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The Lake Hotel receives TripAdvisor award

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CELEBRATIONS: Staff from The Lake Hotel, Killarney, Josh Harrison, Anthony Barber, Sheila O’Callaghan, Agnieszka Porucznik, Noel Enright, Katarzyna Iwanicka, Florian Lekndreaj, Ashley Dunlea, pictured celebrating after the hotel was voted TripAdvisor sixth Best Hotel in Ireland from a total of 950 hotels reviewed. Photo: Don MacMonagle

 

The TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice awards were announced last week and The Lake Hotel are thrilled to be awarded number six hotel in Ireland from a total of 950 hotels reviewed.

 

The luxurious family run hotel was also recognised in two other categories, listed as the number two hotel in Ireland under the Romance category and are placed at number 11 in Ireland in the Service category. The top hotel lists are determined based on the quality and ratings of the millions of guest reviews and opinions shared on TripAdvisor.

“We would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to our wonderful guests who have given such incredible feedback and a huge congratulations to our colleagues for their hard work and dedication in delivering a quality service," Sales and Marketing Manager, Sheila O’Callaghan said. "We are extremely proud of our team, to be recognised in three categories and among such great company is a real testament to their commitment.”

The Lake Hotel was also listed as number two in Ireland in the Romance category. With breathtaking views and direct access to the lakes of Killarney, the charming property is the perfect location for a romantic retreat. The hotel has been the chosen location for numerous proposals over the years and has a wide variety of romantic offerings on its doorstep. Whilst staying at The Lake, couples often take a boat trip across the lakes, enjoy a walk to the pier beside the 12th century McCarthy Mór castle ruins, relax and unwind in the outdoor hot tub, take a horse and carriage tour through Killarney National Park, visit the nearby Torc Waterfall, and dine in the award winning Castlelough Restaurant. The Lake Hotel really is the perfect location for a romantic getaway.

The four star, family owned property has been in the Huggard family name for over one hundred years, a long tradition of warm Irish hospitality awaits. Surrounded by nature and yet, only 2kms from Killarney town centre, the hotel is perfectly located to explore all that the wonderful Killarney area has to offer. The Lake Hotel boasts 131 beautifully decorated bedrooms and all dining options are enveloped with views of Lough Lein and with a magnificent backdrop of mountains, islands, woodlands and the 12th century McCarty Mór castle ruins. For reservations call 064 6631035 or email info@lakehotel.com.

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Kathleen honoured as new boat is launched

It was a very special and momentous day for Muckross Rowing Club on Sunday – as not only did they launch a new boat – but did so to honour a life-long supporter. Members and supporters gathered at the club’s boathouse as the club’s newest racing boat, a Janousek coxed four, was officially launched in […]

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It was a very special and momentous day for Muckross Rowing Club on Sunday – as not only did they launch a new boat – but did so to honour a life-long supporter.

Members and supporters gathered at the club’s boathouse as the club’s newest racing boat, a Janousek coxed four, was officially launched in honour of Kathleen Murphy. The event was made all the more special as it had been so long awaited by the club. While the boat was purchased prior to the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, a launch event at the club was not possible until the recent easing of public health restrictions.

Among the crowd gathered were members of the extended Murphy and Kenny families as well as many of Kathleen’s neighbours and friends from Mangerton Road and beyond.

Kathleen (nee Kenny) was born and raised in Muckross and has enjoyed close family ties with the rowing club from childhood to the present day. The Kennys of Muckross and their extended family have long played a central role in the club extending to over a century, reflected in the names of boats named and launched before in honour of other family members including Micheal Kenny and Jack O’Shea. Kathleen has long been among the most prominent and recognised club’s supporters at the annual Killarney Regatta, proudly sporting the club’s yellow colours while cheering on crews at all levels from Juvenile to Senior and Veteran. Together with her late husband Jerry, Kathleen has also played a central role in fundraising for the club with countless tickets sold weekly for the local Muckross Lottery since its launch in early 1990s. Both Kathleen and Jerry were previously recognised for their contribution to the club and both named as Vice Presidents. Kathleen and Jerry’s children and grandchildren continue the family tradition both on the lake and onshore, contributing to the club’s success and development as active rowers, coaches and committee members.

Presiding over the launch was Club Chairman Sean Daly and the blessing of the boat was carried out by Fr Kieran O’Brien.

The club was also delighted to welcome Emer Corridan, General Manager of the Cahernane House Hotel – whose sponsorship of the club supported the boat’s purchase.

The ceremonial popping of the champagne cork was carried out by Kathleen’s granddaughter Áine, and after a sprinkling of the bow, the boat was formally launched on the water by five of Kathleen’s grandchildren – Áine and Shona O’Sullivan, Daniel, Jack and Katie Murphy. The special launch event was an emotional day for the family and club with many memories of Kathleen’s late husband Jerry, whose anniversary was recently observed, in addition to family members gone before. Speaking on behalf of Kathleen, her son Kieran spoke of the great honour for Kathleen and her family to have one of the club’s racing boats named in her honour. Kieran expressed the family’s gratitude to the club, its committee and Chairman Sean Daly, President Maurice Coffey and Vice Presidents and to all the members, supporters and friends in attendance. The ceremonial proceedings were followed by refreshments outside the club’s new boathouse.

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Stylish Miriam wows at the races

When it comes to the style stakes, one local lady proved she’s got it after winning the female Most Stylish Racegoer this week. Miriam Prendergast from Killarney was selected by fashion blogger and judge Emily O’Donoghue aka @fashionablyfortyish on Sunday, the opening day of the Listowel Harvest Racing Festival. Benny O’Keeffe from County Meath was […]

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When it comes to the style stakes, one local lady proved she’s got it after winning the female Most Stylish Racegoer this week.

Miriam Prendergast from Killarney was selected by fashion blogger and judge Emily O’Donoghue aka @fashionablyfortyish on Sunday, the opening day of the Listowel Harvest Racing Festival.

Benny O’Keeffe from County Meath was also selected for his style and both winners each received a €400 cash prize, sponsored by McElligotts Tralee and Honda Ireland.

Miriam wore a black bustier wide legged jumpsuit with belt, styled with a very feminine one sleeve off white blouse with ruched details. She both designed and made the outfit herself and paired it with a headpiece she borrowed from a friend who got it in MacBees Killarney. She finished her look with a pretty vintage bag.

Benny wore a sky blue suit he purchased in Burtons, paired with a merl grey waistcoat, set off with a soft pink shirt cleverly coordinated with a pink and grey check tie. He purchased his very dapper hat in the Ukraine.

The runners-up in the ladies category each received a generous hamper from McElligotts Tralee with special thanks to McGuires Pharmacy Listowel. The runners-up in the gents category received tickets to the Sunday of the June Bank Holiday race meeting in Listowel in 2022.

Of course, there is more to come in the style stakes with one of Ireland’s most prestigious best dressed events – the McElligotts Honda Ladies Day – making a most welcome return this year to the racecourse today (Friday), judged by style icon Celia Holman Lee, it has an overall cash prize fund of €1,000 and the winner will also receive the most amazing beauty hamper sponsored by McGuire’s Pharmacy.

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