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Randles Hotel Killarney shortlisted for Sustainable Energy awards

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Randles Hotel Killarney is delighted to announce that they were one of the shortlisted finalists at this year’s Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) small and medium business category award, which took place on November 16 in The Mansion House, Dublin

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Set up twenty years ago, the SEAI Energy Awards recognise and reward excellence in all aspects of energy efficiency and renewable energy in Ireland. They also acknowledge businesses who demonstrate high levels of innovation and strong potential for replication, and those who have achieved significant energy demand reduction or clean energy deployment.

This latest award follows on from Randles Hotel’s recent sustainability award they received in May this year, when they were awarded with the All-Ireland Business Foundation’s Solar Evolution Business All-Star Renewable Project of the year award, at the All-Ireland Business Summit.

Speaking about being shortlisted as this year’s SEAI Sustainability Awards, Tom Randles said: “Randles Hotel is honoured to be shortlisted in the small to medium size business category for the prestigious SEAI 2023 award. We are delighted to be recognised for the work that we have done to minimise our carbon footprint over the past twenty years. Our main goal is to deliver top-quality customer service to our valued clientele, while consciously achieving eco-friendly, sustainable, and effective energy solutions across all aspects of our business. We would like to extend our warmest congratulations to Ballykilcavan Brewery, the winners of this year’s SEAI award, and we are privileged to have been nominated alongside them.”

Since the onset of the Randles Hotel’s sustainability project in 2001, they have made huge strides in implementing their unique and effective reduced carbon footprint and sustainability plan, and it is no mean feat that they are the first hotel in Ireland to roll out such an extensive carbon zero project on the Island of Ireland. They have also recently completed a series of positive sustainable initiatives via their sister hotel, the Dromhall Hotel, Killarney.

Phase one of Randles Hotel’s sustainability plan was completed in May 2023. This includes innovative and effective developments, such as, the reduction of single use plastics, introducing eco-friendly motion sensory lighting throughout the hotel, the avoidance of food waste, the reduction of chemical usage, and minimising transport for in-house laundry.

Under the direction of Kerry based designer, Tim O’ Leary, the hotels most recent developments include, turning a Victorian building into a carbon-free hotel, via the addition of Solar PV panels, an air source heat pump, and air to water heat pump, and an overall energy monitor of the system. As a result, Randles Hotel have achieved energy savings of 28,294Kwh and 13,451kg C02 per year, which has all led to effective and progressive change. This pioneering work was carried out by DJ Walsh of Thermopro, Castleisland, Lukas Kadlik of MastertTherm, and Brigid Walsh of Solar Evolution, who advised and installed the Solar (PV) panels.

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Kerry rowing clubs flock to Killarney for the start of the coastal season

There was a fantastic spectacle of colour and rowing on Lough Leane last Sunday (June 16th) with the coastal rowing clubs of Kerry participating in the first ‘Head of the […]

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There was a fantastic spectacle of colour and rowing on Lough Leane last Sunday (June 16th) with the coastal rowing clubs of Kerry participating in the first ‘Head of the Lake’ time-trial for coastal one-design boats.

The event, hosted by the local Flesk Valley Rowing Club, signalled the start of the summer season for clubs rowing the coastal ‘one-design’ boats.

It was fitting that on the weekend that the Killarney National Park celebrated the 60th anniversary of the opening of Muckross House to the public, that hundreds of people also flocked to the Flesk Valley shore to appreciate and enjoy the splendour of the park.

Speaking after the event, Flesk Valley chairman, John Fleming thanked all the Kerry clubs who supported this new event and congratulated all the first-time rowers taking to the water in a competitive event for the first time.
“We were delighted to welcome our neighbouring clubs Workmens’ and Fossa, and look forward to renewing rivalries with them again at the Killarney Regatta at the end of this month,” he said.

“We would also like to thank Mary B. Teahan, Andrew Wharton, Johanna King and the Kerry Coastal Rowing Association for all their support and encouragement, and Denis O’Leary for coordinating safety on the water.”
Flesk Valley would also like to thank the Killarney National Park, Leanes Tool Hire, Hegartys Shop and Muckross Rowing Club for their support.

“This was a great start to the coastal rowing season, and augurs well for the months ahead as clubs build towards the All-Ireland Coastal Rowing Championships to be held in Dingle at the end of August,” added the chairman.

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NPWS announces nature scholarships to mark ‘Muckross 60’

Director General of the National Parks and Wildlife Service, Niall O’ Donnchú, this week announced the inaugural ‘Muckross 60’ nature scholarships to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the opening of […]

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Director General of the National Parks and Wildlife Service, Niall O’ Donnchú, this week announced the inaugural ‘Muckross 60’ nature scholarships to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the opening of Muckross House and Gardens to the public. The scholarships will be funded and managed by the National Parks and Wildlife Service.

Niall O Donnchú said, “Killarney and Muckross have a very special place in Ireland’s heritage legacy, and  such beautiful gems need constant care, nurturing and indeed protecting by future generations. In supporting these third level scholarships, the NPWS is building the knowledge base of the future to assist those generations in continuing to realise the full beauty and nature value of the very unique Muckross House and Gardens and Killarney National Park.”

Mr O Donnchú added: “Killarney has a long history of scholarship, research and frontier work on nature and that continues to this day in the management of Killarney National Park and Muckross House and Gardens. The endowment of these annual scholarships is a very clear attestation that this crucial work continues to be undertaken across our national park system and especially here in Killarney and Muckross. This work has been pioneering in respect of wildlife and nature research and indeed the reintroduction of endangered species and the discovery, even this year, of more.”

Minister for Education and Kerry T.D. Norma Foley also welcomed new scholarships to mark the 60th anniversary of Muckross House.

“Muckross House is one of the jewels in the crown of Kerry tourism and received almost one million visitors last year. These scholarships will further add to our understanding of this outstanding part of our national heritage,” she said.

Muckross House was built by the Herbert family, who were local landlords. They became very wealthy during the 18th century due to the working of the copper mines on the Muckross Peninsula. They commenced the building of the present Muckross House in 1839. It was completed in 1843 at cost of £30,000, just two years prior to the Great Irish Famine. The Herbert family hosted the visit of Queen Victoria to Muckross House in 1861 but later got into financial difficulties and lost the house in 1897.

It was then bought by Lord Ardilaun, a member of the Guinness family. He in turn sold it in 1911 to William Bowers Bourn, a wealthy Californian gold miner. Bowers Bourn gave it to his daughter Maud as a wedding gift when she married Arthur Rose Vincent, an Irish barrister who later became a Senator.

After Maude died from pneumonia in 1929, Arthur Rose Vincent decided to donate Muckross house to the Irish nation as a memorial to his wife. Muckross House was transferred to the state in 1932 with its 11,000 acre estate and became Ireland’s first National Park in 1933.

The park and gardens were opened to the public but the house remained closed until 1964 when it was reopened as a folk museum on June 14, 1964 following a campaign by people in Killarney.

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