Mayor Expresses Sadness That Rose Festival Won’t Go Ahead This Year

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Mayor Terry O’Brien.

THE Mayor of Tralee, Cllr Terry O’Brien has expressed sadness that the Rose of Tralee International Festival will not be taking place this year.

The Festival organisers issued a statement this afternoon confirming that the event will not go ahead this August.

Commenting on the decision to cancel this year’s festival, Cllr O’Brien said: “It is clear that every effort had been made by the hard-working committee behind the festival to do everything possible to host the event in 2021 but for very understandable reasons, this is not possible.”

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“I know that those involved will redouble their efforts to stage the Rose of Tralee International Festival in 2022 and everyone in Tralee will be supporting them in that effort.”

“At Municipal District level, we will be doing all we can to hold smaller events over the summer period in compliance with the public health guidelines. While these will not be a substitute for the Rose of Tralee, we hope we can make the most of the summer ahead to enjoy smaller family-type events as the pandemic situation improves,” he said.

The Cathaoirleach of Kerry County Council, Cllr Patrick Connor Scarteen also expressed disappointment at the announcement today, saying: “Kerry County Council and the Tralee Municipal District has been a proud supporter of the Rose of Tralee International Festival for many years. Sadly, again this year, because of the need to protect everyone from the coronavirus large public events like this simply aren’t possible, particularly those which involve international travel.

“I know that all the people of Kerry will look forward, as I do, to the 2022 festival,” he said.

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