ON O'Neill, Kerry's own internationally acclaimed fashion designer, will be the star guest at this year's Kerryman/ Irish Independent Autumn Winter Fashion Show in the Dome on Sunday August 18.
Just two weeks before New York Fashion Week, The Kerryman is flying Don in to exclusively present his Autumn/Winter 2013 THEIA collection.
Don, who shared some festival memories with The Kerryman, said that it was a huge honour to be invited back to participate in this year's event.
"It is a surreal invitation to be part of an event that I always viewed with awe from the outside. To be recognised for my achievements by the organisers of the Rose of Tralee International Festival is humbling. Participating in last year's sell-out Kerryman/ Irish Independent Fashion show was an exciting opportunity to showcase my elaborately embroidered couture evening dresses and give the people of Kerry an opportunity to see what only the fashion press get to see in New York," he said.
"As a Kerryman, growing up in Ballyheigue, The Rose of Tralee, was always an exciting, never-to-be-missed, magical event. I vividly remember the anticipation as a little boy as we searched for a parking spot on the outskirts of a mobbed Tralee, anxiously worried about missing the Sunday afternoon parade," said Don.
"Being picked up by dad, to see over the crowd and be dazzled by the floats covered with shimmering sequins and the smiling, waving Roses on their floats is a special memory. Out came the autograph books, as my sister and I chased the floats to get all the Roses' signatures and, afterwards we would be thrilled to see the grandest display of fireworks we ever saw," he said.