Judges To Visit Tralee This Month To Decide On ‘Purple Flag’ Status

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Mayor of Tralee Norma Folery with members of Tralee Chamber Alliance and businesspeople hoping Tralee will get Purple Flag status. Photo By : Domnick Walsh

JUDGES will visit Tralee later this month to consider if the town should be awarded the Purple Flag, an internationally recognised endorsement of a town centre’s ambience between the hours of 5pm and 5am.

If successful in achieving the award, it will signify that Tralee has a night time economy that is enjoyable, entertaining, diverse and safe and it will be viewed as yet another attribute for doing business in Tralee.

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The President of Tralee Chamber Alliance, John Drummey, said: “Purple Flag destinations distinguish themselves by being vibrant and well-managed. In a team approach, the Garda, Kerry County Council, vintners and other representatives of the hospitality sector have been involved in a comprehensive application process which is being led by Tralee Chamber Alliance. We are encouraging all the night-time venue owners and their customers to work together to make sure that the Judges leave the town with only one option – to award the Purple Flag to Tralee.”

The Judges will tour the area within a circuit from The Rose Hotel to Tralee Bay Wetlands to North Circular Road and back to Fels Point, covering pubs, hotels and restaurants, Siamsa Tíre Theatre, KDYS and Tralee Town Park.

The official Judges’ tour of Tralee’s Purple Flag area will take place from 5pm on Friday 28th July to 5am on Saturday 29th July, however, it is not known if they will make an unsupervised visit of the area before or after that window.

The Mayor of Tralee, Cllr Norma Foley, said: “A vibrant Evening and Night Time Economy (ENTE) will further enhance the town centre of Tralee, helping to create a stimulating destination providing a safe, secure environment, with a broad choice and rich mix of entertainment and other activities. The pulling power will change throughout the evening, appealing to a range of age groups, including families, and will be accessible to all, whilst protecting the quality of life for locals and the interests of other businesses.”

Tralee is Ireland’s Best Large Tourism Town, a Gold Medal Winner in the European Entente Florale Competition and a five-time Gold Medal Winner in the Tidy Towns Competition.

There are a number of Blue Flag Beaches within 10 minutes of the town centre and a Purple Flag would be the icing on the cake in the efforts to position Tralee as Ireland’s premier town in which to live, work and visit.

The decision on whether Tralee has succeeded in being awarded the Purple Flag will be announced in November of this year.

One Comment

  1. Matty O'Leary says:

    LOL, No offence but if Tralee gets awarded a Purple Flag as far as I am concerned – it will be proof the whole thing is only a sham!

    Tralee has had shop windows, private cars vandalised and old men assaulted at night on numerous occasions.

    A purple flay award to Tralee at this moment in the town history would totally discredit the ideals of the award – it would be like giving a blue flag award to Merrion Strand in Dublin which failed for good reason.

    Mayor of Tralee Norma Folery, members of Tralee Chamber Alliance and businesspeople of Tralee are you all for real!

    Sadly – a purple flay in todays Tralee is a sign for corruption.