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Top awards for the Cahernane team

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By Michelle Crean

It may have been a tough two years for the hospitality industry but one local manager shone through - which is why she recently received a huge accolade.

TEAMWORK: Emer Corridan pictured with Emilia Lesniak and Michaela Jonasova from Cahernane House Hotel with some of their awards. Emilia and Michaela have each worked at Cahernane for the past 12 years.

Emer Corridan from Cahernane House won the General Manager of the Year award for 2021/22.

Close to one hundred team members from the Irish division of Prem Group gathered in the beautiful Osprey Hotel & Spa, Naas for a very special lunch.

In addition, the Accommodation Team at Cahernane won an award in Teams of the Year, Darren Looney, Trainee Manager received a Leader of the Year award and the hotel also took home a recognition award for their customer service.

The Irish awards event saw 27 of the PREM colleagues recognised in an individual capacity in the Ethos, Leadership and General Manager of the Year categories.

Emer has been working at Cahernane House Hotel since 2016 ensuring each guest has a relaxing and memorable stay as well as leading her team to a four star standard and beyond.

Jim Murphy, CEO, and Paul Dempsey, COO presented awards in the categories of General Manager of the Year, Property of the Year, Leader of the Year, as well as the traditional PREM Ethos Award category. In addition, team members with service length above five years were recognised for their commitment to the company.

"I was absolutely honoured to receive the General Manager of the Year award from my colleagues at PREM Group for 2021/22," Emer told the Killarney Advertiser.

"PREM are fantastic to work for and treat all their staff with the utmost respect. I work with some other amazing General Managers who have worked tirelessly throughout the pandemic – so to be chosen from this fantastic group makes me very proud. I also want to thank the team at the Cahernane who are so supportive of me and always give their best in everything they do."

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Killarney hotels are still open for business

By Sean Moriarty Only a few of the town’s 37 hotels are homing displaced people – according to Bernadette Randles, chair of the Kerry branch of the Irish Hotel Federation. […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Only a few of the town’s 37 hotels are homing displaced people – according to Bernadette Randles, chair of the Kerry branch of the Irish Hotel Federation.

This week she said that there’s still accommodation to be found in Killarney for visitors.

She was speaking in relation to the current accommodation situation facing International Protection Applicants and Ukrainian war refugees.

She explained that there is a perception that Killarney has taken in too many refugees and that it is putting the tourism industry at risk as people are starting to think that the town is at full capacity.

“If you can’t get a room in Killarney there is something wrong,” she said. “Maybe with the exception of New Year’s Eve.”

She added that hotels that are providing emergency accommodation are helping off-season unemployment.

Many hotels remain in survival mode after two years of pandemic turmoil and the additional off season business is important, she explained.

“Many could be closed at this time of the year, others would not be operating at full capacity,” she added.

However, she warned the Government needs to put a plan in place before the tourism season starts next year. Some hotels offering emergency accommodation either have a three or six month contract.

“I can see there will be tears next April – the Government must have a long-term plan,” she said.

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Homing refugees worth almost €14m

By Sean Moriarty Hotels, B&Bs and other accommodation suppliers in the Killarney area have secured contracts in excess of €13 million to accommodate Ukraine war refugees. The Department of Children, […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Hotels, B&Bs and other accommodation suppliers in the Killarney area have secured contracts in excess of €13 million to accommodate Ukraine war refugees.

The Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth released figures to the Killarney Advertiser.

Documents show that contracts totalling €13,852,255.00 are being shared between 13 premises in the Killarney urban area.

However, the department warned these figures are “indicative” only and the full value of the contracts depends on “occupancy and actual usage”.

The Eviston Hotel has secured a contract worth €5,727,590.00, the Innisfallen Hotel in Fossa for €2,404,620.00 and The Hotel Killarney signed a deal worth €1,701,000.00. These are the three biggest contracts published in the documentation.

This is only the tip of the iceberg, and Department officials say more contracts could come on stream. Figures seen by the Killarney Advertiser only cover contracted premises up to the end of September this year and updated figures are only released every three months.

“We are in contract with far more, but the formal exchange of contracts can take place sometime after the service commences,” a department spokesperson told the Killarney Advertiser.

“The Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth is obliged to publish a list of contracts formally signed off each quarter that have been awarded under a special EU Derogation that permits the Department to enter into contracts in the context of the Ukraine accommodation crisis without going to formal tender.

“The values of the contracts shown are estimates; the actual value materialises upon occupancy and actual usage. Standard contracts have no-fault break clauses available to both parties so again, the figures are indicative rather than actual.”

These figures only cover Ukrainian refugees fleeing the war and do not include International Protection Applicants.

The Department refused to release International Protection Applicant figures to the Killarney Advertiser.

“The International Protection Applicant accommodation contract information is commercially sensitive information and is not available,” added the Department spokesperson.

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