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Experienced Michelin starred chef to join Killarney hotel

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PASTRY CHEF: Florent La Monaca is taking up the position of Head Pastry Chef at The Killarney Park Hotel.

The Killarney Park Hotel in the town centre of Killarney in the Irish county of Kerry.

NEW ROLE: Sean Doyle has been appointed as the new Head Chef at The Killarney Park Hotel.

By Michelle Crean

One local hotel is entering an exciting new chapter as the hotel re-emerges from the forced COVID closure with the appointment of an experienced Michelin starred chef.

The Killarney Park, who recently were ranked number one in the Top 25 Tripadvisor Travellers' Choice 'Best of the Best', has appointed Sean Doyle - who has worked at Michelin starred restaurants - as Head Chef.

“It is with great delight and pride that we welcome Sean to our team at The Killarney Park,” Niamh O’Shea, General Manager, said. “Sean brings a wealth of experience to the role, after years in some of the finest restaurants in Ireland and London.”

Originally from Killarney, Sean retains a special love for his home town and for The Killarney Park having started his culinary career here.

Sean honed his skills over the years working at the Park Hotel Kenmare, Merrion Hotel Dublin and rose to Junior Sous Chef at Michelin starred Restaurant Patrick Guilbaud.

In May 2016 Sean was invited to join Derry Clarke and the culinary team at L’Ecrivain, Dublin and in January 2018 assumed the Head Chef position there. During Sean’s time at this very popular Dublin eatery he retained the Michelin star accolade year after year.

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Sean has expressed excitement about his new position.

“I can not wait to return to The Killarney Park, it is a privilege to work in one of Ireland’s leading five star hotels and also live in my home town," he said.

"I have a passion for cooking with local, seasonal ingredients and a huge appreciation for the exceptional suppliers available to me here in Kerry. My goal is to provide amazing food experiences for our guests and the fantastic local business the hotel caters for. "

PASTRY CHEF: Florent La Monaca is taking up the position of Head Pastry Chef at The Killarney Park Hotel.

Also joining The Killarney Park culinary team is Florent La Monaca, who has previously held the Head Pastry Chef position at both L’Ecrivain and Restaurant Patrick Guilbaud.

“Florent’s experience is sure to reinforce our focus on providing unique delectable desserts and treats for our customers” Niamh added.

Reservations can be made by telephone 064 6635555 or online at www.killarneyparkhotel.ie.

Guests will be welcomed in accordance with the safety and hygiene measures relating to the current health situation.

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New Fexco partnership to create 75 jobs

Kerry based financial technology and business services company Fexco and digital services company, TEKenable have announced a strategic partnership to help create 75 new jobs by 2025. The Fexco Managed Services […]

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Kerry based financial technology and business services company Fexco and digital services company, TEKenable have announced a strategic partnership to help create 75 new jobs by 2025.

The Fexco Managed Services and TEKenable partnership will see both organisations co-invest in Microsoft Dynamics 365 Products and Salesforce Cloud Solutions and Services aimed at improving their collective customers end-to-end experience across both Irish and UK markets.

This partnership combines TEKenable’s experience in providing Microsoft Dynamics 365 consultancy, development, and support services to their customers, with Fexco’s experience of premium operational delivery, customer management and process optimisation experts. This partnership will also see the creation of 75 new jobs by 2025, with roles created within Digital Customer Experience, Predictive Customer Behaviour Analysis, and Automation & Operational Efficiency services.

“This partnership will help us build on our collective strengths, and deliver the perfect blend of premium operational expertise, support, and resources to maximise the potential of Microsoft Dynamics 365 in improving our customers’ digital end to end experience,” Martin Ryan, Managing Director of Fexco Managed Services and Advisory Services, said.

“This will see us and TEKenable collaborate across multiple sectors and reinforce our position as trusted advisors who deliver transformative services for our clients.”

TEKenable was founded in 2002 by Nick Connors and Peter Rose is an innovative technology company focused on delivering digital services through Low Code platforms to medium and large-scale enterprises in Ireland, UK and EMEA.

Nick Connors, Managing Director with TEKenable added that “this partnership will see us work with Fexco Managed Services to bring solutions, products and services offerings that will fundamentally change the end-to-end experience of both our customers, and their customers”.

“We predict that we will see growth from a combination of existing and new clients over the coming three years.”

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Headford man’s 1948 Jaguar the star of car run

A staggering 157 classic and vintage cars and motorcycles took part in the 12th annual Car and Honda 50 Run, organised by Ballymac Vintage Club on Sunday. The O’Riada’s Bar […]

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A staggering 157 classic and vintage cars and motorcycles took part in the 12th annual Car and Honda 50 Run, organised by Ballymac Vintage Club on Sunday.

The O’Riada’s Bar and Restaurant-based event raised money for the nearby Glanageenty Walkways and followed a new for 2022 route via Ballymac, Raemore, Knocknagoshel, Brosna, and Mount Eagle before the finish line in the Mart Yard in Castleisland.

Gerard Healy from Knockysheehan, Headford, Killarney had the oldest cars on the run.

He has owned his 1948 Jaguar Mark 4 saloon for the last seven years.

“This car was manufactured in Coventry after World War Two,” he said. “And it was then shipped to Ireland in kit form to avoid high import duty on complete cars. It was reassembled in Dublin and painted emerald green. This is a Sligo car, the first owner was a Miss Teresa Ferry, it was very unusual for a lady to own a car in those days.”

The car was then sold to a vicar and then a soldier before, somehow, ending up in The Netherlands. There it underwent a full restoration in 1999.

Gerard bought the car from a restorer called Roberto Verboon.

“I was proud to bring the car back to Ireland,” he added.

Thanks to generous support from local businesses and sponsors including O’Riada’s and BG Motors over €500 worth of spot prizes were handed out on the day.

Listry’s Tony and Kay Darmody were prize winners after judges were impressed with their Hillman Minx Convertible.

George Carey from Tralee won the motorcycle award with his finely turned out 1986 Honda 90.

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