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The emerging and uncontainable force of Kerry football, David Clifford, inspires fellow citizens from the Kingdom to register for the GOAL Mile this Christmas.

GOAL Miles in Kerry will take place at Killarney, Castleisland, Killorglin, Kenmare, and Listowel.

Kerry All-Ireland champion, David Clifford, in partnership with Monika Dukarska, Olympic Rower and Jimmy Deenihan, former Minister, Kerry footballer and five-time All-Ireland winner and GOAL Board Member are lining up with students from St Brendan’s College in Killarney to encourage communities across the Kingdom to sign up for GOAL’s hugely popular Christmas fundraiser, The GOAL Mile.

Now a hardy Christmas tradition, The GOAL Mile will celebrate its 40th anniversary this year. The Mile has seen tens of thousands of people run or walk a mile (2,000 steps) in villages, towns, and cities across Ireland and around the world, to raise funds for GOAL humanitarian programmes in Africa, Latin America, the Middle East and now Ukraine.

"I was honoured to be asked to support the 40th anniversary of the GOAL Mile and encourage my fellow Kerry men and women to sign up for a Mile this Christmas," David Clifford said.

"I’m also delighted that Kerry is now home to five GOAL Mile events located in CastleIsland, Killorglin, Kenmare, Killarney, and Listowel. The Mile is a fantastic way to bring people together during the holidays and have some fun while supporting our Irish born humanitarian aid agency."

Jimmy Deenihan added that "last year GOAL provided aid to 18.5 million of the world’s poorest and most vulnerable adults and children across GOAL’s 14 countries of operation".

"This would not be possible without the generosity of the Irish people, thousands of whom carry on the much-loved tradition of the GOAL Mile every year."

To register to take part in a GOAL Mile near you this Christmas, please visit www.goalmile.org.

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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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