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Kerry hotels and visitor attractions sweep the boards  

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HOTELS, a restaurant and numerous visitor attractions from the county swept the boards in the prestigious CIE Tours International Awards of Excellence for 2015 which were announced at a ceremony in Dublin Castle last night.

Four hotels came away with awards for the best in their category, while nine others also received coveted awards. One B&B, restaurant and bar was judged to have provided the best lunch. Eight visitor attractions in the county received awards, which are in their 26th year and come from a survey of 28,000 CIE Tours International customers. The awards were presented by the CIE chairman Vivienne Jupp.

Awards of Excellence were presented to 98 outstanding hotels and visitor attractions spread right around the country.

The Dunloe Hotel, Killarney, won the best five-star hotel category, while Killarney’s Brehon Hotel won the gong in the four-star section.

Benners Hotel in Dingle won the accolade for best three-star hotel award.

Killeen House Hotel, Killarney, won the coveted best dinner feature and Davitt’s B&B Restaurant & Bar, Kenmare, won the best lunch.

Other hotels presented with awards were Dingle Skellig Hotel, Europe Hotel, Killarney, International Hotel, Killarney, Killarney Avenue Hotel

Killarney Park Hotel, Killarney Plaza Hotel, Killarney Towers Hotel and The Malton, Killarney.

The visitor attraction winners from Kerry were Brendan Ferris Sheep Dog Trials, Kells, Glenbeigh, Gabriel Kavanagh Sheep Dog Trials and Famine Cottage, Fahan, Ventry, John B. Keane’s pub, Listowel, Killarney Horse & Carriage Tours, Kissane Sheep Farm, Muckross House & Gardens, Killarney, Tangney Tours-Jaunting Car, Killarney, and The Gap of Dunloe Ponymen.

It was revealed that the visitors carried by CIE Tours generated revenues of €83 million in 2015. CIE Tours International brought 44,000 visitors to Ireland during the past year.

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Well-known Killarney man, Donncha Crowley, who lives in Woodlawn Park, was joined by his friends and staff from Centra, Muckross Road, to help him celebrate his very special 50th birthday on Saturday. Donncha is a keen cyclist, and well-known for his mastership of Suduko, and expertise on puzzles and general knowledge quizzes, winning many competitions […]

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Well-known Killarney man, Donncha Crowley, who lives in Woodlawn Park, was joined by his friends and staff from Centra, Muckross Road, to help him celebrate his very special 50th birthday on Saturday. Donncha is a keen cyclist, and well-known for his mastership of Suduko, and expertise on puzzles and general knowledge quizzes, winning many competitions down through the years. Photo: Valerie O’Sullivan

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Musician Liam O’Connor back and busier than ever

By Sean Moriarty Local musician Liam O’Connor has gone from zero to hero following the lifting on the ban on live music as a result of pandemic restrictions. On Saturday he played his first gig in over 18 months, next Friday he will release a new single, and before that he will play a special gig […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Local musician Liam O’Connor has gone from zero to hero following the lifting on the ban on live music as a result of pandemic restrictions.

On Saturday he played his first gig in over 18 months, next Friday he will release a new single, and before that he will play a special gig in London.

Liam and his family played at the Kerry County Council organised ‘ANSEO’ concert in North Kerry that was run to coincide with the Listowel Harvest Festival last weekend.

It was his first live show since he played at St Brendan’s College, Killarney when he shared the stage with special guest, former Irish rugby coach, Joe Schmidt. That event took place on March 11, 2020, the night before the country entered its first COVID-19 lockdown.

The ‘ANSEO’ series of concerts signalled the return of live music in Kerry and the O’Connor family shared the stage with other local musicians like Tim O’Shea and his Afro Trad Ireland group.

“People were delighted, they were mad for it, they were obviously missing it,” Liam told the Killarney Advertiser. “But they are not letting go just yet, they are still a bit hesitant.”

This Sunday Liam heads to London were he will help Dan Tim O’Sullivan steer sheep over Southwark Bridge (see page 36 for more on this story).

To cap an exceptionally busy period for the local accordion player, he has joined forces with Moya Brennan of Clannad fame. Brennan and O’Connor will release a new single – ‘Strong in Numbers’ on Friday next, October 1.

They previously performed together at a concert in the Friary in 2017.

“It was such a positive experience for all of us we just had to repeat it,” he added. “So not only have we done this recording of ‘Strong in Numbers’ but we are planning to do the Friary again later this year. After that, I wouldn’t rule anything out.”

Meanwhile, the ‘ANSEO’ series visits Killarney on Sunday night.

The Fair Hill car park will host two shows featuring: The Gleneagle Concert Band; Pauline Scanlon with Mick Galvin; The Small Hours; The Rising; Cathal Flaherty and Truly Diverse.

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