This year’s Rose of Tralee Festival has been officially launched. The international festival will run from Friday August 20th to Tuesday August 24th. Companies in Tralee are being asked to dig deep again this year in order to fund the Back to Basics programme. €75,000 is needed to fund the free entertainment schedule, which includes concerts, parades and fireworks. Among the musical acts to perform will be Irish rock band The Coronas and Internet sensations Crystal Swing.
32 women will battle it out to be named the 51st Rose of Tralee in the Dome. The lucky winner, who will be crowned on the final night of the Festival, will be presented with the perpetual tiara and trophy, a magnificent selection of Newbridge Jewellery, the use of a car for a year and a €25,000 World Prize from the Pilot Training College.