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05 Rose Tour 2015 06 Maria Walsh: A year in the life of the 2014 Rose of Tralee 09 Rose Buds 2015 11 Newbridge Silverware: A tribute 13 Behind the scenes: Ronan McGreevy 14 - 15 Roses of Tralee 1959-2014 17-20 Programme of Events 2015 Part 1 19 Pub Twinning 21-24 2015 Roses 25-26 Programme of Events 2015 Part 2 26 Dome Events 27 Fashion Show & Parades 28 Map & Useful Telephone Numbers 29 TV Host Dáithí Ó Sé, Judges Profiles, Our Team 30-31 2015 Escorts & Bootcamp Highlights 34-35 Regional Festival 2015 37 Women’s Business Conference 39 The Prizes 2015 41 Fel’s Point Hotel: The next level, The Rose Walk 43 Thank You

From 2016 onwards, we will stage a longer, bigger Our tradition is to connect the global Irish community through and better Festival in Tralee with an celebrating exceptional young women who are chosen by those extra night of TV coverage. Every Rose who is selected at her communities. Tralee is in full festive mode, the Roses have regional events throughout the world will travel to and enjoy a arrived - so get ready to party! longer Festival and experience much more of what Kerry has A sincere thank you to everyone who helps to make all this to offer. possible including our Rose Centres, the people and business This year we conclude eleven wonderful years with our lead community of Tralee, the Festival of Kerry Support Group, our sponsor, Newbridge Silverware. Our partnership has become local sponsors, Gardaí, volunteers and our Management Team, friendship as each has blossomed in the other’s company. Judges, Rose Escorts, Rose Buds, our wonderful TV Host Dáithí Newbridge Silverware has achieved extraordinary sales growth Ó Sé and our great friends in RTÉ. Your collective spirit and while their support has given us the strength to re-establish the generosity reflect so well on our Festival, our Town and our Rose of Tralee as Ireland’s premier international festival. sense of community. Thank you William Doyle and we wish you, your family and Maria Walsh, you have been an outstanding Rose of Tralee. your wonderful Irish company continued and richly deserved You have graced our Festival stage with such incredible success. energy and flair through your extensive visits to our Irish and International Centres and your spirited interaction with people Congratulations to Dick and Eibhlín Henggeler, the proud new at public events. You have travelled extensively, promoted owners of Fels Point. We thank them for their philanthropic diversity and equality, partied without alcohol, looked stunning gesture which will see profits from the hotel being reinvested without affectation and reminded us all through example that into the development of a permanent Dome. WELCOME to the 2015 Rose of Tralee International Festival.

every moment of life is for living. Thank you for your dedication Enjoy your days of festivities in Tralee and remember that the and friendship. magical Kingdom of Kerry and its capital town will always afford you a warm welcome – whenever it suits you to return. A sincere word of thanks to our main sponsors - The Fels Point Hotel, The Maldron Hotel Group, Kerry County Council, The Loop at Dublin and Cork Airports, Bon Secours Hospital Tralee, Anthony O’Gara Executive Chairman, Rose of Tralee International Festival Fáilte Ireland, Kia Ireland and Irish Independent. As the Mayor of the Municipal District of Tralee, it is an honour to welcome you to the Rose of Tralee International Festival this August. There is no doubt that the Rose of Tralee Festival is the highlight of the year for many people, young and old, local and visitor, trader or resident. When the lights start going up on the streets of Tralee, we know that the Festival is coming closer, bringing more colour and excitement to the town.

In particular I want to extend a warm welcome to all the visitors who are coming from outside the county. Whether you are here for the first time, or are a repeat visitor, we are delighted to welcome you and hope you have a fantastic time. To all the Rose Centres, I would like to commend the hard work that you carry out back in your own community, organising selection nights and arranging for your Rose to make it to Tralee. And to the Roses themselves. Many Roses have called it an unforgettable experience. My hope is that this year, you will also end the week with life-long memories and friends that you will carry with you for many years to come

Our Tralee Municipal District Operations Office, based in Tralee Town Hall, will ensure that the usual high quality services will be But it doesn’t happen automatically. By the time the Roses arrive in provided throughout Festival week with our staff on the streets in Tralee, a serious amount of work has been carried out by Anthony the early hours, to keep everything looking spick and span. O’Gara, Oliver Hurley and their organising team, the many Rose Centres and the Festival volunteers. My thanks to them for their Cllr Tom McEllistrim efforts in ensuring a wide range of events throughout the week Mayor Tralee Municipal District of the Festival. As Cathaoirleach of Kerry County Council, I am delighted to Kerry County Council is looking ahead with excitement to 2016 welcome you to the Rose of Tralee Festival. when we will welcome Roses The Festival, now celebrating 56 years, has long been the from every corner of the globe cornerstone of tourism activity in Kerry as it is an important event to the county for a bigger and in promoting the county as a tourist destination, nationally and longer festival. Such a move will internationally. bring a positive boost for the The Rose of Tralee celebrates all that is positive about being Irish local economy and showcase and it highlights the contribution of so many generations of Kerry even more of our wonderful county to a larger visitor base. and Irish people around the world.

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Great credit must be given to the original organisers back in 1959 In closing, I would like to wish when they came up with the concept and congratulations to those Anthony O’Gara and his team the very best of luck with this who have followed in their footsteps. year’s Rose of Tralee Festival and I have no doubt that it will be At a time when the number of competing festivals and events as successful as ever. around Ireland is increasing, the Rose of Tralee Festival continues to flourish and grow. The ‘thumbs-up’ given to the Festival by Cllr Pat McCarthy locals, visitors and the Rose centres alike shows that the founding Cathaoirleach Kerry County Council members’ original concept has stood the test of time.

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Rose Tour 2015

The Maldron Hotel in Dublin Airport, Lough Rynn Castle in Mohill, Co Leitrim and the George Boutique Hotel in Limerick hosted the Roses during the tour, while the visit to Barretstown Camp, Co Kildare was a memorable highlight.

This year’s 32 International Roses will take home memories of their visits to Kildare, Dublin, Leitrim and Limerick – before their arrival in the Kingdom of Kerry on Friday 14th August for the start of the Rose of Tralee International Festival.

The Rose Tour of Ireland offers the perfect opportunity to showcase the Rose of Tralee as more than a five-day Festival. It’s also a very important event on the Irish tourism calendar as the media coverage that the Rose Tour commands is the perfect picture postcard to send to the world. There is no other Festival in Ireland that offers such an insight to so many parts of Ireland en route to the main hub of the entertainment in Tralee.

HERDING sheep in Leitrim, gracing the hallowed Croke Park turf, pulling a pint of Guinness and sharing an ice cream with Dáithí Ó Sé at RTÉ are just some highlights of this year’s Rose of Tralee Tour of Ireland.

to everyone who has made this part of the Roses’ experience so memorable.

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August 2014: On stage after the big announcement!

The Late Late Show with Adi Roche of Chernobyl Children’s International

My proud parents Vincent and Noreen

Inviting US President Barak Obama to be a Rose Escort at the Festival

With 2014 Louth Rose Ciara Soraghan on the Rose Search Tour

A year in the life of the 2014 Rose of Tralee, Maria Walsh On behalf of our Rose family, it is a wonderful honor to welcome you to the 2015 Rose of Tralee International Festival. I began putting pen to paper for this final farewell some time ago. Truth be told, I have been collecting moments to include in these last words since August 19th 2014. That night the greatest unexpected expectation took place. ‘Philadelphia’ was shouted in a packed Festival Dome, while over a million people watched from their homes in Ireland and many more watched from all corners of our Diaspora. In 1994, at the age of seven, my family moved from Boston, Massachusetts to the village of Shrule, Co Mayo. From that August onwards, I watched on television with family and friends the Rose of Tralee Festival unfold each year from our living room. Twenty years later as ‘Philadelphia’ was called, my life and my family’s life began on an adventure that even my seven year old self could never have imagined. This year I had two agendas. First and foremost, I wanted to highlight and showcase that this great Festival is a 12 month ambassador role and by achieving this goal I felt significant time needed to be dedicated to connecting our Rose Centers worldwide. As well as focusing on projects that I felt offered empowerment to those that worked tirelessly for them. I travelled, I witnessed, I shared, I offered, I answered, I asked and I worked. This year I worked many hours and many days to promote our motto that ‘A Rose can make a Difference’. Roses over the past 55 years have been empowering those they meet. And how fortunate our communities are for them doing so. We visited all 32 counties in Ireland in January. This allowed me time to meet the many people who create this Festival each year in their locality. I visited as many American Centers as I could. I celebrated St Valentine’s Day in Cleveland, Ohio, while our national holiday St Patrick’s Day was celebrated in the White House in Washington DC. New York City and Chicago were also visited.

In May, my Mother Noreen and my Aunty Cathy traveled with me to connect with the Irish in Australia. We visited Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and Perth. We also made a quick visit to our dear friends in Wellington, New Zealand. This year I was fortunate to be offered many experiences seeing and working with Irish humanitarian projects worldwide. Maureen Forrest and her team at The Hope Foundation opened their doors to me to witness the developing world of Kolkata, India. Niall Mellon and his hard working volunteers in Mellon Educate allowed me help build two schools in Eastern Cape, South Africa. The determined and hardworking Adi Roche and team, opened their hearts to 20 of my Rose family to stay in Vesnova, near Chernobyl. And as you read this, I’ll have just returned from Dar es Salaam, Tanzania where I worked on a project by Development Perspectives. This opportunity has opened my eyes to the vast opportunities for development and how to be a better global citizen. My second agenda item, and perhaps the one I was most vocal about, was to ensure as much time was given to promote and empower young people. The International Festival Management team and I spent a significant amount of time visiting schools - primary, secondary and colleges. Many asked why? And the answer is quite simple. We are fortunate that this Festival attracts a calibre of leading modern women and no better way to remain relevant and effective in modern society than to visit schools. There is excitement in offering time to communicate to those that will one day lead our society. And I wanted us to be a part of that excitement. All these great adventures brought great conversations surrounding the Festival and how it has developed over the years. I was in awe of the Irish people across the world who developed strong communities, built on the ‘grá’ for their countrymen and women and their dedication to helping those ‘just off the boat’.

Above: The Late Late Show, Dancing for Bumbleance I have been asked on several occasions by all age demographics, ‘what does it mean to be a Rose?’ And truth be told I never know how to answer that. And perhaps that’s what is so lovely about this Festival. Each year the calibre of women chosen to represent their City, State and Country all possess in abundance, the honorable qualities we Irish have. But they also carry both educational and life experience. They debate. They work hard. Their talents don’t just include music or dance. They also have an amazing sense of humor and fun and no other Festival offers an opportunity to stand and showcase that abundance of qualities. And like the Rose sisters before me, throughout this year many of you read about the numerous aspects of my life. All of which were positively exposed. And how proud I am that you have learned about all of me - a whole person. My 2014 class, as I say with the most bias tongue, supported me in many ways and perhaps they don’t fully understand how. This past year I have gained friendships and memories. I have learned that strangers can quickly become friends. I am just so fortunate we connected through this celebration. Our 2014 class is made up of 70 Roses and 32 Escorts. Each and every individual creates, harvests and promotes our Irish thread proudly and openly. And as their Rose sister, my long days, miles of travel, mechanics of being away from home became easier because of their dedication in promoting our Festival and building a long lasting group of friends. Over the past 12 months I have been fortunate to attend numerous 2015 Selection nights in Ireland, United States and Australia. And left each Selection night in awe. Thank you to each and every Rose Centre for dedicating significant amount of time in promoting the friendships I just spoke

Lovely children in Koltaka, India with HOPE Foundation

My proud parents Vincent and OneNoreen of many selfies Red Nose fun with 2015 Phildalphia Rose Mairead Comaskey about with my 2014 Class. Without Centres, our modern women would never be highlighted on the podiums they deserve to be. So I thank you Centres. It would be amiss of me not to finish with a heartfelt thank you to each and everyone one of you for being apart of the greatest chapter I have. To our many corporate sponsors in particular; Newbridge Silverware, KIA Motors, Maldron Hotels, The Loop at Dublin and Cork Airports, Powder Room Girls and CH Chemist - thank you for creating this opportunity for me and my family. To my wonderful Centre in Philadelphia. I am so fortunate to have you as my support system. I have Rose Sisters that I know I will have as friends for many years to come. Hearing ‘Philadelphia’ called out 12 months ago allowed us to showcase how wonderful our City of Brotherly Love is. To my fellow 2014 Rose Family – you have all added, created and shaped many memories of this year for me. I hope I did you all proud at some point throughout the last twelve months. Here’s to the many years ahead filled with reunions, marriages and celebrations!! To the Rose of Tralee Management Team; thank you for your support, hard work, dedication and allowing me to be ME throughout the past 12 months. In particular a special heartfelt love and thanks to Valerie and Steve for being the constant support I needed. These two worked harder than I. They ensured all the opportunities offered were fulfilled with the greatest heart. To my family and friends; thank you for allowing me to embrace this opportunity with both hands and for keeping my feet firmly on the ground throughout the

many amazing journeys. There are many facets to this Festival that people don’t see; the tradition of our young people running around the town for autographs, the music, color and buzz around the parades and fashion show, ceol agus craic, family reunions, our Rose Buds, storytelling, our small businesses and volunteerism. Many years ago an idea was formed sitting around a space with friends on a quest to showcase a place we hold so dear. And 56 years later we see the expansion of this simple idea. People make and create this Festival and there are no better people than the Irish. I hope you take advantage of marrying what Tralee has to offer and mixing with the people over the coming days. The heart of this Festival is our Roses. I wish the 65 Roses that join us over these five days the very best of luck for their year ahead. 32 Roses will showcase their stories, pastimes and love for being Irish on the stage Monday and Tuesday night but they are supported by their 33 Sisters who work equally hard at creating another successful year for our Rose of Tralee International Festival. I look forward to seeing, meeting and greeting you all over the coming days.

