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Kerry hoteliers mark festive season in style

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By Sean Moriarty

Some of the best known faces from the Kerry hotel industry gathered on Wednesday night for their first Kerry Hotelier's Ball since before the pandemic.

Niall O'Shea (Hugh Jordans) Kate O'Shea (Dream Jobs) Melinda and Peter Guban (Dream Jobs) pictured at the Dromhall Hotel on Wednesday evening at the IHF Ball. Photo: Marie Carroll-O'Sullivan

The O'Donoghue family Gleneagle Hotel Group (left to right) Patrick Margaret Sinead and Eamon enjoying the IHF Ball at the Dromhall Hotel on Wednesday evening. Photo: Marie Carroll-O'Sullivan

Bernadette Randles (President of the Kerry Branch of the Irish Hotels Federation) pictured with Denyse Campbell (President of the Irish Hotels Federation) enjoying the IHF Ball at the Dromhall Hotel on Wednesday evening. Photo: Marie Carroll-O'Sullivan

Enjoying the IHF Ball on Wednesday evening at the Dromhall Hotel Marie and Pat Chawke. Photo: Marie Carroll-O'Sullivan

TD Michael Healy Rae Katie Carroll and David Dooley (Dooley's Seafood & Steak House Waterville) enjoying the IHF Ball at the Dromhall Hotel on Wednesday evening. Photo: Marie Carroll-O'Sullivan

Padraig Casey (Killarney Park Hotel) pictured with his wife Maura (Aghadoe Heights Hotel) enjoying the IHF Ball at the Dromhall Hotel on Wednesday evening. Photo: Marie Carroll-O'Sullivan

Sharon Dineen (Brehon Hotel) pictured with Valerie Steinbeck (Gleneagle Hotel Group) enjoying the IHF Ball at the Dromhall Hotel on Wednesday evening. Photo: Marie Carroll-O'Sullivan

The Dromhall Hotel Killarney host to the Irish Hotels Federation Ball on Wednesday evening. Photo: Marie Carroll-O'Sullivan

Vernerable Lumby pictured at the Dromhall Hotel enjoying the IHF Ball with his wife Noelleen on Wednesday evening. Photo: Marie Carroll-O'Sullivan

Cllr Niall Kelleher Mayor of Killarney pictured with his wife Linda enjoying the IHF Ball at the Dromhall on Wednesday evening. Photo: Marie Carroll-O'Sullivan

Jason Clifford The Dunloe Hotel enjoying the IHF Ball at the Dromhall Hotel with his wife Jacqui Wednesday evening. Photo: Marie Carroll-O'Sullivan

Paul O'Neill and Gemma Ring (O’Donoghue Ring Collection) pictured with Catriona and Mark Scally (Hayfield Family Collection) enjoying the IHF Ball at the Dromhall Hotel on Wednesday evening. Photo: Marie Carroll-O'Sullivan

Margaret Cahill National President of Skal International pictured with her husband Jimmy Dunne on Wednesday evening enjoying the Irish Hotels Federation Ball at the Dromhall Hotel. Photo: Marie Carroll-O'Sullivan

Enjoying the IHF Ball on Wednesday evening at the Dromhall Hotel were Mari Kelleher and Cllr John O'Donoghue. Photo: Marie Carroll-O'Sullivan

Darren Looney (Cahernane Hotel) pictured with Evan Quinn enjoying the IHF Ball at the Dromhall Hotel on Wednesday evening. Photo: Marie Carroll-O'Sullivan

Michelle Rosney Killeen House Hotel (left) and Katie Horgan Castlerosse Hotel (right) pictured at the Dromhall Hotel enjoying the IHF Ball on Wednesday evening. Photo: Marie Carroll-O'Sullivan

Hosted by Kerry branch chair Bernadette Randles at her family-run Dromhall Hotel on the Muckross Road, over 200 people enjoyed a festive get-together to mark the season.

Guests of honour, under the expertise of MC Geraldine Rosney, included the Mayor of Killarney, Niall Kelleher, Deputy Mayor Cllr John O’Donoghue, Conor Hennigan Acting President of Killarney Chamber of Tourism and Commerce, Denyse Campbell who is President of the Irish Hotel Federation, Moira Murrell, Chief Executive of Kerry County Council, Order of Innisfallen inductees Donal Ring and Michael O’Donoghue, and Jenny DeSaulles of Fáilte Ireland.

Local clergy included Bishop Ray Browne, Fr Kieran O'Brien and the Venerable Simon J Lumby Rector of Killarney.

