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Rose Festival strikes deal with MTU for live televised shows

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By Michelle Crean 

A deal to televise the Rose of Tralee live on RTÉ this August has been agreed between festival organisers and Munster Technological University.

A venue hire agreement has been signed for one year for the use of the Kerry Sports Academy for a number of events at the North Campus in Tralee from Friday August 19 to Tuesday 23, including the live televised shows to be broadcast on RTE on the Monday and Tuesday evenings, August 22 and 23.

Announcing the one-year venue hire agreement in Kerry today, MTU President Prof. Maggie Cusack commented:

“The Kerry Sports Academy is a state-of-the-art facility and an asset to Tralee and the surrounding region. This is an opportunity to showcase our fantastic venue for a major event that is of such significance to Tralee. MTU has a statutory function to develop and promote strong social and cultural links with the communities in which it is located, and in doing so to respect the diversity of values, beliefs and traditions in Irish society. This was taken into consideration by MTU in agreeing to the venue hire, as was the importance of being inclusive of the festival contestants themselves, and all those for whom the festival is so special."

CEO of the Rose of Tralee, Anthony O’Gara, welcomed the venue announcement.

“We are delighted that the Rose of Tralee International Festival will be broadcast live from Kerry Sports Academy this year, particularly as the festival was cancelled for the last two years due to the pandemic," he said.

"This year we are looking forward to welcoming our roses back to Tralee and celebrating together with a five-day festival beginning on Friday August 19 and culminating in the selection of the 2022 International Rose of Tralee live on Tuesday August 23.”

 

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​​Bursaries presented to schools at Lions Club open night

By Michelle Crean Three Killarney schools have been awarded bursaries from a local group. Killarney Lions Club made the presentations to Killarney Community College, St Brigid’s Presentation School and St […]

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Three Killarney schools have been awarded bursaries from a local group.

Killarney Lions Club made the presentations to Killarney Community College, St Brigid’s Presentation School and St Brendan’s College to help support students in need.

It took place at their open night recently in the KDYS Youth Centre.

The night featured different exhibitions about Killarney Lions Club activities such as the Annual Christmas Food Appeal and the Kerry Clubs Fair.

“It was great that people made the effort to come and find out more what Killarney Lions Club does, despite the weather on the night. We are a voluntary group so community support is vital for activities such as our Christmas Food Appeal which will kick off very soon.”

The Killarney Lions Club, through its members, assists various groups and individuals in and around the community. Lions do this through voluntary activities, fundraising and by holding various types of events in support of a great many local causes.

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Staff celebrated for their long service

Stalwarts of the tourism industry in Killarney were delighted to celebrate their long term team members with a gourmet dinner in Great Southern recently. The event was held for all […]

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Stalwarts of the tourism industry in Killarney were delighted to celebrate their long term team members with a gourmet dinner in Great Southern recently.

The event was held for all team members of the Great Southern and Killarney Royal who have over 10 years of service, and was hosted by Michael Jacobi, Managing Director, Hayfield Family Collection and Mark Scally, Financial Controller, Hayfield Family Collection.

32 employees celebrated on the night, with the Great Southern represented by John Fitzgerald with 53 years of service, Martina O’Leary with 44 years of service and Kathleen Bhuiyan with 31 years of service. From Killarney Royal Joseph Hurley celebrated 37 years of service with John Harrington celebrating 32 years and Nuala Doolan celebrating 30 years.

“It is an absolute pleasure for us to celebrate our long term staff members,” event host and Hayfield Family Collection Managing Director, Michael Jacobi, said.

“They have played such an integral part in achieving the high standards we are known to provide and are such familiar welcoming faces for our guests.”

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