Rose of Tralee and Kerry Heritage Week

The month of August is always a rambunctious month because we here in Kerry like to pack as much as we can into it before we wave goodbye to yet another summer. The 2013 edition is no different and there’s plenty to get excited about for the rest of this month.

First there’s the Rose of Tralee festival. Always a favourite, the Rose of Tralee is in its 6th decade of existence and still as popular with the grannies of Ireland as it has always been. The festival kicks off this Friday with the Skyfest Air Display. This air display will include former RAF and British Airway pilots and will feature Aer Dynamic, which is described as a two aircraft team which will “give the impression that they are hurtling towards each other”. Sounds a whole lot of fun.

There’ll be loads on around the town every day as well from the Bazaar to street performers to live music. The festival will end on Tuesday night with the traditional parade and fireworks display. There’ll be a number of live performances over the course of the week including artists like the Coronas, Sharon Shannon and JLS. If you’d like to find out more then click here.

Heritage Week

As well as the Rose of Tralee, Kerry Heritage Week is taking place next week. There’ll be over 70 events taking place all over the county. These events will vary from whale watching in Dingle to Biodiversity Food and Nature Trail in Tralee. For a full list of events click here . If you’re looking for something a little closer to Killarney however, why not check out An Afternoon of Songs & Music with Ger Wolfe which is being held in Muckross Traditional Gardens this weekend. It’ll be an afternoon of ceol and craic with Cork-born musician Ger Wolfe who’s known as much for his talent in talking as he is for his talent in music. Best of all, admission is totally free.