Delight at Purple Flag for Tralee

Simon Brouder

Months of hard work have paid off and after an all out effort Tralee has secured Purple Flag Status.

The Purple Flag programme is a scheme much like Blue Flags for beaches that recognises towns and cities which offer visitors a quality, safe night out.

In late July two judges arrived for a two day inspection trip which was the final hurdle in the town's Purple Flag bid.

That visit - which saw the red carpet rolled out for the judges all over town - followed two years of work by Tralee Chamber Alliance, Kerry County Council, vintners, Gardaí and other community groups.

This concerted effort was led by the specially created Tralee Purple Flag team headed up by David Scott.

On Monday the bid team received the long awaited - and widely anticipated - news that the Purple Flag bid had succeeded.

Full details of the Purple Flag assessor/panel report will be sent to the Tralee Purple Flag Committee in October.

The formal presentation of the Purple Flag will take place at an award ceremony in Norwich, England in November.

"This achievement will give Tralee a much needed boost," said Tralee Chamber Alliance CEO Kieran Ruttledge.

"Our Purple Flag coordinator, David Scott, and his team deserve much credit for their tireless efforts," he said.

"Their hard work has paid-off and now the onus is on everyone in Tralee to ensure that we retain the Purple Flag into the future," Mr Ruttledge said.

Mayor of Tralee Norma Foley said securing Purple Flag status will be a boon for the town.

"It will enhance the town centre of Tralee, helping to create a stimulating destination providing a safe, secure environment, with a broad choice and rich mix of entertainment and activities," she said.