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Tatler Jack up for ‘Outstanding Host’ award

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By Michelle Crean  

A local business has been shortlisted for an award labelled ‘the Oscars of the Independent Accommodation Sector’.

This evening (Thursday), the Tatler Jack will find out if they have won the 'Outstanding Host' award at the eviivo awards evening and could potentially win £1,000 towards their property.

The Tatler Jack Accommodation, Bar & Restaurant in Killarney, is a family run business, famous for its warm welcome and friendly atmosphere.

The awards event is part of the International Week of the Host from March 21st - 25 and honours the finest hosts in the independent hospitality industry.

The Tatler Jack will compete against four other properties around the UK and Ireland to take the crown.

“The feedback we get back is rewarding in its own right but an official award would be the icing on the cake!" David Looney, General Manager at Tatler Jack said.

"The team here is trained on following my lead to ensure our guests want for nothing and they do a great job.” 

Tatler Jack owner Patrick O'Sullivan added that he's delighted the business has been nominated.

"I want to thank all our staff and David Looney for all his hard work. It's nice to be recognised."

Everyone shortlisted will receive a special plaque to mark the occasion and recognise the quality of service they provide.   

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30 years of Innisfallen Island MassThe annual special concelebrated Mass on Innisfallen Island takes place next week.

Next Friday (June 21), members of the public are invited to attend the Mass taking place at 6.30pm. Now in its 30th year, the Mass was originally an idea by […]

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Next Friday (June 21), members of the public are invited to attend the Mass taking place at 6.30pm.

Now in its 30th year, the Mass was originally an idea by Geoffrey O’Donoghue who sadly died four years after it began.

“There was an Augustinian Monastery on Innisfallen Island and the people, including priests and monks and they say Brian Boro, went out there to study. The lake, Lough Lein is called ‘The Lake of Learning’,” said his wife Mary who carries on the tradition in his memory.

“My husband Geoffrey was a descendent of the O’Donoghues and he wanted to have Mass on the island. The O’Donoghues built Ross Castle and owned the lands and the lake surrounding it which was later donated by John McShane to the people of Killarney. He [Geoffrey] asked one of the friars and one day he got a call from the OPW that there would be a plaque unveiled to John McShane and they asked if the Mass could coincide with it. It was attended by Sr Pauline, John McShane’s daughter.”

She added that all the public are welcome to attend. Boats, which will have a nominal fee to cover their costs, will be carrying passengers out from 4pm onwards.

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Photo of “hidden gem” wins Camera Club’s latest competition

A photograph of one of Killarney’s hidden beauty spots was deemed the winner of Killarney Camera Club’s most recent competition. Th standard was high throughout all categories but in the […]

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A photograph of one of Killarney’s hidden beauty spots was deemed the winner of Killarney Camera Club’s most recent competition.

Th standard was high throughout all categories but in the Novice category, Iryna Halaieva’s photograph of O’Sullivan’s Cascade was deemed the winner.

“A waterfall is my favourite waterbody and long exposure is my favourite photographic technique,” she said. “I do my best to have as many waterfalls as possible in my photo collection. I heard a lot about O’Sullivan’s Cascade and wanted to visit that hidden gem of Kerry. So, shortly before our club competition I went with a friend to Tomies Wood to photograph it. It was a dream come true for me.”

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