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Muckross Park Hotel and Spa Duty Manager & Wedding Co-ordinator James O'Connor with management and staff of the hotel wishing their colleague every success as a Rose Escort at the upcoming Rose of Tralee Festival.
Photo Don MacMonagle

Muckross Park Hotel and Spa are delighted to announce that their Duty Manager & Wedding Co-ordinator James O'Connor has been selected as a Rose Escort for this year's Rose of Tralee International Festival. Muckross Park are also James’s proud sponsors for this year’s festival and wish him the very best of luck for the exciting weeks ahead. 
The Rose of Tralee International Festival is one of Ireland's largest and longest running festivals, celebrating 57 years in 2016. The festival brings young women from around the world to celebrate Irish culture and ultimately, crown the Rose of Tralee. The primary role of a Rose Escort is to look after his Rose and ensure her time at the Festival is a memorable and enjoyable experience.
More than 200 men applied to become Rose Escorts at this year's Rose of Tralee, with only 65 places available. Following a detailed interview process, the 65 were chosen and all Rose Escorts were put through a special Boot Camp in Kerry earlier this year.
The Boot Camp sets out to test their endurance and help them to cope with the demands of a very busy few weeks. James O’Connor was not phased by the Boot Camp experience, describing it as “so much fun” and “a great way to get to know all the Rose Escorts”.
James is due to graduate with a Hotel Management Degree this October, is originally from Tralee and has been living and working in Killarney for over four years. He is no stranger to the lime light and has performed in the Austin Stacks GAA Club’s Strictly Come Dancing in 2012. James is thoroughly enjoying the experience so far and is looking forward to the upcoming festival. 
The Rose of Tralee International Festival takes place in Tralee from 17th – 23rd August and includes street entertainment, carnival, live concerts, theatre, circus, markets, funfair, fireworks, fashion show and Rose Parades.
Muckross Park Hotel & Spa are James’ proud sponsors and are delighted to have James represent the hotel this year. The 5 star Muckross Park Hotel & Spa is ideally located in the heart of the beautiful Killarney National Park and only 4km from Killarney Town Centre.  Muckross Park Hotel is home to the world award winning Spa at Muckross, has been recognised for culinary excellence winning “Best Restaurant on Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way” in the Gold medal awards and, provides the ideal location for a relaxing getaway. 

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Contact: Sheila Sheehan, Sales & Marketing. 
Email: ssheehan@muckrosspark.com 
Phone: 064 662 3400

Festival Countdown: Hotel Supports James As He Prepares For Escort Role

August 8, 2016 at 11:34 am Comments are Disabled

A TRALEE man is getting backing from his Killarney employers as he prepares to take up his escort duties in the Rose of Tralee International Festival next week. Muckross Park Hotel and Spa announced they are sponsoring their Duty Manager & Wedding Co-ordinator James O’Connor as a Rose Escort. James is due […]

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Festival Countdown: How Access To The Square Will Work For Street Entertainment

Festival Countdown: How Access To The Square Will Work For Street Entertainment

August 6, 2016 at 11:22 am Comments are Disabled

WITH the Rose of Tralee International Festival just over a week away, it’s worth a re-cap on how the entertainment in the Square is going to work this year. There will be 84 hours of entertainment in The Square over the duration of the extended festival, but only 15 hours of […]

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PHOTOS: Meet The Contestants For Austin Stacks ‘Strictly Come Dancing 2016’

PHOTOS: Meet The Contestants For Austin Stacks ‘Strictly Come Dancing 2016’

August 5, 2016 at 11:53 am Comments are Disabled

IT’S one of the highlights of the year off the playing fields for Austin Stacks and this year’s ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ event is promising to live up to past successes. The 12 couples who are taking part at the Dome on Saturday, August 27 were unveiled at the launch night at […]

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Five Things To Do In Tralee And Beyond This Weekend

Five Things To Do In Tralee And Beyond This Weekend

August 5, 2016 at 11:33 am Comments are Disabled

It’s the weekend and there’s a pile of great stuff to get up to over the next two days. From rock concerts to reunions, barbecues to a local GAA derby… Some enchanted evening… All roads lead to Kilflynn on Saturday as an open air concert will be held in aid of […]

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An 80s Teen Classic Is Next In The Summer Open Air Cinema Screenings

