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The length of the Rose of Tralee International Festival is to be reviewed.

CEO Anthony O’Gara says the extended festival may have been too long, causing fatigue to become an issue with some of the Roses.

However, he believes the festival was a huge success.

This year’s regional finals brought 65 Roses to Tralee, while the length of the festival was increased to 12 days.

CEO Anthony O’Gara believes the Roses had the time of their lives, but he admits there were significant levels of fatigue in the final days.

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Meanwhile, Mr O’Gara denies the festival is suffering an identity crisis.

Referring to the political opinions of some Roses, he believes the contestants are ambassadors for Irish communities throughout the world and are entitled to express their own thoughts.


Mr O’Gara believes criticisms about the more traditional aspects of the festival are nonsense, such as the Rose Parade.

The CEO also responded to concerns over access to the town square during festival concerts, saying the location was more suitable than staging all the events on Denny Street.

A number of businesses operating in the Square claim the concerts affected access to their premises during events.

Mr O’Gara believes, regardless of which location is chosen, not everyone will be happy.