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Killarney’s five-star answer to Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory

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IF YOU have a sweet tooth then look no further than the five-star Killarney Park Hotel for the ultimate in treats. The hotel’s pastry chef Dinesh Maurée is fast becoming a celebrity among those with a passion for wonderful desserts and luxury chocolate – think Killarney’s very own answer to Willy Wonka.

Dinesh hosted us in the Park Restaurant during the week – and to say his creations are divine is an absolute understatement. He has a passion for working with chocolate and adding his own unique twist to bring out its delicious flavour.

Because his reputation went before him, we did our best to leave ample room for the delectable tasting plates – even though that is difficult, so tempting is the entire menu there!

Not only did we get to enjoy three of his exquisite creations, including homemade coconut sorbet and pistachio ice cream and but afterwards we were presented with a box of luxury handmade petits fours.

These pieces of chocolate heaven were seriously impressive and looked way too good to eat. But never fear, in our readers’ interests, we rose to the challenge! Made inhouse by Dinesh, the chocolate tasted as spectacular as it looked.

Originally from Mauritius, Dinesh moved to Ireland 11 years ago after working in a number of leading hotels in Mauritius. He has worked in Dublin eateries La Stampa, Shanahan’s on the Green and Ely’s Restaurant.

He and his wife Mirela Tkalec moved from Dublin to Killarney with their children Lara and Ella.

Contact the Killarney Park Hotel on 064-66 35555.

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SURVEY: Locals are reducing their social contacts

It is just over a week since new restrictions were announced by the Government in an another effort to curb the spread of COVID-19. In our latest online poll we asked our readers if they had reduced their social contacts over the course of the last week. An overwhelming 62.90% said they had reduced their […]

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It is just over a week since new restrictions were announced by the Government in an another effort to curb the spread of COVID-19.

In our latest online poll we asked our readers if they had reduced their social contacts over the course of the last week.

An overwhelming 62.90% said they had reduced their level of contacts with people.

Interestingly, 37.10% of people had made no change to their lifestyle, but they could have been extra cautious already.

A tiny minority – just 1.61% – said they increased their social contacts over the last week.

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Staff and students highlight important message

By Michelle Crean Local students went to great efforts on Friday last to highlight a very important message about inclusion. Staff and students in Killarney Community College came together for ‘Stand Up Awareness Week’ as part of a national campaign where second-level schools take a stand against homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying. All staff wore […]

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By Michelle Crean

Local students went to great efforts on Friday last to highlight a very important message about inclusion.

Staff and students in Killarney Community College came together for ‘Stand Up Awareness Week’ as part of a national campaign where second-level schools take a stand against homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying.

All staff wore a rainbow colour and students wore rainbow coloured accessories to show their support for the campaign as Killarney Community College is a diverse, inclusive, accepting, and welcoming safe space for everyone.

The majority of students made a particularly great effort in terms of wearing rainbow coloured accessories were awarded house points.

During the week, the LGBTI+ flag was hanging proudly in the school canteen. Transition Years decorated the General Purpose area with informative posters, and in SPHE classes, students learned about LGBTI+ terminology and history.

“It’s important that school is a safe and inclusive place for anyone attending regardless of their race, sex, religion or sexuality,” Principal, Stella Loughnane, said.

“I’m delighted that our school community marked the occasion and brought great colour while highlighting a very important message. One of the key words of our mission statement is inclusion making this awareness day a very apt one.”

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