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Christmas Residential Package

¨     Two nights’ accommodation on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day in a luxuriously appointed guest room

¨     Full breakfast each morning, with a champagne breakfast on Christmas Morning

¨     Dinner in Morelands Grill on Christmas Eve

¨     Mulled wine and mince pies in the Atrium Lounge on Christmas Eve

¨     Champagne aperitif on Christmas Day

¨     Five-course Christmas sumptuous buffet on Christmas Day

¨     Festive sandwiches by the fire on Christmas Night

¨     Festive entertainment on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day

¨     2pm late check-out

¨     Two-night package from: € 765 per person sharing.

To book your festive stay, contact our team at www.collegegreenhotel.com


Swap festive stress for a luxurious two-night Christmas stay at Dublin’s newly re-imagined five-Star retreat, The College Green Hotel Dublin, Autograph Collection where they have curated an enchanting programme to ensure you and your nearest and dearest are treated royally from the moment you arrive on Christmas Eve 24th December and departing on the 26th December.

Christmas time in Dublin is rather magical and so too is The College Green Hotel where they have perfected their personalised service over the years, creating an impressive balance of five-star standard and convivial hospitality.   Ideally located, overlooking Trinity College and a short stroll to the atmospheric Grafton Street, it is easy to see why so many guests trust The College Green Hotel, to deliver their yuletide experience effortlessly year after year.  With its impressive Lobby festooned with stunningly lit trees and ornate decorations and lights throughout, guests are warmly welcomed into this light-filled, atmospheric foyer and escorted to their luxurious accommodation to begin their relaxing break.


Guest accommodation offers characteristic Irish décor, where you will enjoy a gorgeous nights’ slumber in a generously proportioned air-conditioned room. Each room offers all the modern comforts and special touches, luxury bathrobes, slippers, bed linens, Italian marble bathrooms complete with rainfall shower and a separate tub with room enough for two with the gorgeous amenities adding an intoxicating aroma to the overnight experience.  Here guests too will savour their new exclusive bespoke tea offering, in the comfort of their bedrooms. The tea is a sophisticated blend of Darjeeling, elderflower, and lemon verbena.

On Christmas Eve guests are invited to soak up the joyous spirit, with a welcoming glass of mulled wine and mince pies in the tranquil surrounds of the Atrium Lounge. Settle-in to your gorgeously appointed bedroom and prepare yourself for a delightful dinner at Morelands Grill, with merry entertainment to ensure all guests get into the festive swing!

Christmas Day begins with a celebratory champagne breakfast. Spend the morning relaxing in the luxury of your room or take advantage of the quiet city streets and stroll to St. Stephen’s Green where you can shake-off the cobwebs and prepare for the decadent days’ feasting ahead.   

Christmas Day at The College Green Hotel, is truly magical, where guests dine in the opulent surroundings of the historic Banking Hall, under glistening chandeliers and sublime ambiance.  The incredible dining experience commences with a glass of champagne, followed by a five-course festive buffet, featuring some traditional favourites, all elevated by the jolly tones of the resident pianist and harpist, entertaining all throughout lunch. 

Rumour has it that Santa will pop in to say hello, albeit weary from his overnight journey around the globe, he never misses his annual lunch in the Banking Hall. Sit back and relax by the fire after dining or take a well-earned nap in the comfort of your luxurious room.   The evening ends with some delicious festive sandwiches by the fireside in the Atrium Lounge.

