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New Executive Head Chef at Great Southern Killarney

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Great Southern Killarney are delighted to welcome a new Executive Head Chef this summer, with the introduction of Warwick Thomas to the team.

Hailing from South Africa, and with over 25 years in the industry, Warwick brings a wealth of fine dining experience with him, having previously enjoyed stints in a number of leading international 5-Star properties, including Sandals Resort Grenada and Sheraton Grand Danang Resort in Vietnam. The already popular menus in Brownes Bar & The Garden Room restaurant are sure to see some exciting new additions from Warwick and his team in the coming months!

"I am delighted to be joining the team at such a historic property as Great Southern," Warwick said.

"Having a close working relationship with our local suppliers and providing excellent quality food is of the upmost importance to me. I am looking forward to continuing on the legacy of providing exquisite locally sourced food to our guests while also introducing my own expertise to enhance the offering."

Built in 1854 in Killarney town centre with the remit to ‘take the guest’s breath away’, Great Southern Killarney still stands proudly as Killarney’s Premier Historic Hotel. The team at Great Southern take great pride in offering an authentic Irish food experience in an exceptional setting, served by culinary professionals in partnership with incredible local suppliers from throughout Kerry and Ireland.

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​​Bursaries presented to schools at Lions Club open night

By Michelle Crean Three Killarney schools have been awarded bursaries from a local group. Killarney Lions Club made the presentations to Killarney Community College, St Brigid’s Presentation School and St […]

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By Michelle Crean

Three Killarney schools have been awarded bursaries from a local group.

Killarney Lions Club made the presentations to Killarney Community College, St Brigid’s Presentation School and St Brendan’s College to help support students in need.

It took place at their open night recently in the KDYS Youth Centre.

The night featured different exhibitions about Killarney Lions Club activities such as the Annual Christmas Food Appeal and the Kerry Clubs Fair.

“It was great that people made the effort to come and find out more what Killarney Lions Club does, despite the weather on the night. We are a voluntary group so community support is vital for activities such as our Christmas Food Appeal which will kick off very soon.”

The Killarney Lions Club, through its members, assists various groups and individuals in and around the community. Lions do this through voluntary activities, fundraising and by holding various types of events in support of a great many local causes.

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Staff celebrated for their long service

Stalwarts of the tourism industry in Killarney were delighted to celebrate their long term team members with a gourmet dinner in Great Southern recently. The event was held for all […]

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Stalwarts of the tourism industry in Killarney were delighted to celebrate their long term team members with a gourmet dinner in Great Southern recently.

The event was held for all team members of the Great Southern and Killarney Royal who have over 10 years of service, and was hosted by Michael Jacobi, Managing Director, Hayfield Family Collection and Mark Scally, Financial Controller, Hayfield Family Collection.

32 employees celebrated on the night, with the Great Southern represented by John Fitzgerald with 53 years of service, Martina O’Leary with 44 years of service and Kathleen Bhuiyan with 31 years of service. From Killarney Royal Joseph Hurley celebrated 37 years of service with John Harrington celebrating 32 years and Nuala Doolan celebrating 30 years.

“It is an absolute pleasure for us to celebrate our long term staff members,” event host and Hayfield Family Collection Managing Director, Michael Jacobi, said.

“They have played such an integral part in achieving the high standards we are known to provide and are such familiar welcoming faces for our guests.”

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