An 80s Teen Classic Is Next In The Summer Open Air Cinema Screenings

August 4, 2016 at 9:06 pm Comments are Disabled

“EVERYBODY cut Footloose!” Fans of 80s teen cinema will be heading to Fenit later this month for a classic. The Summer Open Air Cinema will be at the Tralee Sailing Club on Wednesday, August 17 with a special screening of Footloose, starring Kevin Bacon and Lori Singer. The 1984 American musical drama film tells the story of Ren […]

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There’s A Lot Of Roses To Be Twinned With Pubs This Year

There’s A Lot Of Roses To Be Twinned With Pubs This Year

August 2, 2016 at 11:29 am Comments are Disabled

WITH the Rose of Tralee International Festival just two weeks away, the town can expect a massive influx of friends and families of the Roses into town for the week. Of course, as is tradition, each Rose is assigned pub as part of the Rose twinning process and this year many […]

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At the launch of the Turner's Bar Invitational Cup tournament were Ernie Henderson (Gardaí), Mossie McGaley (Borg Warner), Micheal Ladden, Brian McCarthy (Dunnes Stores), Aidan Turner (sponsor), Claude Casey (Tesco), David Hughes (Dunnes Stores), Seamus Deady (Dunnes Stores), Tony Neary (Dunnes Stores) and Thomas Sugrue (Garda Station). Photo by Dermot Crean

Five Things To Do Around Tralee Over The Bank Holiday Weekend

July 29, 2016 at 3:55 pm Comments are Disabled

IT’S set to be a fairly dry bank holiday weekend around Tralee, so that gives you no excuse for staying indoors binge-watching series on Netflix. Here’s a few things you can get up to around the place… 1. Go support the Tri-Kingdom Comers This Saturday sees hardy souls take on the Tri-Kingdom Come […]

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Charities To Benefit From Abbeydorney Vintage Weekend Fun

Charities To Benefit From Abbeydorney Vintage Weekend Fun

July 27, 2016 at 3:31 pm Comments are Disabled

THE village of Abbeydorney can expect an influx of vintage enthusiasts and families looking for a great couple of days out early next month. Three charities – Abbeydorney Playground Committee, Kerry Parents and Friends Association and Cystic Fibrosis charity – will also benefit from the events over the two days, […]

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Six Things To Do Around Tralee This Weekend

Six Things To Do Around Tralee This Weekend

July 22, 2016 at 10:12 am Comments are Disabled

The weekend is almost upon us and if you’re looking to get out and about then there’s a few things on over Saturday and Sunday… SATURDAY 1. Take a long, long walk… The annual Jamie Wrenn Walk takes place on Saturday morning from the Aqua Dome. Held in aid of […]

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Walkers setting off at the start of the Jamie Wrenn Walk on Saturday morning. Photo by Dermot Crean

Jamie Wrenn Walk To Take Place This Saturday

July 21, 2016 at 4:31 pm Comments are Disabled

FINAL preparations are being made for an annual charity event in memory of a great fundraiser. The Jamie Wrenn Walk, in aid of Recovery Haven, is an event which has raised tens of thousands for charity over the past six years and organisers are hoping people support it again when it takes […]

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At the Tralee Triathlon club’s Tri Kingdom Come Triathlon launch in March. Domnick Walsh   www.dwalshphoto.ie

Closing Date Nears For Entries To Tri Kingdom Come Triathlon

July 20, 2016 at 4:23 pm Comments are Disabled

IT’S the final countdown for Tralee Triathlon club’s Tri Kingdom Come Triathlon which takes place on Saturday, July 30th in Fenit. Entries are now flying in daily for the fun event which will attract athletes from across the county and further afield. Closing date for registration is next Thursday, July […]

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At the launch of the Turner's Bar Invitational Cup tournament were Ernie Henderson (Gardaí), Mossie McGaley (Borg Warner), Micheal Ladden, Brian McCarthy (Dunnes Stores), Aidan Turner (sponsor), Claude Casey (Tesco), David Hughes (Dunnes Stores), Seamus Deady (Dunnes Stores), Tony Neary (Dunnes Stores) and Thomas Sugrue (Garda Station). Photo by Dermot Crean

Staff From Hospitals, Gardaí, Supermarkets And More To Compete For Soccer Trophy

July 20, 2016 at 12:05 pm Comments are Disabled

A FEAST of soccer for a great cause will take place at the end of the month where teams from companies, hospitals and the Gardaí will compete for the inaugural Turner’s Bar Invitational Cup. Twelve teams will take part in the tournament over one day on Sunday, July 31 at the ITT […]

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Tesco’s Tralee Stores To Host Fancy Dress Fundraiser For Children’s Hospital