St Stephen's Day commences with a leisurely champagne breakfast and late check-out (2pm) is available to all guestsThe two-night break costs from € 765 per person sharing includes accommodation, breakfast daily, mulled wine and mince pies in the Atrium Lounge on Christmas Eve, dinner in Morelands Grill on Christmas Eve, Christmas day Christmas buffet in the Banking Hall, festive sandwiches by the fire in the Atrium Lounge on Christmas night, 2pm late check out on St. Stephen’s Day. Single supplement € 505

Limited availability on Christmas day for non-residents to dine in the Banking Hall (early sitting only) from €210 per person for a sumptuous five-course buffet and glass of champagne on arrival.  Pre-booking in advance is essential as selling fast. For further details contact christmas@thecollegegreendublin.com

To make your booking or for further information please visit www.thecollegegreenhotel.com





Eddie Lenihan, one of Ireland’s most famous seanachaí’s and the country’s foremost expert on Irish fairies will once again visit Cahernane House Hotel in Killarney where he will share some of his mythical and ghoulish stories for Halloween.  Eddie was a great hit with guests last Halloween and has been invited back to Cahernane this year to tell both residents and non-residents alike ancient stories about the myths and legends of Irish folklore. 

Irish fairy stories form a prominent part of Eddie’s huge repertoire, and he has collected these stories from old people all around Ireland who have had encounters with fairies or mythical creatures.   He has also gathered historical tales and stories of notable figures such as the banshee, bad fairies, demon stories, accounts of saints, of monsters, ogres, giants, and ghosts. Some of the stories are not for the faint hearted and were curated from his years of research and by walking the tracks and trails of forgotten Ireland where solitary hawthorn bushes mark the sacred meeting places of the fairies.

An interesting character, and an enthralling storyteller, Eddie has captured the imagination of audiences from Dublin to Dubai.  The story telling evening is open for both residents and locals. At 6.00 pm on Halloween evening there will be a guided tour of the house and Eddie Lenihan’s stories will be begin later that night at 9.30pm, after dinner.  Non-residents and people in the local area are also welcome to come and listen to Eddie’s scary stories on Halloween night complimentary… if they dare!

The residential package to stay over is called ‘Halloween Story Telling at Cahernane’. It includes a two-night minimum stay and runs from Tuesday, 31st of October with guests checking out on Thursday, 2nd of November. It offers excellent value and is priced from €286 per person B&B sharing in a Deluxe Room and includes dinner on one evening. Children aged 3 -12 cost €26 per night each when sharing with their parents while children under 3 are complimentary.  It also includes dinner for the family on one evening, a kid’s movie with treats and popcorn and storytelling with Eddie Lenihan in the Drawing Room.

The following morning, All Souls Day, Wednesday, November 1stguests will meet at Killegy Graveyard to see where the original residents and builders of both Cahernane House and nearby Muckross House are buried and will hear some more interesting historical stories about the local area.


Located just outside the centre of the thriving town of Killarney, the 48-bedroom Cahernane House Hotel is still far enough away from the hustle and bustle of Kerry’s major urban centre to offer a secluded and tranquil getaway. It is located on 6.4 acres of verdant grounds and is adjacent to the Killarney Lakes and Killarney National Park. 

There are great places to explore in the area including Muckross House and Ross Castle on the shore of Lough Leane. The castle was built by O’Donoghue Mór in the 15th century and is believed to be one of Ireland’s most haunted castles. It is said that every seven years O’Donoghue himself rises from the lake and circles the shore on a splendid white horse. The legend goes that those lucky enough to catch a glimpse of the spectre will have good fortune for the rest of their lives!

Cahernane House Hotel was originally built in 1877 as a family residence for Henry Herbert at a cost of £5,992. The original plans were to build a mansion three times the size of what it is presently, but the next generation of the Herbert family fell on hard times and let the property out as a hotel. As a result, the property feels and looks more like a grand, country, private residence rather than a hotel.

Reminiscent of times gone by, the house never lost its Victorian charm despite the change

over of owner’s numerous times throughout its history.  It too has great history and many people have reported seeing the ghost of Gwendolyn Herbert, the daughter of the original owner of the house as she makes her way eerily up the grand hand carved oak staircase.

To book The Halloween package at Cahernane House Hotel or for more information please see www.cahernane.com or call +353 64 663 1895.


