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GOOD FOOD: Brehon Head Chef, Chad Byrne (centre) with eight of the commis chefs who took part in the 'Table of Ireland' event at the Irish Hotels Federation Conference last week. Photo: Sally MacMonagle

Commis chefs from several top Kerry hotels were given the chance to work with some of Ireland’s best chefs in The Gleneagle earlier this week.

Five of Ireland’s best chefs joined forces to cook with and mentor 10 junior chefs at the Irish Hotels Federation Conference at a very special banquet called the ‘Table of Ireland’.

Head Chef of The Brehon, Chad Byrne, brought the event together and MC’ed the evening. The five senior chefs were ‘More Than Fed’ founder Jonny Davison, Castle Leslie’s Philip Brazil, the Aviva Stadium’s James Smith, Cacao Barry Ambassador Erik Van Der Veken, and James Coffey from The Park Hotel Kenmare.

The commis chefs were Patrick Lihl from The Killarney Park Hotel, Csongor Szondi from The Rose Hotel, Andre Butca from The Cahernane House Hotel, Adam Kania from The Ross Hotel, Abrahma Nur and Dan Moynihan from The Brehon, James O’Sullivan from O’Donoghue Ring Hotels, Andrzej Walkosz-Berda from The Gleneagle Hotel, Jason Nolan from The Aghadoe Heights and Lisa Fleming from The International Hotel.

“One of the best ways to further your career as a chef is to learn from the best,” chef Chad Byrne said. “Having chefs of this calibre all gathered together cooking and coaching was an amazing experience for everyone involved.

“We spent two days prepping and practicing some really incredible dishes, and then served the food to a room full of hoteliers.”

And the reaction was amazing, he added.

“It is not often that you see chefs getting a standing ovation but to get two on the night really showed how special this event was, highlighting our chefs of the future in the best way possible.”

 

 

 

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Killarney postcode V93 home to the county’s most-expensive properties

With properties both for rent and for sale in short supply, prices in the Killarney area have remained strong. In fact, houses with the V93 eircode were, once again, the […]

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With properties both for rent and for sale in short supply, prices in the Killarney area have remained strong.

In fact, houses with the V93 eircode were, once again, the most expensive homes in Kerry over the past 12 months according to data published by the CSO Residential Property Price Index. The report shows that in the year to December 2023, the average cost of buying a home in Kerry was €242,000 up 5% from the previous year’s figure of €230,000
Nationally that figure now stands at €327,000.
The average house price within the V93 eircode region was €284,000, 17% approx. above the average price for a home within the county.
With supply levels at an all time low and with very little new construction in the pipeline, there is little sign of this changing in the immediate term.

Commenting on the market, Ted Healy of DNG, has expressed concern with the low volume of properties available for sale at present.
‘We have lots of interested buyers seeking property in the Killarney area but unfortunately, we cannot satisfy the demand at present. The past 12 months has seen us securing sales in record time for record levels.”

DNG Ted Healy will be launching a new development of townhouses in the Woodlawn area to the market in the coming months and report that demand is exceptionally high.
The expect these properties to sell out in record time.
And with construction due to commence shortly on another scheme of detached houses on Muckross Road, it is looking like a busy year ahead.
However, this will not be enough to satisfy the demand at present. Properties within the V93 area are highly sought after and in very short supply, resulting in strong prices being achieved.
So is now a good time to sell your property? Yes, according to DNG Ted Healy who is actively seeking properties for sale to satisfy their ever expanding list of buyers.

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500,000 coffee cups prevented from going to landfill in Killarney

The team behind Killarney’s ban on single-use cups is launching an adult education programme later this year. Since its inception in July last year (up to December 31), 506,000 cups […]

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The team behind Killarney’s ban on single-use cups is launching an adult education programme later this year.

Since its inception in July last year (up to December 31), 506,000 cups have been prevented from going to landfill or becoming litter in Killarney National Park.
Additionally, the scheme has saved 872,413 litres of water and 279 trees.
The decision to ban single-use cups was underpinned by complaints that some of Killarney’s most visited beauty spots were being polluted and studies of clean-ups in the National Park revealed that one of the most common forms of waste recovered was single-use coffee cups.
With this in mind, the team behind the project, in conjunction with the Munster Technology University, will launch an adult education programme.
Late last year secondary school students attended a series of workshops in Killarney House hosted by the Killarney Coffee Cup project.
The session began with the task of matching the common items of litter to the time it takes for them to decompose.
The items ranged from crisp packets, banana skins and single-use coffee cups. The aim of this activity was to highlight the importance of minimising waste and litter, to protect the unique Biosphere Reserve that is Killarney National Park.
The plan now is to roll out a series of workshops aimed at adults with support from the National Parks and Wildlife Service.
“This is still in the very early stages,” said project lead Louise Byrne who is also the Sustainability Manager at The Killarney Park and The Ross hotels. “Why should we care?”
Byrne cited a recent article by The Guardian newspaper in Britain.
“The entire lifecycle of disposable cups, from raw material extraction to production and transportation, requires significant energy, contributing to environmental degradation. The slow decomposition of disposable cups, especially those with plastic linings, can lead to the release of microplastics into the environment and on the off chance that your disposable cup winds up in waste bound for incineration, that process can release pollutants into the air,” said a report on coffee cup waste by the Kent School of Business and published in the London newspaper.
Byrne believes there is still far too much litter, including coffee cups, ending up disposed of in the National Park and this is one of the key drivers behind the new adult education programme.
Meanwhile the scheme won two more awards this week. Eco Hero group at the Outsider Magazine gave the scheme its Eco Hero award and the scheme won the Green Transformation Award at the Green Awards.

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