Maria x With love

Left: In a slum in Koltaka, India with HOPE Foundation Right: Meeting US President Barak Obama in the White House With the team at McElligotts KIA Tralee

A cuddly friend Down Under in Oz

A great day with some youngsters at Grand Canal Dock, Dublin

On the lookout for Rose Escorts with 2014 Escort of the Year Conor Walsh

In the White House with wonder-goal scorer, Stephanie Roche

Left: Best Newcomer at the VIP Style Awards

Vesnova, Belarus with Chernobyl Children’s International

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The Playdium Tralee, Kerry’s largest indoor kids play area are the proud sponsors of this year’s Rose Buds, while McDonald’s Tralee will host the Rose Buds for lunch during the Festival. Around 300 girls aged 6 to 10 applied to be Rose Buds at this year’s Rose of Tralee International Festival. We have donated a portion of the €5 entry fee to Barretstown Camp, Co Kildare.

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Newbridge Silverware: A tribute

The CEO of Newbridge Silverware, William Doyle, reflects on a long, strong partnership between the Rose of Tralee International Festival and Newbridge Silverware... The Rose of Tralee Festival is a celebration of our history, beliefs, culture, and achievements. An event at which a young lady is selected to represent all that is good about our culture. Maria Walsh embodies that which the Rose of Tralee Organisation endeavours to achieve. For the past twelve months she has flown the Irish flag high and represented the entire island of Ireland in a most impeccable, mature, and intelligent manner. The inspiration from a 19th Century ballad, (The Rose of Tralee), about a beautiful and sincere woman called Mary, lives on in Maria Walsh.

highly regarded. However, those who make it all possible are often forgotten or rarely mentioned. There would be no Rose of Tralee event if it were not for the incredible, tireless dedication of those in the background. The original innovators, a group of local business people, led by Dan Nolan should never be forgotten. Today’s team must also be acknowledged and celebrated for maintaining what is Ireland’s greatest celebration of culture. Particular attention and acknowledgement must go to Anthony O’Gara. A number of years ago Anthony saved the Rose of Tralee from extinction and it is he who has re-invented the She has gone a distance towards enhancing the credibility festival and selection. Anthony has ensured that the Rose and importance of the Rose of Tralee event. She has of Tralee will survive and reach new levels of respect and brought its philosophy and status to a new level of importance for many years to come. importance. Let us not forget those who have hosted the RTE event. Since 1959 we have celebrated the success of each Their unique personalities and charisma have left their own winning Rose. Current and recent Roses are familiar and mark on the show which has consistently broken audience-

viewing records. Kevin Hilton, Terry Wogan, Joe Lynch, Michael Twomey, Brendan O’Reilly, Kathleen Watkins, Gay Byrne, Derek Davis, Marty Whelan, Ryan Tubridy, Ray D’Arcy and Dáithí Ó Sé have all contributed to the creation of a show which has a unique personality. The Newbridge Silverware Company is proud to have played a small part in the evolution of the Rose of Tralee phenomenon. The association has made a positive contribution to our identity and has greatly enhanced our brand awareness. We take this opportunity to congratulate Anthony O’Gara and all concerned for the continued success of the Rose of Tralee. We also congratulate Maria Walsh for her support throughout the year and wish the new 2015 Rose of Tralee the very best for her tenure.

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Behind the scenes 2014 The Irish Diaspora is said to number 70 million energy and enthusiasm. The schedule for the people worldwide, but what does that really mean? women involved is demanding, but the journey is a collective one. How many of these people have a real connection with Ireland? How many cherish their Irish roots? I was struck by how accomplished and optimistic The Rose of Tralee Festival is an invaluable part many of these women are especially those who of our national conservation. Every August for had made new lives for themselves abroad. We two nights the reality of what the Irish Diaspora tend to think of our young emigrants as victims. really means is present on our TV screens. One They are not.   is witness to how a sense of cultural identity is I wanted the Leitrim Rose Zara Healy to win transmitted through second, third and the fourth partially because I’m from there (unlike Kerry we generations, how these women identify with never win anything) and partially because I went Ireland, but are thoroughly British, American, to school with her uncle. Canadian or Australian at the same time. The Rose of Tralee Festival is one of the few perennial reminders that the Irish nation is much greater than the Irish who live at home. As a journalist, I never covered the Rose of Tralee before last year, but I watched it on television. Like all good TV, it is infuriating and exhilarating in the same measure, yet always watchable. “Youse are giving out, but youse are watching,” was one memorable quote I gleaned from Twitter last year. Covering the Rose of Tralee as a journalist was enormous fun. From Dublin Airport to the Dome in Tralee, one is struck by the sense of collective

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the town. Rarely has there been such a luminous ambassador for the Pioneer and Total Abstinence Association (PTAA) on the morning after the night before.

That interview proved to be most the popular video on The Irish Times website that week. Then, about a month after she won, came It was extraordinary watching as the odds on probably the biggest story in the history of the the Philadelphia Rose Maria Walsh shortened festival. as the final night progressed. By the time the The Rose of Tralee was gay. In one fell swoop, announcement came, she was at short odds with Maria Walsh confounded all the lazy clichés one bookmaker. Theoretically, betting on the Rose about the festival trotted out year after year from of Tralee winner  is like pinning the tail on a donkey, critics who do not understand just how thoroughly but the bookies were a discerning lot this time modern are those participating in it. around. The Rose of Tralee is an apolitical festival, but Maria Walsh was a worthy winner and a very sometimes apolitical gestures can be more popular one. While almost the whole of Tralee powerful than political ones. Maria Walsh was was asleep, the new Rose of Tralee was dressed Rose of Tralee in the year when Ireland passed in her finery for the first interviews of the day the marriage equality referendum. In her own which included one I videoed on a Ferris wheel in understated way, she played her part.

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Journalist Ronan McGreevy covered the 2014 Rose of Tralee International Festival for the Irish Times.


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Town park

12pm – 5pm

FAMILY TOWN Fun day of activities with our art attack area, Cheeky Chalk, bouncy World, Fun races, Food Court

Town park

12pm – 5pm

PETTING ZOO & FARM Come on down & meet our snakes, geckos, owls along with lambs, Chicks, goats and more

Town park

12pm – 5pm

PETTING ZOO & FARM Come on down & meet our snakes, geckos, owls along with lambs, Chicks, goats and more

Town park

12pm – 1pm

ROSE WALK official unveiling of the rose of Tralee Walk dedicated to 2011 Washington dC rose dorothy henggeler

Town park

2pm – 2.45pm

FAMILY TOWN ‘THE SHOW’ join The mayor, park ranger, bluebell, daisy in this wonderful interactive show for all

Town park

12pm, 2.45pm & 4.30pm

ROSE SIGNINGS get your rose autographs 12pm Imperial hotel – american & Canadian roses; 2.45pm brogue Inn – australian, new Zealand, dubai & abu dhabi roses & 4.30pm grand hotel – Irish, british & germany roses

Imperial & grand hotels / brogue Inn

2pm – 3pm

MARIA’S TREK2TRALEE rose of Tralee maria Walsh is running from her hometown of shrule Co. mayo to Tralee to create awareness for barretstown, development perspectives and donal Walsh’s #livelife

denny street

12.30 - 1.30pm ABSURDIST PIPE BAND no rest for the ridiculous; the group takes drums, pipes & costumes with a dash of clowning

Town Centre

1pm – 2pm

McDONALDS RESTAURANT Welcomes the rose buds for lunch

mcdonalds manor

2.30pm - 5.30pm

RADIO KERRY outside broadcast Unit coming live from Tralee with brendan Fuller’s afternoon show

denny street

1.30pm – 3pm

ROSE TWINNINGS The 32 roses will drop in for a chat, meet family, take pictures and autographs PLEASE SUPPORT

3pm – 11pm

BIRDS AMUSEMENTS spills & thrills for all the family to enjoy

Town Centre

2pm – 2.45pm

FAMILY TOWN ‘THE SHOW’ join The mayor, park ranger, bluebell, daisy in this wonderful interactive show for all

Town park

3pm – 5pm

FOSSETTS CIRCUS Ireland’s most famous and best loved Circus

dan spring road

3pm – 5pm

ZUMBATHON with Inspired a support group for children with special needs. great evening of Zumba fun Tickets €10/€20

Festival dome

4pm – 4.45pm

FAMILY TOWN ‘THE SHOW’ join The mayor, park ranger, bluebell, daisy in this wonderful interactive show for all

Town park

3pm – 11pm

BIRDS AMUSEMENTS spills & thrills for all the family to enjoy

Town Centre

5pm – 8pm

TALENT TIME Featuring the best of local talent & some young original bands with hear the noise promotions

square stage

3pm – 5pm

FOSSETTS CIRCUS Ireland’s most famous and best loved Circus

dan spring road

6pm – 8pm

FOSSETTS CIRCUS Ireland’s most famous and best loved Circus

dan spring road

3.30 – 4.30pm

ABSURDIST PIPE BAND no rest for the ridiculous; the group takes drums, pipes & costumes with a dash of clowning

Town Centre

6pm – 7pm

MARCHING BAND a performances from some of our 15 marching bands

Town Centre

8pm – 11pm

NATHAN CARTER back by popular demand. With ‘Wagon Wheel’, ‘good Time girl’, ‘on the boat to liverpool’ and

denny st stage multi-Ticket or €10

4pm – 4.45pm

FAMILY TOWN ‘THE SHOW’ join The mayor, park ranger, bluebell, daisy in this wonderful interactive show for all

Town park

5pm – 8pm

TALENT TIME Featuring the best of local talent & some young original bands with hear the noise promotions

square stage

6pm – 8pm

FOSSETTS CIRCUS Ireland’s most famous and best loved Circus

dan spring road

6pm – 7pm

MARCHING BAND a performance from some of our 15 marching bands

Town Centre

7pm – 8pm

ZUMBA JERRY an hour of Zumba fun & fitness with jerry & his crew

denny st stage

8pm – 9pm

NA FIANNA great Celtic rock group to warm us up for the parade

denny st stage

8pm – 9pm

ABSURDIST PIPE BAND no rest for the ridiculous; the group takes drums, pipes & costumes with a dash of clowning

denny street

8.30pm - 10pm

ROSES ON PARADE The rose of Tralee International Festival parade with over 500 participants Sponsored by Bon Secours Hospital Tralee

Town Centre

9pm – 10pm

THE ROSE OF TRALEE presentation of the 32 International roses for 2015

denny st stage

10pm -10.15pm

SKYFYRE The first of two traditional Firework displays at the Festival with some new additions for 2015

denny street

10pm – 12am

MOBILE MUSIC performance by GRENADE Two piece acoustic act, recent semi-finalists on busker abu 2015

Town Centre

To arrive between

much more with support act NA FIANNA & special guests MARIA WALSH & DÁITHÍ Ó SÉ - gates open @ 7.30pm

SOLD OUT

8pm – 2am

INTERNATIONAL ROSE BALL With all our 2015 roses & escorts. The number one social night in Tralee

