- 16 Aug 19
Ireland has cultivated a worldwide reputation for its eclectic array of unique events and festivals. We take a look at some of the country's most unique...
ROSE OF TRALEE
Tralee, Co. Kerry
A national institution, the legendary Rose of Tralee celebrates its 60th anniversary in 2019. Aside from the main event, which takes place in the atmospheric Festival Dome, the week-long celebration includes street entertainment, live concerts, theatre, circus, markets, funfair and fireworks. The Dome also plays host to the Rose Fashion Show, an ’80s night with Abbaesque and the iconic Rose Ball. An array of musical talent can be found at the festival too, with Aslan, Hothouse Flowers and Derek Ryan all set to perform at this year’s event.
While you’re in the area:
Don’t miss a chance to swim at the beautiful, unspoilt beach on Banna Strand, a short drive from Tralee. There’s an exhibition and guided nature boat tours running from Tralee Wetland Centre. The town is home to both Siamsa Tíre National Folk Theatre – the Festival of Folk runs there from May 6 to September 22 – and the Kerry County Museum, on Denny Street. Tralee has a reputation for its diverse dining scene, with gorgeous restaurants like Croí on Prince’s Street placing a strong emphasis on local Kerry produce. For a drink, head to the quirky Roundy’s Bar on Brogue Maker’s Lane. For great gastro pub food, try the West End Bar & Bistro in Fenit (15 kms away).
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