Daithi O Se and rose contestants in 2018
The Rose of Tralee Festival has been cancelled for the second year in a row due to Covid-19.
In a statement, Anthony O’Gara, Rose of Tralee International Festival CEO, confirmed the news on Monday.
He said that since last year’s postponement, they have been working on how to safely deliver the 2021 Rose of Tralee International Festival.
However, the timeframe envisaged to “steer our communities out of this pandemic” means that they will not be able to have a festival again this year.
Rose of Tralee Festival cancelled for 2021 due to pandemic (RTÉ)
Rose of Tralee host Daithi O’Sé at last year’s festival launch
“Taking into account Government guidelines, the safety of our communities, and the ability to deliver a wonderful Festival; we have decided to postpone our 2020 Festival until August 2021.
“Our immediate priority is to support the health and civic authorities in doing whatever we can to keep each other safe and well, and ultimately to protect lives.”
Anthony O’Gara, Executive Chair, Rose of Tralee International
Rose of Tralee organisers cancel 2020 festival (RTÉ)
For the day that’s in it.
Earlier: Animal Kingdom
Previously: Emma Doran on Broadsheet
Veterinary Nurse and Dublin Zoo Zookeeper, Dublin Rose Laura Vines at the launch of the Rose of Tralee in Castletown House Celbridge, County Kildare last week
Rose of Tralee.
Dublin Rose Laura Vines and ‘Penny’ in one of the highlights from the first night of the festival.
Rose of Tralee – the best moments from night one (RTÉ)
They’ll never catch him now.
Castletown House, Celbridge, County Kildare
Telly’s Daithi O’Sé takes part in the annual ‘Running of the Daithi’ which precedes the Rose of Tralee Festival with a cheeky two-wheeled twist.
Further scenes from the Rose of Tralee launch.
Who needs Daithi when you have a lamb?
Stephen’s Green, Dublin 2.
An undeniably lovely bunch of seven ‘Roses from Ireland and ‘abroad’ competing in the 2019 Rose of Tralee gathered for a pre-festival photo shoot organised by lead sponsor Tipperary Water.
The participants will also take part in the traditional ‘running of the Daithi’ at Montrose, Dublin 4 at an unspecified date later this month.
Above from left: Abu Dhabi Rose Karen Cashman, San Francisco Rose Brooklynn Quinn, Antrim Rose Orlagh McClinton, Longford Rose Marie Brady, Galway Rose Orla McDaid, Melbourne Rose Jordan Balfry and Limerick Rose Sinead Flanagan.
Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland
You’re their wife now.
Royal Hospital Kilmainham, Dublin 8.
Just some of the 57 Rose of Tralee International Festival 2018 contestants chase presenter Daithi O Se in the traditional manner to launch the festival which starts next Monday.
Licence to hup.
Defiant roses and Daithi at the Royal Hospital, Kilmainham this afternoon.
Earlier: Meeting Brigid
St Brigid’s Cathedral, Kildare Town, County Kildare
‘Saint Brigid of Kildare‘ welcomes the Rose of Tralee Contestants to St Brigids Cathedral part of a tour of County Kildare, hosted by Kildare Failte.
Known for her once ubiquitous wonky reed-fused crucifix, Brigid is less celebrated for turning water into beer.
She’s a goddammed angel.
Previously: I See Trees of Green, Red Roses Too
Pics: Aishling Conway