Festival dome

10pm – 12am

MOBILE MUSIC a pop-up portable performance by ULTAN a great local ballad & Traditional group

Castle street

10pm –12am

ROYAL FLUSH been a few years since their last visit & a great start to the rose

square stage

10pm – 2am

FESTIVAL SESSIONS many of the town’s bars & hotels are hosting great live music all week (Times may vary)

various

various pubs & hotels

see route map

10.15pm-12am

Q14 local band will keep denny st. rocking with songs such as ‘go betty’, ‘star sign boy’ and more

denny st stage

10.30pm–12am

NA FIANNA a Celtic rock group drawing on all the traditions that makes Irish music the biggest growing cultural music

square stage

10.30pm – 2am

BON JOVEE – GIG IN THE DOME local bon jovi Tribute act rock the rose followed by DISCO

Festival dome

10pm – 2am

FESTIVAL SESSIONS many of the town’s bars & hotels are hosting great live music all week (Times may vary)

Tickets €15

various

pub twinning BAR/HOTEL

ROSE/CENTRE

ROSE/CENTRE

ballygarry house hotel perth

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dublin

BAR/HOTEL

ROSE/CENTRE

no 4 The square

Kerry

hennessy’s bar

monaghan

bailys Corner

Cork

CENTRE

abbey Inn

london

Kirby’s brogue Inn

new york

The munster bar

Texas

germany

meadowlands hotel

meath

The Castle bar

dubai

southern California

paddy macs

darwin

sportsfield bar

Toronto

The greyhound bar

louth

an Teach beag

philadelphia

Imperial hotel

galway

south Carolina

The ballymac bar

south australia

The Blasket

Abu Dhabi

Wicklow

The grand hotel

derry

Sean Ógs

Scotland

an Cearnóg

Western Canada melbourne Queensland

Boston & New England

The mall Tavern

Kentucky

betty’s bar

longford

new Zealand

sydney Chicago

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Rolling Closures: 11am–12.30pm Ballyard Road L2010, Basin Road N86, Basin View Road R874, O’Rahilly Villas Road, Strand Street, Matt Talbot Road, Caherslee Road R551, Bracker O’Regan Road, KilleenRoad, Oakpark Road N69, North Circular Road

SUNDAY 16TH AUGUST

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Street Closures: 11am-12.30pm Rock St. (Lwr-East Side) & Pembroke St. (North Side) to facilitate the Rose of Tralee International 10K Marathon; 11am-1am Denny St, Castle St. (Lwr), The Mall, Ashe St. (Lwr) & Courthouse Lane

TIME

EVENT sUbjeCT To Change or CanCellaTIon

VENUE

9am – 9pm

MARKET STALLS browse & buy from our traditional arts, Crafts & Food stalls located throughout the town and park

Town Centre

A longer version of each Rose’s autobiography is available on our website

9am – 5pm

56 YEARS OF FASHION rose of Tralee Fashion with dresses throughout the decades on display

County museum

www.roseoftralee.ie

9.30am 11.30am

MASS & SERVICE WITH THE ROSES roses will attend the following churches for prayer & reflection; 10am st. brendan’s (Catholic), 10.30am st. john’s (Catholic) & 10.45am st. john’s (Church of Ireland)

various

11am – 1pm

ROSE OF TRALEE INTERNATIONAL 10K start your sunday off with a run, jog or walk; register @ traleemarathon.com; Cheer along all the participants who will include our 2014 Rose of Tralee Maria Walsh and roses from other years

Wetlands to denny street

11am – 2pm

RADIO KERRY outside broadcasting Unit coming live from Tralee with the all Irish music show

Town Centre

12pm – 5pm

ROSE REVIEW enjoy the sounds of Festival music, news & Information. Why not sit out in our food court & enjoy!

square stage

12pm – 5pm

FAMILY TOWN Fun day of activities with our art attack area, Cheeky Chalk, bouncy World, Fun races, Food Court

Town park

12.30pm – 1.30pm

THE JOUST add two Knights, one damsel & one mischievous minstrel; the makings of a great street theatre show

Town park

1.30pm – 2.30pm

MUSIC IN THE AIR join aidan o’Carroll & The Kerry school of music Chamber orchestra with soloists & Chorus

denny st. stage

1.30pm – 2.30pm

ABSURDIST PIPE BAND no rest for the ridiculous; the group takes drums, pipes & costumes with a dash of clowning

denny street

ABU DHABI DEIRDRE WARD

BOSTON & NEW ENGLAND SARAH HOGAN

I am 27 years old from Co. Donegal. I’m teaching Kindergarten and living in the UAE and my time so far has been a positive one meeting new people, learning new teaching styles and learning about the Arabian lifestyle. I have two All-Ireland Gold Medals for basketball and I have completed the Mini Marathon, The Galway Bay Half Marathon, and The Beach Bog Run, Hell & Back. I have recently started Gaelic football as it is a great way to meet expats when living abroad. Once I return from teaching in Abu Dhabi I want to further my education by studying Play Therapy. Life is good at the moment and being crowned ‘Abu Dhabi Rose’ is the icing on the cake!

I’m 20 years old and the daughter of a proud Kerryman. I studied at The New School University in New York City where I majored in Media Studies and Theater. My greatest passions are acting and film and I have been fortunate enough to have been in numerous commercials, stage productions, as well as having had minor roles in popular television shows. I am an advocate for anti-bullying and arts therapy and a lot of my creative work is a reflection of that. I am currently working with a teenager with Autism. I am proud to call myself an Irish American. I feel incredibly fortunate to have been given this opportunity and am excited to be going back to Ireland!

2pm – 3pm

ROSES ON PARADE The Traditional sunday parade with marching bands, Floats & roses. Sponsored by Bon Secours Hospital Tralee see route map

Town Centre

2pm – 2.45pm

FAMILY TOWN ‘THE SHOW’ join The mayor, park ranger, bluebell, daisy in this wonderful interactive show for all

Town park

3pm – 4pm

THE GARDA BAND always a highlight for all the family to enjoy…that fantastic sunday feeling at the rose

denny st. stage

3.30pm – 5pm

MARCHING BAND a performance from some of our 15 marching bands

Town Centre

3pm – 4pm

THE JOUST add two Knights, one damsel & one mischievous minstrel; the makings of a great street theatre show

Town park

3pm – 5pm

GO GREYHOUND RACING WITH THE ROSES a 9-race programme with bouncy Castles and fun for all. enjoy delicious food at our grandstand restaurant. best dressed lady and win tickets to the selection nights

Kingdom greyhound stadium

CHICAGO

CORK

3pm – 11pm

BIRDS AMUSEMENTS spills & thrills for all the family to enjoy

Town Centre

3pm – 5pm

FOSSETTS CIRCUS Ireland’s most famous and best loved Circus

dan spring road

3pm – 4.30pm

THE HITMAN & ME some great country, rock and Irish music

square stage

3.30pm – 4.30pm

ABSURDIST PIPE BAND no rest for the ridiculous; the group takes drums, pipes & costumes with a dash of clowning

denny street

4pm – 5pm

CPC.ie SKYFEST AIR DISPLAY now in its 6th year and best vantage points are the Town park or denny st.;

denny street & Town park

I am 21 and from Illinois. I’m currently studying at Marquette University to become a Medical Doctor specializing in Paediatrics. My mother, Julia, is from Ardee, Co. Louth. My spirituality is very important to me, while I have volunteered at The Children’s Hospital Of Milwaukee for the past three years in their HOT Unit (haematology, oncology and transplant). One of my most notable achievements was competing and winning the title of South Side Irish Parade Queen in 2014. It was a great honor for me to become a representative of our vibrant Irish community here in Chicago. Through the Irish Diaspora I have learned this: our Irish embrace is global. We are united in our love of all things Irish.

I am delighted to be the 2015 ‘Rebel’ Rose! I am 25 years old and the eldest of four sisters from Mallow, Co. Cork. As a Research Nutritionist, currently completing a PhD in University College Dublin, I am passionate about food and health (sometimes food more so than health!) and an active member of the Irish Nutrition Society. I have been very fortunate to have travelled the world with my research which has sparked a new-found love for travelling and experiencing new cultures and cuisines. Being a self-confessed science geek, I enjoy communicating science to audiences of all ages in a fun and entertaining way. My friends and family describe me as outgoing, adventurous and always looking for new experiences.

DARWIN

DERRY

I am 27 and have been living in Australia for the past three years. I grew up playing Gaelic football and camogie in Ratoath, Co. Meath and have been continuing my passion for sport and meeting new people by immersing myself into rugby, AFL and Gaelic football in Darwin. I am an Acting Operations Manager over a Child Protection and Disability service in Darwin. One of my greatest achievements has been the 12 months I spent volunteering in a primary school, orphanage and rehabilitation centre in Uganda. I was honoured and humbled to meet Irish president Mary McAleese and be awarded a Gold Gaisce Award. I am incredibly proud to be representing Darwin at this year’s International Festival!

I’m a 20 year old student busy fulfilling my dreams to become a teacher in the wonderfully unique St. Mary’s University College, Belfast. I hope to progress to teaching Religious Education in a post-primary school. That is of course if the option of becoming a full-time Disney Princess doesn’t work out! I was born and raised in the rural and very beautiful village of Glenullin in the back-end of beyond in North Derry and am a proud woman of all things country. I come from a large family circle, to the extent where Granny’s living room on a Sunday afternoon is bursting at the seams. I am honoured beyond belief to be representing our exceptional Oakleaf County, steeped in history and rich with culture and the absolute craic.

DUBAI

DUBLIN

Salamon Alaykom! I am the 2015 Dubai Rose who comes from a small town in Tipperary called Borrisoleigh, famous for its Tipperary Spring Water and strong hurling traditions. I am the youngest of five children and was reared by two loving and devoted parents. I took a career break from my teaching job in Co. Limerick and now I teach Mathematics in Raffles International School, Dubai. My family is the most important thing in my life which is the one negative aspect about living so far from home. Entering the Rose of Tralee competition is in memory of my sister Louise who passed away tragically by suicide. This year is Louise’s 10th Anniversary and I am proud to be marking it in a very special and positive way for my family.

I hail from Rathcoole Co. Dublin, where I was born and raised. I’ve often been asked, ‘is Rathcoole not in Kildare?’, but I’m always quick to correct people and let them know I am a proud Dub! I graduated from Glasgow Caledonian University with a first class honours degree in Physiotherapy. I loved my time there but I realised I am a real home bird! I am currently working as a Physiotherapist and Pilates instructor in First Physio Plus in Clondalkin. I work as a sports physiotherapist for Naas Rugby Club and I just finished a season with Peamount ladies team. I really have a passion for yoga, surfing, travel and would love to pursue it further. A trip to India might even be on the horizon. Sure why not combine all three!

featuring a vans rv7, sbach 342, aerosparx 2 x grob g109’s & the Irish parachute Club tandem SKYDIVE with our 2014 Rose of Tralee Maria Walsh; The Irish Coast guard sikorsky s92 & an gárda síochána air support helicopters (subject to availability)

LOOK UP!

4pm – 4.45pm

FAMILY TOWN ‘THE SHOW’ join The mayor, park ranger, bluebell, daisy in this wonderful interactive show for all

Town park

5pm – 6pm

THE JOUST add two Knights, one damsel & one mischievous minstrel; the makings of a great street theatre show

Town park

5pm – 8pm

TALENT TIME Featuring the best of local talent & some young original bands with hear the noise promotions

square stage

6pm – 8pm

FOSSETTS CIRCUS Ireland’s most famous and best loved Circus

dan spring road

6pm – 7pm

MARCHING BAND a performance from some of our 15 marching bands

Town Centre

8pm – 9.30pm

THE HITMAN & ME some great country, rock and Irish music

square stage

6.30pm – 12.30am OVIE, 5 DOLLAR SHAKES, THE GEDDES, ONLY THE YOUNG, HOMETOWN, HUDSON TAYLOR & THE RIPTIDE MOVEMENT gates @ 6pm a fantastic evening of six top acts on one bill with SKYFYRE PYRO with an amazing display of aircraft pyrotechnics multi-Ticket or €15

denny st. stage

8pm – 11pm

The Kerryman Rose of Tralee FASHION SHOW With over 40 designers & boutiques

10pm – 12pm

HEART & SOUL dance the night away and help us rock the square to get everyone in the sunday evening mood

square stage

10pm – 12am

MOBILE MUSIC a pop-up portable performance by ULTAN a great local ballad & Traditional group

Castle street

10pm – 2am

FESTIVAL SESSIONS many of the town’s bars & hotels are hosting great live music all week (Times may vary)

various

Tickets €30

Festival dome

SKYFEST AIR DISPLAY SUNDAY 16TH AUGUST

MAEVE McSWEENEY

CAITRÍONA BRENNAN

MARIE RYAN

LOOK UP! Denny Street & Town Park 4pm – 5pm 20

Yet ‘twas not her beauty alone that won me.

