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Rose of Tralee to parachute into Town Park during SkyFest Air Display

Rose of Tralee, Maria Walsh set to parachute into Tralee Town Park during SkyFest Air Display

MARIA Walsh expects to literally drop into Tralee Town Park on Sunday 16th August if she becomes the first Rose of Tralee to perform a parachute jump in the height of the Festival.

Landing in picturesque Tralee Town Park, the tandem jump, which is subject to licence, will form part of the biggest SkyFest Air Display ever to be staged during the Rose of Tralee International Festival.

This year’s show will feature the Irish Parachute Club, a late night pyrotechnic air display from brand new UK aerobatic team Aerosparx and the flying dentist, Eddie Goggins, who will enthral thousands of spectators with a roll rate of 420° per second and a climb rate of nearly 3,300 feet per minute in his CAP231 aircraft.

The Event Controller for the Rose of Tralee, Bryan Carr, said: “Quite literally, the sky’s the limit when it comes to entertainment at the Rose of Tralee International Festival and the 2015 SkyFest Air Display from 4pm on Sunday 16th August will be another spectacular event. The viewing experience will be better for spectators who want to stay in the town centre to enjoy the Sunday entertainment and not have to rush away to see the SkyFest from another location. This year it will be easier for the festival-going public to see the daredevil stunts overhead as the best viewing area will be from the Town Park in the heart of Tralee.

The crowds can look up to the waving Winchman in the Irish Coast Guard Shannon-based Sikorsky S92 helicopter which will fly over the town centre and land in the Town Park. Another highlight of the air display will be David Bruton, an Aeronautical Engineer from Abbeyshrule, Co Longford who will perform stunts in the Sbach 342. The Garda Air Support unit will be on the ground in the Town Park during the air display, subject to availability.

Anyone who wishes to enjoy the SkyFest Air Display can do so from the centre of Tralee, while motorists will be urged to park their vehicles near the Dome and make the short walk to Denny Street.

Tralee-based company,, are the proud sponsors of the SkyFest Air Display. is Ireland’s leading Driver CPC and Transport Manager CPC Training Company delivering a quality of training at 30 Training Centres nationwide.

For more details of the SkyFest Air Display and other entertainment events during the Festival are available from, Facebook and Twitter.

Support Your Festival with a Rose of Tralee Wristband

Support your Festival and grab a Wristband to enjoy Rose of Tralee Festival Entertainment

ONE wristband is all that’s needed to see Nathan Carter, Hometown, Only The Young, Hudson Taylor, Riptide Movement, Sharon Shannon, Damien Dempsey, the Kilfenora Céilí Band and others live on Denny Street during the Rose of Tralee International Festival.

The Wristbands, unveiled by some of this year’s Roses, will only be handed to the holders of Multi-tickets which are only available from and Byrnesworth, The Square Tralee for only €25.

The General Manager of the Rose of Tralee, Oliver Hurley, said: “We are encouraging the people of Tralee and the wider county of Kerry to support their local festival by purchasing a Wristband to wear it with pride throughout the festival. All monies raised from the sale of these tickets will be invested back into the Festival. Wristbands are the way forward and the system is already common practice at other festivals around Ireland. We are offering a top quality programme of Street and Dome entertainment at this year’s Rose of Tralee for only €25 with lots of free entertainment for all the family throughout festival week. The system is simple – buy a Multi-ticket for €25, exchange it for a Wristband when you show up for your first concert, enjoy the event and support your local festival.”

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

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, more FREE LIVE music in The Square and on the Mobile Stage.

A new feature of this year’s FREE Family Town fun in Tralee Town Park is the twice-daily showing of Family Town “The Show” with some friendly characters to entertain children of all ages.

This is all in addition to the magnificent events in the Dome including – televised Rose Selections on RTÉ, The Kerryman Fashion Show, the International Rose Ball, Bon Jovee Tribute Band, Charity White Collar Boxing, Strictly Come Dancing and Discos.

Oliver Hurley thanked the local business community including retailers, publicans and hoteliers who contribute around €100,000 each year towards the cost of providing affordable and free street events.

Tickets to all Dome and Street events are available from the Rose of Tralee Office, Ashe Memorial Hall, Denny Street, Tralee, and from Byrnesworth, The Square, Tralee.

For more details please contact the Rose of Tralee International Festival on 066-7121322 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Inaugural International Women’s Business Conference

Inaugural International Women’s Business Conference as part of 2015 The Rose of Tralee International Festival

The Rose of Tralee Festival, which is now in its 56th year, is a perennial favourite in the hearts and minds of the Irish diaspora; from rural fireside armchair, to stateside Irish bar, every year, more and more Irish people tune-in and soak-up a little bit of the beauty of Kerry and hear the stories and journeys of the 32 Roses.

This year, for the first time, the Rose of Tralee Festival will provide the perfect backdrop for the introduction of a new and important dimension; a celebration and recognition of the business ambitions and achievements of modern women of the Irish diaspora.

The one-day conference, which is being organised by Enterprise Ireland, is aptly themed, “Bloom for Ireland” as it will aim to harness the power of the Irish female diaspora, to contribute to continued economic growth and prosperity in Ireland.

The conference will be opened by Minister for Justice, Frances Fitzgerald TD, and will be hosted by Minister for the Diaspora, Jimmy Deenihan TD.

Conference delegates will hear from Rose of Tralee Maria Walsh as well as some previous Roses, many of whom have successful careers in business both in Ireland and else where. 2005 Rose of Tralee, Dr. Aoibhinn Ní Shúilleabháin who is a Doctor of Mathematics Education, will share her worklife experience and talk about the need to encourage more women into the STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering and maths).

Senior female figures from the Public Sector, the mulit-national sector, the media industry and the indigenous business sectors will share their insights and provide valuable learning take-aways on such themes as leadership with authenicity, achieving business scale and how diversity drives innovation.

The Conference represents an ideal opportunity to promote and showcase Ireland, and the Kingdom of Kerry in particular and to celebrate Irish business success. It respresents a call on the Irish diaspora to use their influence to ‘open doors of opportunity’ for the Irish in their country of residence.

Welcoming the conference, Minister Deenihan, said: “The Rose of Tralee International Festival connects the global Irish community and in doing so, since 1959, it celebrates intelligent and accomplished Irish women at home and abroad. Delegates, both male and female, from across the globe are invited to join the conference which will showcase and celebrate inspirational Irish women and men as they share their global leadership journeys.’

Speaking at the launch, Julie Sinnamon, CEO of Enterprise Ireland said: ‘It is important that we harness the power of all our resources, both male and female, at home and abroad, into a cohesive effort, to drive export growth of Irish companies and to deliver job creation in Ireland. Our amibtion with this conference is to inspire and encourage ambitious businesswomen to participate fully, to reach their full potential and in so doing, maximise their contribution to economic prosperity in Ireland.’