Festival owners hope for extended franchise

The new owners of the Rose of Tralee are pinning their hopes on an extended franchise to secure The Festival’s future. The event which opens tomorrow will be scaled back because of the financial difficulties during the year. Creditors owed nearly one million euro were paid 30 cent in the euro as part of a restructuring. Managing Director of The Festival Anthony O`Gara wants to treble the number of centres which will nominate Roses.