AOIFE MURPHY

EIMÉAR ANDERSON

AISLING FINNEGAN

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I N T E R N AT I O N A L R O S E S 2 0 1 5 A longer version of each Rose’s autobiography is available on our website

A longer version of each Rose’s autobiography is available on our website

www.roseoftralee.ie

GALWAY

GERMANY

MELBOURNE JOY KERRIGAN

MICHELLE CAULFIELD

I am 25 years old and from the lovely village of Moycullen. I’m one of six girls and love being part of such a big, close-knit family! I have worked for the past two years in Trinity College as a Psychology Researcher, where I manage a study aiming to reduce social isolation. I also have a keen interest in entrepreneurship and will combine these career interests by returning to complete a master’s in Business Psychology this September. I’m an avid equestrian enthusiast, tag rugby player and runner. Supporting people with learning disabilities is a huge part of my life and I volunteer weekly assisting with therapeutic horse-riding lessons. I am also an active volunteer with Special Olympics.

Guten Tag! I was born in Birmingham, England 22 years ago, but raised in Rush, Dublin. Since January 2014, I am lucky to call the amazing and diverse city of Berlin my home and even luckier to be the Germany Rose. I speak German and work in a multilingual Kindergarten in Berlin. I also have a decent level of French and understand some Spanish. I believe my love of languages is inspired by my sisters and I having always attended Gaelscoileanna. In Germany I have made friends from all over the world and we have shared our cultures. I have grown up playing Gaelic and Camoige with St.Maurs Gaa and I am a member of Setanta Berlin. My father and I are obsessed with supporting Aston Villa.

I am 24 years old and I was born in Johannesburg, South Africa. I moved to Melbourne with my family in June 2010 and have fallen completely in love with it. I am the third of four girls and absolutely love having a big family. My Pa, James Kerrigan, was born in Edenderry, a town in Country Offaly, where his father was Bank Manager of the Hibernian Bank of Ireland. When he was four years old he moved to Athy, where he remained until moving to Zimbabwe. In 2014 I completed a Bachelor of Arts Degree majoring in Psychology and Drama and in 2015 I completed a Cert IV in Finance and Broking. I am currently working full time with ANZ Mortgage Solutions. A few of my hobbies are sailing, dancing, painting, singing and travelling.

I am 27 years old and I hail from the lovely village of Scotstown in County Monaghan. I’m the oldest of four children and I am grateful to be part of a very close knit family! I am a Junior Infants teacher in Palmerstown, County Dublin. I knew from a very young age that I really enjoyed working with children and youth work is a huge part of my life! My involvement with Rainbows Ireland and Focus Ireland has allowed me to meet the most inspirational children. I absolutely love to travel and have spent summers in California, Miami and Thailand! I’m so honoured and proud to be representing the ‘Farney County’ this year and I know this is going to be an unforgettable year of new experiences, new friendships and making a difference!

OLGA LEE

KENTUCKY

EMILY HUGHES

I’m 22 years old and I was born and bred in Louisville, Kentucky but I have to say I am one proud Irish gal. My parents, who are from County Tyrone, ventured to the States in 1981. In 2014, I graduated from the University of Louisville with a degree in History and a minor in Women and Gender Studies. After graduation I accepted an opportunity to pursue one of my passions in life, fitness, and became a barre and aerial fitness instructor. I would not trade this job for the world. It is very touching when my clients tell me that I have made a positive impact in their lives and health. I am a big believer that if you are capable of helping someone in need than you should take advantage of that.

RÓISÍN NÍ MHATHÚNA

MONAGHAN

JULETT CULLOTY

SOPHIE COLGAN

NEW YORK

NEW ZEALAND

I hail from the beautiful Kilcummin, Killarney and at 25, I am the second youngest of eight children. I work as a social care worker and I recently started working with Rehab Care Group, working with adults with intellectual disabilities and mental health difficulties so this is a really exciting time for me. I am a huge Kerry supporter and unfortunately a huge Liverpool fan. My ambition is to raise awareness of cancer, after I was diagnosed with the illness last year. With the past number of months I have become involved in delivering talks to the public and to people whose lives have been affected by cancer in a bid to give them a sense of hope and positivity.

I’m 23 and delighted to be the 2015 New York Rose. I come from Lisnacree, in Co. Down where I grew up in a family of nine. After graduating with a degree in Communications and PR, I pursued my dream of moving to NY. I work as an Intern for Construction Company J.T. Magen in Manhattan, whilst pursuing a career in Public Relations in the non-profit industry. A great passion of mine is to contribute to the wellbeing of the Irish American community in New York. Emigration can leave people feeling isolated, and unfortunately many people do not have access to health care. It is vital to raise awareness and encourage people to talk, and I am honored to be involved with Pieta House and their mission to expand to the US.

I am from Queenstown, the most beautiful place in New Zealand, and also the burial place of my great, great, great grandfather, William Egan from Killenaule, Tipperary. He arrived in Queenstown in 1867 and now has 300 descendants in our area! My great, great, great grandmother Mary Clifford left Castlemaine, County Kerry, and headed to New Zealand in 1877. We are still in contact with her family! I am a 21 year old University Student, completing post-graduate studies in Human Resources. Whenever I can, I escape home to my family in Queenstown to snowboard, tramp, waterski, wakeboard and generally enjoy the great outdoors. I share my good fortune in life with a 12 year old “buddy” called Willow, who I have been paired through the volunteer Big Buddy Programme in Dunedin.

PERTH

PHILADELPHIA

KERRY

MAGGIE FEA

LONDON

LONGFORD

I am 27 and was born and raised in The Netherlands by my Galwegian mother and Kerryborn father. I was part of the Redmond School of Irish Dancing performing across the Benelux countries. I completed my Junior Cert and Leaving Cert in Galway and completed my Medical Degree at Brighton and Sussex Medical School, graduating as a Doctor at the age of 22. Since graduating I have worked in England, Ireland and Australia and am now specialising in Emergency Medicine. Some of my unforgettable experiences include volunteering at Over The Wall Children’s Camp – a camp for children with serious, life limiting illnesses. I love music and during Uni I formed an Irish band called the Celtic Ti-grrs.

I am a proud native of Newtownforbes, Co. Longford. I am 25 years old and a primary school teacher in a two-teacher school in Longford, having graduated from Trinity College in 2010. I love all things musical, including playing the piano and taking part in musical productions with St. Mel’s Musical Society. I play football with my local ladies Gaelic football club, Clonguish CLG, although I am usually found warming the bench. I am a life-long member of Longford Mental Health Association, which promotes positive mental health and supports those recovering from mental illness, and their families and carers. I love to travel, but as luck would have it, whilst I was travelling to Lebanon, a chance encounter with a group of Roses travelling to Chernobyl led me to apply to become Longford Rose.

I am honoured to be selected as the 2015 Perth Rose of Tralee. I moved from Ireland to the very sunny Perth almost four years ago and now consider both places to be my home. I thoroughly enjoy the outdoor lifestyle Perth has to offer, especially having barbeques with my partner and friends on the beautiful Swan River overlooking the ever-changing city skyline. I am 27 and currently completing a Bachelor of Science Degree (Nursing) at Curtin University. I am very excited to attend the Rose of Tralee International Festival, as becoming a Rose has always been a childhood dream of mine. This once in a lifetime opportunity will certainly be an unforgettable experience, meeting new people whilst bringing old friends and family together, I cannot wait!

I’m 27 and was raised outside Philadelphia with five sisters and one brother. My father, Mickey is from Co. Cavan, and mother, Breda from Co. Donegal. I became an avid traveller after a brilliant experience as an exchange student in St. Andrews, Scotland. I then went on to complete my degree in International Studies and Political Science from Arcadia University, taking full advantage of their programs to study in England, South Africa, the Netherlands and Taiwan. I currently work as a Culture Specialist for investment company, Vanguard Group. I have volunteered as a mentor with the Youth Mentoring Partnership, a program committed to helping kids master goal setting skills, build mental toughness, and forge character through intense physical fitness and sports.

LOUTH

MEATH

QUEENSLAND

SCOTLAND

I’m 19 years old and I live in a small quaint place called Cooley in Ireland’s smallest county, Louth! There is a lot of great things about Louth including my local village Carlingford, which is an extremely popular tourist destination. With the views of the Mourne Mountains, Queen Maeve’s Gap and the famous King John’s Castle, it really is a brilliant place to live. I am absolutely delighted to be representing my county and hope to do everyone proud. At the minute I am finishing a one year course studying business in Maynooth University, however I hope to make it as a singer someday. I never thought in a million years I would get to be the Louth rose at the age of nineteen and I am absolutely delighted to have this amazing opportunity.

I am honoured to be this year’s Meath Rose. I am 22 years old and from the beautiful coastal village of Bettystown. I spent an amazing six years at Gormanston College Co Meath where I graduated with a Student of the Year medal. I am a second year medical student in the Royal College of Surgeons Dublin. I adore what I am studying although during exam season I always consider alternative career options, such as joining the circus. I have a keen interest in working with children and am involved with the RCSI Paediatric Society. I have also volunteered for the Irish Cancer Society. I have been involved with musical theatre from an early age. I made a bucket list two years ago and am slowly ticking things off!

I’m 25 years and very excited to be the 2015 Queensland Rose of Tralee. This is my 3rd year living in Australia and I absolutely love living in Brisbane. I grew up in Ireland spending half my life in Dublin and the other half in County Mayo. My family are now settled in County Meath. I am a primary school teacher having studied at St Patrick’s College in Dublin and am currently studying a Master of Education in Brisbane. Since being in Australia I have been working as a full time youth minister for NET Ministries. Having enjoyed ballet dancing from a young age, I now enjoy keeping fit and healthy, getting in a run or going hiking around Brisbane. I love fine dining, baking, being creative and I’m always up for a laugh.

I’m 25 and originally from Limerick. I moved to Edinburgh three years ago to complete a postgraduate in Primary Teaching. I am currently working in Dunfermline, Fife in St. Margaret’s Primary school. Sports are a love of mine, I play football with Dunedin Connollys in Edinburgh and I train at a CrossFit gym in Dunfermline. I am a former Bunratty Castle Entertainer, so I enjoy a good singsong now and then. I’m the youngest of four girls, auntie to three fantastic nephews and my amazing mother Anne, is the rock that holds our family together. As a family, we have done a lot of fundraising for Cliona’s Foundation, a Limerick based charity, which is very close to our hearts.

