top the success of Wagon Wheel, which has remained in the charts for over a year now.

"Having a number one best selling album means a lot to me and I hope it's the first of many. I texted my Mum when I heard the news and she replied back saying, 'You take it easy on those roads at night", but then she called me five minutes later when it all sank in and she was so excited that she was almost screaming!"

It has been an incredible year for Nathan, who has been playing to capacity crowds at concerts, festivals and dances all over Ireland & the UK, and the singer is keen to acknowledge that he has a great team around him, "The team around me are all great people - the band, the road crew, John Farry my manager, and Sharpe Music. Reaching Number 1 this week is a huge achievement for them as well."

Meanwhile, Nathan’s concert tour is breaking records everywhere, with the “sold out” signs going up at all venues.

The Rose of Tralee show in The Dome which features Nathan with his band and special guests, on Thursday 14 August, will be no exception. Get your tickets fast!