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National award for O’Donoghue Ring Group

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Killarney-based hotel group the O’Donoghue Ring Collection, has been awarded the Operational Excellence in Hospitality, Tourism, and Leisure accolade at this year’s Operational Excellence Awards held in Dublin recently.

Presided over by a world-class judging panel drawn from the industry, academia and the broader stakeholder community, the annual Operational Excellence Awards aim to recognise and reward the individuals, teams and organisations who have made a commitment to achieving operational excellence and business transformation.

The O’Donoghue Ring Collection, whose impressive portfolio of hotels, apartments, bars and restaurants includes: Killarney Plaza Hotel & Spa; Killarney Towers Hotel & Leisure Centre; River Island Hotel; Killarney Avenue Hotel; The Tan Yard; Café du Parc and O’Donoghue Public House – received the Hospitality, Tourism & Leisure-focused award based on its use of “operational excellence as a critical driver to meet the demands of the sector and deliver value to its customers over the past 12 months.

“Hospitality, tourism and leisure is an incredibly dynamic and exciting sector to operate within. It’s a sector that refuses to stand still and constantly evolves to meet the ever-changing needs and desires of travellers and consumers. Our responsibility lies in constantly adjusting and refining our business practices to guarantee the highest levels of customer satisfaction,” said Brian Lawlor, Group General Manager of the family-run collection.

The award is the latest in a string of recognitions the O’Donoghue Ring Collection has received so far this year. The group began the year being certified as a “Great Place to Work” following positive feedback from almost 500 employees.

In February it was awarded Merits for three of its venues at the CIE Tours Annual Awards of Excellence, based on overwhelmingly positive responses to CIE’s customer surveys.

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Massive increase in numbers using local bus services

Passenger numbers on local link buses across Kerry have increased by 1727% from 2020 to 2023 according to local Green Party Candidate for Killarney Diarmaid Griffin. This is the highest […]

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Passenger numbers on local link buses across Kerry have increased by 1727% from 2020 to 2023 according to local Green Party Candidate for Killarney Diarmaid Griffin.

This is the highest increase nationally and is due to the investment by the Department of Transport during this government term.

“This service was lacking in former times, especially in rural areas and is a welcome addition to the countryside and villages of Kerry.’ says Green Party Candidate for Killarney,” said Griffin.

“While in the past, a taxi was the only option for those not cycling or driving. Now a service to Killarney is available every Friday morning from my townland of Barleymount. This is just one example of the network of bus routes criss-crossing the county thanks to local link.”

“This project is a notable success as the figures show. Investment in public transport helps alleviate congestion, increases community cohesion and reduces rural isolation. This is all welcome news for the locality,”

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Two weeks to go to Killarney Musical Society’s production of ‘Michael Collins A Musical Drama’There is less than two weeks to show time for the cast of Killarney Musical Society’s production of ‘Michael Collins A Musical Drama’

Killarney Musical Society held its official launch on Sunday where cast members appeared in full costume ahead of the March 5 – 7 performance at the INEC Arena. The launch was […]

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Killarney Musical Society held its official launch on Sunday where cast members appeared in full costume ahead of the March 5 – 7 performance at the INEC Arena.

The launch was followed by a full rehearsal and director Oliver Hurley was also there to lend a hand.

“We were delighted to introduce our lead characters to you. We had Abbey Theatre players Brigid Delia and Michael, who are the narrators throughout the musical drama. Eamonn De Valera , Harry Boland, Joe Emmett, Arthur Griffith, Cathal Brugha, volunteers and of course the beautiful Kitty Kieran were in full costume,” said KMS PRO Linda O’Donoghue.

“Mother Ireland and her five graceful dancers were fabulous. Our director and choreographer Oliver, our musical director Michael Young and the full cast of 64 were there. The singing was powerful. The music in ‘Michael Collins – A Musical Drama’ is distinctly Irish. People will definitely enjoy it.”

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Get your tickets in the INEC box office, online at universe.com or at the pop-up ticket office in the Laurel’s Pub, Market Cross from 12 pm to 4 pm between February 29 and March 2.

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