Heroes throughout North America, Britain and Europe, especially those with a connection to Ireland, are invited to the Emerald Isle this summer for a celebration of their bravery.

Tralee, County Kerry will host Heroes Week from 12-17 June when Fire, Police and Coastguard Services from all over the world will gather at a major Festival.

The main aim of the not-for-profit event is to raise money to fund the local organisations whose primary objective is to save and protect lives.

Vincent Hussey, the Chief Fire Officer for Kerry, said: “It’s all part of the National Gathering Ireland 2013 program whereby people with direct or ancestral links to Ireland and their friends are being invited back to the Emerald Isle for a celebration of their heritage. While it will have a specific appeal to those who work in the Emergency Response Services, it is open to everyone and a great time will be had by all.”

The emphasis of Heroes Week will be on experiencing the best of Kerry hospitality, its magnificent scenery, culture, heritage and outdoor activities in the company of colleagues from around the world. There will be an opportunity for those who wish to explore their Irish roots to do so with trained genealogists.

The Mayor of Kerry, Cllr Terry O’Brien, said: “We salute the men and women who go to work each day with only one purpose in mind – to protect and save lives. Many of them have Irish roots and we want to invite them home. Kerry has a strong tradition of volunteerism and a collective pride-of-place that will see us roll-out the red carpet to welcome our Heroes home to the Kingdom County. I hope you can join us and we assure you of a memorable visit with us and a warm Irish welcome.”

Heroes Week is a five-day programme packed with fun activities and competitions between the various services, with the highlights being the Heroes Gala Ball and the Parade of Heroes through the streets of Tralee led by marching bands from far and wide.

Tralee is one of the most accessible places on the Emerald Isle with three international airports within reach and a mainline rail and bus destination station in the town centre.

Emergency response personnel from across the USA, Canada, Britain and Europe are invited to secure an excellent accommodation package that will include airport transfers, tours, events, meals and accommodation for approximately €600 (£500/$800) per person sharing.

Bookings can be made online at www.heroesweek2013.com and for further information visit the website or find us on Facebook (Heroes Week Ireland).