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Jackie brings wealth of international experience to The Brehon

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By Michelle Crean

There's a new face at one local hotel and bringing her international experience in luxury travel, local tourism is set to benefit.

Jackie O’Brien has been appointed as Director of Sales and Marketing at The Brehon and Angsana Spa.

Her experience in the luxury travel industry includes the renowned Hyatt Hotel Group, Canada, where she spent over 10 years, and more recently with Clayton Hotel Group.

In her new role, Jackie will lead The Brehon’s meetings, incentives, corporate, events and sales business whilst continuing to develop the hotel's iconic brand.

“I am delighted to join the team at The Brehon and Angsana Spa, Killarney after spending the last 10 years working with Hyatt Hotels in Vancouver, Canada,” Jackie said.

A native of Co Mayo, Jackie is thrilled to be home selling Ireland as a destination and more importantly, Killarney.

“Killarney is such a beautiful place, and I am excited to work with the team here at The Brehon to get to know the locals and become part of the community."

The Brehon & Angsana Spa is located in close proximity to Killarney and adjoining Killarney National Park. The hotel boasts 125 guest rooms and is the perfect venue for meetings. The ballroom is 273 square metres and can accommodate a meeting for up to 250 delegates. The Brehon has two supporting meeting rooms and the Park Suite located on the fourth floor can accommodate up to 100 people. With an array of breakout spaces, the hotel can cater for all types of events, no matter how unique.

A range of dining and refreshment options are also available with menus reflective of the array of local, seasonal produce that is available in Killarney and Kerry; curated by an award winning team of chefs, led by Head Chef Chad Byrne.

“We’re looking forward to working with Jackie as The Brehon embraces a new chapter. She brings with her a wealth of international experience and we’re delighted to have her on board,” Sinead McCarthy, General Manager, added.

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Volunteers wanted for street collection

By Michelle Crean October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and local volunteers are keen to not only raise awareness but also funds. Kathrina Breen, Eleanor O’Doherty and Kathleen O’Shea who […]

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By Michelle Crean

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and local volunteers are keen to not only raise awareness but also funds.

Kathrina Breen, Eleanor O’Doherty and Kathleen O’Shea who have been supporting the Irish Cancer Society for many years are delighted to be able to get back to their Pink Ribbon street collection in Killarney town next Friday (October 7).

They are the only group in the country doing the collection as many fundraisers have moved online since the pandemic struck.

“We’re the only town in Ireland doing it this year,” Kathrina, who feels it’s important to keep a street collection going, told the Killarney Advertiser.

“We haven’t done it in two years since before COVID. I pushed to do it as it raises a lot of money. People have been supporting this for years, this money goes towards breast detection equipment, information leaflets in doctors surgeries and towards cancer grants.”

In 2021, donations helped 254 breast cancer patients with free transport to and from 2,380 chemotherapy appointments by volunteer drivers, 154 patients received 514 nights of end-of-life care from Night Nurses and 3,430 enquiries were made about breast cancer through the Freephone Support Line 1800 200 700 and at 13 Daffodil Centres across the country.

And she added that they’re looking for a few volunteers to help out on the day.

“If anyone would like to help they can contact me on 087 2612992.”

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Calls for Council to acquire vacant Rock Road properties

By Sean Moriarty There are calls to make two vacant properties on Rock Road available to Kerry County Council’s housing inventory. The two cottages, one either side of the entrance […]

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By Sean Moriarty

There are calls to make two vacant properties on Rock Road available to Kerry County Council’s housing inventory.

The two cottages, one either side of the entrance to St Finan’s Hospital, are vacant for some time.
Cllr Maura Healy-Rae raised the issue at a recent Killarney Municipal District meeting.

“Regarding two vacant houses at the entrance to St Finan’s on Rock Road which appear to be vacant for a significant period of time. One of the properties is in the ownership of the HSE. I requested that Kerry County Council would liaise with the HSE with a view to potentially acquiring this house,” she told the Killarney Advertiser after the meeting.

“I stressed that it is important that the local authority exhaust all possibilities when it comes to providing more houses, particularly properties located within the town of Killarney where the need and demand for housing is critical.”

Kerry County Council said it would get the Vacant Homes Officer to contact the owner of the privately owned bungalow.

“They will inform the property owner that there is funding available under various schemes and grants to aid the return of this property to habitable use. Such schemes include the Repair and Lease Scheme and the recently launched Croí Cónaithe vacant property grant,” said a Council official.

Cllr Healy-Rae added: “I requested that KCC would liaise with the HSE with a view to potentially acquiring this house.”

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