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Organisers of Rose of Tralee bid to buy Fels Point Hotel

By Staff Reporter

The Rose of Tralee International Festival has emerged as one of the bidders to buy the hotel where the annual pageant is held.

Since 2007 Fels Point Hotel in Tralee, Co Kerry, has been the home to the Rose of Tralee International Festival. This year Philadelphia Rose Maria Walsh was crowned the 56th Rose of Tralee.

Executive chair of the Rose of Tralee, Anthony O'Gara, said: "Such a move would be key to the long-term development and viability of the Festival in Tralee.

"Ownership of the hotel would be a prerequisite for the development of a permanent Dome on the adjacent Fels Point site. It would allow us to unlock the full potential of the festival."

If the bid is successful the hotel may be rebranded as the "Rose of Tralee Hotel".

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