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EXTRA TV show part of bigger, better, longer Festival

EXTRA TV show part of bigger, better, longer Rose of Tralee International Festival from 2016

SEVEN days, 70 Roses, an extra night’s TV coverage on RTÉ One can only mean that the Rose of Tralee International Festival is getting bigger and from 2016 onwards it will be bigger, better and longer than ever.

More Roses, more Rose Escorts, more Rose Buds, more entertainment, more family fun and more visitors can only mean that Tralee will enjoy a major boost to the local economy beyond the €12 million that the Festival already delivers.

The Executive Chairman of the Rose of Tralee International Festival, Anthony O’Gara, said: “This is a positive development, not only for the town of Tralee but also for the Kingdom of Kerry as a whole. The people of Tralee and our Rose Centre organisers have been longing to bring all of our Roses to Tralee in August and from 2016, that dream will be realised. It’s a major, yet necessary, undertaking that will see us double our outlay in order to deliver a major windfall locally. I am confident that this bigger, better festival will have the support of the people and business community in Tralee. We expect the longer event with more participants from all over the world to attract more visitors to enjoy a week-long celebration in Tralee.”

Full details of the format for the 2016 Rose of Tralee Selection, extended Festival and extra night’s TV coverage will be announced during the summer.

From 2016 onwards, the 70 Roses selected at regional events throughout the world will travel to and enjoy one massive Festival in Tralee in August and experience much more of what Kerry has to offer.

This year, however, will mark the end of the current qualifying process which has been in place for 11 years, eight of which were in Laois.

Since 2004 the number of Rose Centres has grown to 70, therefore necessitating a qualifying event at the end of May to find the 32 Roses who would appear on the televised selection in August.

Laois will again host this year’s Regional Festival from 28th to 31st May when RTÉ presenter Dáithí Ó Sé will meet 56 Roses from all over the world with 23 Roses qualifying for the 2015 televised selection in Tralee.

The Executive Chair of the Rose of Tralee International Festival, Anthony O’Gara, said: “We are grateful to Laois County Council, Portlaoise Heritage Hotel and the people of Laois who have opened their towns to welcome the Roses, their friends, supporters and families of the Rose of Tralee for nearly a decade.”

The extension to the duration of the Rose of Tralee Festival has come a week after plans were announced to build a permanent entertainment & conference centre on the site adjacent to Fels Point Hotel, home to the Festival since 2007.

Such a development, in partnership with Kerry County Council, will provide a major boost to the local economy in Tralee and Kerry.

More information about the 2015 Rose of Tralee International and Regional Festivals are available from RoseofTralee.ie.

Festival confirms purchase of Fels Point Hotel by parents of late Rose

Rose of Tralee International Festival confirms purchase of Fels Point Hotel by parents of late Rose

DICK and Eileen Henggeler, parents of the late Dorothy Henggeler, the 2011 Washington DC Rose who sadly passed away last year, have succeeded in their bid to purchase Fels Point Hotel in Tralee, Co Kerry.

The purchase from NAMA, which was brokered by CBRE, will be completed on June 4th following a protracted bidding process that lasted more than 12 weeks.

The Executive Chairman of the Rose of Tralee International Festival, Anthony O’Gara said: “The successful outcome of the bid will strengthen the long-term development and viability of the Festival in Tralee. It has long been an ambition of the all organisers of the 56-year Festival to build a permanent Dome and that goal will now be achieved. We can now unlock the full potential of the Festival and put plans in place to develop a permanent entertainment & conference centre on the site adjacent to Fels Point Hotel. Such a development, in partnership with Kerry County Council, will provide a major boost to the local economy in Tralee and Kerry.”

Anthony O’Gara, who will become Managing Director of Fels Point Hotel, thanked Dick and Eileen Henggeler for their philanthropic gesture which will see profits from the hotel being reinvested into the development of the Dome.

He also thanked the people and business community of Tralee for their support throughout the bidding process.

Tickets on sale Friday 24th April for Fun-filled family-friendly Festival

Street Carnival tickets on sale Friday 24th April for Fun-filled family-friendly Rose of Tralee International Festival

NATHAN Carter, Hometown, Stereokicks, Hudson Taylor, Gavin James, Riptide Movement, Sharon Shannon and the Kilfenora Céilí Band are just a few of the acts that will all perform live at this year’s Rose of Tralee International Street Festival.

A Full Access Street Ticket (F.A.S.T.) to see all eight acts will go on sale this Friday 24th April for only €25 and for 2015 only, this ticket will also allow access to the Monday night Disco in the Dome on August 17th.

Festival-goers can make a huge saving by purchasing a multi-concert ticket for only €25 from www.RoseofTralee.ie, which allow access to all Festival concerts on Denny Street.

Individually-priced tickets to see Hometown, Stereokicks, Gavin James, Ripetide Movement and Hudson Taylor (Sunday 16th August) will cost only €15, while tickets to Nathan Carter (Friday 14th August), Sharon Shannon (Monday 17th August) and The Kilfenora Céilí Band (Tuesday 18th August) – all on Denny Street Stage will cost €10.

The Festival Street Carnival Coordinator, Bryan Carr, said: “Boybands, hold a special place in the memories Rose of Tralee International Festival-goers with the likes of Westlife and Boyzone starting their careers in Tralee. Irish Chart-toppers Hometown made their first live TV appearance during last year’s Rose of Tralee International Festival and since then they have gone from strength to strength. Nathan Carter and Sharon Shannon are back by HUGE popular demand and many more acts will perform for free in Tralee throughout the Festival.”

There will be something for everyone at the 2015 Rose of Tralee International Festival with lots of FREE & AFFORDABLE entertainment including - THREE Rose Parades, TWO spectacular Fireworks Displays, the Skyfest Air Show and more live music than ever with details to be announced in the coming weeks.

This is all in addition to the magnificent events in the Dome including – televised Rose Selections on RTÉ, the Fashion Show and the International Rose Ball.

The Festival of Kerry Support Group paid tribute to the Vintners and Business community of Tralee who give close on €100,000 each year for affordable and free street events.

The Chairman of the Festival of Kerry Support Group, Danny Leane, said: “With the support of the local businesses and the Rose of Tralee International Festival, subsidised tickets for the Denny Street Concerts are great value for anyone’s pocket. The entertainment at the Rose of Tralee International Festival, while not specifically a music festival, is geared towards people of all ages, especially families.”

Tickets are available from the Rose of Tralee Office, Ashe Memorial Hall, Denny Street, Tralee and from www.RoseofTralee.ie from 9am on Friday 24th April.

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