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Gleneagle voted one of Ireland’s top 10 hotels

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The Gleneagle has been voted one of Ireland’s top 10 hotels by the readers of the Irish Independent newspaper.

John Dolan, General Manager of The Gleneagle Hotel. Photo: Valerie O'Sullivan

While news broke over the weekend, celebrations are continuing at the Killarney hotel this week.

“We are over the moon to be included in this prestigious list of top Irish hotels,” says General Manager John Dolan. “It is a testament to the hard work and dedication of all the team here. We would like to thank our many loyal guests, especially those that took the time to nominate us for the awards.”

“To be named in the top 10 in the same year that Killarney took the overall award for Best Irish Holiday Destination is particularly special.”

Voters described The Gleneagle as “professional, friendly, good value for money and fab onsite entertainment" adding that it has a "very unique vibe”. The Gleneagle was placed eighth in the list of top 10 hotels with Killarney’s Europe taking the top accolade of Ireland’s Best Hotel.

The full list of top 10 hotels in order of appearance is The Europe Killarney, Fitzgerald’s Woodlands House in Adare, Adare Manor, Kelly’s Resort Hotel in Wexford, Harvey’s Point in Donegal, Amber Springs in Gorey, Ashford Castle in Mayo, The Gleneagle Hotel, Hotel Woodstock in Ennis and the Monart in Enniscorthy.

Nominations for the Reader Travel Awards were open from October 22 to November 20 last year. Readers entered their nominations across many categories including Best Hotel, together with any comments on their picks. Entries were free. Afterwards, the top nominees were tallied and the judging panel adjudicated on the readers' shortlist, choosing the final winners and runners-up from readers’ favourites. The panel of judges included Pól O’Conghaile, Rachel Dugan, Roz Purcell, Katy McGuinness, Francis Brennan, John Brennan and Niall Tracey.

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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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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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