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Gleneagle Group winners take a bow at staff awards

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ROUNDS of applause and even standing ovations saluted the nominees and winners at The Gleneagle Group’s annual staff awards which took place recently.

The Gleneagle team gathered in the Ballroom of The Gleneagle Hotel for their ceremony last Tuesday, while the awards for The Brehon, The Travel Inn and The Maritime Hotel, took place earlier in the month.

The top awards of Employee of the Year went to Trevor O’Keeffe for The Gleneagle Hotel, Ewelina Rychalk for The Brehon, Joan O’Neill for The Travel Inn, Liam Cunney for The Maritime and Gretel O’Sullivan for The Gleneagle Group, each of whom received standing ovations from their colleagues.

In The Gleneagle Hotel categories, Ita Lyne won Colleague of the Year, Sean Counihan won Best New Talent, Vance Harris won the Emerging Talent Award, Margaret Brosnan won the award for Going The Extra Mile, Pat Brosnan and Betty Tracey shared the Hero Award, Eugene O’Riordan won the Special Achievement Award, Eimear Flynn won the award for best Business or Training Initiative and Jadwiga Surmiak won Manager of the Year.

In The Brehon categories, Danielle Delaney won Colleague of the Year, Eimear Bartley won Best New Talent, Patrick O’Sullivan won the Emerging Talent Award, Ernestas Karosas won the award for Going The Extra Mile, Sinead McCarthy and the Kitchen team led by Head Chef Chad Byrne shared the Special Achievement Award, Sean Hughes won the Hero of the Year Award, and the Angsana Spa team led by Spa Manager Fiona Collins won the Business Initiative Award.

In The Travel Inn categories, Agatha Potts won Colleague of the Year, Louise Murphy won Best New Talent and Patrick Byrne won the Emerging Talent Award.

In The Maritime Hotel categories, Radek Chimielewski won Colleague of the Year, Helena Downey won the Emerging Talent Award, Aileen O’Mahony won Best New Talent, Richard Garcia won the award for Going The Extra Mile, Elaine Dempsey won the Special Achievement Award, the Leisure Centre Team led by Manager Jason O’Sullivan won the award for best Business or Training Initiative while Malgorzata Dudek and Angelika Mereszne won an award for making the Most Significant Contribution to the group.

In The Gleneagle Group category, which represents the shared departments across all The Gleneagle Group properties, the winners were Eileen Doherty who won Colleague of the Year, Michael MacSweeney who won the award for Best New Talent, Cariosa Fleming who won the award for Emerging Talent, Ann Shanahan who won the award for Going the Extra Mile, Orla Steinbeck who won the Hero Award while Gina Wickham and Ann O’Leary and The HOD team shared the Special Achievement Award.

 


 
Above: Patrick O’Donoghue, left, MD, Gleneagle Hotel Group, and Brian Bowler, General Manager, Brehon Hotel, presenting Ewelina Rychalk, with Brehon Hotel 2016 Employee of the Year at an award ceremony at the hotel, also included are category award winners, Kristine Zeige, Sean Hughes, Claire Costello, Monika Bdgek, Chad Byrne, Sinead McCarthy, Kamila O’Connor Fiona Collins, Moriez Karpea, Kimie O’Keeffe, Danielle Delaney. PICTURE: VALERIE O'SULLIVAN

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Happy Birthday Sham

Well-known Killarney character Seamus ‘Sham’ Courtney celebrated his 75th birthday yesterday (Thursday) at his favourite town centre watering hole. Sham who has entertained countless tourists over the years with his pronounced Kerry accent is one of the town’s best loved characters. One video recorded by RTE’s Today Show around the time of his 71st birthday […]

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Well-known Killarney character Seamus ‘Sham’ Courtney celebrated his 75th birthday yesterday (Thursday) at his favourite town centre watering hole.

Sham who has entertained countless tourists over the years with his pronounced Kerry accent is one of the town’s best loved characters.

One video recorded by RTE’s Today Show around the time of his 71st birthday has amassed 7.5 million viewers.

Yesterday he visited one of his favourite pubs, Jack C O’Shea’s on High St, where proprietors John and Joan O’Shea and their ever-present dog Ginny placed decorative balloons around the bar to mark the occasion.

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Killarney acts excited to play outdoor mini music event

By Michelle Crean ANSEO, Kerry’s newest outdoor mini music and arts event, plans to have six shows at three venues, including Killarney Town Centre next weekend. On Sunday September 26, there’s plans for an afternoon show by The Gleneagle Concert Band, Pauline Scanlon with Mick Galvin, and The Small Hours from 2 to 4.30pm. Later that […]

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By Michelle Crean

ANSEO, Kerry’s newest outdoor mini music and arts event, plans to have six shows at three venues, including Killarney Town Centre next weekend.

On Sunday September 26, there’s plans for an afternoon show by The Gleneagle Concert Band, Pauline Scanlon with Mick Galvin, and The Small Hours from 2 to 4.30pm. Later that evening, from 7 to 9.30pm, acts such as The Rising, Cathal Flaherty, and Truly Diverse, will play.

It’s all part of two weekends of entertainment including tomorrow (Saturday) at the Town Square Listowel where Eoghan Duignan, John Browne and Brendan O’Sullivan, Tim O’Shea & Afro Trad Ireland, as well as Liam O’Connor and Family play from 1pm to 3.30pm, followed by an evening show from 6pm to 8.30pm featuring Seamus Begley and Donogh Hennessy, Sephira, and Peter Staunton and Super Ceili.

In Tralee on Saturday September 25, acts such as Inish, Lorraine Nash, and Oracle will put on a show from 2pm to 4.30pm, with Mark Leen: ‘the man with many voices’, Aisling Urwin & Andy Yelen, and Renovator playing from 7pm to 9.30pm.

ANSEO Kerry, supported by Kerry County Council, has been created to celebrate and support local artists and get them back out performing via a live outdoor music event for those who love Kerry and its talent.

Culture and local art will also be celebrated on a big screen at all of these events highlighting local talent including super works from visual arts Kerry, Cill Rialaig Arts Centre, Me + The Moon, Kerry Biosphere, St John’s Theatre, as well as Landscapes + Seascapes film, animations and mapping.

“It’s been an unbelievable feeling to be back performing again after what was the longest 18 months for everyone but I feel especially musicians because we were the first to close and just about the last to open again properly,” Cathal from Beaufort, and now living in Killarney town, told the Killarney Advertiser.

“When I read the news a few weeks back that we can perform indoors again it didn’t quite sink in until I was actually playing indoors a few days later. Since then my phone has been hopping with bookings and I’m just so grateful for anyone who has booked me so far. It’s still not entirely back to normal but I won’t be complaining for a while as it’s just so great to be back at it again. I want to give a special thanks to the guys behind ANSEO who have booked me for their Killarney run of shows which I’m really excited for, and also to be sharing the stage with two other incredible Kerry acts – The Rising and Truly Diverse. I know the Truly Diverse lads very well over the last decade so I know it’s gonna be a great show and I can’t wait to get up on that stage and play my own songs in front of real people again!”

ANSEO Kerry will be a family-friendly, alcohol-free, ticket only event for 200 people in pods of four. The concerts will be free of charge and there is expected to be much demand for these socially distanced shows. Tickets are limited but the shows will also be streamed online for those who can’t be there in person. ANSEO Kerry is being run in-line with full Government guidelines and protocols in place.

Tickets are bookable via www.anseokerry.com.

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