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Renowned for its warm and friendly welcome, Tralee has at its epicentre a beautiful 30-acre town park with famous Rose Garden boasting many varieties of sweet-smelling and colourful roses. Named after the famous song ‘Rose of Tralee’, the town park is a rainbow of colour in the spring and summer months. A life-size bronze sculpture by Jeanne Rynhart commemorates the original Rose of Tralee, Mary O’Connor, and her beloved William Pembroke Mulchinock, whose love story the song was penned after.
The famous Rose of Tralee song and legend gave rise in 1959 to one of Ireland’s oldest and best loved festivals, now known as the Rose of Tralee International Festival www.roseoftralee.ie , held annually each August and attracting visitors and participants from around the globe. The William and Mary sculpture in Tralee Town Park is the centrepiece of the Rose Wall memorial, a memory wall in honour of all the young women of Irish descent who have come to Tralee to participate in the festival, and who return with their own families to find their name engraved on the wall.
Other festivals to look out for are the Tralee Food Festival, Easter in Tralee, the Feile na mBlath – Park Family Festival, Christy Hennessy Music Festival, and the Kerry Film Festival.
Sports can be enjoyed at the Arnold Palmer designed course at Tralee Golf Club www.traleegolfclub.com , horse riding from Tralee Equestrian Centre www.traleeequestriancentre.com , greyhound racing at Kingdom Greyhound Stadium www.kingdomgreyhoundstadium.ie, as well as a pitch and putt course and many easy to follow signposted walks.
The younger visitor has a broad variety of all weather attractions such as the Aqua Dome Waterworld www.aquadome.ie, The Playdium www.theplaydium.ie children’s play area, Bowling Buddies www.bowlingbuddies.ie, and an 8-screen Omniplex cinema www.omniplex.ie/cinema/tralee
Situated in the heart of County Kerry, Tralee is the ideal base from which to explore sandy beaches, coastal towns of North Kerry, Killarney, Dingle Peninsula and the Ring of Kerry.