AISLING HILLARY

JENNY HANLON

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DAPHNE HOWARD

ELYSHA BRENNAN

DENISE LYNCH

NIAMH HEALY

MAIRÉAD COMASKEY

BRÍD MADIGAN

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Rolling Closures: 11am–12.30pm Ballyard Road L2010, Basin Road N86, Basin View Road R874, O’Rahilly Villas Road, Strand Street, Matt Talbot Road, Caherslee Road R551, Bracker O’Regan Road, KilleenRoad, Oakpark Road N69, North Circular Road

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Street Closures: 11am-12.30pm Rock St. (Lwr-East Side) & Pembroke St. (North Side) to facilitate the Rose of Tralee International 10K Marathon; 11am-1am Denny St, Castle St. (Lwr), The Mall, Ashe St. (Lwr) & Courthouse Lane

TIME

EVENT sUbjeCT To Change or CanCellaTIon

A longer version of each Rose’s autobiography MARKET STALLS browse & buy from our traditional arts, Crafts & Food stalls located throughout the town and park is available on our website

9am – 9pm

MONDAY 17TH AUGUST

Street Closures: 5pm-12am Denny St., Castle St. (Lwr), The Mall, Ashe St. (Lwr) & Courthouse Lane

VENUE

TIME

EVENT sUbjeCT To Change or CanCellaTIon

VENUE

Town Centre

9am – 9pm

MARKET STALLS browse & buy from our traditional arts, Crafts & Food stalls located throughout the town and park

Town Centre

9am – 5pm

56 YEARS OF FASHION rose of Tralee Fashion with dresses throughout the decades on display

County museum

9am – 5pm

56 YEARS OF FASHION rose of Tralee Fashion with dresses throughout the decades on display

County museum

9.30am 11.30am

MASS & SERVICE WITH THE ROSES roses will attend the following churches for prayer & reflection; 10am st. brendan’s (Catholic), 10.30am st. john’s (Catholic) & 10.45am st. john’s (Church of Ireland)

various

9am – 5pm

ROSE MEMORABILIA EXHIBITION delve through the decades & history of Irelands longest running Festival

County library

9pm – 5pm

BLOOM FOR IRELAND Inaugural International Women’s business Conference. a celebration & recognition of the

brandon Conference Centre

12pm – 5pm

ROSE REVIEW enjoy the sounds of Festival music, news & Information. Why not sit out in our food court & enjoy!

square stage

12pm – 5pm

FAMILY TOWN Fun day of activities with our art attack area, Cheeky Chalk, bouncy World, Fun races, Food Court

Town park

1pm – 1.45pm

CIRCUS JUKEBOX Fanzini recording Company presents a new limited edition long player ‘Circus jukebox’, the greatest circus hits this side of a 45! We bring a bespoke human size jukebox where the audience chooses who plays & who stays

Town park

1.45pm – 3pm

www.roseoftralee.ie

ROSE OF TRALEE INTERNATIONAL 10K start your sunday off with a run, jog or walk; register @ traleemarathon.com; Wetlands to SOUTH AUSTRALIA SOUTH CAROLINA

11am – 1pm

Cheer along all the participants who will include our 2014 Rose of Tralee Maria Walsh and roses from other KELAHAN-PIERSON years denny street CHELSEA THURSBY-MILOVANOVIC SHANNON

11am – 2pm 12pm – 5pm

RADIO KERRY outside broadcasting UnitI coming from Tralee with the all Irish music show I am thrilled to be the first Rose selected Town Centre I am 27 years young and am a verylive proud from South Australian with an equally proud Irish beautiful South Carolina! I am 21 years old andstage a ROSE REVIEW enjoy the sounds of Festival music, news & Information. Why not sit out in our food court & enjoy! square

12pm – 5pm

FAMILY TOWN Fun day Limerick, of activities with attack races,for Food Court in Marine Science. Town park County and my Popour wasart born in thearea, Cheeky Chalk, bouncy World, Fun studying my Bachelors This

heritage. My Nanna was born in Knocklong,

third year undergrad at Coastal Carolina University

by registration only

business ambitions & achievements of modern women of the Irish diaspora

12.30pm – 1.30pm

one and only Tralee. My grandparents moved is something that I have dreamed of doing since I THE JOUST add two Knights, one damsel & one mischievous minstrel; the makings of a great street theatre show Town park

1.30pm – 2.30pm

country town ofo’Carroll Whyalla, &South I old, only a&few miles away from wheredenny I live now! MUSIC IN THE AIR join aidan The Australia. Kerry school of music Chamber orchestra with soloists Chorus st.I stage

FANCY DRESS PARTY open to all children 12 years and younger with goodies & prizes for all. Featuring our own KINGDOM PARTY PALS Children characters along with roses Sponsored by Manor West Hotel

Town park

NO Registration

1.30pm – 2.30pm

ABSURDIST PIPEtoBAND noI rest for the theofgroup takes drums, pipes & costumes with a dash of clowning denny street Adelaide. graduated hereridiculous; with a Bachelor research program with one of my professors to give

2pm – 4pm

TEA DANCE WITH SOME ROSES join all the locals and staff with some roses for a wonderful evening of dancing

baile mhuire

2pm – 4pm

PAWS & TAILS DOG SHOW all classes catered for – Tye, Terrier, gun, Collies, rescue, senior, best dressed, small, medium & large plus dog of the show and more including Terrier race & of course roses with our rose of Tralee

Town park

registration 1.30pm

2pm – 2.45pm

FAMILY TOWN ‘THE SHOW’ join The mayor, park ranger, bluebell, daisy in this wonderful interactive show for all

Town park

3pm – 11pm

BIRDS AMUSEMENTS spills & thrills for all the family to enjoy

Town Centre

3pm – 3.45pm

CIRCUS JUKEBOX Fanzini recording Company presents a new limited edition long player ‘Circus jukebox’, the greatest circus hits this side of a 45! We bring a bespoke human size jukebox where the audience chooses who plays & who stays

Town park

3pm – 5pm

FOSSETTS CIRCUS Ireland’s most famous and best loved Circus

dan spring road

4pm – 4.45pm

FAMILY TOWN ‘THE SHOW’ join The mayor, park ranger, bluebell, daisy in this wonderful interactive show for all

Town park

4pm – 5pm

NOAHS ARK PET SHOW If it was on noahs ark then we want your pet. If they purr or gurr; Furry, Feathery or a Fin; Claws or paws; Felines and Canines then bring them along. best in show, best in category, fancy dress, best trick

Town park

3.45pm – 5pm

TEDDY BEARS PICNIC bring along your Teddy bear with some nibbles & drinks. doc mcstuffin on site to give your bear a full medical. meet some roses & 2014 Rose of Tralee Maria Walsh Sponsored by Manor West Hotel

Town park

5pm – 8pm

TALENT TIME Featuring the best of local talent & some young original bands with hear the noise promotions

square stage

6pm – 8pm

FOSSETTS CIRCUS Ireland’s most famous and best loved Circus

dan spring road

6pm – 7pm

MARCHING BAND a performance from some of our 15 marching bands

Town Centre

8pm – 11pm

RTÉ ROSE OF TRALEE INTERNATIONAL SELECTION Part 1 live on Tv presented by DÁITHÍ Ó SÉ

8pm – 11pm

DAMIEN DEMPSEY & SHARON SHANNON a fantastic live show last time sharon and her band were in town plus a

to Australia in 1965 where they settled in the grew up in Whyalla, until I moved with my family

was knocked over by a wave when I was just a year

also work as a teacher’s assistant and co-founded a

2pm – 3pm

degree from Flinders University. I am bands, Floats & roses. Sponsored by Bon Secours students a chance conduct research at ROSES ON PARADENursing The Traditional sunday parade with marching Hospital Traleetosee routetheir mapownTown Centre

2pm – 2.45pm 3pm – 4pm

FAMILY TOWN ‘THE join Theafter mayor, park ranger, show Town park the SHOW’ world. I get to look premature babies bluebell, daisy in this wonderful interactive One of the thingsfor thatallmakes my family so close andalways sick infants. I am extremely luckyfamily to haveto enjoy…that fantastic sunday feeling at is the how rose proud we are of our Irish heritage, which THE GARDA BAND a highlight for all the denny st. stage

3.30pm – 5pm

MARCHING BAND a performance from some of our 15 marching bands

3pm – 4pm

THE JOUST add two Knights, one damsel & one mischievous minstrel; the makings of a great street theatre show

Town park

3pm – 5pm

GO GREYHOUND RACING WITH THE ROSES a 9-race programme with bouncy Castles and fun for all. enjoy delicious food at our grandstand restaurant. best dressed lady and win tickets to the selection nights CIARA RAFFERTY LAUREN WALLER

Kingdom greyhound stadium

now a Neonatal Nurse and I have the best job in found my calling and niche in life.

Southern California

one of the most diverse artificial reefs in the state. initially stems from Co. Armagh and Co. Monaghan.

Town Centre

Sydney

I was born in Los&Angeles proudfamily Irish roots BIRDS AMUSEMENTS spills thrillsand forhave all the to enjoy

3pm – 11pm 3pm – 5pm 3pm – 4.30pm 3.30pm – 4.30pm

4pm – 5pm

4pm – 4.45pm 5pm – 6pm 5pm – 8pm 6pm – 8pm

Town Centre I am 26 years old and was born in a small Australian in Counties Roscommon and Clare. I am a 20-year-old beach town called Port Macquarie and moved to the FOSSETTS CIRCUS Ireland’s most University famous inand bestmajoring loved Circus dan spring road junior at Pepperdine Malibu western suburbs of Sydney when I was five. My mother in Theater Production and Design, with an emphasis is from Boyle, Co. Roscommon and my father is from THE HITMAN & ME someManagement. great country, Irish square stage in Stage I am anrock artist,and singer, poet,music Greenore, Co. Louth. I have returned to Ireland many andfor avidthe proponent of the theater. ABSURDIST PIPE lyricist, BANDmusician no rest ridiculous; the group takes drums, pipes & costumes with a dash of clowning denny street times over the years to visit the family, especially my I will spend the next few months working for the Los Granny and Grandad. I achieved Bachelor degrees in CPC.ie SKYFEST AIRDepartment DISPLAY in its 6th year and best vantage points are the Town park or denny street & Angeles of Parksnow and Recreation Summer both Arts (majoring st.; in History and Film) denny and Nursing. Concert Series. I’ll aerosparx be learning about live concert featuring a vans rv7, sbach 342, 2 x grob g109’s & the Irish parachute Club tandem SKYDIVE with ournurse 2014and Rose of team Town park I am a registered research member settings working behind the scenes. Musics92 is my Tralee Maria Walsh; Theand Irish Coast guard sikorsky & an gárda síochána air support helicopters (subject to availability) LOOK UP! at Saint Vincent’s Private Hospital Sydney (SVPHS). true passion and I am currently in production of an This year I received a scholarship to complete my FAMILY TOWN ‘THE SHOW’ join The mayor, park ranger, bluebell, daisy in this wonderful interactive show for all Town park EP of five original songs, play the piano, and recently Honours, and plan to complete a PhD in the future. I learned how to play the ukulele. I am so excited to am incredibly proud to be Irish-Australian. Being of THE JOUST add two Knights, one damsel & one California, mischievous minstrel; the makings of a great street theatre show Town park represent The Irish community of Southern Irish descent has taught me to be fierce and being and extremely grateful have talent been given such anyoung original bands with hear the noise TALENT TIME Featuring the best oftolocal & some promotions square stage Australian has taught me to ALWAYS wear sunscreen. amazing opportunity! FOSSETTS CIRCUS Ireland’s most famous and best loved Circus

dan spring road

6pm – 7pm

MARCHING BAND a performance from some of our 15 marching bands

Town Centre

8pm – 9.30pm

THE HITMAN & ME some great country, rock and Irish music

6.30pm – 12.30am gates @ 6pm 8pm – 11pm 10pm – 12pm 10pm – 12am 10pm – 2am

Texas

Toronto

HEALY SIOBHÁN THOMPSON OVIE, 5 DOLLAR SHAKES, THE GEDDES, ONLY THE YOUNG, HOMETOWN, HUDSON TAYLOR & THEERIKA RIPTIDE MOVEMENT

square stage denny st. stage

I am 27 years old and soorhonored so top honored beone the 2015 TexasSKYFYRE Rose of Tralee. a fantastic evening Iofamsix actstoon bill with PYRO with an amazing display of aircraft pyrotechnics multi-Ticket €15 and excited to represent the Toronto Rose for 2015. I am a recent I am a 24 year old from Houston, Texas…which is The Kerryman Rose of Tralee FASHION SHOW Festival nursing graduate, Tickets looking to€30 pursue a career in thedome also exciting, because in the 31 year history ofWith the over 40 designers & boutiques mental health field. Mental Health is an area that Texas Rose, am theaway first Roseand chosen from HEART & SOUL dance the Inight help usHouston! rock the square to get everyone in the sunday evening mood square stage is near and dear to my heart. As an advocate of I am a brand new graduate from the University mental health I want encourage people to seek MOBILE MUSIC aofpop-up performance ULTAN a great local ballad & Traditional group Castle street Houston,portable earning a Bachelors Degree by in Music help, make them aware of the many resources Education, a job asare hosting great live music all week (Times FESTIVAL SESSIONS manyandofam thecurrently town’slooking bars for & hotels may vary) various available to them, and assure them that there is a high school choir teacher. Along with finishing nothing to be ashamed of. I am currently working school, I have been traveling for several years as a server at a local restaurant called KB. We with the University of Houston Concert Chorale to specialize in local, organic sustainable products various international choral competitions. I love to and supporting our local farmers. My parents play soccer with the Houston Gaels, which is part moved from Kerry to Canada when my mom was of the Texas GAA organization. My father is from pregnant with me in 1987. I am proud to say I’m Belfast, and my grandparents are still living there. born in Canada, but made in Ireland!

registration 3.30pm

gates @ 7.30pm

8pm – 10pm

Tickets $45

first time appearance for damien with support from The Emily Shields Band

Festival dome denny st stage multi-Ticket or€$10

KSYRAN a norwegian singer with her 5 piece band top 10UK hits with ‘you don’t love me anymore’ & ‘heartless’

square stage

HITMAN & HIM great two piece performing country, Irish & rock hits

Castle street

10pm -12am

ORACLE local group of amazing musicians with a sound that lies in the folk domain but with rock vibes

square stage

10pm – 2am

FESTIVAL SESSIONS many of the town’s bars & hotels are hosting great live music all week (Times may vary)

various

12am – 2am

ROSE DISCO disco Club to dance the night away

Festival dome

9.30pm - 11.30pm

multi-Ticket or€$15

SKYFEST AIR DISPLAY SUNDAY 16TH AUGUST WESTERN CANADA

WICKLOW

I am 27 years-old and was born and raised in Northern Alberta. I grew up spending most of my time on my family acreage, snowmobiling in the winters, and swimming in the river in the summers. I moved to Edmonton, AB to complete my Bachelor of Arts degree and have since made Edmonton my home. After my degree I received a diploma as a Physical/ Occupational Therapy Assistant, a background that helped me secure my current job in Health & Safety. I like to challenge myself with new activities and I get a lot of my inspiration from my great aunt Marj who is always up for whatever new experience comes her way. My Irish ancestors (Co.Fermanagh, Co.Kilkenny) came to Canada through Newfoundland & Labrador and Ontario in the 1800s.

