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Rose Festival: Six Things To Do Around Town Today

Rose Festival: Six Things To Do Around Town Today

August 15, 2014 at 10:38 am Comments are Disabled

OK, the Rose of Tralee International Festival is finally upon us and there’s loads of stuff to do today. Let’s just look at some things you can get up to… 5o Years of Rose Fashion  Where? Kerry County Museum When? 9am – 5pm To mark the 50th anniversary of the Festival back in 2009, […]

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Maria Stack, Darina Stack, Claire Stack, Joan O'Brien and Grace Stack who went to the Nathan Carter concert at the Dome on Thursday night. Photo by Dermot Crean

Photos: Nathan Carter Rocks The Audience In The Dome

August 15, 2014 at 10:24 am Comments are Disabled

THE Roses may arrive today, but the unofficial start to the Festival was last night when Nathan Carter rocked over a thousand people in the Dome. Fresh from appearing on the stage with Daniel O’Donnell over in the INEC the previous night, the Liverpool lad belted out the hits to […]

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David Henry: Songs In The Key Of Life

David Henry: Songs In The Key Of Life

August 15, 2014 at 9:25 am Comments are Disabled

  DAVID Henry is the drummer for local band Enemy Armada who are currently working on a new studio album. These are some of the tracks that charted Dave’s life… 20th Century Boy – T-Rex You’ve only got to play the opening five seconds to this track to hear why […]

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Strictly Mary: The Final Countdown Has Begun

Strictly Mary: The Final Countdown Has Begun

August 15, 2014 at 9:25 am 1 comment

Our Beauty Columnist, Mary O’Donnell, is taking part in this year’s Austin Stacks Strictly Come Dancing, which takes place in the Dome on August 23. Here she keeps us informed on her progress… THE final countdown has begun and so have the nerves. Rehearsals have increased: we have group ones, […]

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Pascal Power also sent this photo in from last year of himself (second from left) with John Carroll, Benny McElligott and Steven McElligott in the Town Park last year.

Festival Memories: Your Rose Photos From Years Gone By

August 14, 2014 at 12:27 pm Comments are Disabled

WE put a call out on our Facebook page recently, for readers to send in some of their photos from past festivals. While many of you are clearly shy, some of you did share some of your memories. If you would like to send your Rose photos from years gone by, please email them […]

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Festival Countdown: Mark’s All Set For His Escort Service

Festival Countdown: Mark’s All Set For His Escort Service

August 14, 2014 at 9:06 am Comments are Disabled

WHAT a week in store for Mark Sheehy. The only homegrown Rose Escort, Mark, from Blackrock, is preparing to be the perfect gentleman to a lucky Rose for the duration of the Festival and he can’t wait to get started. The 26 year old UCD Commerce student joined the 31 other escorts last […]

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Daniel O'Donnell with fan Brenda Houlihan in Cuil Didin nursing home. Photo by Martin Houlihan.

Video/Photos: Daniel Comes To Town For Brenda

August 14, 2014 at 9:05 am Comments are Disabled

LUCKY residents of the Cúil Dídin nursing home had a famous visitor last Saturday. Brenda Houlihan is a huge Daniel O’Donnell and was delighted to see the man himself call in especially to see her. The visit all came about after a concert last year when Brenda asked Daniel to pay her […]

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Festival Countdown: Alice Pops In To Wish Festival Staff Well

Festival Countdown: Alice Pops In To Wish Festival Staff Well

August 14, 2014 at 9:03 am Comments are Disabled

FESTIVAL staff had a surprise visitor on Tuesday when the first ever Rose of Tralee popped into HQ. Wicklow resident, Alice O’Sullivan, who won the inaugural contest in 1959, visited staff at the Ashe Memorial Hall to wish them all the best for the week. “I was on my way […]

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Festival Countdown: Meet The 32 Ladies Bidding For Haley’s Crown

Festival Countdown: Meet The 32 Ladies Bidding For Haley’s Crown

August 12, 2014 at 10:17 am Comments are Disabled

Y’ALL excited now? We certainly are here in TraleeToday.ie We thought that with just three days to go until the Festival begins, you’d like to meet the 32 Rose of Tralee contestants who are hoping to succeed last year’s winner, Texas Rose Haley O’Sullivan. Just click on the link here to see the […]

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Festival Countdown: Look To The Skies This Sunday!

Festival Countdown: Look To The Skies This Sunday!

August 12, 2014 at 9:58 am Comments are Disabled

ONE of the highlights of the Rose of Tralee festival for the past few years has been the spectacular Skyfest on Sunday and this year promises to be no different. SkyFest 2014 returns with a super line-up and this year organisers have made the viewing experience even better to allow spectators […]

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Festival Countdown: Which Rose Is Twinned With Your Local?

