Aslan for Rose as festival seeks volunteers

Simon Brouder

Legendary Irish band, Aslan have been announced as the headline act at this year's 60th anniversary Rose of Tralee celebrations. The Dublin band will perform at a free concert during the Rose of Tralee Festival which this year will run from Friday August 23to Tuesday August 27.

The gig will form the centrepiece of a 60th Anniversary Party on Denny Street on Sunday August 25 along with a 'Celebration Street Disco' featuring hits from the six decades of Ireland's flagship family festival.

The Hot House Flowers, another iconic Irish group, will perform at a freeE gig on Denny Street on the opening night of the Festival, Friday August 23 while country star, Derek Ryan will play a free gig on Tuesday august 27

Details of this year's street entertainment, which will cost in the region of €350,000, were announced at a breakfast event at The Rose Hotel, attended by the Rose of Tralee, Kirsten Mate Maher, and many long-standing local sponsors and supporters of the Festival.

The Executive Chair of the Rose of Tralee International Festival, Anthony O'Gara has called on the people and businesses of Tralee to dig deep and support this years' festivities.

"As we approach our 60 Year Celebrations of the Rose of Tralee, we want to say a special thank you to some exceptional local people and organisations who show generosity beyond the norm in support of the Festival," he said.

"The Street Festival in Tralee is a very important element of our celebration. It is a major undertaking involving five days of live family friendly entertainment, including multiple parades, firework displays, carnival, circus, concerts and much more and the budget required is around €350,000," Mr O'Gara said.

"We couldn't possibly consider staging such a challenging event without the support we receive from some very caring people and organisations, to whom we are most grateful," he added.

In 2018 the business community in Tralee contributed €65,000, which was less than 20 per cent of the street entertainment budget.

"Everyone works very hard to carry out the remit to stage a family fun festival with free entertainment and great variety, but such an undertaking cannot be sustained unless everyone plays a part," Mr O'Gara said.

"We work very hard to carry out our remit, but we do not have the resources to continue on the current basis and we need a major increase in the business contribution," said Anthony O'Gara.

Meanwhile in addition to Mr O'Gara's call for more businesses to support the festival the call has also gone out for volunteers to help in the running of the event. Anyone interested can find more details on the Rose of Tralee website.