Organisers of the Rose of Tralee International Festival have cancelled their event for the second consecutive year.
This is the second time in its 62-year history that the event will not occur due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.
Rose of Tralee International Festival CEO, Anthony O’Gara, issued a statement earlier today (Monday, May 31st, 2021).
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“Since last year’s postponement, we have been working on how best we could safely deliver some, or all, of the 2021 Rose of Tralee International Festival events at home and abroad.”
“It has been a long and difficult 15 months for so many as a result of Covid-19, and its impact continues to be felt worldwide.”
“The development, and the roll-out of vaccines has brought much-needed hope that a return to normal is in sight.”
“Sadly, the timeframe envisaged to safely steer our communities out of this pandemic. Our responsibility to positively support those efforts, mean that we will not be able to have a festival again this year, which is immensely disappointing for all of us involved.”
“Last year was the first time in our history that the festival was postponed, and doing so again is difficult for everyone involved and, of course, for those supporters that look forward to celebrating our global Irish community each August, but we are confident it is the right decision as we all play our part right now in keeping each other safe and well.”
“The Rose of Tralee International Festival operates on a yearlong basis, in Irish communities worldwide; and we will continue to harness the goodwill of our extended rose family in supporting communities and charitable efforts over the next 12 months.”
“Similarly, we will each have a role to play in restoring our community and local economy following this pandemic, and we look forward to coming together in celebration in August 2022.”
“In the meantime, we salute the leadership and the selfless efforts of frontline and support staff everywhere; and among them the efforts by many of our rose family,” he concluded.