Rose of Tralee International Festival

Rose of Tralee

​The Rose of Tralee International Festival is one of Ireland’s largest and longest running festivals, celebrating 58 years in 2017. 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.

​TIn 1959, the Rose of Tralee launched its first competition which was only open to the ladies of Tralee. Shortly afterwards, organizers opened invites to the females of Kerry and by 1967, women of Irish birth or ancestry were welcome. The festival has since been held annually in August and is televised over two nights on Irish broadcaster RTE. A ‘Rose’ is selected from each of the 32 counties of Ireland as well as the 42 International Centers including USA, Canada, Australia and New Zealand, Middle East, Great Britain and Europe. Only 32 Roses will qualify for the finals through regional competitions and there can only be one winner crowned The Rose of Tralee. The judges seek out a Rose on personality and pick a person who can promote the festival and Ireland in general around the world.

​TThe Rose of Tralee International Festival aims to put on a ‘…a celebration of the aspirations, ambitions, intellect, social responsibility and Irish heritage of modern young women” and because of this, The Rose of Tralee International Festival is much more than just a TV show. It is a 7 day festival with street entertainment, carnival, live concerts, theatre, circus, markets, funfair, fireworks and parades.

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Join the 7 Day Festival Celebrations

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Connect with the traditions of Ireland’s oldest and largest festival. From Qualifier Nights and Live Finals to the Rose Ball and Fashion Show – see if you can pick the winner from Ireland’s greatest ladies…

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Festival Events

Join in on the unique experiences that this festival guarantees. Pack your trainers for 10K through the streets of Tralee, get a taste of Kerry from food stalls using quality and local produce or pick your favorite float from the colorful spectacular…

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Family Entertainment

Find something for all the family to enjoy on the streets of Tralee. Discover theater acts, vibrant parades, marching bands, food markets, historical displays, fun workshops and outdoor performances throughout this exciting week in August…

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Live Music

From the best loved bands to the latest Irish breakthrough act, take to the streets to hear live country, showband, pop, indie or Irish traditional notes echo across Tralee and get the party started…

Plan Your Visit

Cara Group Travel are here to take care of you, your group and your travel plans for the Rose of Tralee International Festival. Maybe you are attending the festival to work or play or perhaps the festival is a focus point or exciting feature of your next vacation. Trust in us to create an affordable, exciting and memorable experience for all.

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