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It’s awards season at The Gleneagle Group

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Members of the 450 strong team of The Gleneagle Group gathered together in the INEC on Wednesday for the highly-anticipated Gleneagle Group Employee Awards.

EMPLOYEE AWARDS: The Gleneagle Group gathered together in the INEC on Wednesday for the highly-anticipated Gleneagle Group Employee Awards. Included front row: Gleneagle Group CEO Patrick O'Donoghue Gleneagle General Manager John Doolan Employees of the Year Gleneagle Hotel Group Aaron McCann Serge Nimzuk Pat Sheehan Leopoldina Jancarova Nyvltova Noel O'Donovan Elaine Dempsey Manager Maritime Hotel. Photo: Valerie O'Sullivan

The awards made a welcome return after a two-year absence due to the pandemic.

“Our last Employee Awards took place back in February 2020, little did we know then what the next two years had in store," Gleneagle Group CEO, Patrick O’Donoghue, said.

"I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for all we achieved in this time, despite the many challenges our industry faced.”

CELEBRATING HARD WORK

The Gleneagle Group Employee Awards aim to appreciate and celebrate the hard work and dedication of the whole team with nominees chosen from across 2020 and 2021.

The top accolades of Employee of the Year were awarded to Pat Sheehan from The Gleneagle Hotel, Leopoldina Jancarova Nyvltova from The Maritime Hotel and Aaron McCann from The Gleneagle Group.

In The Gleneagle Hotel categories Serge Nimzuk won Manager of the Year, Chido Mukambi won Best New Starter, Nora Carroll won the Leadership Award, Neda Glavis won World’s Best Colleague and Con O’Connor won the Excellence in Customer Service Award. Tamir Ishmend, Teresa Collum and Rossana Guiao all received special recognition awards.

In The Maritime Hotel categories, Noel O’Donovan won Manager of the Year, Elvis Apenitis won Best New Starter, Zsuzsa Marjaiwon the Leadership Award, Roisin Daly won World’s Best Colleague and Pauline Murray won the Excellence in Customer Service Award. Alan Brooks, Philly Spillane and Krzysztof Chojna all received special recognition awards.

In The Gleneagle Group categories Orla Steinbeck won the Leadership Award and Clare Grimes won the Excellence in Customer Service Award. Fiona O’Connor, Sheena Cahill, Cariosa Fleming and the entire Call Centre team all received special recognition awards.

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Killarney hotels are still open for business

By Sean Moriarty Only a few of the town’s 37 hotels are homing displaced people – according to Bernadette Randles, chair of the Kerry branch of the Irish Hotel Federation. […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Only a few of the town’s 37 hotels are homing displaced people – according to Bernadette Randles, chair of the Kerry branch of the Irish Hotel Federation.

This week she said that there’s still accommodation to be found in Killarney for visitors.

She was speaking in relation to the current accommodation situation facing International Protection Applicants and Ukrainian war refugees.

She explained that there is a perception that Killarney has taken in too many refugees and that it is putting the tourism industry at risk as people are starting to think that the town is at full capacity.

“If you can’t get a room in Killarney there is something wrong,” she said. “Maybe with the exception of New Year’s Eve.”

She added that hotels that are providing emergency accommodation are helping off-season unemployment.

Many hotels remain in survival mode after two years of pandemic turmoil and the additional off season business is important, she explained.

“Many could be closed at this time of the year, others would not be operating at full capacity,” she added.

However, she warned the Government needs to put a plan in place before the tourism season starts next year. Some hotels offering emergency accommodation either have a three or six month contract.

“I can see there will be tears next April – the Government must have a long-term plan,” she said.

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Homing refugees worth almost €14m

By Sean Moriarty Hotels, B&Bs and other accommodation suppliers in the Killarney area have secured contracts in excess of €13 million to accommodate Ukraine war refugees. The Department of Children, […]

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Hotels, B&Bs and other accommodation suppliers in the Killarney area have secured contracts in excess of €13 million to accommodate Ukraine war refugees.

The Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth released figures to the Killarney Advertiser.

Documents show that contracts totalling €13,852,255.00 are being shared between 13 premises in the Killarney urban area.

However, the department warned these figures are “indicative” only and the full value of the contracts depends on “occupancy and actual usage”.

The Eviston Hotel has secured a contract worth €5,727,590.00, the Innisfallen Hotel in Fossa for €2,404,620.00 and The Hotel Killarney signed a deal worth €1,701,000.00. These are the three biggest contracts published in the documentation.

This is only the tip of the iceberg, and Department officials say more contracts could come on stream. Figures seen by the Killarney Advertiser only cover contracted premises up to the end of September this year and updated figures are only released every three months.

“We are in contract with far more, but the formal exchange of contracts can take place sometime after the service commences,” a department spokesperson told the Killarney Advertiser.

“The Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth is obliged to publish a list of contracts formally signed off each quarter that have been awarded under a special EU Derogation that permits the Department to enter into contracts in the context of the Ukraine accommodation crisis without going to formal tender.

“The values of the contracts shown are estimates; the actual value materialises upon occupancy and actual usage. Standard contracts have no-fault break clauses available to both parties so again, the figures are indicative rather than actual.”

These figures only cover Ukrainian refugees fleeing the war and do not include International Protection Applicants.

The Department refused to release International Protection Applicant figures to the Killarney Advertiser.

“The International Protection Applicant accommodation contract information is commercially sensitive information and is not available,” added the Department spokesperson.

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