The College Green Hotel Dublin, 
Autograph Collection officially arrives

Joanne Dillon, General Manager pictured with Stephen Quirke Front Doorman, unveiling The College Green Hotel Dublin, Autograph Collection which has officially rebranded this week. Sensitively restored and refined, retaining original artefacts and features, the iconic 5-star hotel blends evocative grandeur with modern chic, offering an unrivalled experience to all guests.  www.thecollegegreenhotel.com




Adults and children will be treated to a Halloween themed afternoon tea at the Cork International Hotel during the October mid-term break.  

The menu will be made up of sweet and savoury dishes including spooky fingers and vampire teeth cupcakes served on stands decorated with pumpkins and cobwebs to create a spooktacular atmosphere.

The Halloween treats will be available from Friday, October 27th to Sunday, November 5th.  Afternoon tea will be served from 1pm to 4pm Monday to Saturday and 3pm to 5pm on Sunday.

The Cork International Hotel’s afternoon tea changes with the seasons.  The dishes are made from locally sourced and sustainable produce and can be adapted for coeliacs and vegetarians.

Eoghan Murphy, General Manager of the Cork International Hotel;  “Halloween is a favourite of the team here at the Cork International Hotel and we are really looking forward to welcoming people to our spooky afternoon tea.  Our seasonal afternoon teas always go down a treat and the chefs have designed a menu that can be enjoyed by adults and kids alike.  It is a lovely way to spend an afternoon with family over the mid-term break and people are more than welcome to dress up in their Halloween costumes if they want to add to the atmosphere.”

On the menu is: 

Top tier:

Witch’s Hat - Raspberry macaroon, topped and filled with fresh raspberries and cream

Broomstick - Blackcurrant mousse with black ink jelly

Spooky Finger - Vanilla éclair filled with custard

RIP Tombstone - chocolate and caramel brownie

Middle tier:

Homemade mini scones with Irish fruit jam, whipped cream and Irish salted butter

Vampire teeth cupcake

Bottom tier:

Ham & cheese toastie

House made O’Flynn sausage roll

Lemon poached salmon with pickled red onions

Egg mayonnaise on granary bread

The spooky afternoon tea is €60 for two people and €15 per child.  Additional places are €30 per person and it’s €20 to add a bottle of Prosecco.

Pre-booking by 5pm the previous day is essential.  People can book by calling 021 4549800 or www.corkinternationalairporthotel.com




The 5* Glenlo Abbey Hotel Galway has unveiled its 2023 Christmas Program, designed to encourage total relaxation and enjoyment for the whole family.

Celebrate Christmas in style, in one of Ireland’s most luxurious hotels (a proud member of Ireland’s Blue Book and Small Luxury Hotels) located two miles from the vibrancy of Galway city and overlooking the magnificent Lough Corrib on a 138-acre estate. Sit back and spend some quality time together over the festive period and enjoy a three-night extravaganza with arrival on Christmas Eve, Saturday, December 24th and departure on Tuesday, December 27th. 

The spirit of Christmas at Glenlo commences on Christmas Eve.  A glass of mulled wine welcomes guests into the warm and inviting surrounds of Glenlo Abbey Hotel, where Glenlo’s valet will look after your vehicle and the attentive concierge will take your luggage to your roomSettle into the hotel and take advantage of the onsite activities, with scheduled seasonal movies in the atmospheric Abbey Movie Theatre and serenity walks on the estate. Moving festively along, guests will be treated to a sumptuous candlelit dinner in the elegant River Room Restaurant or the iconic Pullman. Residents can then retire to one of the luxurious bedrooms and suites or savour the joyous ambience and relax beside the open log fires with a nightcap of creamy hot chocolate and mince pies served in the exquisite Ffrench Room.

