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Europe Hotel celebrates six decades of hospitality

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This week the Europe Hotel & Resort had an extra special reason to celebrate reopening its doors as it also proudly celebrated its 60 year anniversary.

And over the next six days, to mark six decades of hospitality, the hotel will be showcasing various initiatives and innovations that it has introduced to ensure that it continues as one of Ireland’s leading hotels.

“We are very proud to be celebrating 60 years as a hotel this year," Michael Brennan, Managing Director of Killarney Hotels Ltd said.

"We are forever grateful for the ongoing support shown by guests that return each year and to those who visit us for the first time. The Europe Hotel & Resort has been established as a leader in Irish and international hospitality and our reputation is a true testament to the hard work and excellence of every employee over the past 60 years."

The hotel has 187 bedrooms and suites, most with private balconies, and award winning 50,000 sq. ft. spa, state-of-the-art conferencing and event facilities with nine meeting rooms, five dining outlets, two Bars and its own 400 acre farm producing beef and lamb for menus.

Where it began

In the 1950s, the Liebherr family’s love of Killarney was ignited. Industrial Engineer, Dr. Hans Liebherr wanted to expand the company’s already flourishing domestic crane productivity into the US and Commonwealth markets. Ireland was considered an optimal location for the expansion of the business, and his original sights were focused on a plot of land in Cork, until a local businessman from Killarney, Mr. Michael D. (Mackey) O'Shea, brought him to the small town for dinner and showed him the wonderful scenery of the Killarney Lakes. This was in 1958, and what happened next was the creation of a new business area – Liebherr Hotels. He proceeded to open the Liebherr Crane factory in Fossa, which today employs in excess of 800 people.

Within the next few years, Dr Liebherr then opened sister hotels, Hotel Ard na Sidhe in 1961 and Hotel Dunloe Castle in 1965.

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Christmas magic begins as Santa arrives in Killarney

He came dashing through the town on Saturday night and packed streets greeted him with huge excitement. Yes, that’s right – Santa Claus took some time out of his very […]

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He came dashing through the town on Saturday night and packed streets greeted him with huge excitement.

Yes, that’s right – Santa Claus took some time out of his very busy schedule and arrived to town for the annual switching on of the Christmas lights and magic parade.

The streets were lined with children and their families and they’d huge smiles on their faces when they spotted the man in the red coat making his way around the town on the colourful float.

Grace O’Hare was pictured with her dad Conor – she had the best seat in the town to watch Santa Claus as she was perched high on her dad’s shoulders.

It was the same for the Patterson family, Alex, Irene, Catherine and Robert, while Parade safety steward, Marie Brosnan-Leahy, was on hand to make sure everything went off OK.

Killarney Municipal District Councillors, Cllr Niall ‘Botty’ O’Callaghan, Cllr Donal Grady, Cathaoirleach Killarney Municipal District Cllr John O’Donoghue, Cllr Brendan Cronin, Cllr Marie Moloney, also enjoyed the occasion while the Sam Maguire took pride of place and centre stage in Killarney for the annual fun filled event.

And while he was in town Santa took some time off to have a chat with Killarney Advertiser columnist Marie Carroll-O’Sullivan – check it out on page 14 of this week’s edition.

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Women’s health the focus of HeartBeat meeting

By Sean Moriarty HeartBeat Killarney will present a special meeting dedicated to women’s health next week. Hosted by HeartBeat nurse Anna O’Donoghue, the meeting tomorrow evening (Tuesday) will feature specific […]

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By Sean Moriarty

HeartBeat Killarney will present a special meeting dedicated to women’s health next week.

Hosted by HeartBeat nurse Anna O’Donoghue, the meeting tomorrow evening (Tuesday) will feature specific discussions on every decade of women’s lives.

Special guest on the evening will be Obstetrician and Gynaecologist Dr Mary McCaffrey.

“Topics will include hormones and how they affect health from puberty, the importance of bone health, a cameo on female cardiac symptoms, heart health and mid-life, as well as common health symptoms specific to women’s well-being,” said HeartBeat chairman Billy O’Sullivan.

“We welcome women of all ages to this important meeting which is an opportunity not to be missed, especially if you have health worries.”

The meeting will take place at 8pm at the Parish Centre on Park Road.

It will be followed by a Q&A session and there is an optional blood pressure and pulse clinic from 7.30pm.

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