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Patricia celebrates 40 years’ service

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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.

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Trilogy of comedy on offer by Dóchas Drama

By Sean Moriarty Dóchas Drama Group will present a series of three short comedy plays next week. All three plays are written and produced by Dóchas and will be acted […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Dóchas Drama Group will present a series of three short comedy plays next week.

All three plays are written and produced by Dóchas and will be acted out by the group’s members.

The opening act, ‘Flossing Around’ is written by Ger Madden and directed by Brian Bowler.

“A woman has an innate fear of the dentist. We go on the journey with her as she faces her fears, with hilarious consequences,” explained the group’s Liz Ryan.

This will be followed by ‘Faraway Hills’ which is written by Mary Quirke and directed by Michael Mills.
It is a tongue in cheek look at family life.

“A son wants to get away from small town life. His mother wants to keep him at home but his father can’t wait to see the back of him,” added Liz, who plays the mother in this short play.

Brain Bowler wrote the third instalment called ‘A Little Visitor’ which is directed by Ryan Jones.

“There are lots of misunderstandings when a hypochondriac visits a group of doctors who have other things on the their minds,” added Liz.

The run, which will feature all three performances each night, starts Wednesday next week and continues Thursday and Friday (February 8 to 10) at the Killarney Avenue Hotel. Tickets are €10 and are available at the door.

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Killarney secures three gold medals in national business awards

Three hotels in Killarney have won gold medals at the Virgin Media Business Gold Medal Awards. Now in its 33rd year, the awards the best of the best in the […]

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Three hotels in Killarney have won gold medals at the Virgin Media Business Gold Medal Awards.

Now in its 33rd year, the awards the best of the best in the hotel and catering sectors across the country.

This year, judges received over 460 entries from 150 hotels, guest houses, country houses, restaurants, cafés, bars and catering companies from around Ireland.

“An important factor in the Gold Medal Awards is the credibility and impartial nature of the judging process. Every property that undergoes this process is subject to benchmarking against a strict set of criteria and a blind site inspection conducted by the judging panel,” said an event organiser.

“This panel comprises respected industry experts from across the hospitality, culinary and catering sectors.”

Three Killarney hotels took top awards in different categories at the awards ceremony held at the Galmont Hotel and Spa in Galway on Tuesday night.

The Great Southern Hotel was named as the best Business and Conference Hotel in Ireland.

“To be recognised among the greatest hotels in Ireland is a marvellous achievement for Great Southern. It is fantastic news and has provided all our staff with a little morale boost. Our Business & Conference partners and customers are extremely important to us with some relationships in place annually for over 30 years. Receiving this recognition for the service we provide is a fantastic achievement and testament to the incredible work of our outstanding staff,” said Michael Jacobi Managing Director said.

The best front of house team award went the staff at the Aghadoe Heights Hotel and Spa.

In the Hotel Casual Dining Experience category the Dunloe Hotel and Gardens came out on top.

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