Tralee gears up for 800th birthday celebrations

The Anglo-Norman or Geraldine roots of Tralee founded 800 years ago will be celebrated in a year-long series of events, beginning on St Patrick’s Day.

Tralee gears up for 800th birthday celebrations

The town was founded by John FitzThomas Fitzgerald in 1216 and yesterday Cathaoirleach of Kerry County Council and Chairman of the Tralee 800 Group, Cllr Pat McCarthy, launched details the town’s plans to mark the historic milestone.

His first duty was to unveil the Tralee 800 logo which was designed by Abbey Cummings, tourism unit of Kerry County Council, and incorporates a representation of the River Lee which is one of the defining symbols of the town and from which it derives its name.

Councillor Pat McCarthy said: “Tralee has a long and proud history from the very foundation of the town in the 13th century to the present day. We are looking forward to sharing and celebrating the town’s history and traditions with locals and visitors alike through a number of new and existing event.”

This year’s St Patrick’s Day Parade in Tralee will be the first official Tralee 800-themed event, and entry to the Medieval Experience at Kerry County Museum will be free on March 17.

An extended programme of entertainment around Féile na mBláth and Heroes Week will be combined as the Tralee 800 Festival from June 16 to 19 featuring a medieval re-enactment, live music and a big screen to show Ireland’s Euro 2016 match against Belgium.

Other events include exhibitionson how the town changed between the 13th to the 21st centuries, while Kerry Archaeological and Historical Society will host a Tralee 800 International Conference in October.

Anyone who wishes to organise a Tralee 800 event or find out more should contact the Tralee municipal district officer, Kerry County Council on 066-7191362 or visit www.Tralee.ie.

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