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By Michelle Crean

Not only did they enjoy a well deserved evening out together after a busy festive season, but employees from two Killarney hotels were also awarded for their dedication to their jobs.

DESERVED: Manager of the Year went to Áine McMahon Reservations Manager at the Great Southern (Second Left) pictured with Roisin O’Sullivan Michael Jacobi (Hayfield Family Collection Managing Director) and Mark Scally. Photo: Don MacMonagle

AWARDS: Ellie Roche from The Killarney Royal received Employee of the Year. She’s pictured at the front with Caoimhe Spillane (HR Manager). Also awarded were: Tetiana Poshka and Nuala Doolan in the middle and Tara Watters Mike Cronin and Rachel Leech at the back. Photo: Don MacMonagle

A wonderful night was had by all from the hard-working teams of the Great Southern and Killarney Royal who celebrated their annual employee awards evenings.

Management from the hotels took the opportunity to mark the occasion with long service and customer service excellence awards presented on the night.

The Killarney Royal awards were held in The Tan Yard in the Killarney Plaza, with the Great Southern awards held in Hilliards.

The Great Southern event saw a number of awards presented, including Employee of the Year which went to Pal Palfi, who has also been nominated in the IHF Kerry Branch Employee of the Year awards.

Manager of the Year went to Áine McMahon, Reservations Manager at the Great Southern. Other winners on the night included Olga O’Donoghue, Damian Ciupka, Sharyaar Akhtar with Department of the Year awarded to the Conference & Banqueting team.

The Killarney Royal event saw awards go to Employee of the Year, Ellie Roche, with other awards going to Tara Watters, Dominika Repinska, Franco Mario, Fred Bastable, Tetiana Poshka and Rachel Leech.

Long service awards were also presented on the evening with Nuala Doolan celebrating an amazing 30 years and Michael Cronin celebrating 15 years with the company.

“We were delighted to welcome our team members in a relaxed and casual atmosphere to celebrate together," Hayfield Family Collection Managing Director, Michael Jacobi, said.

"We are privileged to operate three beautiful hotels but it is the staff in the hotels that really make the difference! Our staff parties are a great opportunity to thank every single one of our colleagues for their hard work and for the incredible hospitality they provide to our guests. After a challenging but successful 2022 we are now looking forward to creating more memorable experiences in 2023.”

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One way traffic system mooted for St Oliver’s National School

The Killarney Advertiser understands that a one-way traffic management system will be introduced at St Oliver’s National School. The plan remains subject to confirmation by Kerry County Council and other […]

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The Killarney Advertiser understands that a one-way traffic management system will be introduced at St Oliver’s National School.

The plan remains subject to confirmation by Kerry County Council and other statutory bodie. It is  understood that the system will be trialled at the beginning of the new school year in September.

The area is subject to serious traffic congestion during school drop-off and pick-up times every day.

Over 650 pupils and 80 staff attend the school every day. New housing developments in the area have added to traffic congestion.

Cllr Martin Grady has being pushing for enhanced road safety measures at the school since his co-option to the council in September 2023.

“The issue has worsened in recent years with Woodlawn, Rookery Road and Ballycasheen having more domestic property developments which brings with it more road activity,” Grady told the Killarney Advertiser.

“I’ve seen first-hand several accidents occur when dropping and collecting my children from the school. It needs a safe solution by means of a drop off- pick up point or a traffic management system put in place.

“It is unfair on all stakeholders involved. I will keep working on this until results are achieved in the interest of everyone’s safety. “

The lack of urban school bus services, not just at St Oliver’s but at all schools is adding to Killarney’s traffic woes.

“I would like to see school bus services return for all students, in both urban and rural schools, this service was a massive loss, it would greatly reduce the volume of traffic on our roads and mitigate the risk of accidents and near misses,” added Cllr Grady.

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Planning rules “nonsensical in a housing crisis” Cllr Healy-Rae

A planning rule which prevents people from building houses on their own land next to major roads is being challenged by Cllr Maura Healy Rae. The current planning policy states […]

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A planning rule which prevents people from building houses on their own land next to major roads is being challenged by Cllr Maura Healy Rae.

The current planning policy states that any application house along national primary and national secondary roadways exiting from existing entrances will not be considered.
Healy-Rae says this problem is particularly acute in the Killarney Municipal District given the amount of national roadway surrounding the area with the N22, N71 and N72.
“It is nonsensical that where an individual is living at home and using an existing entrance, can’t be considered to build their own house and use existing entrance they are already using,” she told the Killarney Advertiser.
“How Transport Infrastructure Ireland can quantify this as additional traffic is preposterous. Given we are in a housing crisis, given all the challenges surrounding planning, given exorbitant house prices and the lack of affordable housing, it is ludicrous that this is a reason people are being refused planning.”
She called on Kerry County Council to write to the TII, the Minister for Transport and the Minister for Local Government requesting that the current blanket policy be lifted.
“It [the policy] has directly resulted in numerous planning applications being refused and even considered at the pre-planning stage,” she added.
Kerry TD Danny Healy-Rae has also raised the issue in Dáil Éireann.

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