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Hotel staff awarded for their hard work




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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Killarney to feature on TG4’s Country Music show

By Sean Moriarty A song about Killarney – once made famous by local Country Music hero Dermot Moriarty – will feature on TG4 tomorrow night (Tuesday). The second series of […]




By Sean Moriarty

A song about Killarney – once made famous by local Country Music hero Dermot Moriarty – will feature on TG4 tomorrow night (Tuesday).

The second series of the Irish channel’s County Music show ‘Viva Ceol Tire’, which highlights emerging Country Music talent in Ireland, airs every Tuesday night at 9.30pm.

The next programme will feature Donegal singer David James’ version of ‘Oh Killarney’.

The programme was filmed entirely on location in Killarney including Torc Waterfall, Ladies View Moll’s Gap and Kate Kearney’s Cottage.

“The song was written by Dennis Allen. However, it was a hit for Dermot Moriarty in the 1980s. The first time I heard it I loved it and I was thrilled with the reaction my version has got,” James, who is from the small village of Killean in Donegal, told the Killarney Advertiser.

“It’s pretty rural but I love it. I’ll be in Country Music 10 years this May. My first gig was in the local GAA hall for my aunt’s 50th birthday. I was 14 and I’ve been at it ever since.”



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Five questions to ask yourself before buying a stock

By Michael O’Connor, When it comes to investing, nothing is certain. There are no perfect stocks to buy because there’s no way of predicting the future with 100% accuracy. […]




By Michael O’Connor,

When it comes to investing, nothing is certain.

There are no perfect stocks to buy because there’s no way of predicting the future with 100% accuracy.

The truth is, investing is hard, and building a portfolio of top stocks that beat the market is something that even financial professionals have trouble doing consistently.

For most people, investing in index funds is the perfect hands-off approach, providing broad exposure to the stock market at a very low fee. Even my own personal portfolio is made up of roughly 70% ETFs despite the fact I invest in the market for a living.

But I believe some stock picking is a good strategy for many hands-on people.

Taking a small portion of your overall portfolio and diligently selecting a small number of companies to invest in gives you an opportunity to learn about the investing process and fully understand the businesses you are investing in, which helps to build conviction in your positions.

From a psychological standpoint “collector’s instinct” kicks in, enabling people to participate and invest more money over time.

Lastly, for Irish investors, there are tax benefits to consider. If you invest in individual stocks, you are taxed at the CGT rate of 33%, and the first €1,270 of your gains are exempt from CGT each year. When investing in index funds or ETFs, you are taxed at the exit tax rate of 41% with no annual exemption.

For those interested in picking individual stocks, here are five questions you should ask yourself before investing in any company.

Do I understand the business?

Too many people invest in businesses they don’t understand because it ‘sounds good’. If you have no idea how the company works, you won’t have the conviction needed to hold onto the stock when an inevitable downturn comes.

Can the balance sheet withstand severe, temporary adversity?

This seems obvious, but so many people invest in companies without understanding how much money a company holds and who they owe money to. Economic cycles are guaranteed. You must ensure that the company has enough cash-on-hand to avoid becoming obsolete when activity slows.

Will the company benefit from long-term trends?

Make sure the company will remain relevant into the future. If the stock is cheap now, it may be cheap for a reason.

Is the company enjoying profitable growth?

Not growth at all costs, but a combination of sustainable growth and value. All this information can be found online at sites like

What are the risk factors?

Is the company trying something new and untested? If yes, who are its competitors and how successful are they? If other players are more established, this company may have a tough time breaking into the market.


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