Another major event in the Irish calendar has been postponed as a result of COVID-19.
The 2020 Rose of Tralee festival has been pushed back to 2021 following a decision taken by organisers in light of government guidelines and health and safety.
This is the first time that the festival has been postponed in its 61-year history.
Anthony O’Gara, executive chair of the Rose of Tralee Festival, said he believes it to be the “right decision” as all individuals play their part in keeping each other safe and well.
He added that, despite this unfortunate situation, they will “continue to harness the goodwill of our extended Rose family in supporting communities and charitable efforts over the next 12 months”.
“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 Roses, Rose Escorts and wider Rose Family, including our 2019 Rose of Tralee, Dr Sinéad Flanagan.”
The executive chair concluded by saying the immediate priority is to support the health and civic authorities in keeping each other safe and, ultimately, protecting lives.
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