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More employers join hotel recruitment event



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 or 066 9761615 before Tuesday, February 4.



Valuable role of Kerry cancer support charity recognised nationally



Cancer support charity Recovery Haven Kerry has been recognised for its vital role in supporting cancer patients and their families at a national ceremony in Dublin.

The renowned cancer support house was one of 16 such centres across Ireland that were presented with plaques to acknowledge their full membership of the National Cancer Control Programme (NCCP) Alliance – a group made up of voluntary and charity organisations delivering support services directly to cancer patients and their families. An additional 10 associate member charities were also honoured, including Kerry Cancer Support Group.

The Alliance advocates for, and supports, the development of integrated pathways between the cancer centres, acute hospitals, community cancer support services and primary care services. All members’ development is in line with the values of Sláintecare, seeking to provide assurance to healthcare professionals that these organisations are working to an agreed standard as set out in Best Practice Guidance published by the NCCP. 

Speaking after the ceremony, which was held at Dublin’s Farmleigh Estate, Recovery Haven Kerry Chairman, Tim McSwiney, explained that being compliant with the Best Practice Guidance for Community Cancer Support Centres is a true mark of quality. 

“It offers us a yardstick to measure what we are doing against the standards required. As a result, healthcare professionals have more confidence in referring people to our services. We are very proud to be a member of the Alliance,” he said.

Recovery Haven Kerry was represented at the event by centre manager, Gemma Fort and Client Services Co-Ordinator, Siobhan MacSweeney and were presented with their plaque by NCCP Lead for Cancer Survivorship, Louise Mullen, Clinical Lead for Psycho-Oncology Dr Helen Greally, and Minister of State at the Department of Health, Colm Burke. 

The event was also used as an opportunity to announce funding of €3m for the NCCP’s Alliance of Community Cancer Support Centres and Services through Budget 2024. The NCCP is currently in the process of distributing these funds which will directly and positively impact the delivery of services for patients and families nationally.

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‘More Precious Than Gold’ book launch



At the official book launch of ‘More Precious Than Gold: My enduring connection with John McShain – the man who built Washington’ by Alice O’Neill-McLoughlin at Killarney House, was Minister of State for Nature, Heritage and Electoral Reform, Malcolm Noonan, T.D.

Alice was born the eldest of eleven children into an Irish farming family in Rosbercon, New Ross, County Wexford. In 1978, she was awarded a scholarship from John McShain- the iconic builder, philanthropist, devout Catholic with Derry ancestry, responsible for many famous American landmarks, including the Jefferson Memorial and the Pentagon.

Her book records the lifelong personal correspondence Alice exchanged with ‘The Man Who Built Washington.’ His philanthropy extended to the Irish people in the bequeathing to the State of Killarney House and the surrounding thousands of acres incorporating the Lakes, Ross Castle, and Innisfallen Island. In 2019, Alice had the honour of inducting John McShain into the Irish America Hall of Fame in her home town of New Ross in the presence of his relatives from Philadelphia and Derry. This is a tale of altruism, of gratitude, of faith and of a life lived in the pursuit of excellence.

Alice also donated her treasured correspondence of letters from John McShain for the archive at Killarney House. Also in attendance were Members of the Ignatius A. O’Shaughnessy family, who was founder of The Globe Oil and Refining Company – and part of a consortium of wealthy American businessmen who were going to purchase the lakes of Killarney as a Country Club in the 1950’s.

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