Guests were treated to a drinks reception sponsored by the West Cork Distillers and Bibendum Ireland.

Entertainment included a jazz trio, traditional music and a magician while the attendees enjoyed a five-course meal.

Fundraisers on the night raised at least €6,000 which will be divided between Kerry Mountain Rescue and Kerry Mental Health.

“It was an amazing night,” said Emer Corridon of the Cahernane Hotel. “It was wonderful to see so many colleagues and suppliers after three full years.”

Emer was a member of a committee that included, Sinead McCarthy (Brehon), Tracy Coyne (International), Michael Jacobi (Great Southern), Garrett Power (Muckross Park) and Brian Lawlor (O’Donoghue Ring Group).

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Top 10 Essential tips for Leaving Cert Students in lead up to June 5

The final weekend leading up to the Leaving Cert exams can be very tough, as you try to balance last minute revision with much needed rest after a long, exhausting […]

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The final weekend leading up to the Leaving Cert exams can be very tough, as you try to balance last minute revision with much needed rest after a long, exhausting year.

The natural anxiety felt by students is often heightened by the annual media hype around the state exams and it is really important that you do your best to manage that stress effectively, so that you are ready to perform to the best of your ability once the exams start. The following tips may help to keep you focused and a little calmer in the lead up to June 5.

1. Review, don’t cram – Focus on summary notes, flashcards, or mind maps. This reinforces what you’ve already studied. Prioritise areas where you feel less confident, but don’t try to learn new material.

2. Practise past papers – Review marking schemes and time allocation for each question you will need to answer on each paper. Practise a sample of questions against the clock. This will maximise your scoring potential.

3. Organise your materials – Check the exam timetable and highlight your own exams. Prepare the stationary that you need, gather pens, pencils, calculators, and so on. Pack your bag the night before to avoid last-minute stress.

4. Maintain a healthy balance – Aim for 8 hours of sleep each night. Proper rest is crucial for memory, concentration and stamina. Eat well, include proteins, healthy fats, and complex carbs in your meals to maintain energy levels. Drink plenty of water, hydration is essential.

5. Try to manage stress – Schedule short breaks during study sessions and do something enjoyable and relaxing, like a short walk, playing or listening to music. Get fresh air and some light exercise. Use relaxation techniques like breathing exercise, mindfulness and meditation.

6. Focus on a positive mindset – Focus on your strengths and remind yourself of your preparation. Concentrate on what you know and not on what you think you don’t! Try to avoid negative self-talk and steer clear of discussions that heighten anxiety, such as comparing how much you’ve studied with friends.

7. Plan your weekend – Create a realistic timetable for the weekend, balancing study sessions with breaks and relaxation and don’t overdo the study. You need plenty of energy for the exams.

8. Stay connected – Talk to friends and family, if you are feeling overwhelmed reach out and get support from loved ones. If it’s helpful, have a short, focused study session with friends to clarify doubts.

9. Keep things in perspective – The Leaving Cert is important but won’t define you and regardless of what happens you have several options open to you. Try to reframe the media hype as the whole country getting behind you, for what they know to be a tough time for you.

10. Get Set for exam day – Double-check the venue, seating arrangements, and required materials for the day of the exam. On the evening before the exam, do a light review of key concepts but avoid heavy studying. Ensure you know how to get to the exam venue and plan to arrive early (at least 30 mins on the first day). Decide what you’ll wear to avoid rushing in the morning and have your water and snacks ready to go.

Above all else, give the exams your best shot! Once they are over you have a lovely ‘study-free’ summer and bright future to look forward to. Go n-éirí libh ar fad, the very best of luck to each and every one of you!

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Disability toilets for Killarney Library

Works to build new toilet facilities for people with disabilities should commence later this year. Cllr Marie Moloney tabled a motion at a recent Kerry County Council meeting. She said: […]

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Works to build new toilet facilities for people with disabilities should commence later this year.

Cllr Marie Moloney tabled a motion at a recent Kerry County Council meeting.
She said: “Application has been made for funding to the Department. As soon as the funding is approved, work will commence on the provision of Disabled Toilet Facilities.
“While ramps are installed for accessibility, it is unacceptable that any public building be without disabled toilet facilities in this day and age.
“I am aware of several people with a disability who constantly use the services of the Library and are very happy with the staff and the services that Killarney Library offers but are disappointed at the lack of disabled toilets.”
“I will be keeping the pressure on to have these facilities provided as soon as possible.”

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