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The International Rose of Tralee Festival has been criticised by traders and locals for restricting access to The Square.

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This year, the festival’s ticketed concerts have been held in The Square, as opposed to Denny Street.

During these evening events, access has been restricted or closed off to some businesses in the Square, and this has drawn criticism from traders and customers alike.

Tomás Collins, a manager in Hillbilly’s in the Square says their business has suffered greatly.

 

Communications Manager of the Rose of Tralee, John Drummey says they’re trying to expand the festival, and moving ticketed concerts from Denny Street to the Square is part of that.

He says arrangements for the Square were publicised well in advance, and says they’re continuing to work with businesses and the general public.

He’s calling on people to co-operate with the festival:

Meanwhile, over 1,000 people will gather this evening for one of the showpieces of the Rose of Tralee calendar – the Rose Ball.

The gala event held in the Dome is the first official festival event for the Roses.

Also from 10 o’clock tonight the Ashe Memorial Hall on Denny Street will be lit up with the story of Tralee.

Images from Tralee 800, the story of the Rose of Tralee and from 1916 to mark the centenary will be projected onto the historic building.