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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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Rebel lights delight for Killarney star

By Con Dennehy The continued growth, development and participation of women’s handball in East Kerry was rewarded at the weekend when Cork hosted ‘She’s Ace’, the prestigious All Ladies Handball […]

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The continued growth, development and participation of women’s handball in East Kerry was rewarded at the weekend when Cork hosted ‘She’s Ace’, the prestigious All Ladies Handball championships.

Attracting all the leading players in Ireland, it was Sarah Dineen, the Spa/Killarney player who shot out the Rebel lights in Conna with a phenomenal display of handball.

Competing in the highly competitive Ladies Challenger championship, the Killarney player, who took up the sport just 18 months ago, had the perfect start in the competition defeating the home town favourite Agnes Hurley from Conna on a 21-20 scoreline following an energy sapping and close encounter that hung in the balance to the final ace.

In her second game she took on the challenge of Nolwenn Even from St Brigids where her skill, superior fitness and movement on the court resulted in the 21-12 victory and a place in the prestigious final.

“The final was always going to be a difficult game not least playing local girl Kate O’Riordan from Conna. I concentrated on my serve and kill shots which ensured we shared the aces early in the game. It was a difficult game with the home supporters out in force to cheer on their local hero. However, I played well and secured a 21-11 victory. This was the second time this title came to Spa Killarney following the 2022 win by Aoife Walsh in Northern Ireland,” said Sarah, who is currently chairperson of the Killarney Camogie Club.

A native of Westmeath, Sarah (46) runs a jewellery business in Killarney and lives in Rathmore. No stranger to competitive sport she played camogie for Westmeath and Leinster and also won an Intermediate championship Gaelic football medal in Westmeath.

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STEM Scholarship for outstanding female student

By Michelle Crean A Killarney student attending University College Cork has received a STEM scholarship. Annie O’Donoghue (22) who is in her final year of a Bachelor of Science Degree in Data Science […]

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By Michelle Crean

A Killarney student attending University College Cork has received a STEM scholarship.

Annie O’Donoghue (22) who is in her final year of a Bachelor of Science Degree in Data Science and Analytics in University College Cork, was recognised as an outstanding female student in STEM2D disciplines: Science, Technology, Engineering, Math, Manufacturing and Design at a ceremony held at Janssen Sciences site in Ringaskiddy.

Annie, from Muckross, will receive a student award, a bursary of €1,500, industry mentoring and leadership training, along with the opportunity to attend career workshops, visit Johnson & Johnson sites and participate in WiSTEM2D events designed to support students with pursuing future STEM careers.

The Johnson & Johnson WiSTEM2D programme fuels the development of the female STEM2D talent pipeline by awarding and sponsoring girls and women at critical points in their educational experience and their careers, in STEM disciplines. The Undergraduate programme was first introduced at University of Limerick in 2016. Since then, it has expanded to include University College Cork in 2018, University of Galway in 2021, and Munster Technological University in 2022, supporting more than 400 female students over the last six years.

“It’s an honour to be a recipient of this award,” Annie, who is a former St Brigid’s Presentation Secondary School student, told the Killarney Advertiser.

“It’s great to see the number of women in Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, Manufacturing and Design, increase over the years.”

She added that the goal of the award is “to inspire women to pursue their career path in their respective STEM2D field of work”.  
 

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