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Fine times and good company at Major Colgan’s

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On Monday Major Colgan’s pub, formerly The Jarvey’s Rest, at Muckross Park Hotel & Spa welcomed over 90 local B&B and guesthouse owners to their rebrand and season launch evening.

Showcasing the newly renovated pub, enhanced menu options and its renowned Irish Night Pub show, guests were welcomed with a drinks reception in the medieval atrium where Muckross Park Hotel General Manager Daniel O’Connor introduced Minister Brendan Griffin to the audience. Guests later enjoyed a three course meal followed by an Irish Night Pub show. Also in attendance on the night were Senator Paul Coghlan and historian and genealogist Mr John Colgan.

Speaking on the night, General Manager Daniel O’Connor said: “With a polished new interior and an impressive new kitchen designed to enhance the service experience for diners, owners iNua Hospitality have invested over €250,000 in the refurbishment of the venue. The interior of Colgan's now has a fresher, brighter look and feel. With smart wooden floors, a handsome new bar counter and comfy upholstered chairs and stools, there is also a larger kitchen to allow for an enhanced service and dining experience, with a focus on high quality Irish-themed menus designed by Executive Chef and Kerry native John O’Leary.”

The choice of the new name, Major Colgan’s, is to honour one of the hotel’s previous owners and an unsung national hero who fell in love with Killarney and the hotel itself when stationed in nearby Muckross House during WWII.

Major Colgan’s is open seven days a week for the season serving great food daily, entertainment by leading Irish band Onora and The Sinseoiri Dancers continues to be available four nights per week. The renowned Irish Night pub show takes place Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays for the season ahead and there will be music every Friday night.

In the heart of Killarney’s National Park, just 4km from Killarney town centre, Major Colgan’s at the five-star Muckross Park Hotel & Spa is a landmark stop on the Ring of Kerry, close to The Wild Atlantic Way and – in honour of its history – an appropriate celebration of fine times spent in good company.

To find out more, contact 064 6623400 or email info@muckrosspark.com.

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Sadness at death of much loved Killarney man

The town was saddened to learn of the death of Brendan Joy who passed away peacefully on Tuesday at his home in the loving care of his family. Brendan (88), […]

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The town was saddened to learn of the death of Brendan Joy who passed away peacefully on Tuesday at his home in the loving care of his family.

Brendan (88), from Muckross and formerly of Plunkett Street, who worked in the International Hotel and as a Jarvey, was laid to rest yesterday (Thursday) in Aghadoe Cemetery following Requiem Mass in St Mary’s Cathedral.

Brendan was predeceased by his beloved wife Mairéad and baby daughter Maura, his brothers John, Jerry, Pat, Willie and sister Nancy.

He’ll be sadly missed by his daughter Breda, sons Liam, Michael, Brendan, Martin, Pat and Andrew, daughters-in-law Margaret, Eileen, Norma and Helena, his grandchildren Brendan, Mairéad, Charlie, Claire, James, Kevin, Orla, Maurice and Maura, sister Mary Sie (London), brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, relatives, neighbours and many great friends.

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Local activities this weekend for National Heritage Week

A number of events will take place in Killarney this weekend as part National Heritage Week 2022 which runs until this Sunday. This year’s theme is biodiversity and sustainability. Tomorrow […]

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A number of events will take place in Killarney this weekend as part National Heritage Week 2022 which runs until this Sunday.

This year’s theme is biodiversity and sustainability. Tomorrow (Saturday) the Life in the Bogs – Family Funday in Cronin’s Yard, Beaufort, runs from 10.30am – 2.30pm.
Activities include; Bog in a Bottle activity – learn about how bogs are made, Plants of the Bog – learn about the different plants in the bog and how to tell them apart, Pond Dipping in Bog Pool – Use nets and find out what creepy crawlies can be found in Bog pools, Birds and Mammals of the Bog – learn about the different animals that live in our bogs, and a Scavenger Hunt. Tickets are free but bring €2 for parking.

On Sunday the Harpers for Heritage concert takes place at Muckross Schoolhouse with Fiachra Ó Corragáin, Máire Ní Chathasaigh and Chris Newman from 7.30pm to 9pm.

There’ll also be an exhibition from the Killarney National Park Photography Competition based on the theme of ‘Our History, Our Future’ in Killarney House and Gardens while the Me and the Moon will create Bee/Bug hotels and sustainable eco bird feeders today (Friday) and tomorrow (Saturday) from 11am – 4pm at Muckross Schoolhouse.

The Heritage Council is encouraging people to visit www.heritageweek.ie to see what other events are taking place in their locality or across the country. Participants can browse the website and create a bespoke National Heritage Week ‘Events Trail’ to help them plan their week according to their location, their particular heritage interests and their preferred event type, such as a festival, performance, exhibition or re-enactment.

“This year, National Heritage Week looks to the past to create a better future,” Chief Executive of the Heritage Council of the Heritage Council, Virginia Teehan, said.

“The theme of sustainable heritage and biodiversity encourages us all to reflect on how our history and heritage can play a part in protecting our planet. Whether it’s learning a new skill like embroidery, blacksmithing or pottery making; better understanding how to prevent biodiversity loss in our own back gardens or country lanes; or gaining fresh insight into the history of our art, music or the Irish language and sharing this knowledge among friends and family, there are endless ways to get involved. I would encourage people to visit the National Heritage Week website and browse the vast array of events and projects taking place and plan their week.”

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