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STAFF AWARDS: From l-r were: Margaret Martin, Claire Thompson, Agnieszka Szwab (winner of 'Rising Star' award), Louise Fleming and Noreen Lyne.

 

O’Donoghue Ring Hotels rolled out the red carpet last week for their Group Employee Awards evening at the Killarney Plaza Hotel.

 

Staff were treated to Gala dinner and were entertained by Brendan Fuller MC on the night with dancing until the early hours.

 

The awards were created bespoke by local craftsman James Purcell.

 

 

[caption id="attachment_29998" align="alignleft" width="1024"] Group Reservations Team (winner of 'Best Sales Team' award) with Director Gemma Ring (far right).[/caption]

 

 

 

 

As acknowledged by Directors Michael O’Donoghue and Gemma Ring on the night, it was not an easy task deciding on the award winners such is the level of talent within the group, but all of the award winners were extremely deserving.

 

Trevor McCarthy of Shannon College of Management assisted the awards committee with selection and was delighted with the commitment and dedication of staff shown throughout the group of four hotels.

 

Milan Chamula of the River Island kitchen team took home the ‘Unsung Hero Award’.

 

[caption id="attachment_29997" align="alignleft" width="1024"] From l-r were: Conor O'Leary ('Community Champion' award winner), Gemma Ring (Director), Tracy Dillion ('Community Champion' award winner) and Micheal O'Donoghue (Director).[/caption]

The ‘Rising Star Award’ went to Agnieszka Szwab of the Towers Accommodation Department.

 

Fausat Lawal of The Killarney Plaza kitchen team was awarded the ‘Employee of the Year’.

 

Margaret Murphy, the Accommodation Manager in the Killarney Avenue Hotel, won the ‘Manager of the Year’ award.

 

The ‘Support Person of the Year’ award was given to Edel Lynch of the HR department.

 

‘Best Newcomer of the Group’ was awarded to Rory O’Sullivan from Group Stores.

 

There were two winners of the ‘Community Champion Award’, Tracy Dillion and Conor O’Leary.

 

The River Island hotel team were deserving winners of the ‘Best Guest Experience’ award.

 

The ‘Best Sales Team’ went to the Reservations Department and the ‘Hotel Team of the Year’ went to The Killarney Avenue Hotel.

 

[caption id="attachment_29995" align="alignleft" width="1024"] From l-r were: Trevor McCarthy (Lecturer at Shannon College of Hotel Management), Margaret Murphy (winner of 'Manager of the Year' award) and Orna O'Mahony (HR Manager).[/caption]

 

 

[caption id="attachment_29996" align="alignleft" width="1024"] From l-r were: Orna O'Mahony (HR Manager), Edel Lynch (winner of 'Best Support Person' award) and Trevor McCarthy (Lecturer at Shannon College of Hotel Management).     [/caption]

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500,000 coffee cups prevented from going to landfill in Killarney

The team behind Killarney’s ban on single-use cups is launching an adult education programme later this year. Since its inception in July last year (up to December 31), 506,000 cups […]

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The team behind Killarney’s ban on single-use cups is launching an adult education programme later this year.

Since its inception in July last year (up to December 31), 506,000 cups have been prevented from going to landfill or becoming litter in Killarney National Park.
Additionally, the scheme has saved 872,413 litres of water and 279 trees.
The decision to ban single-use cups was underpinned by complaints that some of Killarney’s most visited beauty spots were being polluted and studies of clean-ups in the National Park revealed that one of the most common forms of waste recovered was single-use coffee cups.
With this in mind, the team behind the project, in conjunction with the Munster Technology University, will launch an adult education programme.
Late last year secondary school students attended a series of workshops in Killarney House hosted by the Killarney Coffee Cup project.
The session began with the task of matching the common items of litter to the time it takes for them to decompose.
The items ranged from crisp packets, banana skins and single-use coffee cups. The aim of this activity was to highlight the importance of minimising waste and litter, to protect the unique Biosphere Reserve that is Killarney National Park.
The plan now is to roll out a series of workshops aimed at adults with support from the National Parks and Wildlife Service.
“This is still in the very early stages,” said project lead Louise Byrne who is also the Sustainability Manager at The Killarney Park and The Ross hotels. “Why should we care?”
Byrne cited a recent article by The Guardian newspaper in Britain.
“The entire lifecycle of disposable cups, from raw material extraction to production and transportation, requires significant energy, contributing to environmental degradation. The slow decomposition of disposable cups, especially those with plastic linings, can lead to the release of microplastics into the environment and on the off chance that your disposable cup winds up in waste bound for incineration, that process can release pollutants into the air,” said a report on coffee cup waste by the Kent School of Business and published in the London newspaper.
Byrne believes there is still far too much litter, including coffee cups, ending up disposed of in the National Park and this is one of the key drivers behind the new adult education programme.
Meanwhile the scheme won two more awards this week. Eco Hero group at the Outsider Magazine gave the scheme its Eco Hero award and the scheme won the Green Transformation Award at the Green Awards.

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Jesse Buckley’s latest blockbuster showing at Killarney cinemas

  Killarney actress Jesse Buckley latest movie is now showing in local cinemas ‘Wicked Little Letters’ is described as raucous comedy full of hilarious profanities. Set in a sleepy seaside […]

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Killarney actress Jesse Buckley latest movie is now showing in local cinemas

‘Wicked Little Letters’ is described as raucous comedy full of hilarious profanities.

Set in a sleepy seaside village in 1920s England, the plot centres on two women who fall out after Edith Swan (played by Olivia Colman) accuses Buckley’s character Rose Gooding of sending poison and anonymous letters’ and things get very heated between the two.

The Irish Film Institute says: “ This delightfully foul-mouthed comedy gives free reign to the considerable comedic talents of Olivia Colman and Jessie Buckley to uproarious effect.”

Rose Gooding is described as a rambunctious Irish immigrant while Edith Swan , a spinster living with her dictatorial father is their next door neighbour.

“Relations between the pair are frosty at best, and when Edith starts receiving truly foul anonymous letters, accusing the god-fearing woman of all manner of unspeakable degradations, the finger of guilt would appear to point squarely at Rose. The letters prompt a national uproar, and a trial ensues,” adds the Irish Film Institute.

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