After a great nights’ sleep, you will be rejuvenated and ready for the magic of Christmas Day at Glenlo Abbey to unfold.  Share gifts over a leisurely breakfast in bed or with family for Santa’s breakfast in the River Room.  Relax in the Ffrench Room, listening to Glenlo’s Resident Pianist whist your traditional Christmas Banquet is being perfected by the culinary team. Sit-back and relax after lunch in a cosy armchair by the open log fires or grab your winter woollies and take a stroll or cycle around the beautiful estate.  Later that evening residents are invited to enjoy a light fork supper followed by festive movies in the in-house private cinema.  Guests are invited to partake in the annual Christmas Day Table Quiz that will put your general knowledge to the test (not a Christmas cracker question in sight, we promise!) in the relaxed environment of Palmers Bar & Kitchen.

Take breakfast at leisure on St. Stephen’s Day and afterwards you are free to explore, whether it is touring in Connemara, or relaxing in Glo Spa & Wellness, golfing on the Championship 9-hole course, cycling the grounds of the estate or enjoying a spectacular falconry show in the walled garden, there are an abundance of activities to entertain and build an appetite, for your dinner that evening. After a majestic three nights of luxury, before departing on your merry way, you will enjoy a festive breakfast in the river room on the morning of the 27th of December.

Check-in Saturday, December 24th for three nights from €1,650 per two adults sharing a classic bedroom. Classic rooms can accommodate 2 adults and up to 2 children and children’s package from €560 per child aged 3-12 years, sharing with parents and children under 3 years can stay complimentary with minimum charge for meals sharing with their parents. Two-night experience from €1200 per person sharing and €425 per child.

Glenlo Abbey’s Team will be delighted to assist you with any queries by telephone on: Tel: Intl +353 (0) 91 519600. Or Email: stay@glenloabbey.ie

Alternatively visit www.glenloabbeyhotel.ie for more information or to purchase gift vouchers online.  




Pictured from left to right- Kate Wieczorkiewicz, Dermot Fehily, Hugh Crowley, Imelda Lineen & Darragh Murphy

The Limerick Strand Hotel is thrilled to announce that they have been awarded the prestigious Eco-Label Award by Green Hospitality Ireland and a Silver Green Tourism Accreditation Award by Green Tourism Ireland.

These recognitions are a testament to the hotels unwavering commitment to sustainability and environmental responsibility. The Green Hospitality Programme is the Irish Hospitality, Travel & Tourism Resource for Sustainable and Responsible Tourism.  It was created to provide best practice environmental management advice and support to the sector.  Green Tourism Ireland works to promote a greener, cleaner environment, for people, places, and our planet. They recognise and support eco-friendly achievements of tourism businesses with their internationally respected accreditation programme of Bronze, Silver, and Gold awards. 

“We are delighted to be acknowledged for our efforts in reducing our ecological footprint and promoting eco-friendly practices within our establishment. Receiving the Eco-Label Award and a Silver Green Tourism Accreditation is not just an achievement, it is a pledge to our guests, our community, and the planet. It reaffirms our dedication to making conscientious choices that are committed to continually improving our environmental performance” said Interim General Manager, Imelda Lineen.

The Green Hospitality Awards are an internationally recognised third-party environmental & sustainability certification awards programme which has been running since 2004.  It requires businesses to follow a set of defined criteria and implement an Environmental Management System which then builds towards a full sustainability programme.  The criteria are aligned with the UN Sustainable Development Goals, Global Sustainable Tourism Council Criteria, EU Ecolabel and the Sustainability Hospitality Alliance Hotel Carbon, Water and Waste Measurement methodologies.

Green Tourism Ireland’s Bronze/Silver/Gold Accreditation Awards are acknowledged worldwide as an indicator of good environmentally friendly practice and are a great way of progressing on a green journey as well as acting as a hallmark of ‘green quality’, attracting custom from increasing numbers of eco-minded visitors.

The Limerick Strand Hotel understands the importance of preserving the environment for future generations. They are dedicated to reducing energy consumption, minimizing waste, and conserving resources wherever possible. The hotel makes small but meaningful efforts to increase biodiversity within the hotel, and on hotel grounds. Recently they installed a bird nest and insect boxes, providing shelter and nesting facilities to many types of insects in all seasons. It may provide a temporary or permanent home for solitary bees or wasps or be a safe space for insects to hatch. All the bugs are essential to healthy ecosystems, pollination and soil quality and attract birds, for whom they have placed a new nesting box that will hopefully become home to chicks soon.

