In 2020, The Rose of Tralee International Festival had been canceled for the first time in its 62-year history due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Unfortunately, as the COVID-19 crisis has yet to be reasonably controlled, the Festival will again be canceled in 2021.
Festival CEO Anthonly O'Gara said in a statement released to the Irish press, "Sadly, the timeframe envisaged to safely steer our communities out of this pandemic, and our responsibility to positively support those efforts, mean that we will not be able to have a Festival again this year, which is immensely disappointing for all of us involved. We will each have a role to play in restoring our community and local economy following this pandemic, and we look forward to coming together in celebration in August 2022."
While we are sad to miss out on such a joyous event, our Center supports the Festival's decision to keep the health & safety of its participants, organizers, and the good people of Tralee as the top priority. We look forward to seeing you at our next San Francisco Rose selection night, hopefully in 2022. Until we meet again!