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Lagom Kenmare an ideal short hop destination 

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Lagom (“Law-gum”) Restaurant and Townhouse opened in Kenmare in July 2021. The 40-seater restaurant serves predominately local, seasonal produce for dinner. They have 10 beautifully appointed guest rooms upstairs, focusing on small luxuries and quality furnishings.

Lagom is a Swedish word, meaning “not too much, not too little, just right”. Owners Brendan and Liz Byrne chose Lagom as the name of their business as it reflects the ethos of what they aim to deliver as a guest experience in both the restaurant and townhouse.

Although they opened during Covid, Lagom was a long-time vision for the couple. Covid offered them a chance to really focus on the details of what they wanted to offer.

‘Starting out was tough, with the unknowns of covid restrictions, but we’re open over 2 years at this stage, and the business is growing steadily. It takes time to get established, particularly in Kenmare, with so many other great places to eat, but we believe in our offering and are always working to refine and improve”.

It is a family affair (Brendan cooks, Liz manages the townhouse and guest relations). Liz explains  “It’s great to be able to work together with our great team, including our two daughters. Having them involved in the business gives them great life experience”.

“Our opening hours vary seasonally but generally speaking, we open 5-6 evenings a week from April to October and 3-4 evenings a week November to March”.

Lagom is an ideal short hop destination for both dinner and an overnight stay for anyone living in the greater Killarney area. Check online for offers and opening times. Brendan and Liz look forward to welcoming you soon!  www.lagomkenmare.com

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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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