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Killarney restaurant wins prestigious two-in-a-row

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Rozzers Restaurant has been named Ireland’s best fine dining restaurant by TripAdvisor, the world’s largest and most influential customer review website.

This is the second year in a row that the flagship restaurant in the Killeen House Hotel has filled the prestigious number one slot and the news has been described by the team there as “unbelievable”.

Owned and operated by mother and daughter, Geraldine and Michelle Rosney, the hugely popular restaurant is a key part of the hotel which first opened its doors to the public in 1992.

“To reach the number one position for this very prestigious award in 2021 was the stuff of dreams for a small operation such as ours. To repeat the feat again in 2022, is just a small bit unbelievable for us,” said Geraldine Rosney.

“This award is not just about the food on the plate. It’s also about the pure professionalism of all the people who work with us and the warm and comfortable ambience of the overall property."

Her daughter, Michelle Rosney, added “All of us here in Rozzers are absolutely delighted to achieve this two-in-a-row and we are extremely grateful to our fantastic guests who took the time to write reviews of their Rozzers experiences.”

Geraldine and Michelle are full of praise for the team at Rozzers, particularly head chef Paul O’Gorman, who has been at the helm in the kitchen for the past 28 years.

“Chef Paul is, without doubt, the first among equals and he is more responsible than anyone else for the consistency and quality that Rozzers has taken such pride in delivering to all guests over the course of the last couple of decades,” added Geraldine.

“Here in Rozzers, it’s all about nothing more and nothing less than the guest and if we manage to send them home at the end of the evening with a smile on their face, even after having paid their bill, then we are satisfied that we have all done our jobs well,” she added.

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Black Valley broadband installation gets underway

Works are under way to install a high-speed fibre broadband network in the remote Black Valley area of Kerry. The Black Valley was one of the last areas of Ireland […]

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Works are under way to install a high-speed fibre broadband network in the remote Black Valley area of Kerry.

The Black Valley was one of the last areas of Ireland to be electrified but broadband in the region is expected to be live in the second half of the year with residents already able to pre-order their connection. 
“It is well known that Black Valley was one of the last locations to get electricity due to its remoteness and challenging terrain, so we are extremely pleased to be commencing the rollout of our high-speed fibre network now with a view to connections being available later this year,” said National Broadband Ireland Deployment CEO, TJ Malone.
  
“We are determined to ensure the rollout is as fast as possible and connection is made easy for Black Valley residents, and we have a plan in place to work around the location’s all-important tourist season.

“Black Valley is a symbol of NBI’s mission that no area will be left behind no matter how rural or remote and we are delighted that this beautiful location moves one step closer to high-speed fibre today, with all the opportunities that will unlock for the local community.” 

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Players of the year don’t duck a challenge

They never duck when faced with a big challenge on the field so it was safe to assume that GAA players of the year David Clifford and Louise Ní Mhuircheartaigh […]

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They never duck when faced with a big challenge on the field so it was safe to assume that GAA players of the year David Clifford and Louise Ní Mhuircheartaigh weren’t going to shy away from the latest task on their home patch.

The two top footballers in the country teamed up to launch a charity duck race which will form part of this year’s St Patrick’s Festival in Killarney, where they both live.

When the working day was done, busy secondary school teachers David and Louise had some great quack and they got caught up in the spirit of the occasion along the scenic River Deenagh in Killarney National Park.

The reigning Player of the Year and Ladies Player of the Year award winner demonstrated their competitive streak when they expressed confidence that their own ducks will win The Deenagh Duck Dash on the same river at noon on Monday, March 18.

But, luckily, festival chairman Jason Clifford was there to keep the peace and he even threatened to cry fowl and brandish a card at the star players – with duck yellow deemed the most appropriate colour.

Considered by many to be the greatest players of all time in their respective codes, between them, Fossa hotshot David and Corca Dhuibhne star Louise have an incredible nine All-Star awards.

But they might be tempted to swap one if their duck wins the fun-filled race on the day after St Patrick’s Day.

All proceeds from the event will go to St Francis Special School in Beaufort, Killarney which provides specialist education for young people with learning disabilities.
Festival chairman Jason remarked: “This isn’t just a race – it’s great fun for the whole family.
“Picture the scene with a flotilla of vibrant rubber ducks racing down a winding river, their owners cheering them on and all in the name of a fantastic cause”.
Super prizes await the winners, the cost of a rubber duck to participate in the race is just €5 and they can be bought online at https://stpatricksfestivalkillarney.ie/.

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