Festival Countdown: Which Rose Is Twinned With Your Local?

August 12, 2014 at 9:27 am Comments are Disabled

A TRADITION for the past number of years has been the twinning of the Roses with the various bars and hotels in the town. This year is no different with 21 businesses being twinned with the 32 Roses with some pubs catering for two contestants. There is always great fun […]

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Video: Ask Tralee – What Are Your Favourite Festival Memories?

Video: Ask Tralee – What Are Your Favourite Festival Memories?

August 11, 2014 at 10:04 am Comments are Disabled

WHETHER it’s James Last in Austin Stack Park, James Brown on Denny Street, the old Dome tent in the Brandon Car Park or the Beat On The Street, the Festival has created some fantastic memories down the years. TraleeToday.ie’s Ryan Higgins asked some people on the streets of Tralee about their favourite […]

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The Chef’s Table: Mark Doe Picks His Favourite Cookbooks

The Chef’s Table: Mark Doe Picks His Favourite Cookbooks

August 10, 2014 at 8:33 am Comments are Disabled

Our food columnist, Mark Doe of Just Cooking in Firies looks at the cookbooks he has acquired down through the years… I HAVE a lot of cook books, in fact I have been collecting them since I was 16. I am not going 
to tell you how many years that is […]

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Tralee Woman Needs Your Votes For Stellar Award

Tralee Woman Needs Your Votes For Stellar Award

August 10, 2014 at 8:29 am Comments are Disabled

FRESH from helping Gary Keane to the Electric Picnic, we’re now looking for your help to get a hometown comedian a Stellar Award. Carol Tobin, originally from Oakpark, but now living in Dublin, has been nominated in the Best Comedian category. The comedian/writer/actress/blogger is well-known for her appearances in many […]

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Festival Countdown: The Greening Of The Rose

Festival Countdown: The Greening Of The Rose

August 10, 2014 at 8:29 am Comments are Disabled

THE Rose of Tralee International Festival  has gone green for the good of the environment with the elimination of generators from the Market Stalls and the introduction of direct power to the main stage on Denny Street. The General Manager of the Rose of Tralee International Festival, Oliver Hurley, said: […]

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VIDEO: What’s The Best Ride You Ever Had…At The ‘Bazaar’?

VIDEO: What’s The Best Ride You Ever Had…At The ‘Bazaar’?

August 10, 2014 at 8:28 am Comments are Disabled

  THE Festival is oh so close now. The highlight of the week for most young people is the arrival of Birds Amusements and the excitement which comes with the ‘bazaar’. It’s always a favourite among kids and the young at heart. With such an affection among the people of Tralee for Birds Amusements, TraleeToday.ie’s Ryan […]

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Great New Single From Ian As The Sound Of Wedding Bells Approaches

Great New Single From Ian As The Sound Of Wedding Bells Approaches

August 9, 2014 at 11:10 am Comments are Disabled

  IAN O’Doherty’s new single ‘Heartbeats Shifting’ was released on Friday and it’s another step in the Oakpark man’s ever changing repertoire. “The first single Woven did well, particularly with regional radio stations, so we’re hoping to add to that with ‘Heartbeats Shifting’,” said Ian. “This is the second single in […]

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Out To Lunch: Wrappers Delight On The Mall

Out To Lunch: Wrappers Delight On The Mall

August 9, 2014 at 10:43 am Comments are Disabled

The Daily Grind The Mall IT’S all building up now! With a week to go until the Festival, I found myself struggling to get a parking space around town. Even The Brandon car park, where I eventually left it, was almost full – a sure sign we’re at the height of […]

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Photos: #Tralee On Social Media This Week

Photos: #Tralee On Social Media This Week

August 9, 2014 at 10:13 am Comments are Disabled

We at Traleetoday.ie have gathered together a selection of photos posted up on social media from Tralee this last week by locals and tourists to the area… We have came across some fantastic landscape photos over the last few weeks, but this shot of a brooding sky over Short Mountain […]

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Strictly Mary: Baby’s Been Put In The Corner

Strictly Mary: Baby’s Been Put In The Corner

August 9, 2014 at 10:08 am Comments are Disabled

  Our Beauty Columnist, Mary O’Donnell, is taking part in this year’s Austin Stacks Strictly Come Dancing, which takes place in the Dome on August 23. Here she keeps us informed on her progress… A STRANGE thing happened since I started dancing. Over the last few weeks I have noticed it […]