To re-enforce their commitment to the environment, they have recently appointed Kate Wieczorkiewicz as Back of House and Sustainability Manager. With over 10 years’ experience in the hospitality and retail sectors, Kate recently completed her studies in Environment, Sustainability and Climate at University College Cork and is keen to drive Limerick Strand Hotel’s sustainability programme forward.

Moreover, The Limerick Stand is determined to raise awareness amongst staff and guests about the importance of environmental conservation and will continue to educate and engage with their team and patrons, encouraging them to join in their mission to protect our precious planet.

The Limerick Strand Hotel is proud to be part of the solution. They are committed to upholding the Eco-Label Award standards and will keep striving to set an example in the hospitality industry.

Together, we can make a positive impact on the environment, and we invite everyone to join us on this important journey towards a greener and more sustainable future”, added Imelda Lineen.

For details on The Limerick Strand Hotel please visit www.strandlimerick.ie.




The Killarney Park Hotela proud member of Leading Hotels of the World, is pleased to announce that they have been listed in the top 10 hotels in Ireland in this year's Condé Nast Reader's Choice Awards, a well-respected accolade for the travel & tourism industry. 

This prestigious award recognises the highest level of luxury hospitality excellence on a global scale and is a reflection of the hotels bespoke offering, the unbeatable Killarney town centre location, the team's incredible quality of service and their passion for their industry.
Commenting on the accolade, General Manager, Marcus Treacy said "I would like to sincerely thank our loyal guests and avid Condé Nast readers who voted for The Killarney Park once again this year. It means so much to our devoted team who are committed to providing five-star hospitality, with a warm Kerry welcome to all our guests”.

It has been an exciting few months for the much-loved five-star hotel, recently completing a thrilling new-look for its lobby and last year unveiled a stunning transformation of the hotel’s iconic restaurantThe PeregrineThe popular Garden Bar and The Terrace are local culinary hotspots, offering convivial hospitality with extensive food and drink menus (the Whiskey Bar boasts an enviable selection of the finest whiskeys) and light entertainment each evening. The Terrace is the perfect spot for outdoor dining, overlooking the manicured gardens and complete with a heated patio to keep the evening chill at bay.  Hotel guests also have access to The Health and Fitness Centre and Spa at The Killarney Park, which provides an oasis of calm and relaxation featuring a 20m indoor swimming pool, a variety of relaxation experiences and specialist spa treatment options including world renowned brand Elemis.

For more information please visit www.killarneyparkhotel.ie or call +353 64 66 35555 




 Limerick Strand Hotel create ‘80s Night in aid of Charity Partner Cliona’s Foundation

You’ll be living in electric dreams in Bobby Byrne’s Pub this October as the good people at The Limerick Strand have orchestrated one hell of an ‘80s bash to help raise much needed funds for their nominated local partner Cliona’s Foundation.

Cliona’s Foundation is a national charity, based in Limerick that provides financial assistance to families of children with a life-limiting illness or chronic complex care needs across Ireland to help with non-medical expenses related to caring for their child. Cliona’s Foundation is wholly reliant on the support of individuals and organisations.

On Thursday, October 12th from 8pm-11.30pm Bobby Byrne’s Pub will be rocking with all things ‘80s.  James Sexton, HIYA Events has kindly sponsored the nostalgic 80’s inspired entertainment that will bring you back to the future, without a DeLorean!

Tickets can be purchased via https://eventmaster.ie/event/5dyDtQvsEz at €12 per adult and special student rate €10 per ticket.  There will also be a raffle on the night with some great prizes to be won.  All proceeds will go to Cliona’s Foundation.

