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BBQ: Lynda, Sean, Frankie and Tracy Coyne at the International Hotel 'Barbecue on the Balcony' on Tuesday evening. Picture: Eamonn Keogh

There was a great celebration on Tuesday evening - 43 years of Coyne family hospitality in Killarney - on the balcony of the International Hotel.

A team of chefs were flipping burgers and basting wings in glorious sunshine, while a Tom Cruise style mixologist was giving it large on the cocktails.

Overlooking Kenmare Place and Killarney House was definitely the perfect setting to celebrate 43 years of Coyne family hospitality in Killarney, and the sun shone on all the staff, family and friends joining in the festivities.

Established as a hotel in 1906, the International Hotel came under the stewardship of Sean and Frankie Coyne in 1976 and they are very proud of the team that continue to make the hotel as popular with visitors today as it has been for more than a century.

“Frankie and I are delighted to still be here after all these years and that this Grand Old Lady is still doing what Killarney is famous for, welcoming visitors,” Sean, who enjoyed the day immensely, said.

Guests on the evening included many of the staff, past and present, and friends who wished Sean, Frankie and their families well for the season ahead, and the years to come.

 

[caption id="attachment_26370" align="aligncenter" width="2000"] Angela O'Connor, Denise Casey, Ann Mangan, Katie Fox, Rita Moriarty and Catriona White at the International Hotel 'Barbecue on the Balcony' on Tuesday evening. Picture: Eamonn Keogh[/caption]

 

 

[caption id="attachment_26369" align="aligncenter" width="2000"] Eileen Hickey, Pat and Eileen O'Connor and Neasa O'Brien at the International Hotel 'Barbecue on the Balcony' on Tuesday evening. Picture: Eamonn Keogh[/caption]

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Local author’s debut book makes Late Late Toy Show

Killarney art psychotherapist Katie O’Donoghue was delighted to spot her first children’s book on last Friday’s Late Late Toy Show! ‘The Little Squirrel Who Worried’ was written and illustrated by Katie, and published by Gill Books in July. With almost every eye in Ireland on the Toy Show every year, children’s authors, illustrators and publishers […]

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Killarney art psychotherapist Katie O’Donoghue was delighted to spot her first children’s book on last Friday’s Late Late Toy Show!

‘The Little Squirrel Who Worried’ was written and illustrated by Katie, and published by Gill Books in July.

With almost every eye in Ireland on the Toy Show every year, children’s authors, illustrators and publishers compete for a much-coveted spot on the set. Aware that her book had been sent to Ryan, but not having heard anything from RTÉ, Katie was thrilled to see it in a prominent position. It was a wonderful surprise to discover ‘The Little Squirrel Who Worried’ had been placed in the front row of the book corner. There, it had a little chair of its own and was even embraced by a cuddly toy.

It was visible many times over the course of the evening, particularly during the book discussion, an incredibly proud moment for first-time author Katie.

“I have to admit, when I saw ‘The Little Squirrel Who Worried’ cradled in the teddy’s arms, I may have jumped up and down with excitement,” Katie told the Killarney Advertiser.

What began as a lockdown project while Katie was living in London and missing her family in Kerry, is providing comfort to children around the world.

Using a gentle story with gorgeous illustrations, Little Squirrel and his forest friends teach young people a variety of simple coping techniques.

“These skills will benefit children their entire lives and the book is even helpful for adults who are prone to worrying and overthinking,” she added.

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No 2021 return for Killarney on Ice

By Michelle Crean Fans of the ice will be disappointed to hear that Killarney on Ice will not return for a second year. Following its huge popularity year on year since returning to Killarney in 2015, the promoters of Killarney on Ice are disappointed to confirm that they are unable to operate again this year. […]

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By Michelle Crean

Fans of the ice will be disappointed to hear that Killarney on Ice will not return for a second year.

Following its huge popularity year on year since returning to Killarney in 2015, the promoters of Killarney on Ice are disappointed to confirm that they are unable to operate again this year.

Rising case numbers, uncertain COVID-19 restrictions, and insurance challenges have been the main drivers behind the decision not to open, according to the company.

As Kerry’s only festive ice rink, the facility has brought much fun and life to the town over the years, attracting thousands of people from all over the county, and indeed the whole country, with many families coming to stay overnight in Killarney and enjoying all that this great town has to offer.

As well as friends and families coming to skate, schools, youth clubs, sports teams and employees of local companies use the group booking discount rate to plan sessions on the ice, and Killarney on Ice would like to thank them all for their continuing loyalty.

“We sincerely hope to be back better and stronger in 2022, and we look forward to welcoming all of our valued customers,” Tim O’Donoghue, the promoter of the rink, told the Killarney Advertiser.

“In the meantime, we wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year.”

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