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Ho Ho Ho! Santa takes time to talk to the Killarney Advertiser




Totally ‘sleighing’ my inside information this week - I nailed an interview with the big man himself, Santa Claus!

Santa was checking into the International Hotel for the weekend to launch the first Christmas in Killarney Parade on Saturday evening last.

Did you park the sleigh in the Glebe Santa?

“Ho-ho-ho not at all Marie, I arrived by steam train this evening. The reindeer must preserve their energy and need a full 28 days sleep to generate high speeds of up to 650 miles per second. Dasher by name and Dasher by nature is the fastest of the lot and is in top form this Christmas,” Santa replied.

Is it the same route as always Santa?

“Yes, it’s a race against the speed of light so beginning with the South Pacific, New Zealand and Australia. After that Japan, Asia, across to Africa, then Western Europe, Canada, the United States, Mexico, Central and South America. The route can sometimes be affected by weather but the reindeer and I have always got the job done!” Santa replied.

What do you prefer to be called; Santa Claus, Santy, Kris Kringle, Nick?

Oh my, I hope I don’t have as much ego as I have names. Santa or Santy will do me fine. Maybe Santa Claus on formal letters and correspondence, just to be sure to be sure you get the right man… I won’t tell you what Mrs Claus calls me!

Wow Santa, all that travelling, you must sleep for a month after your super express delivery?

“Myself and Mrs Claus usually recuperate by February and we take off on a SuperValu break in disguise. Mrs Claus especially loves Killarney National Park and makes a point of visiting the reindeers' cousins, the red deer on occasion and I enjoy Torc Waterfall and taking a boat trip on the lakes with Dux. I also love a good hot chocolate and Killarney is elite when it comes to this,” Santa replied.

With that Bar Manager Dara McCarthy arrives with the most delicious looking hot chocolate complete with an abundance of marshmallows and topped with lashings of cream!

“Are you making up for lost time?” Santa asked Dara. “I’m never going to make it onto that nice list am I Santa,” Dara laughed. “Perhaps tonight is your lucky night Dara, this hot chocolate is a definite 12 and a half out of 10,” Santa slurped.

"People like to leave out all sorts of food items for you all over the world, different things like a glass of milk, some cookies, maybe mince pies… what is your favourite food to find when you go down a chimney?" I asked.

"To be honest, I’m becoming almost as jelly as I am jolly these days! I need to lose some weight, ho, ho, ho! So, the less I eat on Christmas Eve is probably better. If you really want to leave something out for me, I’d say just go with a small glass of water or milk, and perhaps one carrot for the reindeer to share at each house is plenty."

One last thing before we go. What would you say to any children out there who are reading this?

Oh, I’d tell them that it’s nearly Christmas time now, not long to go, so it’s good to be as nice as you can. Help your parents with anything they ask, take some time to remember others around you, and remember, Christmas is a time for understanding the magic held within the hearts of all that believe in the spirit of Christmas. Thank you to everyone who has come to see me at the Christmas in Killarney parade. It's one of my most special things to do in the lead up to my express delivery coming soon. Merry Christmas to you all and I hope I don't see you on the 24th, ho, ho, ho!

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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 […]




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 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 […]




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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