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Muckross Park Hotel appoints new General Manager

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The iNua Collection is delighted to announce the appointment of Frits Potgieter as General Manager of the 5-star Muckross Park Hotel & Spa in Killarney.
Frits has 20 years-experience in a variety of luxury properties across the industry.
Born in Namibia, he grew up in South Africa, and studied at the University of Johannesburg, graduating with a Bachelor’s Degree in Commerce and an Honours Degree in Strategic Management. During his holidays from college, Frits spent summers working in his aunt’s South African restaurant in Hong Kong, where he fell in love with the hospitality business.
Frits began his career as a hospitality professional in the UK at the 4-star Brands Hatch Thistle Hotel in 1999, from there moving to London, where he worked at the Radisson Edwardian Hotels group for three years, then subsequently joined Red Carnation Hotels as Front of House Manager at The Chesterfield Mayfair Hotel.
Promoted to Deputy General Manager of that hotel in 2005, Frits then moved to The Milestone Hotel & Apartments in 2007, Red Carnations London flagship property.
Frits joined The Doyle Collection in 2012 as Hotel Manager at The Marylebone Hotel, and later became General Manager of The Kensington Hotel before moving to Ireland in 2016 to take up the role of General Manager of the Imperial Hotel in Cork city. Frits’ wife is originally from the area, and they are happily based in Cork now.
Passionate about hotels and fascinated by people, Frits loves to travel, and, unsurprisingly for someone with a South African background, is a keen rugby supporter and loves good red wine.
“I’m extremely pleased to be joining the team at the 5-star Muckross Park Hotel & Spa,” Frits Potgieter said. “This is a superb hotel in a famously beautiful part of the world, and I am looking forward to making my own contribution to the hotel’s illustrious history, while working together with everyone at Muckross Park Hotel & Spa to help to develop the property into the future.”
Sean O’Driscoll, COO of iNua, added that they’re delighted to welcome Frits Potgieter to the iNua team.
“He brings an extensive working knowledge of the hospitality industry at a high level and a range of experience that will be an excellent asset to the team at Muckross Park Hotel & Spa, as well as throughout the iNua Collection.”

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Training day for junior rowers

By Michelle Crean Junior members of Muckross Rowing Club were delighted to take part in a training day recently to fine tune their skills for upcoming events. Beginner to Junior 18 members competed in 19 races. The 500m sprints were held in octuples, quads and doubles. “Taking part in this sprint regatta will help Junior […]

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By Michelle Crean

Junior members of Muckross Rowing Club were delighted to take part in a training day recently to fine tune their skills for upcoming events.

Beginner to Junior 18 members competed in 19 races. The 500m sprints were held in octuples, quads and doubles.

“Taking part in this sprint regatta will help Junior Members prepare for upcoming regattas which are hoped to take place this summer,” Shóna O’Sullivan said.

“Those racing were cheered on by their fellow team mates at the Garden Quays. The races were exciting to watch, especially the races that ended in a photo finish.”

The competitors refuelled with a barbecue cooked by Bernie and Seamus O’Sullivan, she added.

“Thanks to Bernie, Seamus, all coaches and committee members that helped this training session run successfully in accordance with COVID-19 guidelines.”

On the same day Seán Daly Chairperson of Muckross Rowing Club presented Jane and Lila Ryan with Honorary Associated Membership for their generous contribution of €500 to the club.

“Our rowing club are extremely grateful for their generosity.”

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Hike up Strickeen Mountain for air ambulance

  Locals and visitors are being invited to join a guided ascent of Strickeen Mountain on July 4 to raise funds for the Irish Community Air Ambulance. The hike, described as an easy to moderate climb and family friendly well be led by Killarney-based Irish Community Air Ambulance volunteer and tour guide Krzysztof Szwab. It […]

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Locals and visitors are being invited to join a guided ascent of Strickeen Mountain on July 4 to raise funds for the Irish Community Air Ambulance.

The hike, described as an easy to moderate climb and family friendly well be led by Killarney-based Irish Community Air Ambulance volunteer and tour guide Krzysztof Szwab.

It is expected that the 7.5km hike will take around three hours to complete and participants will benefit from the expertise of Krzysztof for a minimum donation €10 per person or €20 per family.

Strickeen Mountain is the eastern most peak of the MacGillycuddy’s Reeks and the hike will start from the Gap of Dunloe at 11am on the day.

As an added bonus fruit and water, donated by local supermarkets including Lidl, Aldi and Daly’s SuperValu, will be provided. The first 20 to register will receive a limited edition Irish Community Air Ambulance face covering snood.

“This is an ideal opportunity for someone who has never climbed this mountain, but wants to do it with the help of an experienced guide,” Donie Lucey, who is one of the Irish Community Air Ambulance’s chief fundraisers, said.

Further details are available from Donie on 086 854 5873 or from Krzysztof on 087 7589697 after 6pm.

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Golf club launches Summer Series competition

By Sean Moriarty Competitive golfing has resumed at Killarney Golf and Fishing Club marking another step towards normality in the locality. The O’Mahony’s Point course hosted an open singles event on Monday last and this competition will continue every Monday for the rest of the summer. Meanwhile the club’s ‘TaylorMade’ Summer Series gets underway at […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Competitive golfing has resumed at Killarney Golf and Fishing Club marking another step towards normality in the locality.

The O’Mahony’s Point course hosted an open singles event on Monday last and this competition will continue every Monday for the rest of the summer.

Meanwhile the club’s ‘TaylorMade’ Summer Series gets underway at the famed Killeen course this coming Wednesday (June 23). This series will continue every Wednesday for eight weeks and top five scorers on each date will qualify for a Grand Final which is scheduled for Sunday, August 22.

“We are delighted to launch the ‘TaylorMade’ Summer Series. This is a singles stableford event taking place on the Irish Open course, Killeen,” said the club’s marketing manager Meg Dalton. “With over €8,000 worth of prizes to be won, this is an event not to be missed. The first opportunity to qualify for the grand final is Wednesday.”

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