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Golden moment for The Brehon’s green team

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Holding the gold medal award from GreenHospitality.ie is Brian Bowler, general manager, The Brehon, with from left, Sean Hughes, Sinead MCarthy, Fiona Collins, Chad Byrne, Noreen Lyne, Ann O'Leary, Danielle Delaney and Tara Doolan. PICTURE: VALERIE O'SULLIVAN

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KILLARNEY'S very own green army at The Brehon took a well-deserved bow on home turf as the hotel has been awarded a gold medal from GreenHospitality.ie for its dedication to protecting the environment.

GreenHospitality.ie grants its awards to businesses that reduce energy and waste costs and implement eco-friendly policies on an ongoing basis. The gold award is the mark of best practice in environmentally responsible tourism. Only businesses that have implemented an environmental management programme that is designed to reduce their energy, water and waste footprint and emissions, whilst maintaining their quality of service achieve this award.

“The team at The Brehon is fully committed to this smart approach and have made substantial reductions in their energy and water consumptions and reduced the amount of waste going to landfill,” said Maurice J Bergin, Managing Director of GreenHospitality.ie.

“They engage fully with their guests and are always looking to make further improvements as they have embedded this culture within their team.”
The Brehon operates a series of environmental practices across the hotel with the intention of securing a greener future. Both the staff members and hotel guests are encouraged to actively reduce the hotel’s carbon footprint through a series of everyday practices. Waste, be it refuse, water or energy, is monitored in the hotel, with major emphasis on the principle reduce, reuse, recycle. For example, each department has an energy checklist to do on each shift and staff have been trained on items such as waste segregation.

“The Brehon’s green team, led by Sinead McCarthy and Tara Dolan, have worked tirelessly over the past year to improve upon and execute our environmental management system which has already significantly reduced the hotel’s carbon footprint,” says Brian Bowler, general manager, The Brehon.
“Every team member in every department contributed to improving our practices around recycling, energy consumption and communication both internally and to our customers and we look forward to making further improvements.”
 


 
Holding the gold medal award from GreenHospitality.ie is Brian Bowler, general manager, The Brehon, with from left, Sean Hughes, Sinead MCarthy, Fiona Collins, Chad Byrne, Noreen Lyne, Ann O'Leary, Danielle Delaney and Tara Doolan. PICTURE: VALERIE O'SULLIVAN

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Killarney man wins most-coveted trophy in sheepdog trials

By Sean Moriarty Kilcummin farmer Tom O’Sullivan – one of the main organisers of last month’s Sheep Dog Trials in Fossa – has become the first Kerry man to win the biggest award in the sport. Tom is the chairman of the Killarney sub-committee and was a member of the 15-strong Irish team that participated […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Kilcummin farmer Tom O’Sullivan – one of the main organisers of last month’s Sheep Dog Trials in Fossa – has become the first Kerry man to win the biggest award in the sport.

Tom is the chairman of the Killarney sub-committee and was a member of the 15-strong Irish team that participated in the international sheepdog competition in Aberystwyth in Wales last weekend.

A total of 60 competitors, 15 each from Ireland, England, Scotland and Wales, contested the biggest event in sheepdog trials on Friday to Sunday last.

After getting through the qualifiers on Friday and Saturday, Tom and his dog Northhill Tess, fended off the challenges of the other top-15 qualifiers to win the International Supreme Champion award.

Not alone is he the first Kerry man to win the competition, which has been running since 1947, he is just the fifth Irishman to do so and the first from Munster.

“The qualifying course was similar to Killarney,” he told the Killarney Advertiser.

However, Sunday’s final was much more difficult. His dog had to round up a flock of sheep at the left hand side of the course. Then Northhill Tess, under the guidance of Tom, had to round up a smaller flock and bring them to the same holding pen. When finished, five of the sheep were wearing red collars and Tom had to instruct his dog to separate them and bring them to a separate holding area.

“It is the biggest trophy in sheep dog trailing,” he added. “Everyone who trains a dog does so for this day. It is mind blowing. My family are very proud, they know the time and the work involved preparing for this.”

The standard at the Killarney event last month was evident in Wales last weekend. The Killarney winner, Peter Morgan and his dog Moss, ran Tom to a very close second.

His son Peter Og won the Young Handlers award and Team Ireland were declared the overall winners based on aggregate scores in the final 15.

Tom arrived home to Kilcummin on Monday night to a traditional homecoming bonfire.

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Vaccination centre leaves basketball club homeless

By Sean Moriarty With the National Basketball League set to get underway in two weeks’ time, Scott’s Lakers St Paul’s Killarney Basketball Club are still unsure where they will play their homes games this season as their usual venue is being used as a COVID-19 vaccination centre. The local side play Limerick Celtic away on […]

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By Sean Moriarty

With the National Basketball League set to get underway in two weeks’ time, Scott’s Lakers St Paul’s Killarney Basketball Club are still unsure where they will play their homes games this season as their usual venue is being used as a COVID-19 vaccination centre.

The local side play Limerick Celtic away on the weekend of October 8 and 9 and their first home game is set for October 16.

Currently their home venue at Killarney Sports and Leisure Centre is unavailable as it is being used as a COVID-19 vaccination centre and according to the Health Service Executive (HSE) this week, there are no plans in place, as of yet, to move out.

Killarney Cougars, the town’s newest addition to the National League, has secured the use of the gym at St Brigid’s Secondary School in the town centre but, as it stands, St Paul’s remain homeless as the season opener looms.

“It is ridiculous at this stage,” said head coach Jarlath Lee. “If you look at what is happening at the Sports Centre, there are very few people in and out of there now compared to the start [of the vaccination roll-out].”

The HSE when contacted by the Killarney Advertiser this week said that they would not be adding to a previous statement issued earlier this month, which said: “In relation to Killarney Sports and Leisure Centre, we are very grateful to staff and management for the use of their facility as a vaccination centre.

“Planning work is well underway for the next phase of the vaccination programme, locally and nationally. This includes a review of where vaccinations are administered in future, but we cannot confirm any decisions in relation to any particular location at this point in time.”

However, the HSE did confirm this week, that the Tralee Vaccination Centre, located at the Munster Technology University, will re-locate to the recently vacated Borg Warner factory in the town. The move is expected to be completed within the next week to 10 days.

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