Rose of Tralee

About

One of Ireland's largest and longest running festivals, celebrating 59 years in 2018. The Rose of Tralee International Festival is one of Ireland's largest and longest running festivals, celebrating 59 years in 2018. The heart of the festival is the selection of the Rose of Tralee which brings young women of Irish descent from around the world to County Kerry, Ireland for a global celebration of Irish culture. The festival also includes street entertainment, carnival, live concerts, theatre, circus, markets, funfair, fireworks and Rose Parades.

Story

William Mulchinock, a 19th century wealthy merchant from Tralee, was in love with Mary O'Connor, his maid

Song

'The Rose of Tralee' is a nineteenth-century Irish ballad about a woman called Mary.

Mary O'Connor's Grave

The Grave of Mary O'Connor - The Rose of Tralee is located in Clogherbrien on the Fenit road just outside Tralee. William Mulchinock made his way from Tralee to India where he worked as a war correspondent. Here he met an officer from Limerick who asked William what had bought him to India. When William told him the officer said he would use his influence to get William returned to Ireland, and to Tralee, a free man.

Legacy

If your in Tralee then visit the Rose Wall, Walk and Statues In our beautiful Town Park you will find the statue of William & Mary, the Rose of Tralee. Surrounding this statue stands the Rose Wall which carries the names of all the Roses from 1959. Along this pathway Kerry County Council created a wonderful walkway linking the Rose Dome and the town centre, which was dedicated to the memory of the 2011 Washington D.C. Rose Dott Henggeler.

60 Years of Fashion

Over 50 Years of Fashion at Kerry County Museum See the fabulous dresses worn by the Roses of Tralee over the past 59 years. Highlights include a recreation of the dress worn by the first Rose of Tralee, Alice O’Sullivan, in 1959.

Memorabilia

Memorabilia ranging from photographs of past Rose festivals to tiaras worn by winning Roses