Five Things To See And Do At The Festival On Friday

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Right so, the Rose of Tralee Festival kicks off today and there’s loads to do around town. Here’s a few suggestions of what to get up to…

1. Family fun…

If you have children, then get them down town from early on because there’s loads going on. The Town Park is the venue for a mini-petting zoo from 12noon, an arts workshop, percussion workshop, ‘Family Town The Show’ is at 2pm and 4pm, a kiddies disco from 3pm to 3.45pm,

2. Get fit with Aidan…

Also, kids are invited to the town park from 2.30pm for some fitness fun with former Kerry GAA star, Aidan O’Mahony. This was a big hit last year when some escorts and Rosebuds also enjoyed the various exercises thought up by Aidan. Registration from 2.30pm and it starts at 3pm.

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3. Know your history…

If you have an interest in history then you’re also spoilt for choice. A ‘Mulchinock Museum’ has been set up at Balloonagh Church.

It contains historical records, memorabilia and a family tree of the famous family as well as William Pembroke Mulchinock’s letters and poetry. It’s open from 10am to 5pm.

Meanwhile, between 1pm and 2pm at The Greyhound Bar, there’s a lunchtime theatre event about William Pembroke Mulchinock.

There’s the unveiling of a plaque at Mulchinock’s final residence in Ashe Street at 2.30pm) and at the ancestral home in West Villa, Ballyard at 4pm.

4. Grab a bite…

There’s many great places to eat in our town, but if it’s bite on the go while visiting the attractions, then the market returns to the town centre with everything from noodles, to burgers, to bratwursts and more to snack on.


5. Nighttime fun…

Hothouse Flowers

You’re spoilt for choice with music in the pubs and on the streets. The highlight is obviously the Hothouse Flowers taking to the Denny Street stage from 9.30pm,  but get there before that for some great music.

From 7pm its the Reality Gospel Band and Agape Puppets, then local band Oracle take the stage from 8.15pm to 9pm before the headline act.

Meanwhile, over in The Square it’s the Celtic Drummers from 9pm followed by The Estrellis — a brass ensemble from The Netherlands — from 10pm. But you’ll find music all over town so travel around and enjoy the atmosphere.


For a full lowdown of what’s going on today, see the programme by clicking here

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