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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

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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Green light for teen accommodation

By Michelle Crean  Plans for sheltered accommodation to house homeless teenagers in foster care have been given the go ahead. An Bord Pleanala has approved a three-storey building in Flemings Lane just off High Street, which will have eight bedrooms, two one bedroom apartments and one two bedroom apartment. The teens living within the premises […]

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By Michelle Crean
 

Plans for sheltered accommodation to house homeless teenagers in foster care have been given the go ahead.

An Bord Pleanala has approved a three-storey building in Flemings Lane just off High Street, which will have eight bedrooms, two one bedroom apartments and one two bedroom apartment.

The teens living within the premises will be supervised by applicant Eileen O’Brien who will live on the ground floor of the premises.

The two one-bed apartments on the second floor would either be rented out or used for independent living for the teenagers as they reach adulthood.

The two-bed apartment will be on the third floor. There are also plans for balconies at second and third floor levels.

The proposed apartment building is contemporary in design with a mix of stone and render finish on the lower floors and synthetic burned timber finish on the upper floors. The second floor is recessed at the front and the third floor is recessed at the front and the rear with a decorative feature on the front elevation comprising dark grey timber steel poles. The building will also have a flat roof.

Planning permission was granted subject to 14 conditions including a two-metre high boundary wall to be constructed on south, south-western boundaries of the site and there’s to be no overnight commercial guest accommodation.

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Fans return to Fitzgerald Stadium after eight months

By Sean Moriarty Officials from Fitzgerald Stadium remain hopeful that crowd capacity at the venue can be increased to 500 spectators in time for the Munster final on July 25 – subject to both national health guidelines and Kerry qualifying for the game. Last Saturday evening’s National League semi-final between Kerry and Tyrone was the […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Officials from Fitzgerald Stadium remain hopeful that crowd capacity at the venue can be increased to 500 spectators in time for the Munster final on July 25 – subject to both national health guidelines and Kerry qualifying for the game.

Last Saturday evening’s National League semi-final between Kerry and Tyrone was the first game at the stadium since the 2020 Kerry Petroleum Intermediate Club Football Championship Quarter-Final when Glenbeigh-Glencar played Beaufort on October 4 last year.

Due to current restrictions only 200 fans were allowed attend Saturday’s big match. That will remain in place for Kerry’s opening Munster Championship tie with Clare on June 26.

“It had been more than eight months since Fitzgerald Stadium welcomed back fans to the venue,” stadium PRO Tatyana McGough told the Killarney Advertiser. “Everything went exceptionally well.”

She is hopeful that more restrictions will be eased on July 5, paving the way for an increase in capacity to 500 fans in time for the July 25 Munster Final.

“It is likely that from July 5 up to 500 spectators may be permitted to attend games. We hope this number will increase for the Munster Final. If it is a Cork versus Kerry Munster Final the game will be fixed for Sunday July 25 at 4pm in the Fitzgerald Stadium. The stadium’s staff are very confident in being able to host any number of fans that may be allowed.”

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Garda appeal to park legally at beaches and public amenities

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An Garda Siochana is appealing to the public to park legally in designated car parks and spaces when visiting beaches, beauty spots and other public amenities. 

The good weather has seen an increase in dangerous illegal parking at these locations across the country in recent weeks. An Garda Siochana wants people to enjoy the summer but do so safely.

Parking illegally can lead to unnecessary risk and dangers such as pedestrians being forced to walk along dangerous roads. It can also prevent emergency services from gaining access to these amenities a seaside locations which could lead to the loss of life. 

“We encourage the public to plan their journeys and think safety first when parking your vehicle,” the Gardai said in a statement. 

“The outcome of parking illegally could be far more serious than a FCPN or vehicle towing and puts others and your own life at risk. 

An Garda Siochana reminds and encourages the public to social distance and follow public health guidelines when attending these locations this Summer.

An Garda Siochana is also supporting National Water Safety Awareness Week (June 14th – 20th). Information on this campaign and general water safety can be found on Water Safety Irelands Website – www.watersafety.ie/national-water-safety-awareness-week/

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