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Aslan to perform FREE gig during Rose of Tralee International Festival 60 Year Celebrations

LEGENDARY Irish band, Aslan will perform at a FREE concert during the Rose of Tralee International Festival which runs from Friday 23rd to Tuesday 27th 2019.

The gig will form the centrepiece of a 60th Anniversary Party on Denny Street on Sunday 25th August along with a Celebration Street Disco featuring hits from the six decades of Ireland’s flagship family fun festival.

The Hot House Flowers, another legendary Irish group, will perform at a FREE gig on Denny Street on the opening night of the Festival, Friday 23rd August and Country Star, Derek Ryan will play for FREE on Tuesday 27th August.

Details of this year’s street entertainment, which will cost in the region of €350,000, were announced at a breakfast event at The Rose Hotel, attended by the Rose of Tralee, Kirsten Mate Maher, and many long-standing local sponsors and supporters of the Festival.

The Rose of Tralee International Festival harnesses the pride and the strength of the global Irish family and Tralee will again become the theatre for their celebration this August with three parades, two fireworks displays, live music, street performers, marching bands, floats, markets, Birds Funfair and much more.

The Executive Chair of the Rose of Tralee International Festival, Anthony O’Gara, said: “As we approach our 60 Year Celebrations of the Rose of Tralee, we want to say a special thank you to some exceptional local people and organisations who show generosity beyond the norm in support of the Festival.

“The Streets Festival in Tralee is a very important element of our celebration.  It is a major undertaking involving five days of live family friendly entertainment, including multiple parades, firework displays, carnival, circus, concerts and much more.  The budget required is around €350,000.

“We couldn’t possibly consider staging such a challenging event without the support we receive from some very caring people and organisations, to whom we are most grateful.”

In 2018 the business community in Tralee contributed €65,000, which is less than 20% of the Streets Budget.

Everyone works very hard to carry out the remit to stage a family fun festival with free entertainment and great variety, but such an undertaking cannot be sustained unless everyone plays a part.

“We work very hard to carry out our remit, but we do not have the resources to continue on the current basis and we need a major increase in the business contribution,” said Anthony O’Gara.

Contributions towards this year’s Rose of Tralee Street Festival may be made by cash or cheque, payable to Kerry Rose Festival Ltd, Ashe Memorial Hall, Denny Street, Tralee, Co Kerry.

Bank Transfers can be made to Bank of Ireland, IBAN: IE95BOFI90583811504060, BIC: BOFIIE2D.

The Rose of Tralee International Festival will celebrate 60 Years from Friday 23rd to Tuesday 27th August 2019 and the new Rose of Tralee will be crowned live on RTÉ on the final night.

Tickets to Dome events including the Rose Ball, TV Selections, Fashion Show and Club 60 are available from www.roseoftralee.ie.