PROUD: Celebrating the 200th year of The Lake Hotel, Killarney following its opening last weekend are proud staff members, from left: Anthony Barber (Restaurant Manager), Mary Flannery (Receptionist), Sally McMahon (Accommodation Manager), Gemma Dacayo (Accommodation), Ashley Dunlea (Revenue Manager) and Sheila O'Callaghan (Sales and Marketing Manager). Photo: Don MacMonagle
By Michelle Crean
The Lake Hotel Killarney reopened for the season on Thursday last - but this is a special year - as the four-star family run hotel is celebrating 200 years in business.
Established in 1820, 2020 marks the bicentenary year of the hotel, which is located just 2kms from Killarney town centre.
The hotel is rich in history and culture, first opening as a town house in 1820 and progressing to a guesthouse in 1840. Previously owned by the Hilliard family, the Huggards purchased The Lake Hotel in the 1900s and it remains owned and operated by the Huggard family today. The Huggard brothers, Tony, Colman, Niall and Joe are third generation hoteliers from one of the great pioneering families in Irish hospitality and celebrated 100 years of Huggard hospitality in 2012. A legacy passed down through the generations is the emphasis placed on quality, attention to detail, and exemplary customer service.
Each year, the Huggard family invest in the enhancement of the hotel and are highly committed to maintaining a high standard for their guests. In keeping with tradition the new season marked the unveiling of new developments at the luxurious hotel with newly renovated guest bathrooms, a new fitness centre, steam room and sauna and 20 refurbished bedrooms.
“On this very special milestone for The Lake Hotel, it is evident that the secret to the longevity and success of this property is the constant strive for improvement from the owners,” Sales and Marketing Manager, Sheila O’Callaghan, said.
“They have never become complacent and have evolved with the times, constantly reinvesting in the premises and always looking at ways to improve the product offering. What the owners are most passionate about is their extended family – their guests and their team. The Huggards deliver such a warm welcome that all visitors to the hotel become friends as well as guests. As the hotel grows and develops, it will always retain its old-world charm and warm family welcome.”
[caption id="attachment_30119" align="alignleft" width="887"] 200 YEARS: Celebrating the 200th year of The Lake Hotel, Killarney following its opening at the weekend are proud staff members. From left: Oisin McCoulough, Barislav Pekov, Damien Brown, Florian Lekndreaj, Stanislave Gnjatovic, Mary Flannery, Ashley Dunlea, Anthony Barber, Vicky O'Regan, Sarah Mannix, Gemma Dacayo, Azem Hotaj, Liam Campion, Asta Penggai, Sally McMahon and Sheila O'Callaghan. Photo: Don MacMonagle[/caption]
Kerry base confirmed for Rás Mumhan
By Sean Moriarty Preliminary details of the Rás Mumhan have been announced by Cycling Munster. The four-day international cycle race will, once again, be based at the Riverisland Hotel in […]
By Sean Moriarty
Preliminary details of the Rás Mumhan have been announced by Cycling Munster.
The four-day international cycle race will, once again, be based at the Riverisland Hotel in Castleisland and will run from Good Friday until Easter Monday.
The final route has not yet been revealed but it is expected to follow a similar path to the 2022 edition.
Last year, due to organisational difficulties, the Rás Mumhan committee asked local clubs to take charge of each day of the race.
Killarney Cycling Club hosted the Easter Saturday leg of the race, including managing the stage start in the town centre, the Category One mountain climb at Bealach Oisin Pass and the stage finish in Sneem.
“We are looking forward to seeing everyone at Easter and we wish all the riders the best of luck in their preparations for the event. Further details to follow as they are confirmed,” said Race Secretary Sinéad Moriarty.
Showcasing Killarney to an influential audience
Kerry’s hospitality professionals turned out in style for the Skal President’s Dinner on Saturday night. It’s the social highlight of the year for professional tourism and travel organisations and it […]
Kerry’s hospitality professionals turned out in style for the Skal President’s Dinner on Saturday night.
It’s the social highlight of the year for professional tourism and travel organisations and it was also a perfect opportunity to show the best of Killarney. Held in the Plaza Hotel, it was hosted by Kerry Skal President Michelle Rosney who used the occasion to highlight the best of Killarney’s performing arts talent, cuisine and locally produced drinks. There were special performances on the night by singers and dancers from St Brigid’s Presentation Secondary School and the West End House School of Arts who brought The Liberator, Daniel O’Connell, back to life for one night only to deliver a passionate dramatisation of a famous speech. Skal is the largest international hospitality networking organisation in the world with 13,000 members in 308 clubs in almost 90 countries. Fáilte Ireland Chairman Paul Carty said in his speech that the contribution Killarney has made to the Irish tourism industry should not be underestimated. He added that the tourism industry supports over 3,500 jobs in Killarney and over 7,000 in the rest of Kerry. He said the hard work put in by tourism professionals in Killarney over the years is paying off and when Fáilte Ireland surveyed hundreds of domestic and international tourists, at the height of the season last August, they couldn’t speak highly enough of their experience with 97 percent saying they were very satisfied. “The national figure is 90 percent so Killarney is actually seven percent higher than the national average and that’s truly exceptional,” he said. Over 55 percent of visitors to Killarney also spend time in other parts of Kerry and towns, like Dingle, Kenmare and Tralee, and really benefit from the spin-off.
The Fáilte Ireland chairman said his organisation is acutely aware what Killarney has faced in recent years and the challenges it currently faces and every support possible will be provided to help.
Mr Carty said Fáilte Ireland last year launched a destination experience and development plan for Killarney and that will see the town reach its full potential through sustainability and the development of year-round tourist attractions.
He said costs were also a big concern with energy bills, in particular, going through the roof and putting businesses under serious pressure.
Staffing was another serious problem for the industry as so much talent was lost during the pandemic.
“An awful lot of great people left our industry and they’re not coming back, so there is a great shortage,” he said, adding that Fáilte Ireland was working hard to overcome the difficulties being experienced.
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