Gráinne spreads organ donation message on TV

The widow of a Killorglin man who became the focus of a now viral 'Mr Brightside' tribute in his local pub has received huge support on social media following her appearance on RTE'S Ray D'arcy Show on Saturday night.

Gráinne O'Sullivan, who lost her husband Ger Foley to Cystic Fibrosis, said she wanted to use the media exposure to promote the issue of organ donation.

Gráinne appeared on the show alongside her late husband's friend Brian O'Sullivan, the man whose tribute atop the bar counter of Falvey's Bar became an internet sensation.

Speaking to the popular host, Gráinne said she was delighted with what happened in the bar - adding that 'all we can do is use it and try and talk about organ donation.'

Gráinne spoke about Ger's lung transplant back in 2003 and how he was 'so alive' after it. This led to them travelling the world and having two beautiful children, Peter and Isobel.

"He was so proud of the fact that someday Peter and Isobel will walk down the street in Killorglin and people will say 'that's Ger Foley's son or that's Ger Foley's daughter," she said.

"Becoming a donor is not a difficult decision - you tick a box on your driving licence and you can absolutely change lives."

Tralee’s Rose Hotel officially opens this week after revamp

The revamped and re-branded Rose Hotel in Tralee will be officially opened this Friday.

Formerly known as Fels Point Hotel the Rose Hotel was bought by US investors Dick and Eibhlin Henggeler in June 2015. The hotel will be run in conjunction with the Rose of Tralee company with Rose Executive Chairman taking over as managing director of the hotel.

Since January the hotel has been undergoing a major refurbishment with the lobby, bar, restaurants and function rooms all getting a luxurious overhaul.

On Friday evening the Henggelers - parents of Dorothy Henggeler the 2011 Washington DC Rose who sadly passed away in 2014 - will host a function to celebrate the official re-opening of the hotel.

The refurbishment of the hotel marks the first step of a plan for the festival that includes the construction of a permanent Rose Dome on a site adjacent to the hotel.