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Rose of Tralee Festival

Rose of Tralee Festival

Saturday 10th March

The Rose of Tralee International Festival which any woman with even remote
Irish connections may enter has made Kerry’s Capital town famous all over
the world.

The wonderful love song “The Rose of Tralee” was written about the first Rose, Mary O’Connor, and her sweetheart a young soldier who went abroad to fight in India.

He returned home to Tralee hoping to marry Mary, only to see her coffin being carried to the local graveyard. Ever since The Rose of Tralee has become Kerry’s best-loved song.

Carlow’s Ollie Hennessy is Musical Director of the Rose Festival for the past 22 years.

With the wonderful atmosphere surrounding the festival, it is little wonder that people keep returning year after year.

We will be staying at the 4 star Killarney Oaks Hotel, tickets will be provided for the final night (Tuesday).

If you are interested in travelling to the Rose festival a booking complete with a deposit of €100 must be with our office not later than 1st March 2018 as otherwise, we cannot guarantee a booking such is the demand for tickets and Hotel Rooms during the Festival.

Pickup Points 20th August:

Bunclody: 8.00am
Ballon: 8.20am
Askea: 8.50am

Rose of Tralee festival

Monday 20th to Wed 22nd August

  • Single supplement €50
  • Coach Transportation
  • 2 Nights Hotel accommodation
  • 2 Full Irish Breakfasts
  • 2 Evening Meals
  • Ticket for the final night of the festival


Prevent disappointment, and book your tour now to ensure that your place is reserved here!


Visit some of the hotels Candy Tours avail of during our great stay overs here!


Picturesque scenes not to be missed, we have a little preview for you right here!