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Second phase of staff accommodation underway

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By Michelle Crean

The second phase of a major construction project - which, when complete, will cost a staggering €12m - is underway in a move to help retain hotel staff in Killarney.

DESIGN: The Europe Hotel & Resort have announced construction of Phase B of their employee accommodation facility. Photo: Gottstein Architects. Photo: Gottstein Architects

The Europe Hotel and Resort is currently undergoing construction of Phase B of The Lodges at The Europe, to help their employees stay in the town as a solution to the shortage of rental accommodation on offer.

In 2018, the company invested over €4.5 million into the first phase of The Lodges.

The second phase, which is now under construction, comes in line with the company’s continued commitment to their employees and being a quality employer.

Phase B will first see the demolition and removal of the old staff house followed by the construction of four new accommodation blocks boasting 40 generous en-suite rooms. Alongside the high-spec accommodation, this phase will also include a new state-of-the-art gym, bicycle storage, laundry facilities and indoor and outdoor recreational areas.

Following on from Phase B, 20 additional rooms will be added, subject to planning permission.

Once all phases have been completed, the total investment in employee accommodation will stand in excess of €12 million. The construction tender has been awarded to Kerry based firm, Kenmare Plant Hire who recently completed the expansion of the hotel’s car park and has been designed by local architect Achim Gottstein.

“We are very proud of our continued commitment to the comfort and well-being of our team. The construction of Phase B follows on from this year’s earlier announcement of the company’s Family Leave policy being extended to included Maternity, Adoptive and Paternity Leave payments for our employees. The company already offers extraordinary benefits to employees including an industry leading pension scheme, DIS benefit, dedicated in-house employee restaurant, employee discounts to name but a few,” Michael Brennan, Managing Director of Killarney Hotels Collection, said.

“With the shortage of rental accommodation in Killarney and staff in the hospitality sector we are committed to providing our hard-working and valued staff with the highest standard of on-site accommodation to help us retain and attract new employees to our hotels.”

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Wine, art and lots of catching up at popular fundraiser

By Michelle Crean Spirits were high and the atmosphere electric at this year’s Wine & Art Night which had a huge attendance on Wednesday night. Over 50 exhibitors gathered in […]

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By Michelle Crean

Spirits were high and the atmosphere electric at this year’s Wine & Art Night which had a huge attendance on Wednesday night.

Over 50 exhibitors gathered in the Great Southern Killarney as the Killarney Rotary Club’s fundraising event – which is one of the biggest in the town each year – was back after a COVID break.

During the afternoon the artists and crafters, many who travelled from all over Kerry, Clare, Cork and even Waterford this year, organised their display for the event. Later that evening there were a lot of familiar faces but also some new people who absolutely loved the evening.

There were many wines available to taste as well as cheese and breads at the event which is run in conjunction with Daly’s SuperValu, Killarney and Killarney Brewing Company.

“There was a huge attendance and everybody was in good spirits to be back to normal,” President of Rotary, Rayla Tadjimatova, said.

“Many of the patrons were buying some art as Christmas presents and the members of Rotary were delighted to be kept busy packing these. A portion of all art sales goes to the fundraiser. One local young man, who is only 16, exhibited his beautiful photographs of local scenic areas. There was an auction of donated works of art and a Kerry Jersey. All one hundred percent of the proceeds from this auction goes to the fundraiser.”

Mike Neeson entertained the crowd on arrival and right until the end of the night.

“Mike is a great supporter of our events and we would like to thank him for keeping everybody entertained.”

The Irish Pilgrimage Trust ran the raffle and they had some wonderful hampers and gifts to be won.

Beneficiaries from this year’s event are: Coolick NS, Gaelscoil Faithleann NS, Knockanes NS, Holy Cross Mercy NS, St Francis Special School, Kerry Stars, Killarney Athletic AFC, and Killarney Cougars Basketball Club.

She thanked everybody for attending and everyone for their help organising the event.

Some, she added, had never been before and said they did not know what exactly the night involved but will definitely be back again next time as it was “so enjoyable”.

“We hope the money raised will help the beneficiaries to proceed with projects,” she said.

“We are delighted for Rotary to be able to help these charities, community groups and schools through our fundraising event.”

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Comedy drama ready for the stage

By Michelle Crean Get out your diary and book in these December dates as Dochas Drama Group is ready to take to the stage. What does a hypochondriac, a grumpy […]

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By Michelle Crean

Get out your diary and book in these December dates as Dochas Drama Group is ready to take to the stage.

What does a hypochondriac, a grumpy father and a confused visitor to the dentist, all have in common? You’ll have to come along to the Killarney Avenue Hotel on Monday, December 12, Tuesday 13 and Wednesday 14 at 8pm to find out.

The popular drama group will present their three new comedies featuring the work of playwrights Brian Bowler, Ger Madden and Mary Quirke.Come along for a night filled with fun and laughter. Just the right beginning to the festive season. Doors open at 7.15pm and tickets are available at the door. All tickets; adults, seniors, students and children are €10. Don’t miss a great night out.

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