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Inaugural Randles Christmas Fair a success

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Last weekend saw up to 20 exhibitors set up their stalls at the luxury Randles Hotel on the Muckross Road for the inaugural Christmas Fair.

Lyndsay Lawless from The Lawless Company showing off the range of products at the Randles Hotel Christmas Fair.

Jeff Gordon from The Bee Brothers exhibiting at the recent Randles Christmas Fair.

Benoit Lorge from Lorge Chocolatier exhibiting at the Randles Christmas Fair.

Alison Walsh - Alison Walsh Jewellery

Andrea Kissane - Muckross Gin

Caroline - Dingle Chocolate

Eamon O'Connor - Donnachadh O'Connor Woodcraft

Elizabeth O'Hanlon - ION Organics

Emma Carmody - Grounded Pottery

Klaus Woessner - Flourish Organics

Mary Murphy - Made Near Here

Norman McCloskey - Photography

Rebecca Daly Dingle Crystal - Andrea Haug Wild Kerry Candles

Sylvia Sylvia Carcagno - Petit Coeurs Kenmare

With stalls ranging from skin care to baubles, cosmetics to candles, jewellery to gin, the fair had it all.

Exhibitors filled every available space in the Fermoy Suite at the Muckross Road hotel, to set up a diverse array of products but most of all products that were locally produced and made. There was even mulled wine and mince pies setting the scene for all shoppers on arrival to ensure a truly cosy and festive atmosphere.

The fair itself, which took place on Saturday and Sunday afternoon, was a hit, with queues forming even before the doors were opened and when they did the hotel was buzzing with activity.

There was a constant and steady flow of people coming to do their festive shopping. People came out in large numbers, looking for those unique and quirky gifts. It was amazing to see such wonderful support for local businesses and producers.

Tom Randles owner of Randles Hotel, hailed the weekend a great success.

"The fair allowed shoppers the opportunity to browse some wonderful stalls all under one roof in a warm and welcoming space. It had something for everyone, whether you were looking to kick start your Christmas shopping or finish it, if you are one of the ultra-organised!"

Tom wishes to thank all the small local independent businesses that supported their first time fair, many of whom are already planning to return for the Randles 2023 instalment.

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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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