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Mayors to welcome Roses to Tralee

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Rose of Tralee Elysha Brennan and RTE presenter, Daithi O Se at the Rose of Tralee sponsorship launch event Arnotts Department Store, Dublin this morning. PICTURE: DOMNICK WALSH

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AS THE Rose of Tralee International Festival gets set to blossom this week, Kerry County Council will be rolling out the red carpet for this year’s contestants tonight.

The Roses will be feted at a civic welcome in The Square, Tralee, at 9pm, when they will be greeted by the Mayor of Tralee and the Mayor of Kerry.

There will also be music performances followed by a reception at Kirby's Brogue Inn.

Meanwhile, expect 84 hours of entertainment in The Square over the duration of the extended Rose of Tralee International Festival. Only 15 hours of this will controlled by a ticket system.

The general public will be restricted from accessing The Square at certain times to ensure control of numbers to artists who potentially would have a large following and, as has been the case since 2011, to help towards the increased street entertainment €330,000 expenditure budget.

The key request from festival organisers to the general public is to cooperate with the volunteers who have given their time, free of charge, to ensure that everyone enjoys the festival in comfort and safety.

The all-weather saddle-span Dome Roof over the stage in The Square will create a more ambient and chilled vibe to the evening concerts at the venue, five of which are controlled by ticket and the remaining two (Saturday 20th and Tuesday 23) free to the public.

How will festival-goers access The Square?

The entrance to The Square during security ticket control times is located via the North West corner, next to Carraig Donn, with an exit only to the north east (next to Dan Fitzgerald’s) and south west (next to An Cearnóg).

Access to businesses will be restricted at these times (after 7pm), while provisions have been made with some businesses located on the corners of The Square to have controlled public access into their premises.

Security and festival management will endeavour to facilitate the public as much as is practicable and, as has been the case in recent years during ticketed events on Denny Street, patrons of businesses in The Square have been asked to take note of the times when security controls will be in place.

Full details of all entertainment acts due to perform in The Square – day and night – are available from www.roseoftralee.ie and on Facebook.

The event controller, Bryan Carr, said: “The festival must adhere to strict risk assessed guidelines including legislation regarding control and management of events both indoor and outdoor. While we appreciate people may have concerns in relation to these events; rest assured that just as previous festivals we want to ensure another safe and incident free festival for visitors and local alike to enjoy. We would like to thank all the businesses in advanced for their continued support of the Festival and we ask the general public to support and promote our Festival to make it a successful and safe event for 2016.”

So, what’s happening on Denny Street?

If you enjoyed watching Buckingham Palace come to life through the magic of light during Queen Elizabeth’s Diamond Jubilee, then you won’t want to miss the spectacular Illumination of Ashe Memorial Hall. The show from 10pm to midnight on Wednesday 17th, Thursday 18th and Friday 19th will celebrate Tralee’s 800-year history, the 1916 Rising Centenary and 57 years of the Rose of Tralee.

And yes, contrary to what some people have said, there will be live music on both ends of Denny Street and a stage will be located in front of the Ashe Memorial Hall for the three parades on Saturday, Sunday and Tuesday and for the free Garda Band and Willis Clan concerts on Sunday, August 21.

Once again, in order to accommodate the large crowds of people who are looking forward to enjoying all the fun of the festival, the following roads will be closed as follows:

Bridge Street, The Mall and The Square:

· Wednesday, August 17: 7pm-1am
· Thursday, August 18: 7pm-1am
· Friday, August 19: 7pm-1am
· Saturday, August 20: 12pm-2am
· Sunday, August 21: 12pm-2am
· Monday, August 22: 8pm - 2am
· Tuesday, August 23: 8pm-2am

Lower Castle Street R875, Lower Ashe Street and Courthouse Lane:

· Wednesday 17th Aug: 7pm-1am
· Thursday 18th Aug: 7pm-1am
· Friday 19th Aug: 7pm-1am
· Saturday 20th Aug: 12pm-2am
· Sunday 21st Aug: 12pm-2am
· Monday 22nd Aug: 8pm - 2am
· Tuesday 23rd Aug: 8pm-2am

Denny Street R875

· Wednesday 17th Aug: 7pm-1am
· Thursday 18th Aug: 7pm-1am
· Friday 19th Aug: 7pm-1am
· Saturday 20th Aug: 12pm-2am
· Sunday 21st Aug: 12pm-2am
· Monday 22nd Aug: 8pm - 2am
· Tuesday 23rd Aug: 8pm-2am

Denny Street R875 (West Side)

· Tuesday 16th August: 5pm to Wednesday 24th August 1am to facilitate Food and Craft Village

Dan Spring Road to Kearney’s Road

· Saturday 20th August: 2pm-6pm (Local Access permitted from Dan Spring Rd to Aqua Dome, Wetlands & Spring Well Gardens) to facilitate Red Rose Soap Box Derby

Upper Ashe Street (East Side)

· Tuesday 23rd August: 10.30pm - 11.30pm (To facilitate the Festival Parade)

Rock Street Lower (East Side)

· Sunday 21st August: 12.30pm - 1.30pm (To facilitate the Festival 10K Road Race)

Full details of all festival events, which are subject to change, are available from www.roseoftralee.ie, Facebook.com/roseoftraleefestival, Twitter @roseoftralee_ and from the official brochure, on sale from Festival Office, Kerry Book Shop, Hussey’s Newsagents, Oaklands Daybreak, Garvey’s Supervalu and First Chapter at Manor West Retail Park.
 