For further information please contact the Meeting and Events Team at events@strandlimerick.ie or call 061-421800


The Cork International Hotel has teamed up with Leahy’s Open Farm to launch a special Halloween family package. The two-night stay includes tickets to the ‘Boo!! Experience’ at the popular East Cork attraction. 

The hotel’s team has also compiled a wicked schedule of Halloween-themed activities for the midterm break including daily pumpkin hunts, a monster bash and spooky arts and crafts. Depending on the weather, there will be indoor and outdoor games such as ghostly bowling, pumpkin toss and pumpkin crazy golf. 

The package includes two nights in a spacious family room with breakfast each morning and an early bird family dinner on the night of your choice. Guests will also receive a family pass for two adults and two children to Leahy’s Open Farm. This year the ‘Boo!! Experience’ runs on Saturday, October 21st and Sunday, October 22nd and from Friday, October 27th to Tuesday, October 31st. 

General Manager of the Cork International Hotel, Eoghan Murphy said; “We’re delighted to team up with Leahy’s Open Farm once again. Like us, they love to celebrate the big festivities and the changing seasons. This Halloween they will be running trips on a haunted hay ride through the woods, you can visit the witch’s lair and, of course, experience their incredible range of animals and activities.”

The Cork International Hotel has also launched a Halloween themed afternoon tea which will be available from Friday, October 27th to Sunday, November 5th.  Afternoon tea will be served from 1pm to 4pm Monday to Saturday and 3pm to 5pm on Sunday.

The menu will be made up of sweet and savoury dishes including spooky fingers and vampire teeth cupcakes served on stands decorated with pumpkins and cobwebs to create a spooktacular atmosphere.

Eoghan Murphy added; “There will be plenty to keep the family entertained at the hotel over the mid-term break too. Our Family Concierge team has put together a scary amount of activities for kids of all ages. There will be plenty of fun surprises too, we will have trick or treating with a twist, all of the treats are hidden in your bedroom, you just need to follow the clues to find them. Our concierge team will be on hand throughout to ensure your break is as stress free as possible and to help you make the most of your trip to Cork.”

The Halloween activities at the Cork International Hotel include:

  • Twice daily pumpkin hunts

  • Dress up for the Monster Bash early bird dinner each evening from 5pm-7pm

  • Halloween arts and crafts in the lobby each afternoon

  • Indoor and outdoor games

Prices for the two-night package start at €512 for a family of four. 

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The Chef’s Table – new at the Ocean Sands Hotel

Chef plays coy but expect best of local and seasonal products in amazing dishes


New from the Ocean Sands Hotel Enniscrone is The Chef’s Table, a series of tasting menus carefully curated by award-winning Head Chef Marcin Szczodrowski. The Chef’s Table takes place on selected Fridays and Saturdays in October 2023 and can be booked as part of a special overnight package and non-residents are also welcome.


The Chef’s Table takes place in the Atlantic Room overlooking the sea and consists of a seven-course banquet and a welcome aperitif. This is an intimate event with limited seats available on each date.


Marcin Szczodrowski has made quite an impact on the Irish culinary scene and has built a stellar reputation since he moved here from his native Poland 15 years ago. He has harnessed all his fine dining flair in developing this tasting menu which is very much based on his twin passions of local and seasonal products. The quality of Irish ingredients consistently amazes Marcin, who revels in working with them. He is strongly committed to working with seasonal products and detests the jarring impact of out-of-season elements on menus.


He is staying coy about the exact menus he will present but some potential dishes are a seasonal Saddle of Venison served in Blackberry Juice with Caramelised Autumn Vegetables, Pommes Purée and a Bacon Foam or Pan Fried Halibut with Citrus Butter, Kale Crisps and Minted Pea Purée. Knowing Marcin, local shellfish will make an appearance on the menu too.


Chef Marcin is no stranger to awards in his career having struck gold at both the Irish Hotel Awards and the Yes Chef Awards as well as reaching the finals of the prestigious Gold Medal Awards in the Chef of the Year category. He has brought all his fine dining flair to the Ocean Sands and is proudly presenting five-star food at this four-star hotel.


