Connect with us

News

Patricia celebrates 40 years’ service

Published

on

0245745_40_Years_Service_Pat_ODoherty_7.jpg

With great fondness and a few tears, Frankie Coyne led the team at the International Hotel this week in a tribute to Patricia O’Doherty.

The popular waitress is celebrating 40 years’ service at Killarney’s favourite family-owned hotel.

Frankie, being the only individual that pre-dates Patricia at the International Hotel, recalled the story of Patricia joining the team back in 1982 when her mother-in-law Kathleen O’Doherty, herself a great stalwarth in the dining room at the International, introduced her brand new daughter-in-law as a young chef to then manager Liam Kelly.

However, after a few weeks, and having decided it was a little hot in the kitchen for her liking, Patricia convinced Liam that she had plenty of waitressing experience and she would love a move to the dining room!

Notwithstanding this little white lie, Patricia was a brilliant addition and over the years since then, has led the team with great patience and calmness, two of her best qualities!

During her tenure, two of Patricia’s children, Keith and Carla joined her at the International making it a family affair and Patricia still works three days a week serving breakfast and says that she just loves meeting guests old and new, and of course loves working alongside the team who have become family over the years.

A special mention was given to John Thompson who Patricia says is surely not long behind her in length of service and when his time comes, Patricia will be the first to congratulate him too!

Frankie spoke a little about the changes in the hotel over the years since she and her late husband Sean bought the hotel in 1976 with 143 bedrooms musing how many guests Patricia and her team have fed over all those years.

On her own behalf, and on behalf of those from the International Hotel who are no longer with us, she gave sincere thanks to Patricia for all the years so far, and the many more years to come!

Her lovely words of thanks to Patricia and the whole team for making the International Hotel what it is ensured there was hardly a dry eye in the room.

Advertisement

News

30 years of Innisfallen Island MassThe annual special concelebrated Mass on Innisfallen Island takes place next week.

Next Friday (June 21), members of the public are invited to attend the Mass taking place at 6.30pm. Now in its 30th year, the Mass was originally an idea by […]

Published

on

0279711_0259395shutterstock662847781.jpg

Next Friday (June 21), members of the public are invited to attend the Mass taking place at 6.30pm.

Now in its 30th year, the Mass was originally an idea by Geoffrey O’Donoghue who sadly died four years after it began.

“There was an Augustinian Monastery on Innisfallen Island and the people, including priests and monks and they say Brian Boro, went out there to study. The lake, Lough Lein is called ‘The Lake of Learning’,” said his wife Mary who carries on the tradition in his memory.

“My husband Geoffrey was a descendent of the O’Donoghues and he wanted to have Mass on the island. The O’Donoghues built Ross Castle and owned the lands and the lake surrounding it which was later donated by John McShane to the people of Killarney. He [Geoffrey] asked one of the friars and one day he got a call from the OPW that there would be a plaque unveiled to John McShane and they asked if the Mass could coincide with it. It was attended by Sr Pauline, John McShane’s daughter.”

She added that all the public are welcome to attend. Boats, which will have a nominal fee to cover their costs, will be carrying passengers out from 4pm onwards.

Continue Reading

News

Photo of “hidden gem” wins Camera Club’s latest competition

A photograph of one of Killarney’s hidden beauty spots was deemed the winner of Killarney Camera Club’s most recent competition. Th standard was high throughout all categories but in the […]

Published

on

0279697_Iryna_HalaievaOSullivans_Cascade29.jpg

A photograph of one of Killarney’s hidden beauty spots was deemed the winner of Killarney Camera Club’s most recent competition.

Th standard was high throughout all categories but in the Novice category, Iryna Halaieva’s photograph of O’Sullivan’s Cascade was deemed the winner.

“A waterfall is my favourite waterbody and long exposure is my favourite photographic technique,” she said. “I do my best to have as many waterfalls as possible in my photo collection. I heard a lot about O’Sullivan’s Cascade and wanted to visit that hidden gem of Kerry. So, shortly before our club competition I went with a friend to Tomies Wood to photograph it. It was a dream come true for me.”

Continue Reading

Last News

Sport