Tralee Garden Festival

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Tralee Garden Festival is one of the largest garden festivals in Munster and is hosted in the superb surroundings of Tralee Town Park with its outstanding rose garden.

This mid-summer festival is located on 30 acres of a  green oasis in the heart of Tralee town celebrating the beauty of nature.

This event is jointly sponsored by Tralee Town Council and Kerry Group plc. The 3 day festival features, over 30 different events including garden tours, hands-on garden workshops, craft fair featuring the best of Kerry crafts, flower arranging demonstration and competitions organised by the Tralee Flower & Garden Club, music recitals, modern dance performances, a dog show, concerts by the Kerry Choral Union and Mayor’s Variety Concert in the Kerry Group Marquee on Saturday evening.

For people who like to rise early on a Sunday morning, there is a nature poetry recital in the Garden of the Senses and on Sunday lunchtime, the best of Munster Pipers come to town for the South of Ireland Pipe Band Competition. The grand finale is the parade of the massed bands from The Square to the Town Park on the Sunday afternoon.

Tralee Town Park or known locally as "The Green" is a public park covering an area of 35 acres it is one of the largest urban public parks in Ireland. It is located in the heart of Tralee off Denny Street and adjacent to the Kerry County Museum. It is also the home of Ireland's National Folk Theatre Siamsa Tire.

The park is situated on the site of the old castle demesne which was built by the Denny family in the 17th and 18th Century. In 1826 the castle was demolished to make way for the construction of Denny Street.

Edward Denny subsequently landscaped the area remaining from the castle by planting trees, laying down gravel paths and constructing an ornamental grotto.

A gatekeeper’s lodge was also built on "The Green". Around 1890 "The Green" was offered to the Town Commissioners but they refused to purchase the park. Subsequently fencing and gates were erected around the park's perimeter (still seen to this day) and a charge to the public for admission into the park was introduced. In 1922 "The Green" was sold to Tralee Urban District Council and it officially became Tralee Town Park.

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The park is famous for its Rose Garden and Garden of the Senses which have won numerous awards. The Rose Garden has been a feature of the park since 1987 and contains 35 varieties of roses over a 3 acre site. The Rose Wall contains the names of every Rose who has contested the Rose Of Tralee Festival since 1959.

The Garden of the Senses was designed to appeal to the five senses and to be inviting to all members of society. The project was inspired by Soroptimist International Tralee & District, under its then President Maura Baily, in 2000. The garden places strong emphasis on ancient Hanley history of Ireland.

Members and officials of Tralee Town Council helped by a host of volunteers figure prominently
in the organising committee for the Féile na mBláth Festival.

The Chairman of the organizing committee is Cllr. Johnnie Wall, was a prime mover in ensuring the success of this community based festival. The main function of this event is to highlight Tralee Town Park and also to present the town of Tralee in a positive light.

Tralee hopes people will have fun and encourage locals and visitors alike to make more positive use of the fantastic facility that this Town Park. There is something for everyone.

 

Contact

Address: Tralee, Co. Kerry, Republic of Ireland
Telephone: +353 (0)66 712 7777


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