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Chinese New Year fest a huge boost

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Evie Donohue shows off her handiwork after taking part in a Chinese New Year workshop

Evie Donohue shows off her handiwork after taking part in a Chinese New Year workshop

Evie Donohue shows off her handiwork after taking part in a Chinese New Year workshop

Tralee's ten day celebration to mark the Chinese New Year drew to a close at the weekend and the event - in its first year - has been hailed as a major success.

There were large crowds in the Town Centre on Saturday for the grand finale and centrepiece of the festival which saw the Town Square transformed into a mini version of Chinatown.

A series of events were organised throughout the weekend including a Chinese Dragon performance in the town square; a 1000 lights ceremony; workshops and events in businesses throughout the town centre; a 'Taste of Asia' food fair in the Square; and a 'sights and sounds' of China event involving traditional Chinese music and dress.

The weekend's events brought the curtain down on a very successful ten day programme that brought large crowds out onto the streets over two weekends that, given the weather and the time of year, would ordinarily be extremely quiet.

The Chinese New Year Festival marked the latest step in Tralee Chamber Alliance's efforts to create new events throughout the year - last September's College Freshers festival being another notable example - and it can be regarded as a major success for all involved in organising it.

Tralee Chamber Alliance Chief Executive Ken Tobin said the organisation is very pleased with how event played out and they are keen to build on it next year.

Town centre pubs, cafes and restaurants have also had a very positive reaction to the event with several reporting two of their busiest January Saturday's for years.

'Red Envelope Day' on the festival's opening weekend was all about spreading happiness and good fortune. The festival certainly did just that.

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