2020 Rose of Tralee Festival Nipped by Global Blackspot

Presenter, Dáithí Ó Sé and 2019 Rose of Tralee Dr. Sinéad Flanagan promoting the ill-fated 2020 edition of the 1959 founded festival. Photograph: Rose of Tralee Festival.

The Cathaoirleach of Kerry County Council has extended best wishes to the Rose of Tralee International Festival following the announcement that the event will not be held this year because of the current public health emergency.

Cllr. Niall Kelleher said that the decision was disappointing but understandable.

“Kerry County Council is a long-standing sponsor and supporter of the Rose of Tralee International Festival and the event is a centre-piece of the Irish summer,” said Cllr. Kelleher.

Public Health Considered

“This decision must have been a difficult one for the organisers and will be a disappointment to the people of Tralee in particular.

“But I’m sure that public health was the primary consideration for everyone and that the decision is in the best interests of everyone in the community.

Blooming Again in 2021

‘The Rose of Tralee Festival will return in 2021 and Kerry County Council looks forward to again giving its support to this wonderful international event,” said Cllr Kelleher.

The cathaoirleach acknowledged that many other festivals and events in Kerry would be cancelled over the summer and said that Kerry County Council would work with festival organisers to help them to resume their activities at the earliest opportunity.

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