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Hotel staff rewarded after busy summer season 

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There was plenty of feel-good cheer as hotel employees were joined by their families for an end of summer garden party on Sunday.

Timmy Looney Sheila and Sean McAllister pictured at the Great Southern Killarney staff and families barbeque in Killarney on Sunday. Photo: Don MacMonagle

Conor Alexandra and Ollie Collins and Ellie Roche pictured at the Great Southern Killarney staff and families barbeque in Killarney on Sunday. Photo: Don MacMonagle

Jerry and Martina O'Leary Gerard Carmody and Kathleen Bhuiyan pictured at the Great Southern Killarney staff and families barbeque in Killarney on Sunday. Photo: Don MacMonagle

Michael Katy and Sophie Jacobi pictured at the Great Southern Killarney staff and families barbeque in Killarney on Sunday. Photo: Don MacMonagle

Mariusz Nowaczyk Katarzyna Iwanicka and Hanna pictured at the Great Southern Killarney staff and families barbeque in Killarney on Sunday. Photo: Don MacMonagle

Mike Anne and Rebecca O'Sullivan pictured at the Great Southern Killarney staff and families barbeque in Killarney on Sunday. Photo: Don MacMonagle

Marco Sarac Jasmin Feorle Elena Riedmann Eileen Forster Lina Metzler Vivan Caehringer Elizabeth Ritter Marinela Murat and Gustavo Copio pictured at the Great Southern Killarney staff and families barbeque in Killarney on Sunday. Photo: Don MacMonagle

Jessica Bell Marilyn O'Leary Sophie Jacobi Emma Griffin Kayla Byrne Brian Courtney Aisling Davis Katie O'Sullivan and Shauna Davis pictured at the Great Southern Killarney staff and families barbeque in Killarney on Sunday. Photo: Don MacMonagle

Kamile Layla and Indy Lyne pictured at the Great Southern Killarney staff and families barbeque in Killarney on Sunday. Photo: Don MacMonagle

Damian Paulina Laura and Luzanna Ciupka having fun at the Great Southern Killarney staff and families barbeque in Killarney on Sunday. Photo: Don MacMonagle

Martina O'Leary Michael Jacobi and Kathleen Bhuiyan pictured at the Great Southern Killarney staff and families barbeque in Killarney on Sunday. Photo: Don MacMonagle

Alan Corey and Bridget O'Sullivan joined their colleagues at the Great Southern Killarney staff and families barbeque in Killarney on Sunday. Photo: Don MacMonagle

Donal Mangan Danielle Medved Goran Dijakdvic Natasa Stobakovic and Anastasia Pejakovic pictured at the Great Southern Killarney staff and families barbeque in Killarney on Sunday. Photo: Don MacMonagle

Regina Palfi Tunde Palfine Ethan Sibanda and Craig SIbanda pictured at the Great Southern Killarney staff and families barbeque in Killarney on Sunday. Photo: Don MacMonagle

The event, which included staff from the Great Southern and Killarney Royal, was hosted in the Events Centre and beautiful gardens of the Great Southern as a reward for all their hard work over an extremely busy summer season.

Staff were treated to a host of delicious delicacies and special appearances by local singer Cathal O’Flaherty and treats from Shake Waffle & Roll rounded off a great day for the team.

“We are absolutely delighted to welcome our team and their families as a thank you after a busy summer season,” event host and Hayfield Family Collection Managing Director, Michael Jacobi, said.

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Valuable role of Kerry cancer support charity recognised nationally

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Cancer support charity Recovery Haven Kerry has been recognised for its vital role in supporting cancer patients and their families at a national ceremony in Dublin.

The renowned cancer support house was one of 16 such centres across Ireland that were presented with plaques to acknowledge their full membership of the National Cancer Control Programme (NCCP) Alliance – a group made up of voluntary and charity organisations delivering support services directly to cancer patients and their families. An additional 10 associate member charities were also honoured, including Kerry Cancer Support Group.

The Alliance advocates for, and supports, the development of integrated pathways between the cancer centres, acute hospitals, community cancer support services and primary care services. All members’ development is in line with the values of Sláintecare, seeking to provide assurance to healthcare professionals that these organisations are working to an agreed standard as set out in Best Practice Guidance published by the NCCP. 

Speaking after the ceremony, which was held at Dublin’s Farmleigh Estate, Recovery Haven Kerry Chairman, Tim McSwiney, explained that being compliant with the Best Practice Guidance for Community Cancer Support Centres is a true mark of quality. 

“It offers us a yardstick to measure what we are doing against the standards required. As a result, healthcare professionals have more confidence in referring people to our services. We are very proud to be a member of the Alliance,” he said.

Recovery Haven Kerry was represented at the event by centre manager, Gemma Fort and Client Services Co-Ordinator, Siobhan MacSweeney and were presented with their plaque by NCCP Lead for Cancer Survivorship, Louise Mullen, Clinical Lead for Psycho-Oncology Dr Helen Greally, and Minister of State at the Department of Health, Colm Burke. 

The event was also used as an opportunity to announce funding of €3m for the NCCP’s Alliance of Community Cancer Support Centres and Services through Budget 2024. The NCCP is currently in the process of distributing these funds which will directly and positively impact the delivery of services for patients and families nationally.

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‘More Precious Than Gold’ book launch

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At the official book launch of ‘More Precious Than Gold: My enduring connection with John McShain – the man who built Washington’ by Alice O’Neill-McLoughlin at Killarney House, was Minister of State for Nature, Heritage and Electoral Reform, Malcolm Noonan, T.D.

Alice was born the eldest of eleven children into an Irish farming family in Rosbercon, New Ross, County Wexford. In 1978, she was awarded a scholarship from John McShain- the iconic builder, philanthropist, devout Catholic with Derry ancestry, responsible for many famous American landmarks, including the Jefferson Memorial and the Pentagon.

Her book records the lifelong personal correspondence Alice exchanged with ‘The Man Who Built Washington.’ His philanthropy extended to the Irish people in the bequeathing to the State of Killarney House and the surrounding thousands of acres incorporating the Lakes, Ross Castle, and Innisfallen Island. In 2019, Alice had the honour of inducting John McShain into the Irish America Hall of Fame in her home town of New Ross in the presence of his relatives from Philadelphia and Derry. This is a tale of altruism, of gratitude, of faith and of a life lived in the pursuit of excellence.

Alice also donated her treasured correspondence of letters from John McShain for the archive at Killarney House. Also in attendance were Members of the Ignatius A. O’Shaughnessy family, who was founder of The Globe Oil and Refining Company – and part of a consortium of wealthy American businessmen who were going to purchase the lakes of Killarney as a Country Club in the 1950’s.

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