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A SPA-tacular night of celebration




By Sean Moriarty

The Christmas and New Year period are proving to be extra busy for Spa GAA Club.

Shane Cronin receiving the John Doyle Senior Player of the Year award from John Doyle Snr. Photo: Anne Holland

SAM: Spa's Dan O'Donoghue and Dara Moynihan received a Special Recognition award on the night from Spa Vice-Chairman Conor Gleeson. Photo: Anne Holland

WINNER: Spa Senior Ladies Player of the Year Mairead Bennett receiving her award from Ladies Chairperson Emma Daly. Photo: Anne Holland

COMMITTEE: Spa Awards Committee with the Sam Maguire Cup Andrew Garnett Anne Holland Ivor Flynn Triona Mangan and Adrian O'Sullivan.

FAMILY: Spa Social and Cultural Award winner Mairead Mangan with her family Triona Ger Ann and Shane. Photo: Anne Holland

Ger Cronin presenting the Aidan Cronin Young Player of the Year award to Timmy Moynihan. Photo: Anne Holland



No sooner was their annual awards night completed, members are now looking forward to a visit by GAA President Larry McCarthy.

On Thursday last (December 29), the club held its annual awards ceremony at Hilliard’s on Main St.

Hosted by club legend and former Killarney town Mayor Michael Gleeson, a large crowd turned out to celebrate the achievements of club members in 2022.

Vice-Chairman Conor Gleeson stood in for Chairman Michael Cronin on the night and presented long-serving member Seamus O’Donoghue with the coveted Lifetime Achievement Award.

All-Ireland winner Mairead Mangan received the Social/Cultural Award in memory of Neilí and Tadhg O'Sullivan.

Young Player of the Year, the Aidan Cronin Award, went to Timmy Moynihan, while Oliver Cremin Mulrey received the Junior Player of the Year Award named after Pat Corcoran.

Mairead Bennett picked up the Senior Ladies Player of the Year award as chosen by her teammates.

The coveted Senior Player, named after John Doyle, was received by Shane Cronin.

“The Sam Maguire Cup made a special entrance with the help of senior players Dara Moynihan and Dan O’Donoghue,” PRO, Deirdre O’Sullivan D’Arcy, said.

“Entertainment was excellent with a piano bar and followed by Rachel O’Shaughnessy. The staff, food, and venue of Hilliard's was top-class and superb. Thanks to the hard-working committee of Andrew Garnett, Anne Holland, Adrian O'Sullivan, Ivor Flynn and Triona Mangan. A great night was had by all.”

Meanwhile, the club has announced that its Cairde Spa draw will take place at the clubhouse on February 2.

Special guest on the night will be GAA President Larry McCarthy.

The Cairde Spa draw is raising funds for the development and upgrade works at the club grounds, including a new car park, new juvenile and ladies' dressing rooms, dugouts, a skills wall, upgrades to the walking track lighting, perimeter fencing around the pitches and much more.

There are 10 amazing prizes up for grabs: 1st Prize: €15,000 - 2nd Prize: €3,000 - 3rd Prize: €2,000 - 4th Prize: €1,000 - 5th Prize: Two nights Dinner, B&B at the Killarney Park Hotel - 6th Prize: €500 Voucher for Killarney Carpets & Furniture - 7th Prize: €300 Voucher for O’Sullivan’s Cycles - 8th Prize: €250 Voucher for Killarney Oils - 9th Prize: €150 Voucher for Killarney Hardware - 10th Prize: Signed Kerry jersey.

Tickets can be obtained from Andy 087 2236754 or Deirdre 085 1216359, on or any club officers over the coming weeks.

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Trilogy of comedy on offer by Dóchas Drama

By Sean Moriarty Dóchas Drama Group will present a series of three short comedy plays next week. All three plays are written and produced by Dóchas and will be acted […]




By Sean Moriarty

Dóchas Drama Group will present a series of three short comedy plays next week.

All three plays are written and produced by Dóchas and will be acted out by the group’s members.

The opening act, ‘Flossing Around’ is written by Ger Madden and directed by Brian Bowler.

“A woman has an innate fear of the dentist. We go on the journey with her as she faces her fears, with hilarious consequences,” explained the group’s Liz Ryan.

This will be followed by ‘Faraway Hills’ which is written by Mary Quirke and directed by Michael Mills.
It is a tongue in cheek look at family life.

“A son wants to get away from small town life. His mother wants to keep him at home but his father can’t wait to see the back of him,” added Liz, who plays the mother in this short play.

Brain Bowler wrote the third instalment called ‘A Little Visitor’ which is directed by Ryan Jones.

“There are lots of misunderstandings when a hypochondriac visits a group of doctors who have other things on the their minds,” added Liz.

The run, which will feature all three performances each night, starts Wednesday next week and continues Thursday and Friday (February 8 to 10) at the Killarney Avenue Hotel. Tickets are €10 and are available at the door.


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Killarney secures three gold medals in national business awards

Three hotels in Killarney have won gold medals at the Virgin Media Business Gold Medal Awards. Now in its 33rd year, the awards the best of the best in the […]




Three hotels in Killarney have won gold medals at the Virgin Media Business Gold Medal Awards.

Now in its 33rd year, the awards the best of the best in the hotel and catering sectors across the country.

This year, judges received over 460 entries from 150 hotels, guest houses, country houses, restaurants, cafés, bars and catering companies from around Ireland.

“An important factor in the Gold Medal Awards is the credibility and impartial nature of the judging process. Every property that undergoes this process is subject to benchmarking against a strict set of criteria and a blind site inspection conducted by the judging panel,” said an event organiser.

“This panel comprises respected industry experts from across the hospitality, culinary and catering sectors.”

Three Killarney hotels took top awards in different categories at the awards ceremony held at the Galmont Hotel and Spa in Galway on Tuesday night.

The Great Southern Hotel was named as the best Business and Conference Hotel in Ireland.

“To be recognised among the greatest hotels in Ireland is a marvellous achievement for Great Southern. It is fantastic news and has provided all our staff with a little morale boost. Our Business & Conference partners and customers are extremely important to us with some relationships in place annually for over 30 years. Receiving this recognition for the service we provide is a fantastic achievement and testament to the incredible work of our outstanding staff,” said Michael Jacobi Managing Director said.

The best front of house team award went the staff at the Aghadoe Heights Hotel and Spa.

In the Hotel Casual Dining Experience category the Dunloe Hotel and Gardens came out on top.


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