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Emer takes the helm at Cahernane House Hotel

EMER CORRIDAN is the new general manager of the Cahernane House Hotel in Killarney.



Emer Corridan, new general manager of Cahernane House Hotel.

A LEADING light in Killarney’s hotel business, Emer Corridan takes the helm as general manager of the Cahernane House Hotel.

Emer, who is originally from Navan, Co Meath, has lived in Killarney for almost two decades, having been a member of staff at The Malton for 17 years where she held the role of banqueting manager.

She moved from Navan to Kerry in 1999 to take up a position with the Great Southern Hotel, now The Malton.

Emer is joined on the team at the Cahernane House Hotel in her new role by assistant manager Martin McGrath and head chef Paul O’Connor.

“I started on Saturday but this is my first week,” said Emer. “I am really looking forward to working in my new role in the Cahernane. We will be starting dinners in the Cahernane House Hotel on July 15 and later on will be offering a light lounge menu and afternoon teas.”

The four-star hotel, located in 6.4 acres overlooking Killarney National Park and lakes, was put on the market by the Browne family through CBRE and Tom Spillane & Co. Prem Group bought the four-star Cahernane House Hotel in Kerry in a deal worth €3m in May.

The property includes 38 bedrooms located in the original house, alongside the Herbert Room Restaurant, which seats 80 people. The hotel also includes at basement level the Cellar Bar for residents and locals.

Emer has an enviable reputation as a wedding co-ordinator and is looking forward to building on the wedding business at the Cahernane over the next year. “The Cahernane House Hotel caters for slightly smaller weddings, of up to 80 people,” she said.

Indeed, the first-ever civil ceremony to be held in a hotel in Ireland took place in the Cahernane Hotel, in 2007.

Tributes flowed to Emer from her former colleagues at The Malton as the owner, staff and management of The Malton held a going away party for her in the Killarney Park Hotel on Sunday.

Emer is married to Denis Corridan, a physical therapist and Munster Rugby community officer. She has been a key committee member of the Kerry Stars Special Olympics Club committee since its founding.

Emer Corridan, new general manager of Cahernane House Hotel.


Go on…put the kettle on to help a good cause!



TEA TIME: Nora Murphy, Mary Lehane and Betty Carmody, drinking a cuppa as they raise awareness about this year’s Virtual Tea for Motor Neurone Disease which takes place on June 21.

By Michelle Crean

June 21 is Global Motor Neurone Disease (MND) Awareness Day and one local group is calling for participants to get involved.

Christy Lehane, Chairman of Kerry Friends of Motor Neurone and Ambassador for the IMNDA, will take part in the Virtual Tea for MND fundraiser and awareness event.

“We never thought this time last year that 12 months later we would be doing Virtual Tea for MND,” Christy told the Killarney Advertiser.

“In these COVID times our fundraising efforts have all ceased, but sadly there is no slowing down of Motor Neurone Disease. Providing the support and services to our Motor Neurone sufferers is now more important than ever before. I am now appealing to all you good people and friends who have supported us in the past to please hear my plea. I myself will drink Virtual Tea for MND again this year. So go on, put on the kettle and take out the china tea pot and get family and friends around to the garden for a brew and a catchup for a great cause. If you do not feel comfortable with having people around, you can go very modern and go Zooming and encourage your friends to do so also. I am aware that some of our MND sufferers are themselves organising Virtual Tea Drinking get togethers.”

Participating SuperValu stores are on board again this year providing tea bags etc. to raise awareness of MND, and staff will be asking shoppers for donations for the IMNDA starting on June 7 to 21.

“I seldom seek donations and financial support, but perhaps in these COVID times when our need is greatest you might be moved to help us.”

Every year MND Associations across the globe mark June 21 as a special day of recognition where the International Alliance of ALS/MND Associations across the world undertake a range of activities to raise awareness and keep focused on the search for the cause, treatment and eventual cure for this terrible disease.

You can donate to or if you can contact Christy Lehane Chairman of Kerry Friends of Motor Neurone and Ambassador for the IMNDA on 087 9671011.

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Laura’s new look for Leaving Cert



NEW LOOK: Laura Cronin, who is currently sitting her Leaving Cert, cut 14 inches off her hair for The Rapunzel Foundation.

By Michelle Crean

Rathmore’s Laura Cronin headed into her Leaving Cert exams this week with a whole new look after transforming her hairstyle for charity.

Laura, daughter of Una and Donal from Rathbeg, cut 14 inches off her hair for The Rapunzel Foundation.

As her long locks didn’t get cut over the last year Laura decided to get a good chop in Katelynn’s Hair Design in Rathmore instead, and use the left over hair to create wigs for sick children.

“I thought, rather than trim it I’d cut a lot off,” Laura, who hopes to study pharmacy in college, told the Killarney Advertiser. “I wanted to cut off a lot of it, I was sick of long hair. I said that if there’d be enough I’d donate it as it’d be a shame to see it on the floor.”

Laura said that hopefully it can make a child happy if it allows them to receive a specially made wig for their First Holy Communion, or a similar occasion.

“I’d encourage anyone who has long hair to think about what they could do with it.”

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€1m upgrade for Killarney store



INVESTMENT: DV8 have invested €1m to update their store in the Killarney Outlet Centre. Pictured at the reopening were staff members: Clodagh McCarthy (Store Manager), Lorraine McGough (Assistant Manager), Anuka Altanson and Sarah Murphy. Photo: Don MacMonagle

A popular Killarney fashion shop, which reopened last week, securing up to 15 jobs, has had a facelift after a €1 million investment.

Leading fashion retailer DV8, which has a network of over 50 stores across Ireland, reopened its 4,000 square feet store in the Killarney Outlet Centre.

And customers admired the new look.

DV8 sells over 40 top fashion clothing brands as well as footwear and accessories in its stores and online at The hip fashion house is well-known for its uber cool shop interiors and has dedicated customers across Ireland and the UK.

“We are delighted to be reopening our new store in Killarney and confident it will compliment the existing retail offering in the town, with DV8’s unique range of male and female clothing and footwear,” David Scott from DV8 said.

“We think local shoppers will enjoy the DV8 experience, including the top fashion brands and excellent customer service.”

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