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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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Black Valley broadband installation gets underway

Works are under way to install a high-speed fibre broadband network in the remote Black Valley area of Kerry. The Black Valley was one of the last areas of Ireland […]

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Works are under way to install a high-speed fibre broadband network in the remote Black Valley area of Kerry.

The Black Valley was one of the last areas of Ireland to be electrified but broadband in the region is expected to be live in the second half of the year with residents already able to pre-order their connection. 
“It is well known that Black Valley was one of the last locations to get electricity due to its remoteness and challenging terrain, so we are extremely pleased to be commencing the rollout of our high-speed fibre network now with a view to connections being available later this year,” said National Broadband Ireland Deployment CEO, TJ Malone.
  
“We are determined to ensure the rollout is as fast as possible and connection is made easy for Black Valley residents, and we have a plan in place to work around the location’s all-important tourist season.

“Black Valley is a symbol of NBI’s mission that no area will be left behind no matter how rural or remote and we are delighted that this beautiful location moves one step closer to high-speed fibre today, with all the opportunities that will unlock for the local community.” 

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Players of the year don’t duck a challenge

They never duck when faced with a big challenge on the field so it was safe to assume that GAA players of the year David Clifford and Louise Ní Mhuircheartaigh […]

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They never duck when faced with a big challenge on the field so it was safe to assume that GAA players of the year David Clifford and Louise Ní Mhuircheartaigh weren’t going to shy away from the latest task on their home patch.

The two top footballers in the country teamed up to launch a charity duck race which will form part of this year’s St Patrick’s Festival in Killarney, where they both live.

When the working day was done, busy secondary school teachers David and Louise had some great quack and they got caught up in the spirit of the occasion along the scenic River Deenagh in Killarney National Park.

The reigning Player of the Year and Ladies Player of the Year award winner demonstrated their competitive streak when they expressed confidence that their own ducks will win The Deenagh Duck Dash on the same river at noon on Monday, March 18.

But, luckily, festival chairman Jason Clifford was there to keep the peace and he even threatened to cry fowl and brandish a card at the star players – with duck yellow deemed the most appropriate colour.

Considered by many to be the greatest players of all time in their respective codes, between them, Fossa hotshot David and Corca Dhuibhne star Louise have an incredible nine All-Star awards.

But they might be tempted to swap one if their duck wins the fun-filled race on the day after St Patrick’s Day.

All proceeds from the event will go to St Francis Special School in Beaufort, Killarney which provides specialist education for young people with learning disabilities.
Festival chairman Jason remarked: “This isn’t just a race – it’s great fun for the whole family.
“Picture the scene with a flotilla of vibrant rubber ducks racing down a winding river, their owners cheering them on and all in the name of a fantastic cause”.
Super prizes await the winners, the cost of a rubber duck to participate in the race is just €5 and they can be bought online at https://stpatricksfestivalkillarney.ie/.

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