ROSE COUNTDOWN: Bars And Hotels Look Forward To Welcoming ‘Twin’ Roses

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Looking forward to welcoming the Roses to bars and hotels during the festival were, front from left; Conor O’Donnell of Baily’s Corner, Rose of Tralee International Festival Chief Executive Anthony O’Gara, John O’Sullivan of The Munster Bar with seated Aoife Hickey and Ruth O’Sullivan of The Ashe Hotel/Manor West Hotel. Back from left; Mark O’Sullivan of An Crearnóg (with daughter Alanna), Pat McCarthy of Paddy Macs, Seamus O’Connor of The Meadowlands, Aileen Assad of No.4 On The Square, Conor Linnane of Linnane’s Bar and Barry Duggan of The Blasket. Photo by Dermot Crean

TWENTY of Tralee’s bars and hotels will play a key role once again the Rose of Tralee International Festival when they host the families and friends of the 57 Roses who will be taking part in this year’s event.

In return for being “twinned” with the Roses, each of the bars in question has made a welcome contribution towards the €355,000 cost of providing the Street Entertainment for the Festival.

The main “Pub Twinning” event will take place from 3.30pm to 4.30pm on Sunday 19th August when the Roses will visit their respective host pubs and offer an opportunity for the general public to grab a selfie and an autograph in hospitable surroundings.

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The Executive Chair of the Rose of Tralee International Festival, Anthony O’Gara, said: “Tralee is famous for its pubs and the warm welcome that they extend to locals and visitors from all over the world throughout the Festival. On behalf of our Roses, their families, our Centres and wider Festival Team, I’d like to thank the pubs who have sponsored this year’s Pub Twinning event. We appreciate the generosity and hospitality afforded to our visitors and our colleagues.”

This year’s Pub Twinning participants include:

·         An Cearnóg — Longford, New York, Florida

·         An Teach Beag — Carlow, Leitrim, Queensland, Melbourne

·         Baily’s Corner — Waterford, Boston New England

·         Betty’s Bar — Down, Yorkhire

·         Hennessy’s — Cavan, Wicklow, Kerry, New Zealand

·         Jack Macs — Donegal, Washington DC

·         Kirby’s Brogue Inn — Limerick, Galway, Toronto, Newcastle/Gateshead

·         Linnanes — Antrim, Ohio

·         Meadowlands Hotel — Louth, Kentucky

·         No 4 On The Square — Tyrone, Kilkenny, Chicago, South Australia

·         Paddy Macs — Tipperary, Sydney

·         Sean Ógs — Cork, Sligo, Philadelphia

·         The Abbey Inn — Westmeath, London, Arizona

·         The Ashe Hotel — Clare, San Franciso

·         The Blasket — Offaly, Monaghan, Perth, Luxembourg

·         The Castle Bar — Wexford, North Carolina

·         The Grand Hotel — Kildare, Meath, Abu Dhabi

·         The Greyhound Bar — Mayo, Derry, Newfoundland

·         The Imperial Hotel — Laois, Dubai

·         The Munster Bar — Dublin, Roscommon, Texas, Germany

Hundreds of people who will travel to Tralee to support the Roses are looking forward to making the Twinned Pubs their ideal meeting point and base for the duration of the Festival.

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