The Rose of Tralee Festival Dome is to be moved to the heart of Tralee town centre for this year's festivities, according to new plans just announced.
In an open letter issued this afternoon (Tuesday), Anthony O’Gara, Chief Executive of the Rose of Tralee International Festival (ROTIF), said that "some misinformation has crept into the local public discourse, particularly online, in relation to our plans for Festival 2022".
"We want to politely intervene to reassure local people, and our Rose family further afield, that the Festival is blooming anew after a two-year hiatus, and we have very exciting plans for the 2022 event."
Plans announced for the 2022 Rose of Tralee International Festival include all the events that traditionally take place in town, the lights, parades, fireworks, family entertainment, street performances and much more.
They also include, moving the dome, be it on a slightly smaller scale of 1000 square metres, to a site in the centre of town, for five nights of concerts and festivity.
"This is a very exciting development that will facilitate thousands of revellers by night, and children and families during the day. That guarantees an exciting weatherproof experience, and it will bring the Festival back to the heart of the community in Tralee."
He added that the decision was made in 2019/2020 to find an alternative to the Dome, which was costing almost €250,000 annually.
"That financial burden was creating unsustainable pressure for the Festival, whilst swelling the coffers of suppliers from outside the county. That discussion was welcomed by our key partners, RTÉ, the Rose Hotel, and Kerry County Council along with the ITT at the time, and we agreed that we would relocate to the brand new two thousand square metre Kerry Sports Academy facility just built by the ITT. Those discussions were ongoing when COVID closed us all down.
"That decision is now even more compelling, as during COVID the ITT and their Cork counterparts have established the MTU, which is such a positive development for Kerry and for Tralee. We are now a university town! We have re-engaged with the new entity, the MTU, and whereas our discussions are not concluded and are at a sensitive stage, we are confident that both parties can bring them to a successful conclusion.
"In that event, we look forward to shouting from the rooftops during five hours of live TV in 2022, that the Rose of Tralee International Festival is coming from the newly formed Munster Technological University, allowing us to create a magical experience at this exciting venue for all the patrons who attend the Rose Ball and our Selection Nights!
"We are also exploring some major opportunities to bring the crowds back to our Festival in Tralee during 2022, on a very big scale. Those plans are in the early stages, and we will not make any further comment on them for the time being.
"We are so excited to have formed a new partnership with the local, four-star, family run, Meadowlands Hotel. Whereas the popular Johnny Franks bar will continue to cater for the food and beverage requirements of regular customers, albeit with a Rosey tint added to their normal experience, the exclusive use of all the other facilities in the hotel will allow the Roses, RTÉ, our judges and our Rose team some quiet retreat. We will have the opportunity to plan, rest, and recuperate in that enchanting oasis on the Oakpark road.
We have enjoyed 13 years on the Fels Point site, with four hotel groups, including the Rose Hotel for the past four Festivals. Sadly, the commercial arrangements offered by the Rose Hotel were no longer viable for the Festival. We leave as friends, with great memories, and look forward to a wonderful experience in the four-star Meadowlands Hotel."
Finally, he added that they are also launching the Festival in Dublin this Friday.
"It is a very exciting time for us and whereas we have many challenges ahead, we are quietly engaging with business and civic authorities around the town and county to make sure that our long-anticipated return will be a huge success for everyone who has anticipated the August festivities, and something truly worth waiting for."
Dancing classes set to unite communities
By Michelle Crean There’s no language barrier when it comes to dancing – which is why one local group is organising classes to unite communities. KASI, the Killarney Immigrant Support […]
By Michelle Crean
There’s no language barrier when it comes to dancing – which is why one local group is organising classes to unite communities.
KASI, the Killarney Immigrant Support Centre, has teamed up with dance instructor John Moriarty to teach both Ukrainians and multiple cultures living in Kerry Irish set dancing steps from next week.
The first class will take place on Tuesday evenings, starting next week (September 27) at St Mary’s Parish Hall at 6.30pm and all are welcome to join.
The idea is to help Ukrainians living in Killarney and Kerry to come and have fun and get to know locals better, KASI coordinator, Marilyn Catapat-Counihan, explained to the Killarney Advertiser.
“We have a women’s group for all ages where we do crochet, sewing and art and crafts, where they can talk which is good. I had the music on and they were dancing. I asked if they would like to do dancing classes so I organised it with John Moriarty who is well known in Killarney.”
She added that the women are very excited to learn set dancing and get to know other people from the area.
“Sometimes when you meet new people the language can be a barrier and when you’re dancing everybody is moving. He will open it to everyone so there’ll be integration, it’s fun as well. They are all very excited.”
To find out more contact John on 086 1579381.
Multiple Sclerosis Walk celebrates 20 years
By Sean Moriarty The rising cost of fuel is already having a negative effect on charity events with some limiting numbers. On October 9, the annual Multiple Sclerosis South Kerryv Walk […]
By Sean Moriarty
The rising cost of fuel is already having a negative effect on charity events with some limiting numbers.
On October 9, the annual Multiple Sclerosis South Kerryv Walk takes place over the Old Kenmare Road.
First run in 2002, this year’s event will celebrate 20 years since its foundation but two years were lost as a result of the pandemic.
This year’s walk will be limited to 150 people – three coach loads – so event organisers can cut back on running costs.
It will only be possible to participate in this year’s event if walkers pre-register.
“Walkers must raise at least €40 to make it worthwhile,” organiser John O’Shea told the Killarney Advertiser.
“Spaces are limited, 150 people equals three coaches and we need smaller coaches to get into the start of the Old Kenmare Road as that is just a bog road. We have limited numbers for cost and operational reasons.”
Mr O’Shea thanked event sponsors O’Callaghan Coaches and The Gleneagle Hotel for their support of the event.
Registration forms can be obtained by calling John on 087 2348824.
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