Tralee is going medieval with an action-packed programme of free entertainment to mark the 800th anniversary of the founding of the town. Re-enactments, pageants, a history village, a ‘Battle for Tralee’ and a banquet are just some of the free events that will be taking place in the county town between June 17th and 19th. Tralee was founded by John FitzThomas Fitzgerald in 1216 and the Tralee 800 weekend will be the highlight of a year-long celebration. Kerry County Council has been working with local groups to arrange a number of free public events. The programme, which was launched this morning incorporates the annual Féile na mBláth and the Heroes’ Week Gathering of Emergency Services. One of the highlights will be the Heroes’ Parade from The Square to the Town Park on June 19th. This will feature members of the emergency services from Kerry as well from around the country, London and Massachussettes, USA. There will also be a craft village on the Park Plaza throughout the weekend. Copies of the programme are now available from local outlets, Kerry County Council, Tralee Chamber Alliance and online at www.tralee.ie.