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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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Hairdresser reveals women “open up” on safety while getting their hair done

By Sean Moriarty Nicole Coffey of Nicole’s Hair Salon on St Anne’s was inspired to run a fundraiser for a women’s refuge after hearing distressing stories from some of her clients. On Saturday last she offered a wash and blow-dry to clients and rather than charging them for the her services her customers made a […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Nicole Coffey of Nicole’s Hair Salon on St Anne’s was inspired to run a fundraiser for a women’s refuge after hearing distressing stories from some of her clients.

On Saturday last she offered a wash and blow-dry to clients and rather than charging them for the her services her customers made a donation to Adapt Women’s Refuge in Tralee.

Nicole was inspired to run the charity day because a lot of her regular clients opened up to her while they were getting their hair done.

The timing of her charity day was poignant as it came just days after Ashling Murphy was murdered while out for a run in her own town of Tullamore.

“People open up while I do their hair, many of them would not know that there is a refuge in Kerry,” she told the Killarney Advertiser. “I have experience with clients who are struggling. I had this idea to create more awareness for Adapt.”

She raised €2,000 for Adapt and the cheque was handed over to the Tralee-based charity on Thursday night this week.

Such was the success of her charity day Nicole worked from 7am to 7pm and as well as cash donations customers also donated vouchers and care packs to the charity.

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Traffic calming on the approach to Killarney Athletic

By Sean Moriarty Killarney Municipal District is preparing plans to place traffic calming measures on the approach to Killarney Athletic Football Club’s grounds on Woodlawn Road. Cllr Maura Healy-Rae asked for measures to be implemented to improve pedestrian safety and access at the club. “We are currently preparing documentation required for the provision of Traffic […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Killarney Municipal District is preparing plans to place traffic calming measures on the approach to Killarney Athletic Football Club’s grounds on Woodlawn Road.

Cllr Maura Healy-Rae asked for measures to be implemented to improve pedestrian safety and access at the club.
“We are currently preparing documentation required for the provision of Traffic Calming at this location,” a council spokesperson told a recent Municipal District meeting. “
It is expected to brief the members at the next Municipal Meeting [in March]. From the records of the Road Safety Authority, no incidents have been recorded at this location.”

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