I’m an 18 year-old Leaving Cert student in Carnew, Co. Wicklow. I was born in South Africa and have lived most of my life in Ireland. In school I have been on the Student Council and this year I was elected Chairperson. I was a Senior Prefect and was also elected as a Meithal Leader. I have received two bronze, one silver, one gold Éach Suntasach Awards, and have also received my bronze Presidents Award. In 2014 I was one of three students from our school that got to travel to Uganda with Self Help Africa. I have done various fundraisers for the Wicklow Hospice Foundation. At 16 I was offered a job to work with Xpose Magazine Publishing Company for the summer doing research and design.

CASSANDRA SAMPSON

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MEGAN SWART

She was lovely and fair as the rose of the summer...

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TUESDAY 18TH AUGUST TIME

Street Closure: 5pm-1am Denny St, Castle St. (Lwr), The Mall, Ashe St. (Lwr) & Courthouse Lane

EVENT sUbjeCT SuBJECT To Change CHANgE or oR CanCellaTIon CANCELLATIoN

VENUE

9am – 9pm

MARKET STALLS Browse browse & buy from our traditional Arts, arts, Crafts & Food Stalls stalls located throughout the town and park

Town Centre

9am – 5pm

56 YEARS OF FASHION Rose rose of Tralee Fashion with dresses throughout the decades on display

County Museum museum

9am – 5pm

ROSE MEMORABILIA EXHIBITION Delve delve through the decades & history of Irelands longest running Festival

County Library library

12pm – 5pm

ROSE REVIEW Enjoy enjoy the sounds of Festival Music, music, News news & Information. Why not sit out in our food court & enjoy!

Square square Stage stage

12pm – 5pm

FAMILY TOWN Fun day of activities with our Art art Attack attack Area, area, Cheeky Chalk, Bouncy bouncy World, Fun Races, races, Food Court

Town Park park

12pm – 1pm

Town Park park

registration 12.30pm Registration

BONNY BABY Ahhh ahhh who will be the cutest of them all. open to babies 0 – 24 months Featuring KINGDOM PARTY PALS minnie Mouse, Minnie mouse, Doc doc McStuffin mcstuffin and more along with some special guests

1pm – 1.45pm

CIRCUS JUKEBOX Fanzini Recording recording Company presents a new limited edition long player ‘Circus Jukebox’, jukebox’, the greatest

2pm – 2.45pm

FAMILY TOWN ‘THE SHOW’ Join join The Mayor, mayor, Park park Ranger, ranger, Bluebell, bluebell, Daisy daisy in this wonderful interactive show for all

Town Park park

3pm – 11pm

BIRDS AMUSEMENTS Spills spills & thrills for all the family to enjoy

Town Centre

3pm – 3.45pm

CIRCUS JUKEBOX Fanzini Recording recording Company presents a new limited edition long player ‘Circus Jukebox’, jukebox’, the greatest circus hits this side of a 45! We bring a bespoke human size jukebox where the audience chooses who plays & who stays

Town Park park

3pm – 5pm

FOSSETTS CIRCUS Ireland’s most famous and best loved Circus

dan Dan spring Spring road Road

4pm – 4.45pm

FAMILY TOWN ‘THE SHOW’ join Join The mayor, Mayor, park Park ranger, Ranger, bluebell, Bluebell, daisy Daisy in this wonderful interactive show for all

Town Park park

5pm – 8pm

TALENT TIME Featuring the best of local talent & some young original bands with hear Hear the noise Noise promotions Promotions

Square square Stage stage

6pm – 8pm

FOSSETTS CIRCUS Ireland’s most famous and best loved Circus

dan Spring Dan spring Road road

6pm – 7pm

MARCHING BAND a A performance from some of our 15 Marching marching Bands bands

Town Centre

8pm – 11pm

Festival Dome dome

8pm – 11pm

RTÉ ROSE OF TRALEE INTERNATIONAL SELECTION Part 2 live on TV Tv presented by DÁITHÍ Ó SÉ Tickets €45 KILFENORA CÉILÍ BAND 100 years old & over 25 years since they were at the Rose; rose; featuring Dancers dancers Michael

gates @ 7.30pm

Donnellan, Sarah Murray & Laura Minogue & Singer singer Don Stiffe with Support support from The Emily Shields Band

Denny denny St st Stage stage Multi-Ticket oR multi-Ticket or $10

9pm – 11pm

COMIC BOOK HEROES Four piece rock/pop/dance band from the town; all about the part & the fun

square Square stage Stage

9.30pm - 11.30pm

PHIL IN THE BLANKS a A great Wedding & occasion band Band to get Castle street Street rockin’

Castle Street street

11pm – 1am

RENOVATOR local Local bands with some amazing sounds to rock the 2015 Festival to bed

square Square stage Stage

11.30am–12am 2015 CELEBRATION ROSE PARADE The Rose rose of Tralee has been chosen & whisked away from the Dome, dome, Sponsored by Bon Secours Hospital Tralee

denny Street Denny street

10pm – 2am

FESTIVAL SESSIONS Many many of the town’s Bars bars & Hotels hotels are hosting great live music all week (Times may vary)

various Various

12am–12.30am

MIDNIGHT MADNESS – SKYFYRE Meet meet our newly crowned Rose rose of Tralee with Fireworks and more music

Denny denny Street street

12am – 2am

ROSE DISCO Disco disco Club to dance the 2015 Festival away

Festival Dome dome

Tickets €15

Autumn Winter Fashion Show 2015: CAMEL, grape, an explosion of colour with burnt orange and red are the colours that will dominate The Kerryman Rose of Tralee Fashion Show in the Festival Dome on Sunday 16th August. The main attraction this year will be a salute to Irish Designers, Irish Fashion and Irish craft to celebrate Irish Design Nationally & Internationally by the Rose of Tralee. This year’s fashion extravaganza, which was launched by Rose of Tralee Maria Walsh in the picturesque Tralee Town Park, will feature all the top boutiques and stores from the Munster region, including top Irish milliners. Keen fashionistas from Kerry and beyond who love style and want a lesson in what to wear for Autumn Winter know that the Rose of Tralee Fashion Showcase is the place to be in August. The 70’s are still influencing the collections especially in coats and jackets and one of the must-have trends is the cape which will feature heavily in the coming season. The Rose of Tralee Fashion Showcase is different from any other fashion show because it is the biggest fashion event in Ireland, if not Europe, due to the sheer size of the catwalk, the production, the amount of models, along with the huge number of participating boutiques/ stores and designers. Best DresseD LaDy Maria Walsh, the Rose of Tralee, will Judge the Best Dressed Lady Competition for which

Thursday 13th August

Sunday 16th August

7.45pm:

8pm:

Charity White Collar Boxing

Fashion Show 2015

autumn Winter

and from members of st margaret’s boxing Club.

Best Dressed Lady Competition sponsored by

Friday 14th August

Monday 17th August 8pm: International Rose of Tralee Selection Part 1

8pm: International

Rose Ball

Meet the 32 Roses, 32 Rose Escorts and some well-known celebrities including RTÉ TV Selection Host Dáithí Ó Sé, TV Presenter and Rose of Tralee Judge, Mary Kennedy, Roses of Tralee & lots of friends from around the world.

Make-up by

(Tickets €45) Announcement of the 2015 Newbridge Silverware Escort of the Year

11.30pm: Rose

Saturday 15th August

Tuesday 18th August 8pm: International Rose of Tralee Selection Part 2

Tickets only €10 per person or €20 for a family ticket available from the Inspired office 066 7117782 9pm:

Bon Jovee Concert & Disco Doors at 10pm

Local tribute act Bon Jovee will rock the Dome on Saturday night. The boys have had a wonderful relationship with the Festival over the last number of years and bringing their tribute act to the Dome will make for an amazing night of the best and greatest hits of Bon Jovi. Tickets €15 from roseoftralee.ie and at the door; The gig will be followed by a late disco. (Entrance to this event is strictly Over 18’s)

At the Hunt Museum earlier this year, Celia showcased many of the pieces from some of the great Irish Designers of the time and she is delighted to show some of these designs at the Rose of Tralee Fashion Show. Make-up for the show will be applied by the skilled team at CH The Mall Tralee, while Cathriona’s Hair Salon in Castlegregory will style the models on the night. Internationally acclaimed opera singer, Amanda Neri will open the show which will be preceded by a Wine Reception in The Rose Pavilion.

Tickets to The Kerryman Rose of Tralee Fashion Show are available for only €30 from

www.roseoftralee.ie

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Blarney Brass & Reed Band Cork Brian Boru Pipe Band Cape Cod uSA Crumlin Community Youth Band Dublin Emerald Baton Twirlers Cork gleneagle Concert Band Kerry Irish National Ambulance Service Pipe Band Letterkenny Senior Accordian Band Donegal Maghery Fife & Drum Band Donegal

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Mayobridge Accordian Band Down Millstreet Pipe Band Cork Rathanna Marching Band Carlow Rathkeale Brass & Reed Band Limerick St. Catherines Accordian Band Killybegs Donegal Tallaght Festival Band Dublin Tallaght Youth Band Dublin

Disco in the Dome

(Tickets €15 - late bar, over 18s, free access with street Carnival multi-Ticket & for selection Ticket holders)

A voluntary community organisation that caters for the needs of young adults with intellectual disabilities

An added dimension to this year’s event will feature a collection entitled Celia Holman Lee - Style Icon showcasing some of Celia Holman-Lee’s collection of beautiful clothes that she has kept since she first took to the catwalk at the age of 15.

and a performance by Country Music Sensation, Mike Denver

music from Brass & Co, followed by disco with Chris shortt 3pm to 5pm: Zumbathon in aid of

This year’s prize includes a Clarins Mini-Facial and MAC Make-up make-over for two, a Champagne Lunch for two at Flutes Champagne Bar at Dublin Airport, a Shopping Voucher for The Loop to the value of €300 and overnight accommodation in a Dublin hotel including dinner for two.

Our Marching Bands & PerfOrMance TrOuPes fOr 2015

in aid of Kerry Cancer Support Group – Kerry Cork Health Link Bus in conjunction with St Margaret’s Boxing Club. Andrew Morrissey (Radio Kerry), Stephen Wallace (Kerry Junior Football Manager), Mikey Boyle (Kerry Hurler), Gary O’Driscoll (Auctioneer) and Cllr Toireasa Ferris. Tickets only €20.00 from Kerry Cancer support group, 124 maine st Tralee

Tickets €30 – Wine reception at 7pm in the rose pavilion Presented by the holman-lee agency

the winner will receive a Luxury Prize valued at €1000 sponsored by The Loop at Dublin and Cork Airports.

(Tickets €45) The 2015 rose of Tralee will be crowned and enjoy a special

guest performance by Irish Music Living Legend, Daniel O’Donnell

11.30pm: Rose Disco in the Dome

by Fireworks) DE @ 8.30PM (Followed display) FAMILY SATURDAY PARA air Dis band & Air M (Followed by garda Ba 2P @ DE RA PA AY ND SU STUNNING ed by Fireworks) PARADE @ 11.30PM (Follow CELEBRATION TUESDAY

(Tickets €15 - late bar, over 18s, free access for selection Ticket holders)

Saturday 22nd August

Strictly Come Dancing

8pm: presented by Austin Stacks GAA Club Tralee.