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At The Omniplex: ‘Guardians Of The Galaxy’

At The Omniplex: ‘Guardians Of The Galaxy’

August 9, 2014 at 10:07 am Comments are Disabled

Guardians of the Galaxy by John Lyons It’s here. It’s finally here. The most anticipated film of the summer has just arrived in cinemas. Marvel’s ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ and It’s been a rocky road to say the least. Over the past decade Marvel Studios have been slowly building their […]

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Gary Needs Your Vote For A Better Spot At the Picnic

Gary Needs Your Vote For A Better Spot At the Picnic

August 9, 2014 at 10:06 am Comments are Disabled

FOLLOWING on from the great news that local musician, Gary Keane has earned his spot at the Electric Picnic music festival, he now has the chance to play one of the main stages. All he needs now is your votes. Gary made it to the final of the 2FM ‘Play The Picnic’ […]

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Festival Memories: Tommy Walsh On How Special The Rose Is For Tralee

Festival Memories: Tommy Walsh On How Special The Rose Is For Tralee

August 8, 2014 at 9:25 am Comments are Disabled

Former Kerry GAA star, Tommy Walsh, now playing in Australia for the Sydney Swans, writes about his memories of the Rose festival and says the Tralee people should never take it for granted… MY earliest memory of the Festival is watching the parade. My father had – and still has – offices […]

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Denis O’Sullivan: Songs In The Key Of Life

Denis O’Sullivan: Songs In The Key Of Life

August 8, 2014 at 9:21 am Comments are Disabled

One of the Tralee’s most unique voices, Denis O’Sullivan, has chanted down the pubs of Tralee for a few years now, either flying solo or fronting his band Sumdaze, who have just released a new single. Here is a selection of the songs that shaped his musical outlook. Richie Valens […]

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Sabrina’s On Song With Her Second Album

Sabrina’s On Song With Her Second Album

August 6, 2014 at 10:52 am Comments are Disabled

LOCAL singer Sabrina McKiernan has recently released her second album and she’s found a great audience online. ‘I Am The Song’ is a collection of songs from the visually-impaired singer from the Mitchels area of town and TraleeToday.ie caught up with her to ask her about her love of music. […]

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Photos: Bands Make Some Noise At Showcase In The Greyhound

Photos: Bands Make Some Noise At Showcase In The Greyhound

August 6, 2014 at 9:29 am Comments are Disabled

By Oscar Brophy LAST Friday and Saturday the Greyhound Bar once again played host to the ‘Hear The Noise Promotions’ showcase of bands. This time, it was HTN’s first anniversary show, featuring 16 bands over two days. Hear the Noise has put on numerous shows around the country, from Tralee […]

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Festival Memories: Seven Things We Loved About The ‘Festibal’ As Kids

Festival Memories: Seven Things We Loved About The ‘Festibal’ As Kids

August 6, 2014 at 9:28 am 1 comment

By Mairead Moriarty (pictured) THE ‘festibal’ is just around the corner and it won’t be long before the streets of Tralee are teeming with crowds, soaking up the atmosphere and hoping to catch a glimpse of the Roses. Those of us who grew up with the Rose on our doorstep, year after […]

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The Chef’s Table: You Gotta Love Those Temperamental Chefs

The Chef’s Table: You Gotta Love Those Temperamental Chefs

August 3, 2014 at 9:28 am Comments are Disabled

  Our food columnist, ‘Just Cooking’s’ Mark Doe, on how different chefs have their ways in the kitchen… WE all know that some chefs have a reputation of being temperamental, and to a degree it is true. I know when I ran kitchens I sometimes had my moments, so I have decided to […]

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Roxy with her 'Nose of Tralee' sash. Photo by Dermot Crean.

VIDEO: Meet Our Kerry ‘Nose Of Tralee’ Contestant, Roxy The Talking Dog

August 2, 2014 at 10:34 am 1 comment

ROXY the talking Shih Tzu, will represent Kerry in the upcoming ‘The Nose of Tralee’ national pet competition. The ‘Nose of Tralee’ is an online competition being run by ‘Pet Sitters Ireland’, so Roxy and her owner, Maria O’Carroll will need your votes to fire Kerry to glory once again […]

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Photos: #Tralee On Social Media This Week

Photos: #Tralee On Social Media This Week

August 2, 2014 at 10:33 am Comments are Disabled

We at Traleetoday.ie have gathered together a selection of photos posted up on social media from Tralee this last week by locals and tourists to the area… Erlan Silva Desousa on Instagram got this snap of a wedding in full flow outsides St John’s last Saturday. It begins! Shane Farmer […]

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