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CHECK IN: Bernadette Randles welcomes of the first guests, Sharon Sincox from Charleville, to the The Dromhall Hotel.

By Michelle Crean and Grigoriy Geniyevskiy

There was a widespread feeling of relief all around on Wednesday as the hotel doors were finally allowed to reopen to welcome back guests.

After five months of closure it's sure to be a huge boost for the summer season.

HAPPY: John Doyle, General Manager of The Gleneagle Hotel, is happy as doors of the hotel reopened on Wednesday.

The Gleneagle's General Manager John Doyle said he was delighted to be reopened again and to give people a warm welcome.

"It is looking good for the weekend and the month of June in general. It’s a very exciting time and the staff are happy to be back."

SMILES: Sinead McCarthy, Bridget McDonagh, Chad Byrne, Sean Hughes and Kamila Capot O'Connor pictured with big smiles in The Brehon Hotel this week as they reopened.

Sinead McCarthy General Manager of The Brehon Hotel said it was good to be back and have their team back fully.

"We are excited, ready and waiting to share our new experiences with out returning and new guests."

At the Dromhall Hotel Bernadette Randles welcomed one of the first guests Sharon Sincox from Charleville.

"It's like Christmas, we are very excited to be open. We couldn’t wait to be back open safely and get back to work. We have also spent €1 million on renovations of our new lobby, new showers and outside work."

The sentiments were echoed at the International Hotel.
"We are delighted to welcome everyone back and are looking forward to welcoming locals from next week to our refurbished terrace and our new balcony restaurant," Tracy Coyne said.

BACK IN ACTION: The International Hotel staff were happy to be back doing what they do best this week. Pictured are: Elaine O’Mahoney, Tracy Coyne, Darragh Looney, Anne Marie Collins, Jim Digby and Catriona White.

Staff at the Ross Hotel were equally delighted to be back doing what they do best.

"We are absolutely thrilled to be open, especially after the long winter. I hope we don’t go through the same thing again," Ciara Treacy said.

ALL SET: Katarina Herman-Nikolic and Sara Gorupec all set for their guests in the Ross Hotel as they reopened their doors on Wednesday.

General Manager of the Plaza Hotel, Maurice O’Donoghue, added that they too are happy to finally be able to reopen and that they would like to thank everybody that made it possible.

"As our 2021 season begins, we are excited to welcome back familiar faces and to greet new ones.
We would like to wish our friends and colleagues in the Irish hospitality industry the best of luck."

GREETINGS: General Manager of the Plaza Hotel, Maurice O’Donoghue, ready to greet guests through the door on Wednesday.

Photos: Grigoriy Geniyevskiy

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Headford man’s 1948 Jaguar the star of car run

A staggering 157 classic and vintage cars and motorcycles took part in the 12th annual Car and Honda 50 Run, organised by Ballymac Vintage Club on Sunday. The O’Riada’s Bar […]

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A staggering 157 classic and vintage cars and motorcycles took part in the 12th annual Car and Honda 50 Run, organised by Ballymac Vintage Club on Sunday.

The O’Riada’s Bar and Restaurant-based event raised money for the nearby Glanageenty Walkways and followed a new for 2022 route via Ballymac, Raemore, Knocknagoshel, Brosna, and Mount Eagle before the finish line in the Mart Yard in Castleisland.

Gerard Healy from Knockysheehan, Headford, Killarney had the oldest cars on the run.

He has owned his 1948 Jaguar Mark 4 saloon for the last seven years.

“This car was manufactured in Coventry after World War Two,” he said. “And it was then shipped to Ireland in kit form to avoid high import duty on complete cars. It was reassembled in Dublin and painted emerald green. This is a Sligo car, the first owner was a Miss Teresa Ferry, it was very unusual for a lady to own a car in those days.”

The car was then sold to a vicar and then a soldier before, somehow, ending up in The Netherlands. There it underwent a full restoration in 1999.

Gerard bought the car from a restorer called Roberto Verboon.

“I was proud to bring the car back to Ireland,” he added.

Thanks to generous support from local businesses and sponsors including O’Riada’s and BG Motors over €500 worth of spot prizes were handed out on the day.

Listry’s Tony and Kay Darmody were prize winners after judges were impressed with their Hillman Minx Convertible.

George Carey from Tralee won the motorcycle award with his finely turned out 1986 Honda 90.

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White Tailed Sea Eagles released into Killarney National Park

By Sean Moriarty Four White-tailed Eagle chicks have been released into the wild in Killarney National Park. The National Park is one of three locations in Munster as well as Lough […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Four White-tailed Eagle chicks have been released into the wild in Killarney National Park.

The National Park is one of three locations in Munster as well as Lough Derg and the lower Shannon Estuary where a total of 16 of the once extinct in Ireland birds have been released in recent days.

On Friday last, An Taoiseach, Micheál Martin was in Tarbert where a number of eagles were released into the wild as part of a project to re-establish a population of this iconic species in Ireland.

This was followed by a further release today (Tuesday) in Killarney National Park by the Minister of State for Heritage, Malcolm Noonan, TD, accompanied by the Norwegian Ambassador, Mari Skåre.

Also in attendance were a group of visiting Norwegians who were responsible for the collection of the eagle nestlings in Norway earlier this year.

These white-tailed Eagle chicks arrived in Kerry Airport last month as part of a long-term wildlife reintroduction project.

The four eagle chicks brought to Killarney National Park have been held in special aviaries in a remote part of the Park where they have been carefully looked after by National Parks and Wildlife Service staff.

“It has been wonderful to watch the release of the magnificent White Tail Eagles collected in Norway. The friendship between the people of Norway and the people of Ireland runs deep. The eagles we see fly free and strong in their natural habitat here today are spreading their wings as a result of the voluntary work of so many,” said Ambassador Skåre.

“Biodiversity is essential for all life on Earth. Yet we are seeing an extremely rapid loss of species world-wide. Through joint efforts we can halt this decline.”

As in previous years, the young eagles were collected under licence in Norway by the Norwegian Institute for Nature Research (NINA) and co-workers. All the birds were fitted with satellite tags in Ireland to enable their progress to be followed and their integration into the existing Irish breeding population monitored.

One of the first pairs of White-tailed Eagles to breed in Ireland was in Killarney National Park in 2013 and the pair have remained in the Park since, once again fledging a chick this year. Their nest is in a tree on an inaccessible cliff, but visitors may be lucky and catch a glimpse of the eagles soaring over the mountains or catching fish in one of the Park’s many lakes.

As they mature, these chicks will join and strengthen the small Irish breeding population that has become established since the reintroduction programme began in 2007. So far, 47 young eagles from Norway have been released over the last two years.

FLYING HIGH: One of the White-tailed Eagle chicks released into the wild in Killarney National Park on Tuesday.
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