'Looking unlikely' that Rose of Tralee will go ahead this year

Amy Keane told RTÉ radio’s Today with Séan O’Rourke show that the organisers are looking at what sort of event they could deliver safely.
'Looking unlikely' that Rose of Tralee will go ahead this year
Last year's Roses.

A spokesperson for the Rose of Tralee has said that it is “looking unlikely” that the event can go ahead this year because of the government’s ban on public gatherings of more than 5,000 people because of Covid-19.

All large scale public and sporting events of more than 5,000 people have been

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Amy Keane told RTÉ radio’s Today with Séan O’Rourke show that the organisers are looking at what sort of event they could deliver safely.

In a standard year the competition would attract up to 100,000 people to the Kerry town for the week of the event.

During the five days of the competition up to 5,000 people would attend the Dome each evening with 15,000 to 20,000 gathering for parades and 2,000 to 4,000 people attending concerts, she explained.

“We are looking at what we could possibly deliver safely.”

At this time of year Rose of Tralee selection events are usually held in Ireland and abroad. So far only one Rose candidate has been selected – in Ohio, Ms Keane said.

Meanwhile, the final decision on

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Last year 300,00 people attended the annual event which was held in Ballintrane, Fenagh, Co Carlow, where it is due to be located again this year on 15 to 17 September.

    The current restrictions started on Friday, March 27. They mandate that everyone should stay at home, only leaving to:
  • Shop for essential food and household goods;
  • Attend medical appointments, collect medicine or other health products;
  • Care for children, older people or other vulnerable people - this excludes social family visits;
  • Exercise outdoors - within 2kms of your home and only with members of your own household, keeping 2 metres distance between you and other people
  • Travel to work if you provide an essential service - be sure to practice physical distancing

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