Stars show their pride in Tralee

Simon Brouder

Published 30/10/2013 | 05:36

World champion Irish dancer and Siamsa Tire Community Cast performer John Fitzgerald (centre) is the star of a video, filmed at a number of Tralee landmarks, which is part of a ‘Proud of Tralee’ campaign. Pictured with John are Rory Kirby and John Drummey, left, who produced and directed the video.

SOME of Kerry's best known personalities from the world of entertainment, fashion and sport have teamed-up to star in two new videos aimed at instilling pride in the county capital.

In the last week Tralee Chamber Alliance released two new promotional videos in which some of Tralee and Kerry's most famous faces join various locals to highlight the town's attractions.

One video features, among others, internationally acclaimed fashion designer, Don O'Neill from Ballyheigue, Hollywood-based actor and Tralee-native Tim Murphy, and Tralee-based football legend Eoin "Bomber" Liston.

Don O'Neill gave his endorsement to Tralee from the hustle and bustle of Times Square, New York while Tim Murphy, who recently starred in American TV shows Sons of Anarchy and Criminal Minds, used the Hollywood sign as the backdrop for his message of support for Tralee.

They share centre-stage in the video with Rose of Tralee Haley O'Sullivan and Kerry football legend 'Bomber' Liston.

Other well-known local faces and voices in the "Proud of Tralee" video include Adrienne Heaslip of Siamsa Tíre, Mags O'Sullivan the manager of Tralee's Aqua Dome, Cllr Terry O'Brien, student Darragh Hurley and Dr George Philip the Consultant Paediatrician at Tralee's Bon Secours Hospital.

World Champion Irish Dancer and Siamsa Tire Community Cast performer John Fitzgerald is the star of the second video, which was filmed in and around a number of Tralee landmarks and sees John mesmerise passers by with his fancy footwork.

The two promotional videos, filmed and edited by local videographer Rory Kirby as part of the effort to promote Tralee as one of the top 10 Tourism Towns in Ireland.

The "Proud of Tralee Campaign" videos were launched on Monday and can be found on the Tralee Chamber Alliance Facebook Page from where the public are invited to see and share them to a worldwide audience.

The Proud of Tralee videos were produced and directed by Mr Kirby and John Drummey with assistance from FÁS, Kerry County Council and Siamsa Tíre Theatre.


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