MILLSTREET and the International Rose of Tralee are synonymous, the Tralee Festival began in 1959 with Millstreet Pipe Band leading five Roses into the town.
During the early years, a cavalcade of entrants was met at the county bounds at Fealebridge where the visitors were ceremoniously handed their passport to the "Kingdom of Kerry". The Millstreet Pipers led the cavalcade through Castleisland and onto the streets of Tralee.
54 years on, the Millstreet pipers maintained a strong tradition last Saturday night and met with a favourable reception.
Completing a hectic schedule fr the Millstreet Pipe Band is a recital at the Michael Collins commemoration at Beal na mBlath on Sunday at 3pm.
Sports broadcaster Bill O'Herlihy has been chosen to give this year's address at the annual gathering. Bill is best known for chairing RTÉ's coverage of Champions League, European Championship and World Cup soccer games, will deliver the oration in what will be the event's 91st commemoration.
Committee chairman Dermot Collins said last year they were honoured to have An Taoiseach give the oration on the 90th anniversary of Collins's death and he obviously was a very high-profile political figure.
"But we try to have as much variety as we can in terms of speakers. And we think there will be great interest from people in hearing Bill O'Herlihy give the oration this year", he said.