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Gold medals for three Killarney tourism providers

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TOURISM AWARD: Fiona Ross (Chairperson, CIE), presents the CIE Tours Award for Best Overall Hotel Service and Hospitality to Cahernane House Hotel, at the CIE Tours International 30th Annual Awards of Excellence where Ireland’s best holiday destinations and experiences were recognised based on feedback from over 25,000 visitors. Photo: John Ohle Photography

 

By Sean Moriarty

Three Killarney-based tourist industry providers were celebrating this week after taking Gold Medals at the CIE Tours International Annual Awards for Excellence.

The awards, which are now in their 30th year, recognise the best hotels and tourist attractions across Ireland based on feedback from over 25,000 customers throughout the year.

Each winner achieved a customer satisfaction rating of over 92% from CIE Tours International visitors with Gold Award Winners achieving the highest satisfaction ratings in their categories.

It was a special night for Geraldine Rosney of Killeen House Hotel who won her 29th Gold Award in the Special Dinner Feature category. Geraldine has won the award every year except one, since the awards were first presented 30 years ago.

Cahernane House Hotel won the Gold Award in the Best Hotel Service and Hospitality category while Killarney Horse and Carriage Tours won a Gold Award and was named Best Tour Feature by CIE Tours visitors.

“30 years ago CIE Tours International introduced its annual Awards of Excellence to recognise Ireland’s hospitality ambassadors – the people and businesses throughout the country who put Irish tourism on the global stage through the warmth of welcome and quality of service provided to our international visitors,” said Elizabeth Crabill of CIE Tours International.

[caption id="attachment_29968" align="alignleft" width="1024"] DINNER WINNER: Fiona Ross (Chairperson, CIE), presents the CIE Tours Award for Best Overall Special Dinner Feature to Geraldine Rosney of Killeen House Hotel.[/caption]

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Since then Ireland’s tourism sector has changed utterly and grown in reputation but the demand for excellent experiences remains constant.  Ireland remains an attractive tourism destination for visitors from North America drawn by the diversity and richness of the experiences offered and the warmth of the traditional Irish welcome which should not be underestimated.”

Nine hotels in the town, Killarney Plaza Hotel; Killarney Avenue Hotel; Killarney Towers Hotel; International Hotel Killarney; Great Southern Killarney; Aghadoe Heights Hotel & Spa; The Brehon Killarney and The Dunloe Hotel and Gardens each received merit awards.

 

[caption id="attachment_29967" align="alignleft" width="1024"] WINNER: Fiona Ross (Chairperson, CIE) presents the CIE Tours Award for Best Overall Tour Feature to Killarney Horse and Carriage Tours.[/caption]

 

 

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Soroptimists fundraising efforts not “hampered” by COVID

By Michelle Crean COVID didn’t “hamper” their efforts this year as members of the Killarney Soroptimist Club came together and gave generously to charity. Members of the group couldn’t hold normal meetings this year due to the ongoing restrictions but pulled together to continue supporting a women’s aid countywide service. Along with family and friends […]

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By Michelle Crean

COVID didn’t “hamper” their efforts this year as members of the Killarney Soroptimist Club came together and gave generously to charity.

Members of the group couldn’t hold normal meetings this year due to the ongoing restrictions but pulled together to continue supporting a women’s aid countywide service.

Along with family and friends they created Christmas hampers for the third year running and donated them to the ADAPT Centre in Tralee on Tuesday.

There, they presented them to Catherine Casey, who is the Manager of ADAPT Women’s Refuge Centre.

“It is wonderful to be in a position to donate these Christmas hampers to ADAPT once again this year,” Killarney Soroptimist Club President, Teresa Irwin, said.

“Due to COVID and not being able to hold normal club meetings we were unsure what we could manage. We are thrilled with the response since we decided to go ahead and amazed at the generosity and the number of hampers. We wish to thank all those that donated. Hopefully the residents of ADAPT will enjoy them.”

Catherine said that they were once again very grateful to all the members of the Killarney Soroptimist Club.

“We recognise that there is a lot of organising and work done by the Club President Teresa Irwin and all the members in collecting and putting the hampers together. It is heartwarming to see the support and generosity of the club. ADAPT Kerry and the Killarney Soroptimists have built a very good relationship over the last number of years and they have lead many campaigns to highlight our service in the Killarney area, including taking part in the ‘Safe Homes, Safe Communities’ initiatives. There is no doubt that their work raises awareness of our service and has contributed to many more women making contact with us for support by phone, through our outreach service and availing of refuge.”

If you would like to talk to ADAPT Kerry please ring 066 7129100 anytime.

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Time to get your Santa letters posted!

We hope you have your Christmas letter written – and checked it twice – because Santa is waiting for it to be posted! And thanks to the Christmas in Killarney committee it’s now so much easier to get it to him with the special Santa post box on College St. just outside Lana. His elves […]

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We hope you have your Christmas letter written – and checked it twice – because Santa is waiting for it to be posted!

And thanks to the Christmas in Killarney committee it’s now so much easier to get it to him with the special Santa post box on College St. just outside Lana.

His elves will collect the post every night at midnight and bring them straight to the North Pole.

After taking part in the magical parade in town on Saturday evening, Santa spoke to the Killarney Advertiser and said he is so excited to deliver the toys later this month.

“Season’s Greetings to everyone,” Santa said.

“I would like to remind all the boys and girls in Killarney and Kerry to write and post their letters to me as soon as possible. They can use the green post box on College St and my elves will collect the letters every night when everyone is asleep! I can’t wait to get in my sleigh and deliver all the fantastic presents on Christmas Eve. Remember, be good, the elves are watching!”

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