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Killarney Plaza goes for gold!

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The O’Donoghue Ring Collection has announced the addition of another prestigious award to its recent swathe of eco-based accolades.

Killarney Plaza Hotel & Spa has achieved a Gold Level Award from the 50 Shades Greener, Green Business Programme.

The Gold Level certification recognises how the popular town centre hotel has incorporated sustainability across its business into its HR, Purchasing and Marketing operations.

It is only awarded to those businesses that have taken the time to look at their suppliers and form a green purchasing policy and who have incorporated their green ethos and goals into all recruitment and induction processes.

Since 2020, The O’Donoghue Ring Collection has taken a property-by-property approach to minimise environmental impacts called ‘Our Green Way’. As a result the Killarney Plaza Hotel & Spa has made a number of significant environmental strides. 

Group General Manager Brian Lawlor said: “Our team is passionate about safeguarding the future and has worked incredibly hard to implement greener, more sustainable practices across every department in our properties. As part of the group-wide sustainability initiative ‘Our Green Way’ we’ve successfully reduced our energy consumption, food waste, water use and carbon emissions and are well on the way to entirely ridding ourselves of single use plastic. It was most flattering to hear that, during their review of Killarney Plaza’s practices, 50 Shades Greener put us straight up to the Gold standard because so much of the work had already been done! But we’ve still plenty to be getting on with and with our clear action plans for all areas, we’re hoping that Emerald status will soon be within our grasp.”

The latest recognition of the family-run group’s commitment to sustainability comes after Killarney Plaza and two of its sister hotels – Killarney Towers Hotel & Leisure Centre, and Killarney Avenue Hotel – achieved the prestigious Green Hospitality Eco-Certification.

The O’Donoghue Collection’s unique Killarney Urban Farm, from which the portfolio’s hotels and restaurants take much of their sustainably-produced produce, also swept up the Green Hospitality honour at the recent return of the Killarney Looking Good Awards last October.

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Photo of “hidden gem” wins Camera Club’s latest competition

A photograph of one of Killarney’s hidden beauty spots was deemed the winner of Killarney Camera Club’s most recent competition. Th standard was high throughout all categories but in the […]

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A photograph of one of Killarney’s hidden beauty spots was deemed the winner of Killarney Camera Club’s most recent competition.

Th standard was high throughout all categories but in the Novice category, Iryna Halaieva’s photograph of O’Sullivan’s Cascade was deemed the winner.

“A waterfall is my favourite waterbody and long exposure is my favourite photographic technique,” she said. “I do my best to have as many waterfalls as possible in my photo collection. I heard a lot about O’Sullivan’s Cascade and wanted to visit that hidden gem of Kerry. So, shortly before our club competition I went with a friend to Tomies Wood to photograph it. It was a dream come true for me.”

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Corcoran’s Furniture walk raises €12k for autism charity

Corcoran’s Furniture and Carpets charity walk through the Gap of Dunloe on Saturday raised almost €12,000 for Autism Assistance Dogs Ireland There were 37 participants in the event, which included […]

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Corcoran’s Furniture and Carpets charity walk through the Gap of Dunloe on Saturday raised almost €12,000 for Autism Assistance Dogs Ireland

There were 37 participants in the event, which included AADI families, dogs, and representatives, as well as fundraisers, supporters, and members of the Corcoran’s team. The stars of the day were the three life-changing super-hero dogs, Buzz, Baron and Hank.

Former Kerry Footballer, James O’ Donoghue, was the ambassador for the event
Those taking part left Ross Castle and were treated to a phenomenal boat ride in the expert hands of Diarmuid ‘Dux’ O’Donoghue of Gap of Dunloe Traditional Boat Tours. The O’Donoghue family entertained the entire group with a range of fascinating stories outlining the history of the lakes of Killarney and Killarney National Park.

The group set out from Lord Brandon’s Cottage and walked the 11K through the iconic Gap of Dunloe, with two AADI families and their dogs taking part in the full walk. This was followed by a well-deserved meal and some rest and relaxation at Kate Kearney’s Cottage. Flemings Taxi’s Killarney brought the group back to Ross Castle, Killarney upon completion of the event.

“On behalf of everybody at Corcoran’s Furniture, we would like to thank everybody who participated in our Gap of Dunloe charity event on behalf of AADI,” said Shane O’ Callaghan, Financial Controller atCorcoran’s.

“Collectively we have raised almost €12,000 for this incredible charity and monies are still coming in. We are extremely grateful to all who supported our walk, and also to James O’ Donoghue, Christina Tagney, the Gap of Dunloe Traditional Boat Tours, the fantastic support of Noel Lucey and Donal McCarthy from the Order Of Malta, Killarney branch, and to Killarney National Park, Kate Kearney’s Cottage and Fleming’s Taxi’s. All funds raised will go toward the expert training and maintenance of the upcoming AADI dogs who will make a dramatic difference to so many children with Autism and their families.”

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