The cost for The Chef’s Table is €68 per person or from €299* for two people including bed and breakfast. Tables of two and four are available.


* Friday night €299, Saturday night €319 for two people sharing, The Chef’s Table dinner, bed and breakfast


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Tracton local Eileen McGough wins Community Spirit Award 

Eileen McGough pictured with her daughter Norma Collins, her son David Collins, her daughter Lara Darby & grand-daughter Molly Darby, alongside Senator Tim Lombard; Eoghan Murphy, General Manager, Cork International Hotel; and Vincent O'Donovan, Director of The Carrigdhoun Newspaper.  Photo: Siobhán Russell

Retired teacher and writer Eileen McGough is the latest winner of the Cork International Hotel Community Spirit Award.  The Tracton local was honoured for her dedication and commitment to the community which includes her editorial work on the Tracton Newsletter for almost four decades as well as the restoration of the former Knocknamanagh school house into the Tracton Arts & Community Centre.

Eileen McGough has also been praised for bringing the story of Diarmuid Lynch to life.  The Corkman, who was a native of Tracton, was one of the key people in the 1916 Rising.  But despite his important role in Ireland’s history very little was known about his life until Eileen wrote the biography, Diarmuid Lynch: A Forgotten Irish Patriot.

Eileen published a second book entitled, Tracton, Where the Abbey Lies Low, which tells the history of the community located near the village of Minane Bridge.  The proceeds of the sales of the book were donated to the restoration of the old school house into the local community centre which offers a broad range of facilities including a conference room and a theatre.

Eileen was actively involved in putting together the Tracton Newsletter from 1978 until she recently stepped down from her editorial career with the publication.  The Newsletter informs the community on all the events and activities of local clubs, associations, committees, the school and the church and Eileen said it “served to bind the community, especially in times of crisis.”

The Killarney native moved to Tracton in 1971 where she was a local primary school teacher until 2000.  The community members who nominated her for the award described her as one of life’s doers who never seeks the limelight but achieves so much in a quiet and determined manner.

General Manager of the Cork International Hotel, Eoghan Murphy said; “Eileen is exactly the kind of candidate we look for when choosing a monthly winner for the Community Spirit Awards.  She is giving of her time and energy to improve services for the local community and that’s what the awards are all about.  She has been a stalwart of many of the area’s successful projects, including the impressive arts & community centre, and I am delighted to honour her with the latest Community Spirit Award. ”

The Cork International Hotel Community Spirit Awards are sponsored by The Carrigdhoun Newspaper and Gerald McCarthy Giftware.

The judging panel for the Community Spirit Awards are made up of a mixture of representatives from the public and private sector within the community.

The judging panel for this award was:

  • Carmel Lonergan, Group Director of Operations, Trigon Hotels

  • Nicola Radley, Senior Executive Officer, Municipal District Operations & Rural Development at Cork County Council

  • Vincent O'Donovan, Publisher of The Carrigdhoun Newspaper


Nominations are now open for next month's awards at: https://www.corkinternationalairporthotel.com/community-spirit-awards/ . 



Metropole Hotel to host a wedding fair as team members prepare for busy season ahead 

The Metropole Hotel is seeing an increase in smaller, more intimate weddings with many couples now opting for themed events for their special days.  A Harry Potter themed wedding was one of the most recent events that the hotel’s team members helped put together while crisp or donut walls are the latest trend that couples request.

The hotel is hosting a wedding fair next week and couples who are planning their big day are invited to attend the event and meet with team members who are available to help with every step of the planning.

Eoghan Hedderman is Sales & Events Manager at the Metropole Hotel and he said; “Many couples are still choosing to have the traditional big wedding but we have noticed that since Covid a lot of people are now opting for smaller gatherings.  Themed weddings are really popular with couples wanting to put their own stamp on their special day.  Recently we hosted a Harry Potter themed wedding with long banqueting tables decked out in four different Harry Potter styles such as Gryffindor and Ravenclaw.  We’ve also had an increase in requests for donut walls and crisp walls where guests can treat themselves to donuts or crisps that are displayed on a special wall in the reception area.  I always encourage couples to tell us if they have any quirky ideas and we will work with them to make it a reality.”

