Kerry County Council will host a Civic Welcome for the Rose of Tralee 2016 contestants in The Square, Tralee tonight at 9 o’clock.
The Roses will be welcomed by the Mayor of Tralee Terry O’Brien and the Cathaoirleach of Kerry Michael O’Shea and the 2016 Roses will be formally welcomed to Tralee.
There’ll be musical performances followed by a reception at Kirby’s Brogue Inn.
Chief Executive of the International Rose of Tralee Festival Anthony O’Gara explained that every Rose, all 65 from each Rose Centre, will be in Tralee this week.
Semi-final bouts take place in the Dome Wednesday and Thursday night with 32 progressing to the televised finals on Monday and Tuesday next.
Mr O’Gara says this year is a “new dawn” for the festival.