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Killarney hotels dominate Tripadvisor Top 25 list

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VOTED THE BEST: The Killarney Park Hotel team pictured celebrating yesterday (Thursday) after the hotel was named number one in Tripadvisor's Top 25 Hotels in Ireland this week.

By Michelle Crean

Four Killarney hotels proved that they are amongst the best in Ireland after being named in the top 25 Tripadvisor Travellers' Choice 'Best of the Best' this week.

Ranked number one is the Killarney Park Hotel, followed closely by Old Weir Lodge at number six, the Killarney Royal at number 14 and the International Hotel which came in 19th place.

Other Kerry hotels were listed including Manor West Hotel at number three, the Meadowlands Hotel at number nine, and Ballygarry Hotel and Spa which placed number 11. It's a huge boost to the industry as all have had a difficult year due to COVID.

"We are thrilled with this award, it is a huge testimony to the genuine warmth and hospitality our team deliver every day," Niamh O'Shea, General Manager of The Killarney Park Hotel told the Killarney Advertiser.

"The family owned Killarney Park will be in business 30 years this coming April – our promise has always been warmth beyond the smile. Through our amazing hard working team this warmth permeates throughout the hotel. Thank you to all our customers that chose us as their hotel of choice in Killarney and for taking the time to share their great experiences for others to follow. The number one position in Ireland is a great place to be today as we look forward to a fantastic summer season, but rest assured we will never rest on our laurels and will continue to deliver the warmest of welcomes and the best of service to our customers."

Niall O'Donoghue from the Old Weir Lodge added that they too are proud to be number six on the list.

"We're so proud to have been ranked at number six in Ireland ahead of such giants of the industry as Adare Manor and Hayfield Manor. We're delighted with this acknowledgement of our hard work which has continued behind closed doors since last October. We can't wait to reopen and welcome back guests that have been so loyal to us over the years. Equally, we're especially proud of our great staff and we're very excited to have them all back with us very shortly. The Trip Advisor Awards are the Oscars of the hospitality industry and it means a lot to us in a small family business."

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Family to run in memory of the late Linda Eviston

By Sean Moriarty The family of a much-loved Killarney woman who passed away from cancer almost a year ago plan to run a marathon past her favourite local landmarks in her memory. Linda Eviston died on October 10 last after a long battle with cancer. Her husband Patrick and son Erik, with the support of […]

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By Sean Moriarty

The family of a much-loved Killarney woman who passed away from cancer almost a year ago plan to run a marathon past her favourite local landmarks in her memory.

Linda Eviston died on October 10 last after a long battle with cancer.

Her husband Patrick and son Erik, with the support of her daughter Alannah, will run a 42.2km course, on the day before her anniversary to raise funds for the Irish Cancer Society.

The route will be based on landmarks that were an important part of Linda’s life. Starting from the family home in Dromkerry, before heading for the town centre and passing the Eviston House Hotel, Linda’s grandmother’s home at Park Road, Linda’s childhood home and national school in Glenflesk, Loreto where Linda attended secondary school, back to Killarney and finishing at Linda’s pride and joy – Brook Lodge Hotel.

“It is tough but we wanted to do something in Linda’s memory and help other people who might find themselves in similar circumstances,” Pat told the Killarney Advertiser. “We originally hoped to do the Dublin City Marathon but that got cancelled. This route is much better, but much tougher as it’s more hilly.”

All proceeds will be donated to the Irish Cancer Society and donations can be made via: www.justgiving.com/fundraising/inhonouroflinda.

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Women bravely bare all for Kerry’s first ‘Dip in the Nip’

By Michelle Crean  It really was girl power at its finest – as 170 women of all ages braved the elements on Sunday to bare all for charity at the weekend. Shore Acre in Camp was the location which was only revealed to the participants for Kerry’s first ever ‘Dip in the Nip’. And amongst […]

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By Michelle Crean
 

It really was girl power at its finest – as 170 women of all ages braved the elements on Sunday to bare all for charity at the weekend.

Shore Acre in Camp was the location which was only revealed to the participants for Kerry’s first ever ‘Dip in the Nip’. And amongst the all female grouping were some Killarney ladies who joined in the empowering adventure for what was described as “a special and unforgettable morning” all in aid of Recovery Haven Kerry.

According to Marisa Reidy from Recovery Haven, the women were of all ages and all walks of life who came together for so many personal reasons.

“Some were still on their own cancer journey, some were celebrating coming out the other side and of course, many were there to honour friends and loved ones who they had lost to cancer, but we were all equal on the day – flaws and all,” Marisa, who also took part in the event, told the Killarney Advertiser.

“It was a truly uplifting and exhilarating experience and we are so, so grateful to each and every lady who joined us for a morning we will never forget. One woman described it as ‘companionship among strangers’ and that really sums it up perfectly. It was emotional, there were some tears, but lots of laughter and we couldn’t have asked for anything more. When the ladies hit the water, they all formed a circle and held hands in a gesture that was totally unplanned – it just happened organically and it was quite overwhelming.”

She added that a very special mention has to be made to Michaela and John Edwards and their team from Wild Water Adventures for their support and expertise in ensuring no stone was left unturned in making it a fabulous, safe event.

“It was an all-female team from beginning to end, from our own volunteers, stewards, registration, Gardai, teas and coffees, lifeguards, sea rescue – girl power at its finest! Now all that’s left to do is start planning for 2022!”

Donations are still being taken via the link on the Recovery Haven Kerry Facebook page.

“So far we are close on €9,000 which is just fabulous.”

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