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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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Dancing classes set to unite communities

By Michelle Crean There’s no language barrier when it comes to dancing – which is why one local group is organising classes to unite communities. KASI, the Killarney Immigrant Support […]

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By Michelle Crean

There’s no language barrier when it comes to dancing – which is why one local group is organising classes to unite communities.

KASI, the Killarney Immigrant Support Centre, has teamed up with dance instructor John Moriarty to teach both Ukrainians and multiple cultures living in Kerry Irish set dancing steps from next week.

The first class will take place on Tuesday evenings, starting next week (September 27) at St Mary’s Parish Hall at 6.30pm and all are welcome to join.

The idea is to help Ukrainians living in Killarney and Kerry to come and have fun and get to know locals better, KASI coordinator, Marilyn Catapat-Counihan, explained to the Killarney Advertiser.

“We have a women’s group for all ages where we do crochet, sewing and art and crafts, where they can talk which is good. I had the music on and they were dancing. I asked if they would like to do dancing classes so I organised it with John Moriarty who is well known in Killarney.”

She added that the women are very excited to learn set dancing and get to know other people from the area.

“Sometimes when you meet new people the language can be a barrier and when you’re dancing everybody is moving. He will open it to everyone so there’ll be integration, it’s fun as well. They are all very excited.”

To find out more contact John on 086 1579381.

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Multiple Sclerosis Walk celebrates 20 years

By Sean Moriarty The rising cost of fuel is already having a negative effect on charity events with some limiting numbers. On October 9, the annual Multiple Sclerosis South Kerryv Walk […]

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By Sean Moriarty

The rising cost of fuel is already having a negative effect on charity events with some limiting numbers.

On October 9, the annual Multiple Sclerosis South Kerryv Walk takes place over the Old Kenmare Road.

First run in 2002, this year’s event will celebrate 20 years since its foundation but two years were lost as a result of the pandemic.

This year’s walk will be limited to 150 people – three coach loads – so event organisers can cut back on running costs.

It will only be possible to participate in this year’s event if walkers pre-register.

“Walkers must raise at least €40 to make it worthwhile,” organiser John O’Shea told the Killarney Advertiser.

“Spaces are limited, 150 people equals three coaches and we need smaller coaches to get into the start of the Old Kenmare Road as that is just a bog road. We have limited numbers for cost and operational reasons.”

Mr O’Shea thanked event sponsors O’Callaghan Coaches and The Gleneagle Hotel for their support of the event.

Registration forms can be obtained by calling John on 087 2348824.

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