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Standing ovations for dedicated Gleneagle Hotel staff

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Staff of The Gleneagle Hotel pictured at the recent length of service ceremony. PICTURE: NERIJUS KARMILKOVAS

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STAFF at The Gleneagle gathered together recently for a special length of service ceremony which paid tribute to the outstanding team at the hotel, many of whom have dedicated decades of their careers to working there.

The stars of the ceremony, Niall Doherty and Christy O’Sullivan, received standing ovations from their colleagues in recognition of their hard work and dedication having worked at the hotel over 45 years and 40 years respectively.

Speaking after the event Eileen O’Donoghue, director of The Gleneagle Hotel, said: “It is difficult to describe the level of emotion and pride there was in the room at this very special ceremony. When you are acknowledging staggering levels of service, from five years which is something remarkable in today’s hospitality world, all the way up to 40 years for Christy and 45 years for Niall, it is very hard to find the right words to even attempt to show the regard and esteem you feel for these very special people. Simply put, we are just humbled and grateful.”

The Gleneagle Group currently employs over 700 people and 400 of those are based at The Gleneagle Hotel. In excess of 130 people, from this 400 strong team, have been with the hotel for between five and fifteen years. Staff members Norma Lynch, Patrick Sheehan, Muiris O’Connor, Noreen Moynihan, Terence McCarthy, Liam Kelleher, Ann McCann, John Drummond, Breffni Ingerton and Derek Lee have worked at The Gleneagle for over twenty years, while Dorothy Daly, Tom Moriarty and Eamonn Quigley have worked at The Gleneagle for over twenty-five years. Mossie Gleeson, Geraldine Tangney and Eileen Doherty have worked at the hotel for over thirty years and Bridget Herlihy, Maura O’Connor and Dan O’Sullivan have all worked there for over thirty-five years.

General Manager John Dolan said: “It’s great to be a part of a team that has dedicated so many years of service, through the good times and hard times. Kudos to Niall Doherty at forty-five years, Christy O’Sullivan at 40 years and at 35 years' service – Dan O’Sullivan, Maura O’Connor and Bridget Herlihy, all of whom are still enjoying life on our cruise ship on land. I myself am a relative newcomer and having only enjoyed ten years working with this dedicated and professional team.”

Above: Staff of The Gleneagle Hotel pictured at the recent length of service ceremony. PICTURE: NERIJUS KARMILKOVAS

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Family to run in memory of the late Linda Eviston

By Sean Moriarty The family of a much-loved Killarney woman who passed away from cancer almost a year ago plan to run a marathon past her favourite local landmarks in her memory. Linda Eviston died on October 10 last after a long battle with cancer. Her husband Patrick and son Erik, with the support of […]

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The family of a much-loved Killarney woman who passed away from cancer almost a year ago plan to run a marathon past her favourite local landmarks in her memory.

Linda Eviston died on October 10 last after a long battle with cancer.

Her husband Patrick and son Erik, with the support of her daughter Alannah, will run a 42.2km course, on the day before her anniversary to raise funds for the Irish Cancer Society.

The route will be based on landmarks that were an important part of Linda’s life. Starting from the family home in Dromkerry, before heading for the town centre and passing the Eviston House Hotel, Linda’s grandmother’s home at Park Road, Linda’s childhood home and national school in Glenflesk, Loreto where Linda attended secondary school, back to Killarney and finishing at Linda’s pride and joy – Brook Lodge Hotel.

“It is tough but we wanted to do something in Linda’s memory and help other people who might find themselves in similar circumstances,” Pat told the Killarney Advertiser. “We originally hoped to do the Dublin City Marathon but that got cancelled. This route is much better, but much tougher as it’s more hilly.”

All proceeds will be donated to the Irish Cancer Society and donations can be made via: www.justgiving.com/fundraising/inhonouroflinda.

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Women bravely bare all for Kerry’s first ‘Dip in the Nip’

By Michelle Crean  It really was girl power at its finest – as 170 women of all ages braved the elements on Sunday to bare all for charity at the weekend. Shore Acre in Camp was the location which was only revealed to the participants for Kerry’s first ever ‘Dip in the Nip’. And amongst […]

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By Michelle Crean
 

It really was girl power at its finest – as 170 women of all ages braved the elements on Sunday to bare all for charity at the weekend.

Shore Acre in Camp was the location which was only revealed to the participants for Kerry’s first ever ‘Dip in the Nip’. And amongst the all female grouping were some Killarney ladies who joined in the empowering adventure for what was described as “a special and unforgettable morning” all in aid of Recovery Haven Kerry.

According to Marisa Reidy from Recovery Haven, the women were of all ages and all walks of life who came together for so many personal reasons.

“Some were still on their own cancer journey, some were celebrating coming out the other side and of course, many were there to honour friends and loved ones who they had lost to cancer, but we were all equal on the day – flaws and all,” Marisa, who also took part in the event, told the Killarney Advertiser.

“It was a truly uplifting and exhilarating experience and we are so, so grateful to each and every lady who joined us for a morning we will never forget. One woman described it as ‘companionship among strangers’ and that really sums it up perfectly. It was emotional, there were some tears, but lots of laughter and we couldn’t have asked for anything more. When the ladies hit the water, they all formed a circle and held hands in a gesture that was totally unplanned – it just happened organically and it was quite overwhelming.”

She added that a very special mention has to be made to Michaela and John Edwards and their team from Wild Water Adventures for their support and expertise in ensuring no stone was left unturned in making it a fabulous, safe event.

“It was an all-female team from beginning to end, from our own volunteers, stewards, registration, Gardai, teas and coffees, lifeguards, sea rescue – girl power at its finest! Now all that’s left to do is start planning for 2022!”

Donations are still being taken via the link on the Recovery Haven Kerry Facebook page.

“So far we are close on €9,000 which is just fabulous.”

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