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Rose of Tralee Festival postponed for first time in competition history

By Sarah Finnan

April 27, 2020 at 11:46am

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The Rose of Tralee competition has been postponed for the first time in the festival's history.

Organisers announced this morning that the Rose of Tralee competition for this year has been postponed until 2021 - the first time the competition won't go ahead as planned in its 61-year history.

One of the largest tourism events of the year for the Kingdom, the hugely popular festival will be pushed back until next August due to ongoing restrictions in place to combat Covid-19.

Obviously an extremely tough decision to have to make, the team behind the festival say that it is the right one to make given the current situation.

A statement released by Anthony O'Gara, Executive Chair for the Festival reads:

"Taking into account Government guidelines, the safety of our communities and the ability to deliver a wonderful Festival; we have decided to postpone our 2020 Festival until August 2021.

This is the first time in our 61 year history that the Festival has been postponed, but it is the right decision as we all play our part right now in keeping each other safe and well. "

Thanking "the selfless efforts of frontline and support staff everywhere", the statement ends by saying that the immediate priority is to support health and civic authorities in saving lives and keeping people safe.

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