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Awards Season at The Gleneagle Group

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Awards season is in full swing at The Gleneagle Group with the annual staff awards taking place recently and the group also picking up a number of national awards.

Recent national accolades include The Maritime Hotel in Bantry picking up a supreme award and The Brehon winning a gold award in the four-star category for their immaculate standards in housekeeping and accommodation services at the IASI awards. The Brehon also won a silver merit award at the CIE Awards of Excellence which took place in Dublin earlier this week.

At the staff awards, Employee of the Year went to Christina Nolan for The Gleneagle Hotel, Karen Hussey for The Brehon and Derek Lee for The Gleneagle Group.

In The Gleneagle Hotel categories, Seán Counihan won Colleague of the Year, Bernard Murphy won Best New Talent, Brian Kiely won the Emerging Talent Award, Nora Carroll and Monika Wlorarska shared the award for Going The Extra Mile, Sheila Griffin won the Hero Award and Paulius Karmilcovas won the Back of House Award.

In The Brehon categories, Ruairi O’Grady won Colleague of the Year, Niamh Morrissey and Robert Spillane shared the award for Best New Talent, Yvonne O’Flaherty won the Emerging Talent Award, Kimmie O’Keeffe and Aneta Styanczyk shared the award for Going The Extra Mile and Dan Moynihan won the Hero of the Year Award.

In The Gleneagle Group category, which represents the shared departments across all The Gleneagle Group properties, the winners were Helen Sleator who won Colleague of the Year, April Birdthistle who won the award for Best New Talent, Sheena Cahill who won the award for Emerging Talent, Fiona O’Connor who won the award for Going the Extra Mile and Kathleen Lenihan who won the Hero Award.

A number of team members also received new badges for their length of service, these included Christy O’Sullivan who has worked at The Gleneagle for over 45 years, Mossie Gleeson who has worked at the hotel for 35 years and Norma Lynch and Terence McCarthy who have both worked at The Gleneagle for over 25 years.

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Killarney centre stage for Pride Festival

The award-winning Kingdom Pride in Kerry festival is back next week and Killarney will take centre stage. Kingdom Pride will be celebrated in towns all across the county from July […]

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The award-winning Kingdom Pride in Kerry festival is back next week and Killarney will take centre stage.

Kingdom Pride will be celebrated in towns all across the county from July 17 to 21.

The organisation’s flagship Party in the Park event will be held again in Killarney House and Gardens, following the Pride march in the town centre on July 20.

This year, in solidarity with the people of Palestine, Kingdom Pride in Kerry is inviting the people of Kerry to come to show their unity by bringing Palestinian flags and kites to the march, and to the Party in the Park.

“Pride is a protest for human rights all over the world. Here in the Kingdom, we have been so lucky to receive tremendous community support from our allies and supporters, and we see the struggle for liberation of all peoples as a united cause,” said Daniel Quirke, chairperson of the organising committee.

“Our events have always welcomed everyone, regardless of gender, orientation, religion, or nationality. We truly believe that together we can create positive change through caring for and loving one another. This year is no exception, and we look forward to helping to highlight the Palestinian cause, and to bringing people together to keep generating positive change for all people.”

Events will take place in Cahersiveen, Listowel, Killorglin, Tralee and Dingle, and include an Irish comedy night with Áine Gallagher, an Irish-language movie screening, yoga, sea swimming, poetry and storytelling, bowling, pitch and putt, a lively drag night at the INEC, and plenty more for people of all ages.

“We do our best to keep tickets as low-cost as possible, and we have lots of events that are totally free to attend. It is important to us that people can share Pride with us, regardless of income. Especially with the rise of the cost of living putting a strain on people’s pockets.” added the chairperson.

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A weekend of Live Music, Fun and Entertainment, at FleskFest 2024

The organisers of the annual FleskFest have “a tremendous line-up, with a weekend full of entertainment to suit all” for the July 18 to 20 event. “It promises to be […]

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The organisers of the annual FleskFest have “a tremendous line-up, with a weekend full of entertainment to suit all” for the July 18 to 20 event.

“It promises to be the festival weekend of the summer, an event you don’t want to miss out on. Last year’s Festival was a fantastic memorable experience for our community, a time to get together and celebrate,” said festival PRO Seán Daly.

Organised by Glenflesk GAA, FleskFest 24 will take place at the Barraduff Community Field next week.
There will be a fully licensed bar in the Fest Marquee, some amazing live music on The Big Stage, food trucks and much more.
Glenflesk GAA club’s biggest fundraiser of the year includes a new-for-2024 Texas Holdem Poker Tournament on Thursday night.
Weekend highlights include old-time waltzing, jiving and polka sets with Paudie McAuliffe and Paudie Coffey Band on Friday,
On Saturday, the new Well Flesk event will take place.
“A morning of self-care and wellness at Flesk Fest featuring masterclasses in yoga, pilates, mindfulness, spinning, fitness sessions, workouts, firewood sauna and ice pods with a range of experienced and qualified instructors,” added Daly.
Leading local musician Johnny Courtney and Friends, Sam and Ina, The O’Donoghue Sisters, Reigning All Ireland Champions Glenflesk Ballad Group, and The Border Boys will take to the Big Stage over the weekend.
Sunday is Family Fun Day with children’s entertainment and disco and the All-Ireland Hurling Final Live on the Big screen followed by music with Thingamajig.
The festival will finish with a Sunday evening session with the Meadhbh Walsh Band.

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