Marquee On The Mall To Bring Christmas Cheer To Shoppers

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Launching the Christmas Marquee On The Mall were, in front, Lisa Curran, with musicians Owen Rua, Daragh Breen, Conor Breen and Lucy White and Dovile Baltoniene of the Scotia Ensemble. Photo by Dermot Crean

CAROL Singers and musicians will quite literally be covered during the Festive Season in Tralee with the introduction of an all-weather marquee on the Mall on the weeks leading up to Christmas.

Tralee Chamber Alliance, with the assistance of the Kerry County Council Community Support Fund, will present a varied programme of live music to suit all tastes from local entertainers, theatre groups, Gardaí, post office staff and schools.

Lisa Curran, who recently coordinated the successful Busking Festival over the October Bank Holiday Weekend, has once again put together an exciting variety of entertainment for everyone to enjoy in Tralee before Christmas.

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Performers including Seamus Harty, Chapter 2, Lauryn Griffin, Owen Rua, Castlemaine Choir, buskers, Scotia Ensemble String Quartet, a samba group and a local magician as well as trad groups from Ardfert and Ballyheigue will entertain shoppers every weekend in December until Christmas Eve.

Tralee Chamber Alliance’s Managing Consultant, Ken Tobin, said: “The atmosphere carol singers bring to the town centre is incredible each Christmas, and, where relevant, we know how valuable the fundraising element is to them. We’ve all seen it, each year school children and their teachers cowering under umbrellas in the driving rain while belting out their Carols. Well, this year schools, clubs or groups are welcome to make use of the Marquee in the Mall free of charge.”

Tralee Chamber Alliance particularly welcomes the recent decision by councillors in Tralee Municipal District to offer free on-street parking and in council carparks from 1pm daily from Monday, December 3 to Saturday, January 5.

“The free parking is an added incentive for more people to come to town to enjoy the live music on under the Marquee on The Mall,” said Ken Tobin.

Any individuals, groups or school who wish to perform on The Mall in December are invited to contact Tralee Chamber Alliance by emailing, letting them know what date and time they need the marquee and subject to availability and they’ll slot them in.

Follow the Tralee What’s On page on Facebook to see what acts are in the Marquee in the Mall and visit for more details about what’s on in Kerry’s Capital this Festive Season.

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