Rose of Tralee organisers cancel 2020 festival

Rose of Tralee organisers cancel 2020 festival
2019 Rose of Tralee, Dr Sinéad Flanagan

The Rose of Tralee has cancelled its festivities for the first time in its 61-year history.

In a statement, the festival's Executive Chair said it is the right decision for them to delay their events until next year.

"Taking into account Government guidelines, the safety of our communities and the ability to deliver a wonderful Festival; we have decided to postpone our 2020 Festival until August 2021," Anthony O'Gara said.

"This is the first time in our 61 year history that the Festival has been postponed, but it is the right decision as we all play our part right now in keeping each other safe and well."

Mr O'Hara said the Rose of Tralee will continue to support communities and charities around the world for the next year.

"We will each have a role to play in restoring our communities and local economies following this pandemic, and we look forward to coming together in celebration in August 2021," Mr O'Hara added.

"In the meantime, we salute the leadership and the selfless efforts of frontline and support staff everywhere; and among them the efforts by many of our Roses, Rose Escorts and wider Rose Family, including our 2019 Rose of Tralee, Dr Sinéad Flanagan.

"Our immediate priority is to support the health and civic authorities in doing whatever we can to keep each other safe and well, and ultimately to protect lives."

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