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Killarney Soroptimists are making a difference this Christmas

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By Michelle Crean

Killarney Soroptimist Club have once again banded together to provide a number of hampers for a Kerry charity.

ADAPT staff, which support hundreds of women and their children every year suffering from domestic violence, were delighted to receive the gifts yesterday (Thursday).

Killarney Soroptimist Club, together with family and friends, created Christmas hampers for the fourth year in a row.

"We are very grateful to all the members in Killarney who have again supported the women and children who use our service," Catherine Casey, Manager of ADAPT told the Killarney Advertiser.

"The refuge has admitted 65 families so far this year and we have reached out to hundreds more women across Kerry through our Outreach and Court Accompaniment services. This Christmas will bring a lot of challenges for the families we support and it is thoughtful acts such as this, that can make all the difference to women and children who have experienced domestic violence and coercive control."

The Killarney Soroptimist Club Representative, Teresa Irwin, added that they are very happy to donate these Christmas hampers to ADAPT once again this year.

"We are thrilled with the response and the generosity of our members," she said.

"We wish to thank all those that donated. Hopefully the hampers will help lift the spirits of the women who avail of supports and let them know that they are valued and supported."

ADAPT Kerry and the Killarney Soroptimists have built a very good relationship over the last number of years, Catherine added.

"There is no doubt that their work raises awareness of our service and has contributed to many more women making contact with us for support by phone, through our outreach service and availing of refuge. You can support our services through the donation button on our website kerryrefuge.com."

If you would like to talk to ADAPT Kerry please ring 066 7129100 anytime.

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Trilogy of comedy on offer by Dóchas Drama

By Sean Moriarty Dóchas Drama Group will present a series of three short comedy plays next week. All three plays are written and produced by Dóchas and will be acted […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Dóchas Drama Group will present a series of three short comedy plays next week.

All three plays are written and produced by Dóchas and will be acted out by the group’s members.

The opening act, ‘Flossing Around’ is written by Ger Madden and directed by Brian Bowler.

“A woman has an innate fear of the dentist. We go on the journey with her as she faces her fears, with hilarious consequences,” explained the group’s Liz Ryan.

This will be followed by ‘Faraway Hills’ which is written by Mary Quirke and directed by Michael Mills.
It is a tongue in cheek look at family life.

“A son wants to get away from small town life. His mother wants to keep him at home but his father can’t wait to see the back of him,” added Liz, who plays the mother in this short play.

Brain Bowler wrote the third instalment called ‘A Little Visitor’ which is directed by Ryan Jones.

“There are lots of misunderstandings when a hypochondriac visits a group of doctors who have other things on the their minds,” added Liz.

The run, which will feature all three performances each night, starts Wednesday next week and continues Thursday and Friday (February 8 to 10) at the Killarney Avenue Hotel. Tickets are €10 and are available at the door.

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Killarney secures three gold medals in national business awards

Three hotels in Killarney have won gold medals at the Virgin Media Business Gold Medal Awards. Now in its 33rd year, the awards the best of the best in the […]

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Three hotels in Killarney have won gold medals at the Virgin Media Business Gold Medal Awards.

Now in its 33rd year, the awards the best of the best in the hotel and catering sectors across the country.

This year, judges received over 460 entries from 150 hotels, guest houses, country houses, restaurants, cafés, bars and catering companies from around Ireland.

“An important factor in the Gold Medal Awards is the credibility and impartial nature of the judging process. Every property that undergoes this process is subject to benchmarking against a strict set of criteria and a blind site inspection conducted by the judging panel,” said an event organiser.

“This panel comprises respected industry experts from across the hospitality, culinary and catering sectors.”

Three Killarney hotels took top awards in different categories at the awards ceremony held at the Galmont Hotel and Spa in Galway on Tuesday night.

The Great Southern Hotel was named as the best Business and Conference Hotel in Ireland.

“To be recognised among the greatest hotels in Ireland is a marvellous achievement for Great Southern. It is fantastic news and has provided all our staff with a little morale boost. Our Business & Conference partners and customers are extremely important to us with some relationships in place annually for over 30 years. Receiving this recognition for the service we provide is a fantastic achievement and testament to the incredible work of our outstanding staff,” said Michael Jacobi Managing Director said.

The best front of house team award went the staff at the Aghadoe Heights Hotel and Spa.

In the Hotel Casual Dining Experience category the Dunloe Hotel and Gardens came out on top.

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