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There was a sense of celebration and gratitude in the air among Scoil Phobail Sliabh Luachra staff recently to mark the retirements of four teachers.

FAREWELL: Four teachers from Scoil Phobail Sliabh Luachra celebrated their retirement with colleagues in the Great Southern Killarney recently. From left: Maria Hanrahan (Deputy Principal) Margaret Dennehy Mary O'Connor Carmel O'Keeffe Mary Woods and Denis Kerins (Principal). Photo: Tony O'Brien

Margaret Dennehy, Carmel O'Keeffe, Mary Woods and Mary O'Connor attended the celebratory meal and evening with their husbands along with a huge number of staff members, past and present.

The event which was held in the Great Southern Killarney gave teaching colleagues and friends the opportunity to share stories and memories of the retirees and wish them well as they move onto the next phase of their lives away from the classroom.

All four former teachers had initially started in St Mary’s Secondary School in Rathmore before joining Scoil Phobail Sliabh Luachra when the amalgamation occurred in 1998.

Margaret Dennehy, who taught Music and English had spent her entire career in Rathmore and special mention was made of her musical contribution to all school events over the years.

Carmel O'Keeffe taught French and Irish for many years and instilled a passion and grá for languages in all of her students. Mary O'Connor was a key figure of the Science Department where she taught Junior Cycle Science and Biology as well as providing staff and students with lots of delicious home-baking over the years.

Mary Woods, an enthusiastic Home Economics teacher for many years, was a driving force behind the success of the Leaving Certificate Vocational Programme (LCVP) in the school with a particular passion for developing an entrepreneurial spirit and leadership skills in her students.

“While their presence is missed in SPSL, we wish each of our colleagues health and happiness in their retirement,” Princial, Denis Kerins, said.

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Trilogy of comedy on offer by Dóchas Drama

By Sean Moriarty Dóchas Drama Group will present a series of three short comedy plays next week. All three plays are written and produced by Dóchas and will be acted […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Dóchas Drama Group will present a series of three short comedy plays next week.

All three plays are written and produced by Dóchas and will be acted out by the group’s members.

The opening act, ‘Flossing Around’ is written by Ger Madden and directed by Brian Bowler.

“A woman has an innate fear of the dentist. We go on the journey with her as she faces her fears, with hilarious consequences,” explained the group’s Liz Ryan.

This will be followed by ‘Faraway Hills’ which is written by Mary Quirke and directed by Michael Mills.
It is a tongue in cheek look at family life.

“A son wants to get away from small town life. His mother wants to keep him at home but his father can’t wait to see the back of him,” added Liz, who plays the mother in this short play.

Brain Bowler wrote the third instalment called ‘A Little Visitor’ which is directed by Ryan Jones.

“There are lots of misunderstandings when a hypochondriac visits a group of doctors who have other things on the their minds,” added Liz.

The run, which will feature all three performances each night, starts Wednesday next week and continues Thursday and Friday (February 8 to 10) at the Killarney Avenue Hotel. Tickets are €10 and are available at the door.

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Killarney secures three gold medals in national business awards

Three hotels in Killarney have won gold medals at the Virgin Media Business Gold Medal Awards. Now in its 33rd year, the awards the best of the best in the […]

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Three hotels in Killarney have won gold medals at the Virgin Media Business Gold Medal Awards.

Now in its 33rd year, the awards the best of the best in the hotel and catering sectors across the country.

This year, judges received over 460 entries from 150 hotels, guest houses, country houses, restaurants, cafés, bars and catering companies from around Ireland.

“An important factor in the Gold Medal Awards is the credibility and impartial nature of the judging process. Every property that undergoes this process is subject to benchmarking against a strict set of criteria and a blind site inspection conducted by the judging panel,” said an event organiser.

“This panel comprises respected industry experts from across the hospitality, culinary and catering sectors.”

Three Killarney hotels took top awards in different categories at the awards ceremony held at the Galmont Hotel and Spa in Galway on Tuesday night.

The Great Southern Hotel was named as the best Business and Conference Hotel in Ireland.

“To be recognised among the greatest hotels in Ireland is a marvellous achievement for Great Southern. It is fantastic news and has provided all our staff with a little morale boost. Our Business & Conference partners and customers are extremely important to us with some relationships in place annually for over 30 years. Receiving this recognition for the service we provide is a fantastic achievement and testament to the incredible work of our outstanding staff,” said Michael Jacobi Managing Director said.

The best front of house team award went the staff at the Aghadoe Heights Hotel and Spa.

In the Hotel Casual Dining Experience category the Dunloe Hotel and Gardens came out on top.

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