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Simply sensational tasting menu at the Cahernane

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Guests were treated to a decadent eight-course dining experience at the luxury four-star Cahernane House Hotel on Friday night.

Pictured at the Cahernane Hotel Killarney for ‘A Taste of Cahernane’ in The Herbert Room from left were: Cara and Declan Fuller Killarney. Photo: Don MacMonagle

Pictured at the Cahernane Hotel Killarney for ‘A Taste of Cahernane’ in The Herbert Room were John and Carmel Kennedy Killarney. Photo: Don MacMonagle

TASTY: The team at the Cahernane Hotel in The Herbert Room pictured before guests arrived for their ‘A Taste of Cahernane’ experience. From left: Emer Corridan (General Manager) Cormac Vesey (Head Chef) Nicole Williams Maeve Fitzmartin Emilia Lesniak Roger McCarthy Thomas O’Connor Aileen Baltazar David O’Brien Darren Looney Jason Nolan Jordan O’Donoghue Ross Farrell Joanna Jarosz and Natalia Uroz Barrero (Pastry Chef). Photo: Don MacMonagle

Pictured at ‘A Taste of Cahernane’ were Andrew and Siobhan O'Regan from Killarney. Photo: Don MacMonagle

Emer Corridan (General Manager) with Cormac Vesey (Head Chef) pictured prior to guests arriving at the Cahernane Hotel for ‘A Taste of Cahernane’ in The Herbert Room. Photo: Don MacMonagle

Pictured at the Cahernane Hotel for ‘A Taste of Cahernane’ at the weekend were from left: Michelle O'Connor Jerry O'Connell Caroline O'Connor Jim Vesey and Cheryl Carmody from Killarney. Photo: Don MacMonagle

Pictured at ‘A Taste of Cahernane’ in the Cahernane Hotel were from left: Michael McDonnell Eileen Heffernan John Heffernan and Kim Heffernan from Tarbert. Photo: Don MacMonagle

Pictured at the Cahernane Hotel for ‘A Taste of Cahernane’ in The Herbert Room at the weekend were from left: Mags O'Donnell Abbeyfeale Joan Collins Knocknagoshel Margaret O’Brien Abbeyfeale and Kathleen Murphy Abbeyfeale. Photo: Don MacMonagle

Pictured at ‘A Taste of Cahernane’ at the weekend were from left: Alan Murphy Muireann King Emer Corridan (General Manager) and Angela and Tony Trant from Killarney. Photo: Don MacMonagle

Pictured at the Cahernane Hotel Killarney for ‘A Taste of Cahernane’ in The Herbert Room at the weekend were from left: Emer Corridan (General Manager) with Susie and Sheena Sweeney Glenbeigh. Photo: Don MacMonagle

‘A Taste of Cahernane’ saw guests enjoying a spectacular new menu prepared by the new Executive Head Chef, Cormac Vesey and his talented culinary team.

On arrival, guests enjoyed a Massotina Prosecco reception in the Drawing Room, which was kindly sponsored by ‘Classic Drinks’ before taking their seats in the 2-AA Rosette, Herbert Restaurant.

The evening provided Cormac Vesey the opportunity to showcase the new culinary offering at Cahernane and gave diners the chance to experience his food in an elegant and relaxed setting. Each of the courses were beautifully presented and executed and ultimately each dish was a celebration of the best locally produced seasonal produce.

The tasting menu began a with an Amuse Bouche of Duck & Crab Tartlet which was served with a Seaweed Tapioca. Next came an elegant Venison Tartare which was combined with smoked chestnut, fruity blackberry and golden beetroot and was paired with a fabulous red wine, Mourgues du Gres 'Galets' Rouge from the Rhône Valley.

A Smoked Gubbeen Ravioli with Wild Mushroom Consommé, Hen of the Woods was both interesting and surprising. The ravioli had a very delicate smoky taste which was perfectly complemented by the woody, earthy flavours of the wild, Hen of the Woods Mushroom. Diners had some unexpected table entertainment too as the Consommé, was poured from a ‘duck decanter’ which was designed and made by Irish tableware and cutlery brand, Newbridge Silverware. A buttery and creamy Chardonnay called Maison Edoaurd Delaunay Bourgogne Chardonnay was the perfect pairing wine for this dish.

The fish dish was Poached Monkfish served with Jerusalem Artichoke, Celeriac, Seaweed Butter and was paired with Domaine Gautheron Vielles Vignes Chablis. It was beautifully seasoned and balanced and tasted of the sea itself.

