The 2020 Rose Of Tralee Festival has become the latest cancellation of Covid-19 with the festival being postponed until next year.
This is the first time in over 60 years the event has not gone ahead.
The popular televised pageant, which sees thousands of tourists flock to Kerry every year, normally takes place in August and plays hosts to 32 roses from around the world.
Donegal’s entry for the event last year was Donegal Town woman Chloe Kennedy (pictured) who still holds the title.
In a statement executive chair of the festival, Anthony O’Gara said: “Over the past few weeks, our team have been considering how best we could safely deliver some, or all, of our 2020 Festival events.
“Taking into account Government guidelines, the safety of our communities and the ability to deliver a wonderful Festival; we have decided to postpone our 2020 Festival until August 2021.
“This is the first time in our 61 year history that the Festival has been postponed, but it is the right decision as we all play our part right now in keeping each other safe and well.
“The Rose of Tralee International Festival operates on a yearlong basis, in Irish communities worldwide; and we will continue to harness the goodwill of our extended Rose Family in supporting communities and charitable efforts over the next 12 months.
“Similarly, we will each have a role to play in restoring our communities and local economies following this pandemic, and we look forward to coming together in celebration in August 2021.”Tags: