Mark­ing birth­place of Fes­ti­val

The Kerryman (Tralee Edition) - - NEWS - By SI­MON BROUDER

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.

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