Next, came a sublime Dry Aged Beef served with Winter Chanterelle, Soubise and Potato Pavé. Chateau Ramage la Batissee Haut Médoc with its rich fruits and full body was the perfect accompaniment to the beef.

Caramelised Apple Terrine, Killahora Pom’O Sorbet was served with a dessert wine, Seifried 'Sweet Agnes' Late Harvest Riesling. The final dessert was a chocolate lover's dream as a rich Dark Chocolate Crémeux made with local Liberator Port ‘n’ Peat Whiskey came to the table. The sweet dish was evocative of the festive season with its indulgent flavours and rich whiskey hints, much to the delight of the maker of The Liberator Whiskey, Maurice O’Connell who was in attendance at the dinner with his wife, Francesca. The complete culinary experience finished with homemade Petit Fours, served with teas and coffee.

Culinary Signature

Cormac is putting his own culinary signature on the 2-AA Rosette Herbert Restaurant which is famous for serving up some of the finest cuisine in the southwest of Ireland, with the kitchen producing consistent, beautiful plates of food.

His focus on food provenance and seasonal ingredients lies at the heart of everything he does and is the cornerstone of his cooking.

“For me great food is made with great produce, it’s about knowing where it comes from, how it’s grown or produced. The passion and care that goes into creating premier produce is reflected in the final plate of food, so it’s essential that the raw materials that come into my kitchen are of the very highest standards. Cooking with the seasons allows me to find the best that nature offers, what could be better than locally foraged mushrooms or herbs picked just a few hundred metres from my kitchen door? Great food is a celebration of the seasons, it’s when the ingredients should be allowed to sing - even something as simple as in season mushrooms, winter cabbage or hand foraged herbs can be the star on the plate.”

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Festive jumpers and a Kerry jersey brings fundraiser to €10k

By Michelle Crean Jumpers have helped to raise almost €10k so far – but now it’s a very special jersey which could drive the fundraising numbers up! A Kerry football […]

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Jumpers have helped to raise almost €10k so far – but now it’s a very special jersey which could drive the fundraising numbers up!

A Kerry football jersey signed by the 2022 All-Ireland winning team is up for grabs via a fundraising link once a donation is made to the Presents for Palliative fundraiser.

On Friday eight local schools including Holy Cross Mercy, Killarney Community College, Presentation Monastery, Lissivigeen, St Brendan’s College, St Brigid’s, St Francis Special School, and St Oliver’s
swapped their uniforms for their most colourful festive gear with funds going to help the amazing services in the Palliative Care Unit/Kerry Hospice Foundation.

“The day took place across the schools involved last Friday (December 2) and looks like it has been a success,” teacher Elaine Moynihan from St Brendan’s College told the Killarney Advertiser.

“The donations from the schools are still being counted but students look to be on their way towards making their goal of €10k.”

The iDonate ‘Fundraising For Kerry Hospice Foundation’ has been very helpful in this regard, she added.

“Anyone who donates via the link and leaves their name will be in with a chance to win a Kerry jersey signed by the 2022 All-Ireland winning team which will be presented to them before Christmas by a couple of members of the team.

“This was organised by the students involved in the fundraiser as a way to say thanks, and give back, to the members of the community who have gotten involved in the event – the link is live until December 18 and the draw will be made the following day.”

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Killarney punter secures €50,000 in EuroMillions draw

A lucky Killarney punter got an early Christmas present when they scooped €50,000 in the EuroMillions ‘Ireland Only Raffle’. The winning ticket, sold in the Lidl supermarket on the Tralee road, was […]

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A lucky Killarney punter got an early Christmas present when they scooped €50,000 in the EuroMillions ‘Ireland Only Raffle’.

The winning ticket, sold in the Lidl supermarket on the Tralee road, was valid for Tuesday night’s special draw.

The Killarney winner was one of 10 who each secured the €50,000 windfall.

“The National Lottery can reveal that three players in Dublin, three players in Cork and one player in Kerry, Roscommon, Kildare and Wexford all scooped the special raffle prize which was the seventh of 12 draws in the National Lottery’s ’12 Draws of Christmas’ promotion,” said a National Lottery statement.

The eighth draw will take place tonight (December 9) where 10 more players are guaranteed to win the amazing prizes.

Meanwhile, a player in Belgium scooped the EuroMillions Jackpot prize worth an astonishing €142,897,164.

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