How The Award Was Won: What The Failte Ireland Judges Said About Tralee

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The town park came in for special praise from the Failte Ireland judges.

TRALEE was named the Best Large Tourism town in Ireland at the Fáilte Ireland Tourism Towns earlier today (see story here), so what impressed judges so much that we were awarded the honour?

Here’s the judges’ comments on the town and it makes for great reading…

• The impression and reality that this is a very special offering more than just a country town but a whole world of things to do.  Where the local people pull together for the greater good of the town and are very proud of their town and what it stands for.

• There are many beautiful buildings and shops, where the traditional fronts are very well maintained.

• The centre of the town looks well lots of colour, flowers, well maintained shop/business fronts, some old and new.

• The huge variety of parks in the centre of the town is very impressive, along with the boardwalks all well maintained. But most impressive was a small kiosk in the centre of the town manned by local people offering their time to offer local information to visitors in addition to the Tourist Office.

• It has the ability to cater for a variety of visitor needs and interests in a compact way in a very large town, all in easy reach. They have many unique products/things to do, offer and see within a stones’ throw of each other for all weather and needs.

• The town itself has culture, history, crafts, parks, Aqua parks, a Cineplex, Tennis courts, Museum’s, Siamsa Tire, a variety of activities, the Kerry Camino, accommodation, cafes, pubs, and eateries, extensive shopping all a stones’ throw from each other and beaches in abundance from 1 mile away.

• Tralee is not only famous for the Rose Of Tralee festival but its heritage, beauty, great accommodation and eateries and has many historical monuments.

• The town park is a great attraction and the local community are very proactive in focusing on visitors needs. A number of maps have been commissioned in conjunction with a local map expert with a keen interest in the area and huge local knowledge with details of the Kerry Camino, the Dingle Way, the town itself and the surrounding beaches, mountains and areas all outlining all local places of interest and  of course the Wild Atlantic Way.

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