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New Group General Manager appointed to O’Donoghue Ring Collection

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Brian Lawlor will be responsible for overseeing the overall portfolio of the collection, which includes the Killarney Plaza Hotel & Spa, Killarney Avenue Hotel, Killarney Towers Hotel, and the River Island Hotel. Along with The Park Place apartments, the collection boasts an array of bespoke carefully curated outlets such as Cafe Du Parc, The Tanyard and the newly reimagined O'Donoghue public house.

Originally from Wexford, Brian has a long career in luxury hospitality, after working in Adare Manor for over 20 years. In 1999, he graduated from Waterford IT as IHF Graduate of the Year, after studying Business Studies in Hotel & Catering Management. It was then that he took on a work placement position at Adare Manor, progressing through the ranks of various positions until he became the General Manager of the Carriage House. Over the duration of his tenure, Brian specialised in food and beverage management and operations, before moving to Killarney Towers Hotel in 2021 as General Manager.

With over two decades of experience under his belt, Brian has seen many transitions within the Irish hospitality industry and has witnessed the various challenges and shifts over the years.

“People’s expectations have grown immensely, particularly within the domestic market," Brian said. 

"Creativity is a big thing and we must try to stay ahead of the curve. It’s fantastic to see the domestic market has come into its own.”

Considering his new position to be the highlight of his career, Brian is thrilled at the opportunity that the O’Donoghue Ring family have given him.

“My aim is to compliment the progression and innovation that has seen the company elevate in recent years. I see the ODR collection as a group with endless potential and I along with the family and senior management team look forward to realising these aspirations.’’

This is an exciting time for the collection as they continue their programme of innovation and progression.

"We are delighted that Brian Lawlor has been appointed to the role of Group General Manager," Gemma Ring, Managing Director said. 

"With Brian we will focus together on key areas of growth and strategic innovation, aligned to our people, culture, and sustainability goals. We are proud to be amongst the leading hotels groups in Kerry and look forward to working with Brian to continue delivering an excellent offering to our valued guests.”

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Corcoran’s Furniture walk raises €12k for autism charity

Corcoran’s Furniture and Carpets charity walk through the Gap of Dunloe on Saturday raised almost €12,000 for Autism Assistance Dogs Ireland There were 37 participants in the event, which included […]

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Corcoran’s Furniture and Carpets charity walk through the Gap of Dunloe on Saturday raised almost €12,000 for Autism Assistance Dogs Ireland

There were 37 participants in the event, which included AADI families, dogs, and representatives, as well as fundraisers, supporters, and members of the Corcoran’s team. The stars of the day were the three life-changing super-hero dogs, Buzz, Baron and Hank.

Former Kerry Footballer, James O’ Donoghue, was the ambassador for the event
Those taking part left Ross Castle and were treated to a phenomenal boat ride in the expert hands of Diarmuid ‘Dux’ O’Donoghue of Gap of Dunloe Traditional Boat Tours. The O’Donoghue family entertained the entire group with a range of fascinating stories outlining the history of the lakes of Killarney and Killarney National Park.

The group set out from Lord Brandon’s Cottage and walked the 11K through the iconic Gap of Dunloe, with two AADI families and their dogs taking part in the full walk. This was followed by a well-deserved meal and some rest and relaxation at Kate Kearney’s Cottage. Flemings Taxi’s Killarney brought the group back to Ross Castle, Killarney upon completion of the event.

“On behalf of everybody at Corcoran’s Furniture, we would like to thank everybody who participated in our Gap of Dunloe charity event on behalf of AADI,” said Shane O’ Callaghan, Financial Controller atCorcoran’s.

“Collectively we have raised almost €12,000 for this incredible charity and monies are still coming in. We are extremely grateful to all who supported our walk, and also to James O’ Donoghue, Christina Tagney, the Gap of Dunloe Traditional Boat Tours, the fantastic support of Noel Lucey and Donal McCarthy from the Order Of Malta, Killarney branch, and to Killarney National Park, Kate Kearney’s Cottage and Fleming’s Taxi’s. All funds raised will go toward the expert training and maintenance of the upcoming AADI dogs who will make a dramatic difference to so many children with Autism and their families.”

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Summer of song with Grace Foley

Killarney singer Grace Foley is launching a summer series of concerts in Anam House Arts and Cultural Centre on Saturday night. ‘Storyteller’ is a series of intimate, one woman performances […]

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Killarney singer Grace Foley is launching a summer series of concerts in Anam House Arts and Cultural Centre on Saturday night.

‘Storyteller’ is a series of intimate, one woman performances that will be given by Foley during the summer months.

The first of the performances takes place this Saturday 7pm and will feature the songs and stories of well-known singers including Dolly Parton, ABBA, and an array of Irish artists as well as a selection of poems and famous quotes.

“It promises to be a lovely evening,” she said. “This the first of three performances.”

Tickets are €10 and will be available on the night. The performance is approximately one hour long.

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