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Not ONE – but FIVE awards – for The Lake Hotel

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CELEBRATING: The Lake Hotel has received five prestigious Irish Hotel awards. Pictured l-r were: Alan McGough, Samir Bettayeb, Vinshant Sharma, Jelena Jerkovic, Noel Enright (front) Executive Head Chef, Dominik Krpic, Stanislav Gnjatovic, Dominika Gustafikova, Owen O’Mahony, Josh Harrison, Kacper Malinowski, Florian Lekndreaj, Pavol Slauka, Kara Huggard, Anthony Barber (Restaurant Manager), Ashley Dunlea (Revenue Manager), Asta Penggai (Breakfast Chef) and Sheila O’Callaghan (Sales & Marketing Manager).

 

 

By Michelle Crean

The Lake Hotel receives five prestigious Irish Hotel awards – a welcomed boost as the hotel reopens its doors.

Just as they reopened their doors post-lockdown one local hotel was thrilled to learn that they had secured not one - but - five Irish Hotel awards.

The great news for The Lake Hotel, Killarney, comes following a rigorous inspection earlier in the year by The Irish Hotel awards who celebrate the amazing commitment and dedication of the hospitality industry in Ireland to providing simply outstanding guest experiences.

They won four provincial “Best in Munster” accolades: Fine Dining Hotel of the year, Great Irish Breakfast, Country House Hotel of the year and Anthony Barber was awarded Munster’s Restaurant Manager of the year. The Lake Hotel also received a Great Place to Stay Quality Award, in recognition of the overall quality of the product and service provided.

An awards ceremony was due to take place in March, however due it was postponed due to the lockdown restrictions at the time. The awards came as a lovely surprise and is an uplifting boost just as the team prepared to restart the business.

“We are extremely proud of our team," Sales and Marketing Manager, Sheila O’Callaghan said this week.

"To be recognised for excellence across so many categories is a fantastic achievement. These awards are a true testament to the hard work and dedication of our outstanding team.”

She said to receive the title of Munster’s Fine Dining Hotel is a phenomenal accomplishment.

[caption id="attachment_33006" align="alignleft" width="292"] Executive Head Chef, Noel Enright and Restaurant Manager, Anthony Barber. Photo: Don MacMonagle[/caption]

The Lake Hotel’s Castlelough Restaurant is a multi-award winning entity, previously awarded Best Hotel Restaurant, retaining a 2AA Rosette for five consecutive years and now recognised as Best Fine Dining venue in Munster. The success of The Lake Hotel’s dining space is due to the experience and commitment of Restaurant Manager, Anthony Barber, Executive Chef Noel Enright and both their teams. Award winning Chef Noel Enright is highly committed to delivering culinary excellence with delectable seasonally attuned menus, using the best of locally sourced produce.

Anthony Barber, winner of Munster’s Restaurant Manager of the year, has led the food departments at The Lake Hotel for seven years.

"He is passionate about providing an exemplary customer service experience and takes great pride in his work. Anthony is also an accomplished wine connoisseur, pairing wines beautifully with varied dishes.

The Lake Hotel also received Munster’s Great Irish Breakfast award; this is owed to the faultless work ethic of the superbly talented breakfast chef Asta Penggai. Asta has been serving up breakfast at The Lake Hotel for five years and is a true asset to the team."

 

[caption id="attachment_33005" align="alignleft" width="278"] The Lake Hotel, Killarney Breakfast Chef, Asta Penggai. Photo: Don MacMonagle[/caption]

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County Board open to GAA museum proposals

By Sean Moriarty The Kerry County GAA Board said it would operate “an open door policy” for any plans to build a GAA museum in the county. There have been talks at a political level to build such a museum in Kerry with political rivals in Killarney and Tralee both pushing for it to be built […]

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By Sean Moriarty

The Kerry County GAA Board said it would operate “an open door policy” for any plans to build a GAA museum in the county.

There have been talks at a political level to build such a museum in Kerry with political rivals in Killarney and Tralee both pushing for it to be built in their home town.

Before he retired from politics in April, Michael Gleeson was campaigning to build a GAA and cultural museum on the grounds of Fitzgerald Stadium.

His campaign goes back several years before the recession set in, with a €0.5 million bridging loan secured from Croke Park along with funding from Fáilte Ireland. That funding was lost with the onset of the recession before 2010.

Tim Murphy, the outgoing chairman of the Kerry County Board, has confirmed to the Killarney Advertiser that no approaches have been made to the County Board at executive level during his five year stint at the helm.

However, he said the Board would be open to such approaches provided there is sound financial planning behind the project in place.

“The first and most important aspect is the capital funding and my understanding is there needs to be Fáilte Ireland funding in place first,” he told the Killarney Advertiser. “If it gets up and running, there needs to be very clear talks with all stakeholders so everyone knows each others expectations. A museum attracts footfall, but it costs a lot of money to run. We would offer an open door policy to all proposals but funding, first from a capital point of view and then from an operational point of view, will need to be in place.”

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Loreto pupils are happy to help save the planet

By Michelle Crean School pupils are fast becoming the next generation of environmentalists thanks to a brand new litter-picking campaign. Happy to help save the planet one bit of litter at a time are the children from Scoil Bhríde, Loreto NS, who are currently partaking in the Picker Pal Programme. It’s all about taking on […]

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By Michelle Crean

School pupils are fast becoming the next generation of environmentalists thanks to a brand new litter-picking campaign.

Happy to help save the planet one bit of litter at a time are the children from Scoil Bhríde, Loreto NS, who are currently partaking in the Picker Pal Programme.

It’s all about taking on a litter-picking adventure in their local area as well as learning songs, reading storybooks, filling in activity books while witnessing that their real-world actions are making a positive difference and inspiring others to join the movement.

Picker Pals is a unique primary school programme that gives children the tools and motivation to become the next generation of environmentalists, teacher Claire O’Meara explained.

“The Picker Pal Programme is a fantastic initiative and will go a long way to raise awareness of the impact litter has on our environment,” she told the Killarney Advertiser.

Real litter-picking is motivated by a Picker Pack made from upcycled dinghy sails and containing adult and child litter-picking tools, gloves, hi-vis vests and safety information.

“This pack is then taken home by a different pupil every week. That child takes their adult on a litter-picking adventure. The children then tell the story of their litter-picking adventures through art and writing. Raising awareness is an essential part of the solution to littering. Picker Pals gives young people the tools and positive motivation to steward their local environment and make the world a better place.”

The programme, run by environmental NGO VOICE Ireland, is funded by the Department of the Environment, Climate and Communications and various local authorities across Ireland.

Now in its third year of operation, over one thousand schools all across Ireland will be taking part in the Picker Pals programme this year. In Kerry, 29 schools are taking part, and Scoil Bhríde, Loreto is delighted to be included, she added.

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