 
Rose of Tralee Elysha Brennan and RTE and Rose of Tralee presenter Daithi O Se. PICTURE: DOMNICK WALSH

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Killarney co-drivers to the fore at this weekend

Two Killarney-based co-drivers will contest this weekend’s Trackrod Rally Yorkshire, the fourth rounds of the British Rally Championship. The two-day event gets underway tonight (Friday) with one stage set to be run under the cover of darkness. On the startline will be Muckross man Noel O’Sullivan and Aghadoe’s Mikie Galvin. O’Sullivan, co-driver to Welshman Osian […]

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Two Killarney-based co-drivers will contest this weekend’s Trackrod Rally Yorkshire, the fourth rounds of the British Rally Championship.

The two-day event gets underway tonight (Friday) with one stage set to be run under the cover of darkness.
On the startline will be Muckross man Noel O’Sullivan and Aghadoe’s Mikie Galvin.

O’Sullivan, co-driver to Welshman Osian Pryce, is the current leader of the series while Galvin, who reads pacenotes for fellow Killarney and District Motor Club member, West Cork’s Keith Cronin, is eighth after missing the opening round.

“The element of darkness certainly brings an additional challenge to all the crews, especially since most of us will not have done any night stages for some time, the most recent I did was in 2017 on the Ulster Rally,” Cronin noted.

The route layout reads like an extract from the itinerary of the World Championship counting RAC Rally of the 1980s, featuring familiar locations such as Dalby, Gale Rigg and Langdale, and it will be the Dalby Forest test that opens the competition shortly after 8pm tonight.

Meanwhile, Irish rallying returned last Sunday after the pandemic-enforced lay-off with the ‘Munster Car Club’s Cork 20’.

London-based Listry co-driver Shane Buckley was the best of the local entrants, guiding Daniel Cronin, Keith’s brother, to fifth overall.

Ger Conway and his driver Stephen Wright were just two places and 8.9 seconds behind in another Ford Fiesta RC2. It was Conway’s first taste of a RC2 car since he and Rob Duggan finished second overall on the 2018 Donegal International Rally.

“There is a taste of more after this,” said Ger after a trouble-free day.
Damien Fleming came close to making it four local co-drivers in the top 10. He and his driver Stephen McCann were 11th, just 16.6 off the leader board. They said it took a while to get used to the bumpy Irish tar after a recent trip to the Tour of Flanders in Belgium.

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Education Minister officially opens The Mon’s new classrooms

A town primary school – which has a deep connection to Monsignor Hugh O’Flaherty – has a whole new look which was officially opened today (Friday) by the Minister for Education. Norma Foley TD officially opened the newly constructed wing to the Presentation Monastery Primary School on New Road which will house two special needs classrooms, a multi-sensory room […]

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A town primary school – which has a deep connection to Monsignor Hugh O’Flaherty – has a whole new look which was officially opened today (Friday) by the Minister for Education.

Norma Foley TD officially opened the newly constructed wing to the Presentation Monastery Primary School on New Road which will house two special needs classrooms, a multi-sensory room and a general-purpose hall.

The project, which was funded by Department of Education along with money raised by the school as part of their ‘THE MON-ster Fundraiser’, was just one of three officially opened new additions to the school along with a special dedication of the school’s hall in honour of Monsignor Hugh O’Flaherty, a past pupil of the school from 1909-1914.

Also, The Most Rev. Ray Browne, Bishop of Kerry, officially opened a three-classroom extension at the school’s present site which was opened in 1958 having moved from its College Street location which was opened in 1838 by the Presentation Brothers.

Former Supreme Court Judge Hugh O’Flaherty and Mrs Pearl Dineen the nephew and niece of Monsignor Hugh O’Flaherty officiated over the dedicating of the school’s new hall to past pupil, Monsignor Hugh O’Flaherty, in recognition of his heroic deeds during WWII.

O’Flaherty, who also taught at the school later, became better known for the role he played in World War II while at the Vatican leading over 6,500 prisoners of war, partisans and Jews to freedom to earn him the title of the ‘Vatican Pimpernel’, leading to the 1983 film ‘The Scarlet and the Black’ with Gregory Peck portraying the role of O’Flaherty.

OUTDOOR CLASSROOM

A special outdoor classroom ‘Dotts Garden’, dedicated to the memory of Dorothy (Dott) Hennggler the 2011 Washington DC Rose who died at the family home in Baltimore from a brain tumour, was officially opened by Anne O’Shea (aunt of the late Dorothy), and Àine McMahon (cousin of the late Dorothy and BOM member). The outdoor classroom was beautifully decorated over the summer by artist Katríona Lynch.

Due to COVID restrictions, the main event took place outdoors with staff joined by a small group of pupils selected from each of the classes representing the student body along with members of the school’s Board of Management.

“Your achievements have been remarkable over the last number of months,” Minister of Education, Norma Foley, said today at the official opening.

“It is my wish going forward that the next year in education will be less complicated, less trying and less difficult one. I think school staff are deserving of that. We can put the COVID atmosphere behind us and we are moving positively along. We hope that in a few months we will talk about living in a post-COVID time. The story of Monsignor Hugh O’Flaherty speaks of the calibre of students produced here, but it also speaks of the courage and bravery and vision that Kerry people can have in the most difficult and trying of times.”

School principal Colm Ó Suilleabháin, who is shortly moving on to St Oliver’s NS in Ballycasheen, was delighted to be in attendance to see the building come to fruition.

“It’s a fantastic culmination of hard work by the staff and the Board of Management, and we are delighted to see the school is fully equipped and resourced for the next generation of pupils from Killarney and beyond,” he said.

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