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Local hotel wins ‘Best Historic Hotel in Europe’

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BEST IN EUROPE: Ettienne van Vrede and Kamile Lyne of the Great Southern Killarney are honoured that the hotel has been named 'Best Historic Hotel in Europe'.

By Michelle Crean

What a way to start off 2021 - as one local business was awarded a huge accolade this week after being named 'Best Historic Hotel in Europe'.

It's been a tough 10 months for hotels but the news from the 2020 Historic Hotels Awards of Excellence has certainly brought a smile to the staff at the Great Southern Killarney.

Historic Hotels Worldwide is based in Washington DC and comprises of a collection of more than 360 of the most prestigious historic treasures, including many former castles, chateaus, palaces, academies, haciendas, villas, monasteries, and other historic lodging spanning 10 centuries. Historic Hotels Worldwide recognises authentic cultural treasures that demonstrate exemplary historic preservation and their inspired architecture, cultural traditions, and authentic cuisine. Having first opened in 1854, Great Southern is described as Killarney’s Premier Historic Hotel and has proudly been a member of Historic Hotels Worldwide since 2018.

“Congratulations to The Hayfield Family Collection, the Scally family, and the leadership and dedicated employees of the Great Southern Killarney (1854) for winning the 2020 Historic Hotels Awards of Excellence Best Historic Hotel in Europe," Lawrence Horwitz, Executive Vice President of Washington DC based Historic Hotels of America and Historic Hotels Worldwide, said.

"We are delighted to recognise this magnificent historic hotel and its historic hoteliers for their dedication, enthusiasm, stewardship, and leadership. We honour the Scally family, who are third generation hoteliers, for their work in preserving and increasing the recognition and celebration of this legendary historic hotel since taking over ownership, and for preserving the Great Southern Killarney as an iconic cultural and heritage treasure for future generations.”

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Man released without charge in murder case

The man in his 50s arrested in connection with the discovery of a body of a woman in her 70s in unexplained circumstances in Ardshanavooley has been released without charge […]

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The man in his 50s arrested in connection with the discovery of a body of a woman in her 70s in unexplained circumstances in Ardshanavooley has been released without charge in relation to this matter.

Miriam Burns was found in her home on Monday afternoon after family and neighbours became concerned about her welfare.

A file is now being prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions and investigations are ongoing under the direction of a Senior Investigating Officer.

Gardaí are continuing to appeal to any persons who were in the Ardshanavooley area between 5pm on Friday and 1pm on Monday and observed any activity which drew their attention, to come forward.

Any road users who were travelling in the area at these times who may have camera footage (including dash-cam) are asked to make this footage available to Gardaí.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Killarney Garda Station on 064 6671160, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111, or any Garda Station.

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Plenty of music and entertainment to celebrate Kilcummin talent

The successes of the Kerry, Munster and All-Ireland Fleadh’s were celebrated with Kilcummin CCÉ members, their families and friends in the clubhouse in Kilcummin on Sunday night. The talent within […]

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The successes of the Kerry, Munster and All-Ireland Fleadh’s were celebrated with Kilcummin CCÉ members, their families and friends in the clubhouse in Kilcummin on Sunday night.

The talent within the branch was clearly evident with a packed trophies table. Indeed some of the successes over the last number of months were replayed in a relaxed, jovial atmosphere that meant that all attending had a great night’s entertainment.

“We had demonstrations of winning sets across all age groups and then we moved onto the musicians who pulled out all the stops to entertain the large crowd, packed into the clubhouse,” Derek O’Leary, Kilcummin CCÉ PRO, told the Killarney Advertiser.

John Moriarty, who has recently retired from his role of Supervisor with Kilcummin Rural Development was acknowledged with a presentation to reflect the outstanding work that he has done to enhance and grow Kilcummin Comhaltas over his 25 years in his role, he added.

“Much thanks and praise was also offered to Mary, Adrian and Conor Moriarty, all involved in the progression of dancing and music within the Kilcummin branch. The music and entertainment continued with Helen Kerins and Denis Crowley late into the night. We’re looking forward to next year already!”

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