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Sinéad’s rise the “fastest in history of Gleneagle Group”

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The Brehon in Killarney has appointed a new General Manager. Sinéad McCarthy, a native of Drimoleague in West Cork, joined the team at The Brehon in 2014 and had since progressed through the ranks as Food and Beverage Manager, Operations Manager and Interim General Manager before being promoted to the senior role of General Manager earlier this month.

“Sinéad has a natural flair for hospitality, this combined with her drive, diligence and dedication to her work has resulted in her progressing though the ranks faster than any manager in the history of The Gleneagle Group,” said Patrick O’Donoghue, CEO of The Gleneagle Group. “We wish her well in her new role.”

Sinéad studied hospitality management in CIT and GMIT and more recently, received a Higher Diploma in Human Resources from University College Cork. Prior to joining the team at The Brehon, she worked at Carton House Resort and Spa and also at Dublin’s Gibson Hotel.

In 2016, she was awarded Hospitality Manager of the Year in the food and beverage category from the Irish Hospitality Institute. The panel of judges commended her hard work, leadership skills and her ability to implement strategies to achieve revenue growth. She is a member of SKAL Kerry and is also an advisor to the Killarney Tidy Towns Committee on green hospitality.

“I am honoured to have been promoted to the role of General Manager, The Brehon is a truly unique hotel where the emphasis is on delivering exceptional customer service in exceptional surroundings,” she said. “I love working in the hospitality industry and have learnt a great deal in my various roles. I look forward to working with the team to deliver the best in class experiences that our customers expect.”

 

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Future Kerry railway plans revealed

By Sean Moriarty Elected members of Kerry County Council have led calls for Iarnród Éireann’s timetable to fall into line with airline schedule at Kerry Airport. On Monday of this week Barry Kenny of Iarnród Éireann gave a presentation to elected members of the council. During the meeting he outlined some of the railway company’s plans […]

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Elected members of Kerry County Council have led calls for Iarnród Éireann’s timetable to fall into line with airline schedule at Kerry Airport.

On Monday of this week Barry Kenny of Iarnród Éireann gave a presentation to elected members of the council.

During the meeting he outlined some of the railway company’s plans and ambitions from now until 2027.

These include an increase in frequency on the Tralee to Mallow line.

It is hoped to have one train an hour operating on the line at peak times and two-hourly off-peak.

In a perfect world, the rail station at Farranfore would be placed across the road from the airport and not a 1km walk away but such a move is not likely to happen.

Cllr Norma Moriarty, of the Kenmare Municipal District explained how she was on trip to Yorkshire a few years ago.

“I flew from Kerry to Manchester and was able to get a connecting train to Yorkshire without ever leaving the airport building,” she said. “The people I was visiting were very surprised to hear me talk about this so much – it is normal to them.”

Under the Strategy 2027 plan Killarney rail station will get repainted and new signs will be put in place during 2022.

Additional parking spaces will be created at Farranfore Railway station and this lead to calls for a similar expansion at Rathmore.

“A lot of people from South Kerry use Rathmore railway station,” said local councillor Niall Kelleher. “They drive up from Kenmare and cut across by Glenflesk.”

Mr Kenny said he would take the Rathmore comments back to the Iarnród Éireann engineer in charge of parking strategy.

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Walking and cycling projects set for upgrade 

Commuters and nature enthusiasts will benefit from €4.13m in funding allocated to Kerry County Council for walking and cycling projects. €350,000 has been allocated for Transport/Mobility Plans for Killarney, Tralee and Listowel. Locally €704,835 is being given towards an interconnected network of cycleways on Rock Road, while there’s €70,000 funding for the Deerpark Road/Gealscoil Junction to include […]

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Commuters and nature enthusiasts will benefit from €4.13m in funding allocated to Kerry County Council for walking and cycling projects.

€350,000 has been allocated for Transport/Mobility Plans for Killarney, Tralee and Listowel.

Locally €704,835 is being given towards an interconnected network of cycleways on Rock Road, while there’s €70,000 funding for the Deerpark Road/Gealscoil Junction to include an interconnected network of cycleways. €300,000 is planned for an interconnected network of cycleways for the Gaelscoil Road/Chestnut Drive area, while The Flesk Walkway and Cycleway, Killarney is to get €123,866, as well as a further €186,527 for Rock Road.

Deputy Government Chief Whip, Brendan Griffin TD has said the funding from the National Transport Authority (NTA) will deliver high quality upgrades to walking and cycling infrastructure, with sustainable transport modes vital as the county emerges from the pandemic.

“I am pleased that Kerry County Council has been awarded funding which is part of an overall total of €289 million for approximately 1,200 Active Travel projects across the country,” Deputy Griffin said.

“Ensuring we have a good and efficient transport system in Kerry is essential for the future as we aim to make our communities and town centres more vibrant, in addition to making commuting to work and school safer and easier. Over the past two years we have spent more time enjoying our outdoor amenities and investing in active travel will also help us to meet our climate change obligations.”

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