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Further investigations in to cause of hotel fire

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By Michelle Crean

The owner of a town centre hotel which went on fire in the early hours of Monday morning - resulting in the evacuation of over 200 guests - says he's heartbroken.

Pat Eviston had reopened the doors of Eviston House on New Strret to guests just five days earlier after five months of COVID closures.

25 fire fighters, two fire appliances from Killarney, one from Killorglin, Tralee, and Castleisland, rushed to the hotel at 6.15am on Bank Holiday Monday as a fire tore through the building.

It had started in a room just off the kitchen on the first floor and spread along the venting and ducting on the first, second and third floors. There was heavy smoke throughout the hotel and all guests were evacuated safely. The fire was brought under control at approximately 9.30am but fire fighters remained on scene until 3.30pm.

"We're just grateful everybody was ok," owner Pat Eviston told the Killarney Advertiser.

"It's heartbreaking. It's very upsetting for everybody; all the people who work there. We're trying to keep as many as we can employed."

He added that further investigations have to take place to establish the cause of the fire and they have no idea yet when they'll reopen.

"It's still too early to know. Everything is still up in the air. More inspections have to be done. We're just grateful everybody was OK, that's all we can take from it. We were helped by other hotels and we're extremely grateful to them and the fire fighters, and for all the messages of support and offers of help from lots of different people."

Photo: Grigoriy Geniyevskiy

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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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Killarney man to launch second Irish history book

By Sean Moriarty Killarney native Patrick O’Sullivan Greene will launch his second book in the Great Southern Killarney on December 2. O’Sullivan Greene explains Éamon de Valera’s mission to gain […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Killarney native Patrick O’Sullivan Greene will launch his second book in the Great Southern Killarney on December 2.

O’Sullivan Greene explains Éamon de Valera’s mission to gain recognition for the newly formed Irish republic in New York in 1919 in his latest book ‘Revolution at the Waldorf: America and the Irish War of Independence’.

Without American recognition and funding the young Irish Government was sure to fail against the might of the British Empire and the book tells the story of how de Valera and Ireland-based Michael Collins – much to the defiance of the British authorities at Dublin Castle – got the new State off the ground.

O’Sullivan grew up in New Street and is now based in Beaufort after a career in finance took him all over the world including Dublin, London, New York and France.

“Killarney is the natural place for me to launch the book,” he told the Killarney Advertiser.

“There will be an interesting mix of people there.”

O’Sullivan Greene published his first book, ‘Crowdfunding the Revolution: The First Dáil Loan and the Battle for Irish Independence’, in 2020.

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