Marking birthplace of Festival
A SPECIAL commemorative plaque is to be erected at Baily’s Corner to mark the location where the Rose of Tralee festival was founded.
In 1959 over a few drinks in what was then Harty’s Bar on Castle Street – now Baily’s Corner – Florence O’Connor, Ned Nolan, Joe Grace and Roger Harty decided to completely rebrand the Race Week Carnival and the Carnival Queen contest and use the famous ‘Rose’ ballad as the event’s central theme.
Ahead of the festival’s 60th anniversary celebrations next year, Cllr Norma tabled a motion at Monday’s monthly Tralee Municipal District meeting suggesting that a plaque be erected outside the pub to commemorate the historic meeting that led to the birth of the modern ‘Rose of Tralee’ festival.
Her proposal was unanimously backed by her fellow councillors and the council will now work with the building’s owners and the festival committee to design and erect a suitable memorial.
If all goes to plan, the plaque should be unveiled during next year’s 60th annual Rose of Tralee Festival.
The erection of the plaque will be one of many commemorative events to mark the festival’s landmark anniversary.