Tesco’s Tralee Stores To Host Fancy Dress Fundraiser For Children’s Hospital

July 15, 2016 at 4:36 pm Comments are Disabled

TESCO stores across Kerry will be taking part in Ireland’s largest fancy dress day on Saturday, July 23, all for a great cause. Tesco has set a national fundraising target of €100,000 to help raise vital funds for its charity partner, Temple Street Children’s Hospital and staff will be kitted out in a […]

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Sailing Club To Celebrate 60 Years This Weekend

Sailing Club To Celebrate 60 Years This Weekend

July 15, 2016 at 10:54 am Comments are Disabled

TRALEE Bay Sailing Club will celebrate its diamond jubilee on Saturday and will mark the occasion with events in Fenit this Saturday. The club wishes to invite all of those who have been involved with the sailing club, past and present as well those from the wider community, with events […]

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Full Programme For Day-Long Dance Celebration On Banna Announced

Full Programme For Day-Long Dance Celebration On Banna Announced

July 14, 2016 at 10:54 am Comments are Disabled

THE full programme of events has been announced for the Féile Fáilte free, outdoor, day-long celebration of the dancing body on the beach made famous by Roger Casement’s ill-fated 1916 landing. Taking place on Saturday July 23, on Banna Strand, locals, visitors, young and old are invited to come along to dance performances, […]

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Lawrence Kelly, Maria Griffin and Maura Carmody at the Mount Eagle Lodge, Kerry Parents and Friends Association art exhibition. Photo by Gavin O'Connor.

PHOTOS: An Array Of Talent And Colour At Eagle Lodge Art Exhibition

July 13, 2016 at 4:17 pm Comments are Disabled

COLOURFUL works of art filled Kerry County Library on Tuesday night for the opening of the ‘Gentle Reminder’ exhibition. The inspirational art exhibition is showcasing the work of adults with intellectual disability at the Tralee library until the end of the month. The ‘Gentle Reminder’ exhibition is the culmination of work done by […]

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You Should Really See A Doctor
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Search For Kerry Patients To Appear On ‘You Should Really See A Doctor’

July 9, 2016 at 12:40 pm Comments are Disabled

A TV production company is looking for Kerry people to appear on a show when they visit Puck Fair next month. ‘You Should Really See a Doctor’, featuring Dr Pixie McKenna and Dr Phil Kieran, is hosting  free pop-up clinics at events around the country, offering on-the-spot consultations and health checks and […]

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Exhibition To Take Place In Library From Artists At Mount Eagle Lodge

Exhibition To Take Place In Library From Artists At Mount Eagle Lodge

July 7, 2016 at 2:26 pm Comments are Disabled

THE opening night of an inspirational art exhibition showcasing the work of adults with intellectual disability will take place in Kerry County Library on Tuesday, July 12 at 6pm. The ‘Gentle Reminder’ exhibition is the culmination of work done by service users at Mount Eagle Lodge, Kerry Parents and Friends Association […]

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The Square was filled with artisan treats. Photo by Gavin O'Connor.

The Tralee Food Festival Is Returning This September

July 7, 2016 at 1:03 pm Comments are Disabled

THE Tralee Food Festival, which proved so popular last year, is returning in September and events are being organised to make it an even bigger success. Despite clashing with All-Ireland final weekend last time out, thousands enjoyed the food market, food and beer trails and cookery demos around the town over the […]

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Fair City Fans Might Recognise The New Artistic Director Of Kerry Film Festival

Fair City Fans Might Recognise The New Artistic Director Of Kerry Film Festival

July 7, 2016 at 12:34 pm Comments are Disabled

THE new Artistic Director of the Kerry Film Festival has been appointed and it’s a face which will be familiar to ‘Fair City’ fans. Maeve McGrath played Lorraine Molloy, daughter of Dolores and Harry, in the popular RTE series back in the 1990s, and appeared in several other TV shows and films such as Ballykissangel, Ros na Rún, […]

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Table Quiz At O’Donnell’s To Help Out Fenit RNLI

Table Quiz At O’Donnell’s To Help Out Fenit RNLI

July 5, 2016 at 10:06 am Comments are Disabled

IF you’re looking for something to do tonight then you can head along to support the Fenit RNLI service at a table quiz in O’Donnell’s pub in Mounthawk. Tralee Triathlon Club are organising the fundraiser to support the life-saving service which looks after their athletes and all those in the water […]

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‘Sense And Sensibility’ At Ballyseede Castle To Help Chernobyl Charity

