Packed line-up for Féila na mBláth

Simon Brouder

The final preparations for this year's Féile na mBláth Town Park festival are well underway and it promises to be an action packed weekend full of family fun. 

This year's festival - the 12th edition of the event - takes place on Saturday and Sunday June 15 and 16 in the town park. Thanks to the support of the Kerry County Council Community Support Fund and Kerry Group every single event at the festival will once again be 100 per cent free. 

The festival will see the return of all its now traditional elements including flower displays, dog shows, street theatre, drum circles, emergency service displays, recitals and performances, busking, vintage car displays, community garden, a food and craft Village. All that will be complemented by other activities such as the Park Run and Art in the Park.

Highlights of the festival include the return of over 30 re-enactors from Deise Medieval in Waterford who will be camping, working and battling in the Park throughout the two days with more re-enactors arriving from Newcastlewest and Tralee. 

Saturday evening will see a world record attempt by Tralee Rowling Club and Pieta House who will attempt to set a new record for the most nuns in one place. 

The Festival will close on Sunday evening with a special performance by the cast of Turas from Ireland's National Folk theatre Company, Siamsa Tíre which will be followed by a monster Céilí from Kerry's own Uí Bhraiain. Ann O'Sullivan the Chairwoman of Tralee Flower and Garden Club said the club is delighted with the feedback so far.

"There is great interest in this years classes with entries stronger than ever. With our new Junior Kids Classes we just hope we will have enough space to fit all the entrants," she said.