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Top chefs to run a fundraiser for Kerry charity

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FUNDRAISER: Jason Nolan, Celtic Whiskey Bar & Larder in New St, is one of four chefs organising a fundraising event. Photo: Grigoriy Geniyevskiy

​​​​​​​By Michelle Crean

 

Four of Ireland's top young chefs are combining their culinary skills to create an exclusive tasting menu event for a Kerry charity.

Jason Nolan of Celtic Whiskey Bar & Larder in Killarney, Conor Halpenny of The Square in Dundalk, Dan Guerin of Cush in Ballycotton and Andrew Ryan, formerly of Ashford Castle Hotel in Mayo are organising the event for Monday September 14 at 7pm.

It'll take place at Celtic Whiskey Bar & Larder on New Street. For one night only, attendees will have the opportunity to try the best of Irish produce from four of Ireland’s finest young chefs, along with exquisitely paired wine pairings from Celtic Whiskey Shop & Wines on the Green.

Three out of the four chefs have all been winners or finalists of Euro-Toques Chef of the Year - Ireland’s premier culinary competition which celebrates Ireland’s young culinary talents. In addition, Pastry Chef Andrew Ryan was named a finalist at the Valrhona Patisserie Championship in 2019.

Tickets for the event are priced at €100 and include a cocktail on arrival created by esteemed General Manager Luke Crowley Holland of the Celtic Whiskey Bar & Larder, four dinner courses from four renowned chefs with wine pairings donated by the Celtic Whiskey Shop & Wines on The Green as well as canapes and petit fours. The majority of the proceeds from the evening will be donated to local service, Kerry Specialist Palliative Care unit, a service which provides excellent holistic care for patients, their families and loved ones.

“I approached my good friend Conor Halpenny about being involved in a tasting evening and especially for the year that’s in it," Head Chef at the Celtic Whiskey Bar & Larder, Jason Nolan said. "We thought it would be a great way to highlight some fantastic Irish producers, encourage consumers to dine out and of course do this all with raising money for a great cause. This year to date has been very challenging for everyone and its services like the Kerry Specialist Palliative Care unit that will be need the extra funds.”

Tickets are now available and must purchased in advance from Head of Marketing Julie Christie, contact julie@celticwhiskey.com to register your interest.

All staff on the night will be volunteering their time and many generous suppliers are sponsoring food, while Celtic Whiskey Shop and Wines on The Green managing director Alistair Alpine is donating all the wines to accompany the dinner courses.

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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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Corcoran’s Furniture and Carpets charity walk through the Gap of Dunloe on Saturday raised almost €12,000 for Autism Assistance Dogs Ireland

There were 37 participants in the event, which included AADI families, dogs, and representatives, as well as fundraisers, supporters, and members of the Corcoran’s team. The stars of the day were the three life-changing super-hero dogs, Buzz, Baron and Hank.

Former Kerry Footballer, James O’ Donoghue, was the ambassador for the event
Those taking part left Ross Castle and were treated to a phenomenal boat ride in the expert hands of Diarmuid ‘Dux’ O’Donoghue of Gap of Dunloe Traditional Boat Tours. The O’Donoghue family entertained the entire group with a range of fascinating stories outlining the history of the lakes of Killarney and Killarney National Park.

The group set out from Lord Brandon’s Cottage and walked the 11K through the iconic Gap of Dunloe, with two AADI families and their dogs taking part in the full walk. This was followed by a well-deserved meal and some rest and relaxation at Kate Kearney’s Cottage. Flemings Taxi’s Killarney brought the group back to Ross Castle, Killarney upon completion of the event.

“On behalf of everybody at Corcoran’s Furniture, we would like to thank everybody who participated in our Gap of Dunloe charity event on behalf of AADI,” said Shane O’ Callaghan, Financial Controller atCorcoran’s.

“Collectively we have raised almost €12,000 for this incredible charity and monies are still coming in. We are extremely grateful to all who supported our walk, and also to James O’ Donoghue, Christina Tagney, the Gap of Dunloe Traditional Boat Tours, the fantastic support of Noel Lucey and Donal McCarthy from the Order Of Malta, Killarney branch, and to Killarney National Park, Kate Kearney’s Cottage and Fleming’s Taxi’s. All funds raised will go toward the expert training and maintenance of the upcoming AADI dogs who will make a dramatic difference to so many children with Autism and their families.”

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