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Killeen House Hotel changes hands

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The Killeen House Hotel, an award-winning 23-bedroom hotel in Aghadoe, Killarney, has announced its sale to Killarney businessman Patrick Eviston, who owns and operates the Eviston House Hotel and Brook Lodge Hotel in Killarney town centre.

The hotel’s owners Michael and Geraldine Rosney are retiring after more than three decades of ownership. The new management started on Thursday this week and all existing and future bookings and vouchers will be honoured under the new ownership.

The Killeen House Hotel and Rozzers Restaurant has been owned and operated by Geraldine and Michael Rosney since 1992.

The hotel, a former rectory for the nearby historical church, was built in 1838. It has 23 bedrooms and is set on an acre of manicured gardens less than a 10-minute drive from the centre of Killarney.

Since opening, the hotel has won many national and international awards for its charm and unique guest experience.

“We would like to thank all the guests who came to visit us time and time again since we opened our doors in 1992, our ambition was always to ensure that everyone who set foot on the premises was treated to the best of Irish hospitality. We would also like to express our gratitude to all those wonderful people who have worked with us over the course of the last 30 years and have helped to make so many special memories for everyone sending guests home happy with memories that will last a lifetime,” Geraldine and Michael Rosney said.

“We would also like to thank the wonderful local Killarney community for their support over the years and our excellent local suppliers and industry partners who have always supported us and our vision to make the Killeen House a uniquely charming hotel.”

The hotel’s restaurant, Rozzers is regarded as one of Ireland’s best restaurant experiences. Rozzers Restaurant at the Killeen House Hotel has been in Ireland’s Top 10 fine dining restaurants on TripAdvisor for a number of years. Under Head Chef Paul O’Gorman, it was named Ireland’s number one fine dining restaurant in 2019, 2021 and 2022.

O’Gorman, who has been with the hotel for 27 years, will remain in his role and is looking forward to the future under new ownership.

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30 years of Innisfallen Island MassThe annual special concelebrated Mass on Innisfallen Island takes place next week.

Next Friday (June 21), members of the public are invited to attend the Mass taking place at 6.30pm. Now in its 30th year, the Mass was originally an idea by […]

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Next Friday (June 21), members of the public are invited to attend the Mass taking place at 6.30pm.

Now in its 30th year, the Mass was originally an idea by Geoffrey O’Donoghue who sadly died four years after it began.

“There was an Augustinian Monastery on Innisfallen Island and the people, including priests and monks and they say Brian Boro, went out there to study. The lake, Lough Lein is called ‘The Lake of Learning’,” said his wife Mary who carries on the tradition in his memory.

“My husband Geoffrey was a descendent of the O’Donoghues and he wanted to have Mass on the island. The O’Donoghues built Ross Castle and owned the lands and the lake surrounding it which was later donated by John McShane to the people of Killarney. He [Geoffrey] asked one of the friars and one day he got a call from the OPW that there would be a plaque unveiled to John McShane and they asked if the Mass could coincide with it. It was attended by Sr Pauline, John McShane’s daughter.”

She added that all the public are welcome to attend. Boats, which will have a nominal fee to cover their costs, will be carrying passengers out from 4pm onwards.

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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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