Monday 24 November 2014

Three birthday Roses for festival

Published 04/08/2014 | 02:30

The new  Rose of Tralee sculpture of three roses, which stands over 7m tall. The work was placed on the new Tralee bypass road out of Tralee.
The new Rose of Tralee sculpture of three roses, which stands over 7m tall. The work was placed on the new Tralee bypass road out of Tralee.
Rory Breslin beside the new Rose of Tralee sculpture of three roses, which stands over 7m tall. The work was placed on the new Tralee bypass road out of Tralee.
2013 Rose of Tralee Hayley O'Sullivan

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.

Danielle Stephens

Irish Independent

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