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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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Flesk Fest promises to be a great evening of fun

By Michelle Crean Glenflesk GAA are planning a fun filled evening of top class entertainment. The Flesk Fest takes place on Saturday July 16 at 4pm in The Kerryway Steakhouse […]

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By Michelle Crean

Glenflesk GAA are planning a fun filled evening of top class entertainment.

The Flesk Fest takes place on Saturday July 16 at 4pm in The Kerryway Steakhouse & Bar.

Two exciting bands ‘All Folk’d Up’ and ‘Super Ceili’ will be playing and there’ll be plenty of fun and games and a delicious barbecue, raffle with some great prizes, and of course the ever popular Hang Tough Challenge!

“Please come out and support this great event! Tell your friends and we will make it a night to remember,” Seamus Healy from Glenflesk GAA said.

” Admission is only €15, and tickets are available from Mary McCarrick 087 7750773, Padraig O’Sullivan 087 0530384 or any club officer. They are also available in the Kerryway on the night.

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Rising cycling star selected for Belgium Project

By Sean Moriarty Killarney cyclist Sam Bolger (18) has been selected as one of four riders for the Belgian Project – one of the most prestigious stepping stones for Irish riders […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Killarney cyclist Sam Bolger (18) has been selected as one of four riders for the Belgian Project – one of the most prestigious stepping stones for Irish riders with ambitions to turn professional.

Northern Ireland-based Belgian Danny Blondell is the man behind the project.

For the last 15 years Blondell selects between four and six Irish riders and sends them to Belgium where they stay with local families and contest pro and semi-pro races.

As a race commentator Blondell is well placed to decide who is deserving of inclusion in the project.

Over the first six months of the year he makes decisions while attending early season races.

Those lucky enough to get selected go to live and race in Belgium for the second six months of the year.

Bolger, from Lewis Road, was selected after winning the junior race in the Cycling Ireland National Road Series in Mayo in March and the Orwell Stage Race in County Wicklow in June.

“He is delighted, it is a very big deal,” his father Paul told the Killarney Advertiser.

“He has had a very good year and the wins in Mayo and Wicklow secured the Belgium Project.”

Bolger will head to Belgium in late July and after to the Junior Tour of Ireland which takes place in County Clare between July 12 and 17.

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