Tralee-man Brian Hurley to Host Celebration of Roses

Tralee-man to Host Celebration of Roses in the Dome at 2018 Rose of Tralee International Festival

IF one Kerryman wasn’t enough to interview the Roses in the Dome, the organisers of the Rose of Tralee International Festival have booked another one to Host the first Dome event of 2018 – A Celebration of Roses on Thursday 16th August.

Well-known award-winning broadcaster and Tralee-native Brian Hurley has his tuxedo pressed and bow-tie starched in preparation for a huge undertaking when he will interview all 57 Roses on stage.

Brian, who is known best from his work with Radio Kerry and Irish TV over the years, said: "I have had a connection with the Rose of Tralee since I was a teenager when I was as a volunteer. It makes me very proud to be given the opportunity, as a Tralee-man, to host a night in the famous Festival Dome. A Celebration of Roses is a unique event, especially for the Roses and their families as it will be the first and only opportunity for 25 of the Roses to experience the Dome atmosphere from the stage. I am really looking forward to facilitating what will be an entertaining night for the Roses, their families and friends, the Rose Escorts and the general public who are all welcome to attend a great show in Kerry’s Capital.”

The Managing Director of the Rose of Tralee International Festival, Anthony O Gara, has paid tribute to Brian for accepting the invitation to Host such an event of such importance to the Roses’ memory of their experience at the Festival.

“Over the years, Brian has contributed to our Stewarding, Media, Dome, Streets and Judging Teams and this year are looking forward to enjoying his unique, easy-going and entertaining style when he introduces all the Roses on stage," said Anthony O’Gara.


A Celebration of Roses, from 8pm on Thursday 16th August, will provide an array of entertainment with chat, music and some special guests, followed by a live band and disco in the Festival Club until 2am.

Tickets to A Celebration of Roses and all other events, including the Rose Ball, Oktoberfest, Fashion Show & After Party, Rose TV Shows and late night Festival Clubs are available from or from the Rose of Tralee App.