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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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By Sean Moriarty Nicole Coffey of Nicole’s Hair Salon on St Anne’s was inspired to run a fundraiser for a women’s refuge after hearing distressing stories from some of her clients. On Saturday last she offered a wash and blow-dry to clients and rather than charging them for the her services her customers made a […]

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Nicole Coffey of Nicole’s Hair Salon on St Anne’s was inspired to run a fundraiser for a women’s refuge after hearing distressing stories from some of her clients.

On Saturday last she offered a wash and blow-dry to clients and rather than charging them for the her services her customers made a donation to Adapt Women’s Refuge in Tralee.

Nicole was inspired to run the charity day because a lot of her regular clients opened up to her while they were getting their hair done.

The timing of her charity day was poignant as it came just days after Ashling Murphy was murdered while out for a run in her own town of Tullamore.

“People open up while I do their hair, many of them would not know that there is a refuge in Kerry,” she told the Killarney Advertiser. “I have experience with clients who are struggling. I had this idea to create more awareness for Adapt.”

She raised €2,000 for Adapt and the cheque was handed over to the Tralee-based charity on Thursday night this week.

Such was the success of her charity day Nicole worked from 7am to 7pm and as well as cash donations customers also donated vouchers and care packs to the charity.

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Traffic calming on the approach to Killarney Athletic

By Sean Moriarty Killarney Municipal District is preparing plans to place traffic calming measures on the approach to Killarney Athletic Football Club’s grounds on Woodlawn Road. Cllr Maura Healy-Rae asked for measures to be implemented to improve pedestrian safety and access at the club. “We are currently preparing documentation required for the provision of Traffic […]

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Killarney Municipal District is preparing plans to place traffic calming measures on the approach to Killarney Athletic Football Club’s grounds on Woodlawn Road.

Cllr Maura Healy-Rae asked for measures to be implemented to improve pedestrian safety and access at the club.
“We are currently preparing documentation required for the provision of Traffic Calming at this location,” a council spokesperson told a recent Municipal District meeting. “
It is expected to brief the members at the next Municipal Meeting [in March]. From the records of the Road Safety Authority, no incidents have been recorded at this location.”

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