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ONE mistake we all make time and time again is measuring someone’s abilities against our own – particularly the ability to communicate. This is never more prevalent than when it comes to getting behind the wheel of our cars. On Tuesday night I was picking up a colleague from The Brehon Hotel. There was a space available in front of the hotel. I drove straight into the available space. There was an unoccupied car parked in front and as I pulled in another car parked to the other side.

The driver and passenger of the unoccupied car returned. I switched off my lights and reversed back to aid their exit. The car parked to their rear also reversed to give room. At this point the driver started flashing their lights and I could barely made out a silhouette in the passenger seat waving frantically.

I am greatly amused by this stupidity. Hand gestures are redundant when you are shining a bright light in the face of the intended recipient of your hand gestures. This is the first clue that these people don’t understand basic communication skills.

Eventually, to my amusement, flashing lights clearly wasn’t communicating their request (or maybe it was my inability to understand “Morse Code”!) so the driver eventually felt the need to communicate by exiting their car and delivering the request in person to give them more space. However, I had done this prior to the request – so much so, my parking sensor was constant. I could move back no further.

Moments later my colleague’s arrival prompted our departure. With no manoeuvring required, we drove straight out of the space – clearly demonstrating the ample space available. As I moved away from the blinding lights of their car a cowardly Neanderthal male figure – the occupant of the passenger seat – came into focus offering obscene middle finger hand gestures.

I drove off amused at the limited skill by both occupants to communicate a simple request – a request, if delivered in the appropriate manner, I would have duly executed.

On my return to the hotel later that evening, I discovered that the unoccupied car had obscured a “no parking” sign – clearly indicating that neither one of us should have parked where we did. In my defence, I couldn’t see the sign but it clearly demonstrates the knock-on effect of people not understanding basic communication skills.

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Applecroft B&B named in Ireland’s Top 10

By Michelle Crean What a better way for a local business to celebrate its silver jubilee than to be named in the Top 10 places to stay in Ireland especially as they prepare to reopen after the pandemic. Owners Kathy and Don Brosnan, who run Applecroft House in Woodlawn, were named number 6 in Ireland’s […]

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By Michelle Crean

What a better way for a local business to celebrate its silver jubilee than to be named in the Top 10 places to stay in Ireland especially as they prepare to reopen after the pandemic.

Owners Kathy and Don Brosnan, who run Applecroft House in Woodlawn, were named number 6 in Ireland’s Top 10 B&Bs for 2022 by the Irish Independent ‘Reader Travel Awards’ while Ireland’s Best B&B was named as Dingle’s Pax House.

The couple began their business in 1997 and are very happy with the feedback from visitors who voted for their B&B, especially after two difficult years.

“I’m thrilled, especially as we’re celebrating our silver jubilee this year,” Kathy told the Killarney Advertiser.

The couple built their house in the early ’80s and aptly named it ‘Applecroft’ as it was built in a field which has an orchard.

In the late ’90s they opened five spacious rooms up, each with its own theme; 
‘Poet’s Corner’, ‘Past Times’, ‘The 19th Green’, ‘The Race-goer’s Club’ and ‘The Kerry Way’, for guests as Kathy, who worked in The Europe Hotel and the Great Southern Killarney for many years, had a passion to bring a great stay experience to guests visiting Killarney. They kept themselves busy planting in their two acre garden during the pandemic.

They have won numerous awards over the years and have had film crews in but this latest award is the icing on the cake for the couple who are looking forward to reopening in late March.

“It’s amazing, and a bonus especially with the two years we’ve had. We’ve never experienced anything like that. It was “wow” – we were preparing to reopen on St Patrick’s Day that year and all of a sudden everything closed down on the 16. It was a big shock.”

Don creates amazing bread and scones which guests rave about, she added.

“I was delighted as we came tenth for breakfast and sixth for the B&B.”

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Tributes paid to life-long Legion supporter

By Sean Moriarty Legion GAA Club has led tributes to one of their most ‘fervent’ supporters who passed away on Tuesday. Described as one of the town’s ‘old stock’, Tim Looney from Coolgraine Park and late of Daltons Avenue, was a central part of Killarney’s rich sporting heritage. As well as a life-long supporter of […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Legion GAA Club has led tributes to one of their most ‘fervent’ supporters who passed away on Tuesday.

Described as one of the town’s ‘old stock’, Tim Looney from Coolgraine Park and late of Daltons Avenue, was a central part of Killarney’s rich sporting heritage.

As well as a life-long supporter of Legion, he played basketball in the famous town leagues of the 1970s and the seven-a-side soccer ‘Wipeouts’ competitions.

“He was a very proud Legion man and always flew the green and white flag out his window whenever the club was playing in a big game,” PRO Enda Walshe told the Killarney Advertiser. “He was a fervent loyal club supporter but was also one of the characters of the winter basketball leagues.”

Tim was also a regular participant in Dart Pub Leagues back in the 1970s and 1980s.

Tim’s funeral took place today (Friday). He was laid to rest at Killarney Burial Ground after 10am Mass St Mary’s Cathedral.

Tim is survived by his wife Nuala, his children Joanne, Paudie and Timmy, and was a much loved grandfather to Stephen, Makaela, Chloe, Padraic, Keelan, Alex and the late Lorna. He will also be sadly missed by his daughters-in-law Margaret and Sharon, son-in-law Tony, sisters Kathleen, Sheila and Ann, brothers Lewis-John and Paddy, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces and nephews, grand-nieces and grand-nephews, relatives, neighbours and many great friends.

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