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Niall retires from The Gleneagle after 51 years’ service

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By Michelle Crean

For over five decades he has been the friendly face at The Gleneagle Hotel - and there's not many he hasn't met from around the country or the world - but this week it was time for Niall Doherty to say a final farewell.

EARLY CAREER: Niall Doherty pictured during the early days of his career with The Gleneagle Hotel.

Friends and colleagues gathered together to say goodbye to Niall who dedicated 51 years of his career to the hotel.

Niall began in hospitality in Jackson’s Bar in his native Ballybofey, Co. Donegal. In 1968 he moved to Killarney to take up a post as a barman at The Three Lakes Hotel. For the following three years, he divided his time between summers in Killarney and winters in London but love intervened and had him settle in Killarney for good. Niall met his wife, Greta Breen from Glencar, in Killarney and by 1975 they were married.

Niall joined The Gleneagle in 1971 after being headhunted by the late Maurice O’Donoghue and soon became a well-known face behind the bar at the hotel. In more recent years, he worked in beverage stock management where his expertise and attention to detail will be greatly missed.

Memories

Niall has a treasure trove of memories and stories from his many years in The Gleneagle.

“I loved seeing all the artists and musicians perform down through the years, especially Joe Loss and his orchestra and of course Joe Dolan. My favourite performance ever was by fellow Donegal man Rory Gallagher back in 1983," he said.

“Even back in the early days, The Gleneagle was always a busy place, I remember waxing and polishing the floor of the ballroom every two weeks - there was so much dancing between socials, weddings and dances. I loved my time in The Gleneagle, I made great friends over the years and shared many great times with guests and locals alike.”

Patrick O’Donoghue, who is among the third generation of O’Donoghue’s to work with Niall said, that they'd like "to sincerely thank Niall for his hard work and commitment over his many years at the hotel".

"I know our dad Maurice, in particular, highly valued his input and honesty," Patrick said.

"Niall always said it like it was, never fearing the repercussions. While we will miss working with him, we wish him and his family every happiness in his retirement."

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Dancing classes set to unite communities

By Michelle Crean There’s no language barrier when it comes to dancing – which is why one local group is organising classes to unite communities. KASI, the Killarney Immigrant Support […]

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By Michelle Crean

There’s no language barrier when it comes to dancing – which is why one local group is organising classes to unite communities.

KASI, the Killarney Immigrant Support Centre, has teamed up with dance instructor John Moriarty to teach both Ukrainians and multiple cultures living in Kerry Irish set dancing steps from next week.

The first class will take place on Tuesday evenings, starting next week (September 27) at St Mary’s Parish Hall at 6.30pm and all are welcome to join.

The idea is to help Ukrainians living in Killarney and Kerry to come and have fun and get to know locals better, KASI coordinator, Marilyn Catapat-Counihan, explained to the Killarney Advertiser.

“We have a women’s group for all ages where we do crochet, sewing and art and crafts, where they can talk which is good. I had the music on and they were dancing. I asked if they would like to do dancing classes so I organised it with John Moriarty who is well known in Killarney.”

She added that the women are very excited to learn set dancing and get to know other people from the area.

“Sometimes when you meet new people the language can be a barrier and when you’re dancing everybody is moving. He will open it to everyone so there’ll be integration, it’s fun as well. They are all very excited.”

To find out more contact John on 086 1579381.

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Multiple Sclerosis Walk celebrates 20 years

By Sean Moriarty The rising cost of fuel is already having a negative effect on charity events with some limiting numbers. On October 9, the annual Multiple Sclerosis South Kerryv Walk […]

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By Sean Moriarty

The rising cost of fuel is already having a negative effect on charity events with some limiting numbers.

On October 9, the annual Multiple Sclerosis South Kerryv Walk takes place over the Old Kenmare Road.

First run in 2002, this year’s event will celebrate 20 years since its foundation but two years were lost as a result of the pandemic.

This year’s walk will be limited to 150 people – three coach loads – so event organisers can cut back on running costs.

It will only be possible to participate in this year’s event if walkers pre-register.

“Walkers must raise at least €40 to make it worthwhile,” organiser John O’Shea told the Killarney Advertiser.

“Spaces are limited, 150 people equals three coaches and we need smaller coaches to get into the start of the Old Kenmare Road as that is just a bog road. We have limited numbers for cost and operational reasons.”

Mr O’Shea thanked event sponsors O’Callaghan Coaches and The Gleneagle Hotel for their support of the event.

Registration forms can be obtained by calling John on 087 2348824.

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