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When will Killarney get a Michelin in Star?

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By Aidan Quirke

What is missing in Killarney is a Michelin starred restaurant, not just our town but the whole of Kerry.

It is an outlier considering our rich local produce and many home-grown international chefs.

Our long history of tourism would lead one to expect that there is a star amongst some of our fine dining establishments.
Rozzers was voted by TripAdvisor reviewers in 2021 and 2022 as the top restaurant in Ireland offering a fine dining experience.
It knocked Chapter One, a 2-star restaurant, off the top spot. That is some feat, and we should celebrate this fantastic achievement.

A Michelin star restaurant, while important is not the end all and be all to Killarney or Kerry.
It does, however, bring many column inches and is a great marketing tool for town and county.

When will we get one? That is the question I am posing and to my mind we have a ready-made market for such an establishment.

Certainly, all the main hotels have invested in their culinary staff and dining rooms post pandemic, and it is more of when rather than if for a star for Killarney.
Let’s not forget the team at Rozzers are the people’s choice and in many ways that is the greatest ‘star’ of all.

What local establishment do you feel is deserving of one? Replies to aidan@killarneyadvertiser.ie

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30 years of Innisfallen Island MassThe annual special concelebrated Mass on Innisfallen Island takes place next week.

Next Friday (June 21), members of the public are invited to attend the Mass taking place at 6.30pm. Now in its 30th year, the Mass was originally an idea by […]

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Next Friday (June 21), members of the public are invited to attend the Mass taking place at 6.30pm.

Now in its 30th year, the Mass was originally an idea by Geoffrey O’Donoghue who sadly died four years after it began.

“There was an Augustinian Monastery on Innisfallen Island and the people, including priests and monks and they say Brian Boro, went out there to study. The lake, Lough Lein is called ‘The Lake of Learning’,” said his wife Mary who carries on the tradition in his memory.

“My husband Geoffrey was a descendent of the O’Donoghues and he wanted to have Mass on the island. The O’Donoghues built Ross Castle and owned the lands and the lake surrounding it which was later donated by John McShane to the people of Killarney. He [Geoffrey] asked one of the friars and one day he got a call from the OPW that there would be a plaque unveiled to John McShane and they asked if the Mass could coincide with it. It was attended by Sr Pauline, John McShane’s daughter.”

She added that all the public are welcome to attend. Boats, which will have a nominal fee to cover their costs, will be carrying passengers out from 4pm onwards.

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Photo of “hidden gem” wins Camera Club’s latest competition

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 […]

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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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