The Rose of Tralee International Festival is the original Gathering since 1959, bringing thousands of people together to celebrate their Irish heritage at Rose of Tralee events around the world.

The Rose of Tralee Gathering happens over three days before the 2013 Festival officially gets starts on Friday 16 August. An estimated 5000 people who have been directly or indirectly involved in the Festival during the past 54 years will be invited along with anyone who has ever been to the Festival or simply has a desire to attend a great event in a magnificent Irish setting!

Don't miss - Street Ceili (traditional Irish dancing) event, civic receptions, traditional Irish music sessions in local hostelries, 50 Years of Fashion Exhibition, Rose Gathering big gig in the Dome, festival food & craft fair, dramatisation of the Rose of Tralee story, Rose Gathering on the move (guided bus tours around Kerry), genealogy workshops, amusement park, circus, history trails through Tralee and Rose Gathering BBQ.

Stay for the week for the carnival atmosphere of the Rose of Tralee International Festival with 3 parades, 2 fireworks displays, 32 Roses, live music, Air Show & free family entertainment throughout Tralee in the company of old friends!

Come to the Rose of Tralee Gathering & avail of the free entertainment!