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RECRUITMENT FAIR: At the launch of The Killarney Hotels Recruitment Fair in The Great Southern Killarney on Friday were South Kerry Development Partnership Employer Liaison Officer Joanne Griffin and LeeAnn Keating (Europe Hotel) (seated in front). Back from left are: Emer Corridan (Cahernane Hotel), Louise O'Connell (O'Donoghue Ring Hotels), Paul O'Sullivan (Randles Hotels Group), Mary Kelly (Gleneagle Group) and Milandi Basel (Great Southern Hotel). Picture: Eamonn Keogh

 

An additional three hotel chains have become involved in the second South Kerry Development Partnership organised Hotel Recruitment Event taking place on Thursday, February 6.

Last year’s event resulted in almost 40 percent of the potential employees who attended the event secure long term employment as a result.

The Europe Group, the Randles Hotel Group and the O’Donoghue Ring Hotels have now joined with The Great Southern Killarney, The Cahernane, The Gleneagle Group, Muckross Park Hotel, the Aghadoe Heights Hotel, The Killarney Park and The Lake Hotel for the event which seeks to match employees with vacancies in the sector through a more informal process.

SKDP Enterprise Officer Joanne Griffin, who organises the event, said she was delighted to have the additional employers involved and it helps to make the event even more attractive to potential employees.

“The event gives potential employees the chance to meet with a large number of employers and enables both the employees and potential employers to get to know each other in advance of entering into a formal work situation,” Joanne said.

“It also offers people who may not have worked in the hotel sector before the chance to see what opportunities exist for them.”

She also pointed out that people do not have to have previous hotel experience to get involved with the event - they just need to have an interest in taking up a role in the sector.

While the event is free to attend, people must register in advance in order to ensure everyone who wants to attend can be catered for. Joanne added that the due to demand, the closing date has been extended. To register simply contact Joanne Griffin by e-mail at jgriffin@skdp.net or 066 9761615 before Tuesday, February 4.

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Family to run in memory of the late Linda Eviston

By Sean Moriarty The family of a much-loved Killarney woman who passed away from cancer almost a year ago plan to run a marathon past her favourite local landmarks in her memory. Linda Eviston died on October 10 last after a long battle with cancer. Her husband Patrick and son Erik, with the support of […]

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By Sean Moriarty

The family of a much-loved Killarney woman who passed away from cancer almost a year ago plan to run a marathon past her favourite local landmarks in her memory.

Linda Eviston died on October 10 last after a long battle with cancer.

Her husband Patrick and son Erik, with the support of her daughter Alannah, will run a 42.2km course, on the day before her anniversary to raise funds for the Irish Cancer Society.

The route will be based on landmarks that were an important part of Linda’s life. Starting from the family home in Dromkerry, before heading for the town centre and passing the Eviston House Hotel, Linda’s grandmother’s home at Park Road, Linda’s childhood home and national school in Glenflesk, Loreto where Linda attended secondary school, back to Killarney and finishing at Linda’s pride and joy – Brook Lodge Hotel.

“It is tough but we wanted to do something in Linda’s memory and help other people who might find themselves in similar circumstances,” Pat told the Killarney Advertiser. “We originally hoped to do the Dublin City Marathon but that got cancelled. This route is much better, but much tougher as it’s more hilly.”

All proceeds will be donated to the Irish Cancer Society and donations can be made via: www.justgiving.com/fundraising/inhonouroflinda.

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Women bravely bare all for Kerry’s first ‘Dip in the Nip’

By Michelle Crean  It really was girl power at its finest – as 170 women of all ages braved the elements on Sunday to bare all for charity at the weekend. Shore Acre in Camp was the location which was only revealed to the participants for Kerry’s first ever ‘Dip in the Nip’. And amongst […]

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By Michelle Crean
 

It really was girl power at its finest – as 170 women of all ages braved the elements on Sunday to bare all for charity at the weekend.

Shore Acre in Camp was the location which was only revealed to the participants for Kerry’s first ever ‘Dip in the Nip’. And amongst the all female grouping were some Killarney ladies who joined in the empowering adventure for what was described as “a special and unforgettable morning” all in aid of Recovery Haven Kerry.

According to Marisa Reidy from Recovery Haven, the women were of all ages and all walks of life who came together for so many personal reasons.

“Some were still on their own cancer journey, some were celebrating coming out the other side and of course, many were there to honour friends and loved ones who they had lost to cancer, but we were all equal on the day – flaws and all,” Marisa, who also took part in the event, told the Killarney Advertiser.

“It was a truly uplifting and exhilarating experience and we are so, so grateful to each and every lady who joined us for a morning we will never forget. One woman described it as ‘companionship among strangers’ and that really sums it up perfectly. It was emotional, there were some tears, but lots of laughter and we couldn’t have asked for anything more. When the ladies hit the water, they all formed a circle and held hands in a gesture that was totally unplanned – it just happened organically and it was quite overwhelming.”

She added that a very special mention has to be made to Michaela and John Edwards and their team from Wild Water Adventures for their support and expertise in ensuring no stone was left unturned in making it a fabulous, safe event.

“It was an all-female team from beginning to end, from our own volunteers, stewards, registration, Gardai, teas and coffees, lifeguards, sea rescue – girl power at its finest! Now all that’s left to do is start planning for 2022!”

Donations are still being taken via the link on the Recovery Haven Kerry Facebook page.

“So far we are close on €9,000 which is just fabulous.”

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