Adult Tickets €20 Child Ticket €10, Tickets available from Garvey’s Supervalu Rock Street, The Greyhound Bar Pembroke Street, Austin Stacks Clubhouse Connolly Park – Child tickets only available on the night at the venue.

11.30pm

“Locals’ Night”Post Festival Celebration

Tickets: €10 available at the Door (Patrons of Strictly Come Dancing will have free entry to the Local’s Night Disco (Late Bar, Disco strictly over 18s)

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All three parades proudly sponsored by

Tralee Town Park Saturday Night Parade

Starts 8.30pm, Fels Point Hotel

Tuesday Night Parade

Sunday Parade

Starts 2pm, Kingdom Greyhound Track

Starts 11.30pm, Ashe Street

(9am - 5pm Fri, Mon, Tues)

UsefUl Telephone nUmbers Rose of Tralee Festival Office Event Control Medical Centre 9pm – 2am All Emergency Services Kerry General Hospital

066 7121322 066 7144 669 066 712 6697 999 066 7126222

Festival Box Office

Kerry County Museum Square Stage Medical Centre

Bird’s Amusement Park

Festival Box Office locations

Urgent Care Centre

Family Town / Rose Walk

Tralee Garda Station

SouthDoc (Afterhours) Bon Secours Hospital Urgent Care Centre (Bon Secours Hospital – 9am-5pm, Mon-Fri)

Tralee Garda Station Fire Station

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Kerry County Council TAXI: 24/7 Cabs Tralee Tourist Office Kerry Airport Tralee Rail Station Tralee Bus Station

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Mary Kennedy’s broadcasting career started in 1978 when, as a secondary school teacher, she applied for a job as an RTÉ continuity announcer. A BA (Hons) graduate of UCD, she taught English in Brittany before returning to teach at Coláiste Bríde in Clondalkin, Dublin. Mary became a newscaster in 1992 and in 1995 she presented the 40th Eurovision Song Contest. Mary Kennedy joined the hugely successful regional news programme, Nationwide, in August 2004. She has written three books and a fourth, entitled What Matters, Reflections on Important Things is due out in August. This is Mary’s eighth year on the Rose of Tralee Judging Panel and her fourth as the Chairperson.

Paul O’Kane

Muirne Hurley Goode

Stephen McNally

Liz Farrell

Dublin Airport Authority & The Loop at Dublin & Cork Airports

1994 Rose of Tralee

Deputy Chief Executive, Dalata Hotel Group plc

Newbridge Silverware

Paul O’Kane is Public Affairs Director with Dublin Airport Authority (DAA) which owns and operates Dublin and Cork Airports. He is responsible for all public relations and sponsorship activities at DAA. Originally from Whiteabbey, Co Antrim, Paul previously worked with The Sunday Tribune and The Irish Times. He is a graduate of Queen’s University Belfast and Dublin City University.

Muirne represented Limerick when she was crowned the 1994 Rose of Tralee. She lives in Portumna, Co Galway with her husband Michael and their three children Aoibhinn (14), Conor (13) and Meadhbh (7).

From County Meath, having completed his studies at Rockwell Hotel and Catering School Stephen worked with Ramada Hotels and Jurys Doyle Hotel Group. In 2007, he became Director and Deputy Chief Executive of Dalata Hotel Group, Ireland’s largest hotel group, parent company of Maldron Hotels, Clayton Hotels and Manager of the Company’s Partner Hotels.

DAA and The Loop offer consumers a world-class travel and retail experience and are delighted to be associated with the Rose of Tralee International Festival once again this year.

As a harpist and singer, Muirne continues to perform in concerts at home and abroad. She also has an active involvement with many clubs and societies in her community. Muirne celebrates her 21st year as a Rose of Tralee and has been involved in adjudicating for a number of those years at County and at Regional level.

Liz Farrell has worked as a Private Secretary to the Chief Executive of Newbridge Silverware, Mr William Doyle for the past 15 years. She has travelled extensively as a representative of the company and has been involved in many major projects. Newbridge Silverware is the leading designer and producer of homeware, giftware and jewellery in Ireland. Liz has a keen interest in the Museum of Style Icons which is located at the Newbridge Silverware Visitor Centre, one of the top five free tourist attractions in Ireland.

Muirne enjoyed a successful career in sales and marketing before embarking on her own retail fashion business in 2003. She now owns two busy retail fashion stores and an online business.

Stephen is currently President of the Irish Hotels Federation, and a Member of the Board of Management of Castleknock College in Dublin. A keen sports fan, particularly of soccer, Gaelic football and rugby, his hobbies include playing tennis and walking.

Liz, a true lilywhite, has lived in County Kildare all her life. She is married to Seamus and they have two daughters Aideen and Clodagh. She has represented Kildare in Camogie and enjoys gardening, reading, cooking and listening to music.

Our Host Dáithí Ó Sé RTÉ Televised Selection Host

Fri: Nathan Carter with Na Fianna (Support) ....................................€10 Sun: Ovie, Only the Young, Hometown, The Geddes, Hudson Taylor, The Riptide Movement ...................................€15 Mon: Damien Dempsey & SHARON SHANNON with Support .....€15 TueS: THE KILFENORA CÉILÍ BAND with Michael Donnellan & his Kickin’ Crew, Don Stiffe with Support ....................€10 note: Square & Mobile Stages are frEE; Kids under 6 go free; Terms & Conditions apply

DOME TICKETS: For Rose Ball, Bon Jovee, Fashion Show, RTE Selection Nights & Discos all available online now

Tickets from www.roseoftralee.ie

Rose Office, Denny St or Byrnesworth the Square Tralee

€25 fOr all fOur EvEnIngS wITh 15 aCTS On DEnny ST.

PLUS we are also giving you Monday Night Disco in the Dome

Note: All details correct at time of print. Festival Promoters have the right to amend, add or cancel events at short notice. We’re sorry if your personal property is lost or damaged while at the event but neither the Festival Promoters, Event Management or Producers can be held responsible. For full Terms & Conditions and Ticket Bookings visit www.roseoftralee.ie

THANK YOU to the following who once again have been great help and support to the Festival and will assist us on keeping an eye on everything this week. An Garda Síochána

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Awareness Partners

Dáithí O Sé has presented a variety of programmes on RTÉ television including Today, The Daily Show, Epic Walks, New Years Eve Live and as a judge on The All Ireland Talent Show. Dáithí has recently been announced as the new presenter of The Taste Of Success. Dáithí has presented The Rose of Tralee five times on RTÉ One since 2010 and helped deliver the most watched Rose final in over a decade. Dáithí also took part in The Restaurant, RTÉ’s Celebrity You’re A Star in aid of the Make A Wish Foundation and Celebrities Go Wild for the People in Need Telethon.

Originally from Dingle in County Kerry, Dáithí studied in Mary Immaculate College in Limerick. He worked with TG4 for over 10 years as a weather presenter and presented a variety of programmes including Glór Tíre, Dáithí ar Highway 61 and Dáithí ar Route 66. Before becoming a weather presenter Dáithí worked as a teacher, a butcher, a ferry driver around the Blasket Islands and even a short stint as a ringmaster with Duffy’s Circus. Dáithí has a long association with the Rose of Tralee International Festival. He was the Chairperson of the Judging Panel in 2009 when the Festival celebrated its 50th year.

The Rose of Tralee International Festival could not happen without the support of the people of Kerry and the dedicated team of volunteers who bring it all together. They are a credit to their families, the town of Tralee and the Festival. Left: Some of the Volunteer Team Leaders. L-R Seanie Walsh, Jason Brick, Annie O’Shea, Bryan Carr (Event Controller), Michelle Reidy, Martin Brosnan and Keith Nolan. Right: This year’s team pictured at Fels Point Hotel for a pre-Festival preparation session.

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NEWBRIDGE Silverware are delighted to extend their lead sponsorship of the Rose of Tralee International Festival to the Escort of the Year. It is a natural fit for their brand since they continue to be associated with a host of Irish ambassadors. Indeed, their Gents Style Collection is a favourite amongst male consumers. Everyone at Newbridge Silverware wishes each individual Rose Escort a most enjoyable and memorable Festival experience.

The 2014 Newbridge Silverware Escort of the Year, Conor Walsh (pictured above), said: “Becoming a Rose Escort has proven to be one of the best decisions of my life. Words cannot describe the amount of fun, laughter and once-in-a-lifetime experiences I have gone through. It has given me the opportunity to meet so many new and interesting people from all over the world and it is something for which I will always be grateful. I’m looking forward to working with this year’s group of lads in Tralee.”

Nathan Barber

Connemara Marble

Richard Cullen Cartrawler

Padraig Burbage

David Crean

McDaniels Hotel Brittas Bay RE/MAX Partners Burbages Pub & Supermarket Donnelly Little Wright Ltd Portarlington Portarlington Credit Union

Mark Dowling

Aidan Gahan

Nicholas Gogarty

Brendan Hession

Duignan Carthy O’Neill Frank Roche Construction

Neil Harrington

Enva Ireland Ltd

Austin Stacks GAA Hurling & Football Club Henry Murray & Co Chartered Accountants & Auditors The Cellar Bar

Mindshare

Glynn Homevalue & Building Supplies Tuam

Treacy’s Bar & Restaurant

Daire Turner & Associates

Booth Concrete

Toastmasters Tuam

Applications are now being accepted to become Rose Escorts at the 2016 Rose of Tralee International Festival.

Full details available from www.RoseofTralee.ie

Ciaran McKinley

Feargal McNally

Niall Mooney

Cathal Nolan

Eoin O’Mahony

John Richardson

Matthews Luxury Coach Hire

Monaghan Down Syndrome Branch

Lough Egish Macra na Fierme

Mr Richards Menswear Castleblaney Monaghan

Aughnamullen GFC TW Menswear

Galvin’s For Men

CAG Chartered Accountants Galway Anthony Ryan Menswear Galway

Larry Massey Funeral Directors

Dalriada Tours

Excel Dry Cleaning Martin Nolan Monumental Works

Patrick Whelan

Felix Ross

Glenstal Abbey SCHOOL

Conall Scott Amelio Group

Conor Sheridan

Andrew Toye

Conor Walsh

Aspire (Advanced Sports Performance Ireland) Clara The Mark Heffernan Trust

Mallen’s Barbershop The Jolly Sandwich

Newbridge Silverware Escort of the Year

Bridge Centre Tullamore

SHEEP shearing and turf cutting are among the new skills that are necessary for 32 young men who have made the grade to be Rose Escorts at the Rose of Tralee International Festival from 14-18 August.

Paul Hickey

John Higgins

Phelans Pub Bagenalstown KSN (Kerrigan Sheanon Newman) Holy Angels Day Care Hennessy’s Formal Wear for Men

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Frank Holohan

Darren Hughes

The Loop

An Garda Siochana

John Marren

Ross McAuley

Brian McCarthy

ISS Facility Services

Jack Murphy Clothing

Cork Marquee Company Sober Lane Cork

Shane Kenny

The Oyster Tavern Bar and Seafood Restaurant Michael Williams Associates Architects & Town Planners

Thomas McCormack

Keith Lally An Post

Simply Suits Cork

The lads had to carry out a range tasks including cycling, horse-riding, abseiling, kayaking, ironing and sewing in order to prove they will have the stamina to be a Rose Escort.

The Rose Escorts spent 48 hours in picturesque Kenmare, County Kerry where they learned to shear sheep, cut turf, build a dry stone wall, peel spuds and make poitín.

This year’s Rose Escorts enjoyed Boot Camp activities, supported by Kerry County Council, Bonane Community Development Council, Kenmare Marketing Action Group and Kerry Civil Defence. Some of the activities were staged on Molly Gallivan’s Farm while Beara Outdoor Adventure coordinated the abseiling and kayaking events. Accommodation was sponsored by the luxurious Kenmare Bay Hotel.

Nearly 200 men aged between 21 and 30 applied to become Rose Escorts at this year’s Rose of Tralee International Festival and following a detailed interview process, the final 32 were selected to take part in a Boot Camp weekend in Kenmare to help them prepare for a busy week in Tralee.

