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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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Relief as indoor dining finally resumes

By Michelle Crean After almost 500 days of closures the sense of relief was evident this week as restaurants, cafés and bars were finally allowed to welcome customers back in. Some had reopened for outdoor dining previously to help keep their businesses afloat but it was back to normal on Monday. According to the new […]

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By Michelle Crean

After almost 500 days of closures the sense of relief was evident this week as restaurants, cafés and bars were finally allowed to welcome customers back in.

Some had reopened for outdoor dining previously to help keep their businesses afloat but it was back to normal on Monday.

According to the new rules as set out by Fáilte Ireland and the Government, in order for customers to access indoor service, they must show proof that they are fully vaccinated or have recovered from COVID-19 in the past six months. Those who are not yet vaccinated can only be served outside.

A maximum of six people aged 13 and over are allowed per table and it’s advised that face coverings be worn when not at the table, there is no time limit, customers can only eat or drink at a table and not at the bar or counter, and one person must give their details for contract tracing purposes. Live music and dancing is not allowed.

The Killarney Advertiser spoke to a number of businesses this week and overall the feeling was relief that they can finally get back to normal service but the issue of staffing still remains.

Brian Murphy from Courtney’s Bar said he was feeling nervous.

“I’m feeling nervous as we don’t have enough staff,” he said. “It’s a Monday so hopefully we can cope. Things will settle down and we’ll find a level we are all happy with.”

At the Porterhouse Restaurant Lee O’Callaghan said “It’s great to be back open and have people coming into the restaurant”.

“Hopefully we have a long season after being closed for so long.”

Staff at Reidy’s, Ellen Shannon, Rory Carroll and Jack Sweeney, added that they’re delighted to return to indoor dining.

“Hopefully we get back to normal soon and to brighter days ahead.”

At Jimmy Brien’s Bar in Fair Hill, customers echoed the same sentiments about being finally open.

“We are delighted to be back,” Danjoe Aherne said.

“We appreciate everything Alan Breen has done for us. We’re glad to be back home again!” Charlie Buckingham said.

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Time to get your skates on!

By Sean Moriarty People of Killarney are being urged to have their say on a new skateboard park before next week’s deadline. A public consultation on the project has been launched by Kerry County Council. Cllr Donal Grady, who first put forward the idea of a Killarney skateboard park in 2018, is urging the people […]

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By Sean Moriarty

People of Killarney are being urged to have their say on a new skateboard park before next week’s deadline.

A public consultation on the project has been launched by Kerry County Council.

Cllr Donal Grady, who first put forward the idea of a Killarney skateboard park in 2018, is urging the people of the town to have their say.

It is proposed to build the park on land adjacent to the Killarney Sports and Leisure Centre with help and support from the KDYS.

“In 2017 a group of skateboard enthusiasts approached me, they had no designated safe area to enjoy their sport. Sport is vital for youths, stakeboarding increases metabolism, improves balance and enhances coordination use,” Cllr Grady told the Killarney Advertiser.

“Skateboarding is now an Olympic sport. I commend Kerry County Council, management, engineers and the planning team for getting the project to this stage, it’s now up to the people of Killarney to have their say. It’s vital positive submissions are lodged by Wednesday, August 25,”

Submissions can be lodged to the Playground Unit, Finance Dept, Kerry County Council.

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