When the first Rose of Tralee festival took place 50 years ago, it cost IR£750 to stage; this year’s event, which gets under way on Friday, will cost €1.4 million.
Despite the high cost and the poor economic climate, the 2009 festival will be the biggest to date, according to Anthony O’Gara, managing director of the Rose of Tralee Festival.
‘‘The Rose of Tralee concept started in a lot tougher environment than...
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