Tralee in bloom for fantastic Féile

Brilliant atmosphere in town as crowds flock to Town Park for the Féile na Mbláth

Nuns & Roses: Jill Kenny, Rían, Carragh and Caoilinn Kenny O’Sullivan and Ciara O’Sullivan (Kilmoyley) at the Tralee Nun Challenge Guinness World Record Attempt in the Town Park on Saturday
Nuns & Roses: Jill Kenny, Rían, Carragh and Caoilinn Kenny O’Sullivan and Ciara O’Sullivan (Kilmoyley) at the Tralee Nun Challenge Guinness World Record Attempt in the Town Park on Saturday
Kathleen Ambrose and Vera O’Connor, winners of the flower arrangement at the Féile na mBláth in Tralee on Saturday. All photos by Joe Hanley
A medieval battle scene at the Féile na mBláth Park Festival in the Tralee Town Park on Saturday

Fergus Dennehy

Féile na mBláth has come and gone for another year and once again, we can look back fondly on another brilliant weekend for the town.

A resounding success, this year's event once again brought hundreds of visitors down to the Tralee Town Park which was full to the brim with all sorts of delectable treats for families and locals to enjoy.

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The festival was first formed back in 2006 and has become one of the most anticipated weekends of the summer each year, with the atmosphere in the town over the few days akin to that of during the Rose of Tralee.

The weather might have been a little more mixed than the organisers would have liked but this did not seem to hamper the festivities at all. Billed as a family orientated weekend, the 2019 edition certainly did not disappoint as families flocked to the numerous bouncy castles, face painting stations, dog shows and of course, one of the most popular attractions each year, the Medieval Living History Experience.

Members of the 1st Kerry Scout troop were a welcome sight at this year's festival as they set up an Icelandic tent and showed off their outdoor skills with some crafting skills and a mini campfire.

When thinking back on the 2019 Féile na mBláth in years to come however, the stand out memory from the weekend will always be the 'Tralee Nun Challenge' which was organised by the Tralee Rowing Club to raise funds for both the club itself and Pieta House. It was certainly a sight to behold: hundreds of men, woman and children strolling about casually in habits - not something that will be forgotten in the town for many a year.

The festival once again was organised and run brilliantly by a volunteer team led by Bryan Carr who were supported over the weekend by both Tralee Chamber Alliance and Kerry County Council. Roll on 2020!

Kerryman

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