On Monday night 17th August, one of the 32 Rose Escorts will be announced as the Newbridge Silverware Escort of the Year for 2015 and he will walk away with a wonderful prize including a silver-plated cutlery canteen personalised with his family crest and a cheque for €1,000.

Gardaí, Hydrotherapists, Postmen, Teachers and Accountants were among the group who made it through the rigours of the Boot Camp for Rose of Tralee Escorts at the end of June.

Paul McDonagh

Campbell’s Contracts Eddie Murphy Menswear Virogen Ltd (Wind Energy) Ballyhaunis Co Mayo Leam Agri F&P Fogarty & Sons Ltd & Timber Products

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UCD Sport & Fitness Conor Whelan Fitted Furniture Ltd.

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Arizona

Mallory Melton

Donegal Andrea Keeney

Armagh

Bahrain

Down

Fermanagh

Emma Rose Murphy

Claire O’Neill

Miriam I Mahdi

Aoife McCann

Carlow

Cavan

Aisling Keohane

Leontia Sheridan

Kildare

Kilkenny

Ailish Brennan

Claire Walsh

Clare

Derby

Ava Mahony

Niamh Gordon

Laois

Leitrim

Ailbhe Culleton

Sinead Flynn

Offaly

Denise Bracken

Tyrone

Victoria McNamee

Ohio

Kaytee Szente

Ottawa Claire Conway

Roscommon San Francisco Sarah Murphy

Washington Waterford Westmeath Sarah Tobin Lelia Maguire DC

Marisa Conroy

Sligo

Emma Robinson

Tipperary Alison Brolan

Wexford Trish Carty

Camille Sheehan

Limerick Rachel O’Neill

Luxembourg Aedammair Ní Chiardha

Mayo

Siochfreadh Ní Lachtnáin

North Newcastle/ Newfoundland Carolina Gateshead & Labrador

Katherine McConville

Nicole Neary

Chantal Cassidy

Nottingham Shannon Dirrane

REGIONAL FESTIVAL 2015 PORTLAOISE, COUNTY LAOIS

THE people of Laois hold a very special place in the hearts of the Roses and The Chief Executive of Laois their families who have been part of the Rose of Tralee since 2008. County Council, Gerry Murphy, said: “It was an honour to once For the final time this year, County Laois hosted the final Regional Festival from again host, albeit for the final 28-31 May when 56 Roses from the USA, Canada, Ireland, Britain, Germany, time, such a prestigious event on the Irish Festivals calendar. The fun and Luxembourg and the Middle East were treated to a four-day festival. excitement that the Roses experienced would not have been possible without 23 Roses were selected to take part in the televised selections in the Festival the support of our local sponsors.”

Dome in Tralee and among them there were are a couple of firsts for some Complete with Civic Reception, Classic Car Parade, Music & Street Market regions - Elysha Brennan (22) from Bettystown, Co Meath became the first Festival and the Laois County Fleadh, all in glorious sunshine, the weekend ever Meath Rose to make it through to Tralee and Shannon Kelahan-Pierson was a great success and the highlight so far for each of the Roses. (21), the first ever Southern Carolina Rose. The Executive Chair of the Rose of Tralee International Festival, Anthony O’Gara, said: “We are grateful to Laois County Council, Portlaoise Heritage Hotel and the people of Laois who have opened their towns to welcome the Roses, their friends, supporters and families of the Rose of Tralee for nearly a decade.”

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From 2016 onwards, all the Roses selected at regional events throughout the world will travel to and enjoy one massive Festival in Tralee in August and experience much more of what Kerry has to offer. More Roses, Rose Escorts, Rose Buds, entertainment, family fun and visitors can only mean that Tralee will enjoy a major boost to the local economy beyond the €12 million that the Festival already delivers.

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Inaugural International

Women’s Business Conference

17th August 2015

at the Brandon Conference Centre, Tralee The Rose of Tralee International Festival, which is now in its 56th year, is a perennial favourite in the hearts and minds of the Irish diaspora; from rural fireside armchair, to stateside Irish bar, every year, more and more Irish people tune-in and soak-up a little bit of the beauty of Kerry and hear the stories and journeys of the 32 Roses. This year, for the first time, the Rose of Tralee International Festival will provide the perfect backdrop for the introduction of a new and important dimension; a celebration and recognition of the business ambitions and achievements of modern women of the Irish diaspora. The one-day conference, which is being organised by Enterprise Ireland, is aptly themed, “Bloom for Ireland” as it will aim to harness the power of the Irish female diaspora, to contribute to continued economic growth and prosperity in Ireland.

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The conference will be opened by Minister for Justice, Frances Fitzgerald TD, and will be hosted by Minister for the Diaspora, Jimmy Deenihan TD. Conference delegates will hear from Rose of Tralee Maria Walsh as well as some other Roses, many of whom have successful careers in business both in Ireland and else where. 2005 Rose of Tralee, Dr. Aoibhinn Ní Shúilleabháin who is a Doctor of Mathematics Education, will share her worklife experience and talk about the need to encourage more women into the STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering and maths). Senior female figures from the Public Sector, mulit-national sector, the media industry and the indigenous business sectors will share their insights and provide valuable learning take-aways on such themes as leadership with authenticity, achieving business scale and how diversity drives innovation.

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The Conference represents an ideal opportunity to promote and showcase Ireland, and the Kingdom of Kerry in particular and to celebrate Irish business success. It respresents a call on the Irish diaspora to use their influence to ‘open doors of opportunity’ for the Irish in their country of residence. Full details of the Conference Programme are available from

www.RoseofTralee.ie

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Lead Sponsor

Newbridge Silverware THE TIARA: The contemporary Newbridge Silverware Tiara designed by Philip Treacy and handcrafted by Newbridge Silverware is a stunning tribute to the festival, respecting Irish heritage, while a symbol of modern style and design. THE PERPETUAL TROPHY: Newbridge Silverware is proud to present the 2015 Rose of Tralee Perpetual Trophy. Exquisite design, contemporary styling and sheer simplicity of form characterise this splendid Masterpiece. A SILVERPLATED CUTLERY CANTEEN PERSONALISED WITH FAMILY CREST: Newbridge Silverware is delighted to present the 2015 Rose of Tralee with a true piece of Irish Heritage - a 44 piece canteen of EPNS cutlery completely personalised with her family crest. Encapsulating 80 years of craft tradition, this prize is a real heirloom and will act as a reminder for decades to come of this momentous occasion. SELECTION OF JEWELLERY: The 2015 Rose of Tralee will receive a complete selection of Newbridge Silverware Jewellery. Associated with the world’s greatest style icons, Princess Grace of Monaco and Hollywood legends Maureen O’Hara and Greta Garbo, the Newbridge range of jewellery combines contemporary styling and elegant simplicity. A dedication by Newbridge Silverware to craft and quality will ensure that the 2015 Rose of Tralee will be the epitome of style and elegance. SELECTION OF NEWBRIDGE HOME: The 2015 Rose of Tralee will receive a complete collection of Newbridge Silverware home ware products. Throughout the year of her reign as The Rose of Tralee she will be free to choose whatever Newbridge Silverware products she requires thereby ensuring her living environment is as stylish as it will be practical. This elegant new coordinated range of essentials for the home including kitchenware, ceramics, and cutlery will enhance one of life’s great pleasures for the 2015 Rose of Tralee - the preparation and enjoyment of good food.

Gifts for the International Roses: JEWELLERY BY NEWBRIDGE SILVERWARE: Each of the 2015 International Roses will be presented with a selection of jewellery from Newbridge Silverware to act as a memento of this very special occasion. Each piece of jewellery has been designed and crafted by Newbridge Silverware and will ensure that for many years to come the memory of the 2015 Rose of Tralee International Festival will remain with them. Gifts for each of the parents/guardians of the Roses Neckpiece for the ladies, and cufflinks for the men by Newbridge Silverware: To allow the Roses’ parents or guardians to capture forever this special occasion – Newbridge Silverware are delighted to present each of them with an exquisite neckpiece and set of cufflinks. Design refinement is the hallmark of these contemporary pieces of jewellery for which Newbridge Silverware is synonymous.

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PRESENT THE Kia pro_cee’d VALUED AT €24,000 The 2015 Rose of Tralee will spend the next year driving the stunning new Kia pro_ cee’d valued at €24,000, from McElligotts Tralee & Kia Motors Ireland - a car that combines elegance, style and economy with its streamlined looks and economical 1.4 diesel engine. The pro_cee’d is the latest in a range of new Kia cars that has been winning over more and more Irish motorists in recent years. For more on the Kia pro_ cee’d log on to www.kia.com or drop into McElligotts of Tralee.

World Prize: valued at €25,000

The new Rose of Tralee will connect the Global Irish community throughout the year and to help her on her way, she can browse, buy and fly through The Loop at Dublin and Cork Airports who will give her a World Travel Prize valued at €25,000.

WEEKLONG ADVENTURE BREAK IN THE KINGDOM OF KERRY From the stunning Tralee Bay on the Wild Atlantic Way to the Lakes of Killarney and Dingle’s majestic scenery, Kerry County Council will treat the Rose of Tralee and a friend to a weeklong holiday in the Kingdom taking in all that Ireland’s tourism capital has to offer.

The 2015 Rose of Tralee will also receive a: • BOUQUET OF FLOWERS FROM ELEANORS FLORIST TRALEE • COMPLIMENTARY HAIR & MAKE-UP FOR THE YEAR PROVIDED BY The Powder Room Girls www.ThePowderRoomGirls.com

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Fels Point Hotel - The Next Level by Dick & Eibhlín Henggeler

Ever since our late daughter, Dorothy, became the Washington D. C. Rose in 2011, we have been avid supporters of the Rose of Tralee International Festival and everything it stands for. Our family looked for an opportunity to give back to the festival. In June of this year we purchased the Fels Point Hotel – the home of the Festival. This all came about through a sequence of events which we feel were guiding us by some external force.

He admitted that he did not know what exactly he meant by that. As we talked further it became clear that the festival lacked a permanent presence in Tralee - a Rose Museum or Rose Visitor Centre or even a Dome. However these all seemed economically unfeasible.

Every August the main events of the Festival occur in “The Dome”. The Dome is a large marquee that is set up on a vacant lot beside the Fels Point Hotel for two weeks. When the festival Not long ago we were speaking with Anthony is over, the marquee is taken down and the site O’Gara about the Festival’s history and its future. returns to a vacant lot. The feeling was that the Festival has come a During the conversation it was mentioned that long way but it needs to go to ‘the next level’. the Fels Point Hotel was soon to be up for sale. Instantly it became obvious that this was what we had to do. If we got the hotel, we would have our base for the Rose of Tralee Festival. In order to purchase the hotel, we had to make two bids and we won. So now we own a hotel. For it to truly become the home for the Roses, it will need to be exceptional and elegant. The renovation has already started and this winter it will continue with an extensive

rework of the downstairs area. When this is done, the hotel will be renamed. This part of the plan is falling nicely into place but we have one more important thing to do. The Festival has waited a very long time for its Dome and it now seems to be at hand. Building a permanent Dome will be challenging in a variety of ways but it is time for it to be done. Now let’s just see what happens next.

The late Dorothy Henggeler

The Rose Walk is a new pathway through Tralee Town Park linking Denny Street with Fels Point Hotel - two of the main centres of activity during the Rose of Tralee International Festival. Kerry County Council Tralee Municipal District has recently completed a new pedestrian link which will be officially dedicated to the memory of Dorothy Henggeler, the 2011 Washington DC Rose, who sadly passed away in 2014. The ceremony will take place in the presence of her family and friends during this year’s Festival.

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The Festival would also like to thank

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A2B Vehicle Recovery Accommodation providers in Tralee All local Performing Arts & Dance Schools All Marching Bands An Garda Síochána Aquadome Ballyroe Heights Hotel Civil Defence Connect Magazine Creative Republic Cumann Iosaef Community Centre Festival of Kerry Support Group Health Service Executive

Irish Post Irish Red Cross – Kerry Irish World KDYS Kerry Airport Kerry County Council Kerry County Fire Service Kerry County Library Kerry County Museum Kerry Volunteer Centre The Kerryman Kerry’s Eye Killarney Race Course

Laois County Council Our Team of Volunteers Outlook Publications Radio Kerry Sean Murphy Electrical Siamsa Tíre Theatre & Arts Centre Tralee Advertiser Tralee Municipal District Staff Tralee Tourist Kiosk Volunteers Tralee Tourist Office Tralee Vinters & Traders

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