Three birthday Roses for festival
Published 04/08/2014 | 02:30
Standing 7m tall and made entirely of metal, it will be hard to miss the newest addition to the Kerry landscape.
A sculpture, marking the 55th anniversary of the Rose of Tralee Festival, will be unveiled on August 18 before the famous festival in the Co Kerry town.
Three roses, with dark red petals and green stems, symbolise the journey that contestants go through.
Created by Co Mayo sculptor Rory Breslin, it is located on the roundabout west of Ballygarry and it is hoped the piece of art will bring some colour to the new Tralee bypass.
Reigning Rose of Tralee Hayley O'Sullivan - from Texas - and Transport Minister Paschal Donoghue, will be at the launch of the sculpture.
A series of events is being held during the five-day festival, including concerts by Nathan Carter and Union J in the Dome in Tralee. The 2014 Rose will be crowned in the same venue on Tuesday August 19.