‘Sense And Sensibility’ At Ballyseede Castle To Help Chernobyl Charity

June 26, 2016 at 12:44 pm Comments are Disabled

THE beautiful grounds of Ballyseede Castle Hotel will host two very special open-air performances next week which will help out a local charity. Jane Austen’s classic, ‘Sense And Sensibility’, will be performed by the Chapterhouse Theatre Company and tickets are still available for the two performances on Tuesday, June 28 and […]

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Open Invitation To Tralee Bay Maritime Centre Launch

Open Invitation To Tralee Bay Maritime Centre Launch

June 24, 2016 at 4:30 pm Comments are Disabled

IF you’re looking for something to do after watching the big game on Sunday, then a trip out to a new business in Fenit might tickle your fancy. The new Tralee Bay Maritime Centre, owned and run by Brian O’Sullivan, is having a launch event this Sunday from 4pm to […]

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Friends Of University Hospital Kerry Look Forward To 26th Annual Night At The Dogs

Friends Of University Hospital Kerry Look Forward To 26th Annual Night At The Dogs

June 21, 2016 at 2:59 pm Comments are Disabled

IT’S always a major night of fun and entertainment as Friends of University Hospital Kerry  get set for their annual Gala Benefit Night next month. Sponsored by Kerry Group, the event will take place on Friday, July 8, at Kingdom Greyhound Stadium. This year marks the 26th anniversary of the fundraising programme, which has raised […]

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Table Quiz To Help Bring Gaza Teenagers To Ireland

Table Quiz To Help Bring Gaza Teenagers To Ireland

June 20, 2016 at 2:41 pm Comments are Disabled

A GROUP of youngsters from the Middle East is coming to Ireland in July and a table quiz will be held this Thursday to help with the costs. An under 14 soccer team from Gaza will be visiting next month and in order to cover accommodation, travel and meal costs – which is in the region […]

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PHOTOS/VIDEO: Music And Swordplay In The Square As Part Of Tralee 800 Celebrations

PHOTOS/VIDEO: Music And Swordplay In The Square As Part Of Tralee 800 Celebrations

June 18, 2016 at 11:21 am Comments are Disabled

DRAGONS, dancers and a battle for Tralee raged in the Square last night as part of the Tralee 800 celebrations. Members of the Déise Medieval group were joined by local performers for a short pageant about a family fighting against the Anglo-Normans. The performers staged a short fight followed by a […]

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Tom Crean To Be Celebrated In Annascaul This Weekend

Tom Crean To Be Celebrated In Annascaul This Weekend

June 16, 2016 at 9:52 am Comments are Disabled

THE life of Tom Crean is about to be celebrated in a fresh light in The Tom Crean Festival this weekend. The centrepiece of the festival, which takes place annually in the West Kerry village of Annascaul, will be a choreographed version of the local hero’s life on Saturday night. Tom Crean’s Journey: An Irish […]

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A Wonderful Evening Of Irish Songs And Music In Prospect From Scotia Ensemble

A Wonderful Evening Of Irish Songs And Music In Prospect From Scotia Ensemble

June 15, 2016 at 11:31 am 2 comments

AN evening of beautiful, stirring music is in prospect this Sunday evening when an ensemble of local classical musicians get together for a special concert. The Scotia Ensemble, with the aid of the Arts Act Grant from Kerry County Council, will perform “An Evening of Irish Songs and Music” with guest […]

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This Tralee Eaterie Has Best Breakfast Fry In Kerry According To A Lifestyle Website

This Tralee Eaterie Has Best Breakfast Fry In Kerry According To A Lifestyle Website

June 15, 2016 at 10:49 am Comments are Disabled

YOU can’t bate a good fry-up and the people at lifestyle website, Lovin.ie, are partial to their sausages in the morning. The Dublin-based business decided to pick the best place in each county to get a breakfast fry and they picked a Tralee institution for their Kerry choice. “Greased to perfection, […]

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Sculpture On Display In Tralee Shows Innovative Way Of Recycling Tyres

Sculpture On Display In Tralee Shows Innovative Way Of Recycling Tyres

June 14, 2016 at 4:13 pm Comments are Disabled

A SCULPTURE made entirely out of tyres is currently on display at Kerry County Council Buildings in Rathass. Sculptor Mick Davis, who was a recipient of a Kerry County Council Artist Bursary this year, is responsible for the piece of art which is modelled on Rodin’s ‘The Thinker’. It will […]

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