Ashe Street Gears Up For First Of Exciting Seasonal Street Festivals

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Launching the Ashe Street Festival were representatives of businesses on the street, from left: Lilian Holmes, Svajanas Jonavicius, Linda Mulcahy, Paul Horan, Deirdre Enright and Michaél Moran. Photo by Gavin O'Connor.

Launching the Ashe Street Festival were representatives of businesses on the street, from left: Lilian Holmes (Mozarts), Svajanas Jonavicius (Amaretto), Linda Mulcahy (Ashe Hotel), Paul Horan (Husseys), Deirdre Enright (Craft Makers) and Michaél Moran (Ryle). Photo by Gavin O’Connor.

ASHE STREET has undergone a bit of a renaissance of late and that continues with announcement of a series of seasonal one day street festivals, the first of which happens on Saturday, November 19.

The first Winter event will celebrate the season that is upon us with street entertainment, discounts and special offers across a range of shops and eateries on the street.

Traders have come together to represent the Ashe Street Quarter which also includes nearby pedestrian laneways and market place environs in the heart of Tralee.

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“The area has great choice and offers a unique experience for visitors and for locals,” said Deirdre Enright at Craft Makers Centre.

“We encourage everyone to visit the street on the day to avail of promotions, discounts and special offers right across the Ashe Street Quarter. Special offers can be had in the following premises on the day,” added Deirdre.

An area of significant cultural and historical value, Ashe Street has undergone a cool rebirth in recent years. It is now home to a great number of independently-owned small businesses offering shopping, dining, entertaining and professional services experiences to the town of Tralee.

The Craft Makers Centre has organised poetry and rhyming entertainment for 3-8 year olds at 10.30am on the 19 as well as an opportunity to have jewellery by Alison Walsh and screen prints by Edel Wilson commissioned for Christmas in their centre on the corner of Ashe Street.

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Dress Designer Karyn Moriarty and artist Roisín McGuigan will be offering free studio tours. A Medieval Make & Do will take place on the street with live entertainment from buskers and street artists.

On the food front, Mozart’s are hosting an outdoor barbeque with seafood sliders and venison burgers, while newly established Italian Food Emporium, Italianissimo, will be serving up Sicilian Sausage & Pepper Sandwiches.

At 1.30pm on the day, a Live Model Fashion Show on the windows of Ryles Menswear, Shindig, Regatta Great Outdoors & Sean Hussey Menswear promises to be the highlight of the day and great fun as you watch the live ‘mannequins’ move to the musical sounds of a Ukulele Band.

Watch out for mime artists, candle makers and card trick entertainers while street artists will be at work on art pieces across the street throughout the day. At 2pm a Dog Show has been organised by The Pet Obsession with all monies raised going to Animal Help Net.

The entertainment goes on into the night with Jazz & Gin at The Ashe Hotel from 4.3opm while a poetry evening at Chopin’s Cafe from 6pm offers a reading by poet Noel King and guest writers accompanied by gorgeous wine and tapas.

At 8pm Il Forno are hosting a Comedy Evening with Joe Rooney at 8pm. Visitors can end the night with a Craft Cocktail at Roundy’s Bar.

The traders involved are: The Barber, Regatta Great Outdoors, Ryle Menswear, Shindig, Weardrobe, Sean Hussey’s Menswear, Lana Asian Street , The Pet Obsession, Lloyds Pharmacy, Healthcare@Home, Amaretto Tea & Coffee, NCBI, St. John’s Dental, Craft Makers, Tralee Credit Union, Ulster Bank and John Brassil TD Constituency Office.

Everyone is encouraged to pick up a brochure in any shop on the street and see the programme of events listed for the day or check out the Ashe Street Quarter Facebook page.

For more information contact Deirdre Enright, Craft Makers M: 086 8524222 or by email to

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