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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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Relegation battle has town divided

By Sean Moriarty This is bigger than the county final itself – with the main prize on offer being bragging rights in the town. After an unprecedented run of events during this year’s Kerry Senior Football championship Killarney’s two biggest clubs, Dr Crokes and Killarney Legion are set to face off in a relegation battle […]

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By Sean Moriarty

This is bigger than the county final itself – with the main prize on offer being bragging rights in the town.

After an unprecedented run of events during this year’s Kerry Senior Football championship Killarney’s two biggest clubs, Dr Crokes and Killarney Legion are set to face off in a relegation battle that is sure to divide the town.

In sporting terms, the outcome of the big game, set for December 5, is simple enough. The winner stays in the Senior Championship next season and the losers will have to play in the Intermediate Championship.

Fans of the black and amber or the green and white face an anxious week. Winning the county title is one thing – consigning your cross town rivals to second division football in football is altogether a bigger prize.

Senior officials from both clubs are being very guarded on a potential outcome as both sides know the significance of this play off.

“It is a pity that two Killarney clubs, with a long tradition of playing football in the top tier, find themselves in the position of having to play off to avoid relegation,” Matt O’Neill, Cathaoirleach of Dr Crokes, told the Killarney Advertiser.

“Both teams will fight tooth and nail to stay in the senior ranks. I am confident that on Sunday week our lads will do themselves and the club proud, as always, and give their all in the quest to keep the black and amber to the fore.”

Crokes are based off the Lewis Road with Legion a short distance away on the other side of the bypass.

“Everyone has an opinion on this,” Legion PRO, Elaine O’Donoghue, told the Killarney Advertiser. “Both sides will be nervous – may the best team win. There are a lot of questions, are the Crokes suffering after defeat to Kerins O’Rahillys [in the semi-final]? Are our lads suffering after losing to St Brendan’s for the third year in a row?”

Every football fan will be keeping a close eye on next weekend’s Intermediate County Final too which takes place on December 4.

The winners of the match between Beaufort and Tralee side Na Gael will be automatically promoted to replace the losers of the Killarney play-off in the Senior Championship next season.

Should Beaufort prevail, a (relatively) local team could replace a town team in the top flight.

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Handball off the wall in Killarney

By Con Dennehy The popularity of handball as one of the fastest growing sports in Kerry is set to continue in the East Kerry region with the continued development of Spa/Killarney Handball Club. On Monday night the progressive club hosts a Beginners and Advanced League at their magnificent indoor facility located at the Spa GAA grounds […]

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By Con Dennehy

The popularity of handball as one of the fastest growing sports in Kerry is set to continue in the East Kerry region with the continued development of Spa/Killarney Handball Club.

On Monday night the progressive club hosts a Beginners and Advanced League at their magnificent indoor facility located at the Spa GAA grounds in Killarney. The club boasts two state-of-the-art indoor handball walls which were designed and built by local player and sportsman Mike Casey. It was opened in May 2018.

“On Monday night the games will tip off at 7pm with 11 players in the Advanced League and seven in the Beginners League. The format of the competition will see quarter finals in the first round progressing to overall winners on the night. It promises to be a great night of exciting handball and we welcome spectators,” said Eoin O’Donoghue, secretary of the club.

Competitors taking part in the Beginners League are Sheila Kelliher, Elena O’Donoghue, Niamh Faulds, Rosin King, Brid Horgan, Neill Horgan and Sinead Moriarty.

Players signed up for the Advanced League include Aoife Walsh, John Daniel Cronin, Eoin O’Donoghue, Kieran O’Brien, Brendan O’Donoghue, Michael Clifford, Evan Enright, Eoghan Daly, Brian McEvoy, Jerry Cronin and Maggie Quirke.

One player set to receive a warm welcome will be Brendan O’Donoghue. At the 2019 All-Ireland Hardball championships in Mayo, Brendan became the first Spa/Killarney man to win an All-Ireland Handball medal. He achieved this unique and much publicised honour in the highly ranked Master’s 55 B final.

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