The Metropole Hotel has been hosting weddings in Cork City for 126 years.  The hotel has undergone a stylish refurbishment but still retains some of the original features such as the staircase and chandeliers.  To celebrate its 125th anniversary the hotel launched the wedding club which includes the wedding wall featuring photos of couples dating back to the 1950s.

The hotel has been awarded Best Elegant Wedding Venue and Best City Venue at the RSVP Wedding Awards.  It was also named Best Intimate Wedding Venue at The Munster Wedding Awards 2022.

Eoghan added; “It is such an honour to be part of so many people’s special day and the team at the Metropole strive to make the event as enjoyable as possible for the couple and all their guests.  Whether it’s a large gathering in our glamorous ballroom overlooking the River Lee or a small group in our newly renovated Riverview Room, we will use our creativity, style and determination to make it an unforgettable experience.”

The wedding fair is taking place on Sunday, September 17th from 12pm to 4pm.


The Westin Dublin, will rebrand as The College Green Hotel Dublin, Autograph Collection on Tuesday 17th October 2023.
Investment over recent years included a stunning remodelling of The Lobby and expansion of the hotel’s iconic, Atrium Lounge, along with the creation of an additional space, the Library Lounge, and 19 new beautifully appointed bedrooms overlooking Trinity College and College Green. The hotel has also completed an extensive refurbishment of the impressive two-story College Suite, which was revealed this summer.
“We are very excited to announce the official launch date of The College Green Hotel Dublin on the 17th of October and look forward to welcoming guests and patrons as we head into the final months of 2023 with a sophisticated new identity,” said General Manager, Joanne Dillon.
Autograph Collection Hotels, part of Marriott Bonvoy’s portfolio of 31 extraordinary brands, advocates for the original, championing the individuality of each of its over 290 independent hotels located in the most desirable destinations across nearly 50 countries and territories. Each hotel is a product of passion, inspired by a clear vision, soul, and story that makes it individual and special: Exactly Like Nothing Else. Hand-selected for their inherent craft and distinct perspectives on design and hospitality, Autograph Collection properties offer rich immersive moments that leave a lasting imprint.

Further details on the launch plans and enhanced guest experiences to be revealed over the coming weeks.


We might be in the midst of an Indian summer but life’s planners know that in less than 16 weeks it will be Christmas Day!

Today, the 4* Limerick Stand Hotel officially kicked-off the festive season with a special appearance from the main man himself and accompanied by the Mirror Man, to highlight the countdown to Christmas and the importance of getting organised and securing your important dates to avoid disappointment and unnecessary booking stress.

Now is the time to plan the ultimate Christmas Party Night for your colleagues where you can reconnect if you work remotely or come together in a less formal environment to celebrate the annual festive bash.  The Limerick Strand offers a variety of options for all group sizes, from intimate gatherings to the big glitzy and glamorous galas!

 “Last year saw the return of our famous Christmas parties in association with James Sexton and HIYA events after a two year hiatus.  We are proud of our reputation as the premier venue for the biggest and most entertaining parties in the City and also offer great options for families and friends to celebrate in style throughout the festive season including Christmas Day”, said Interim General Manager, Imelda Lineen.

“Christmas at The Limerick Strand is really special also, and this year our popular Residential 2-night experience is really appealing to families wanting to take a break from hosting and be truly present in the moment.  With two night experiential packages from €535 per adult sharing, we offer exceptional value and service to those looking to escape for Christmas” added Imelda Lineen.

Non-residents are also welcomed to dine and celebrate throughout the month of December including special party nights, festive Sunday Lunches, Afternoon Teas.  Also locals can enjoy the famously festive Christmas Eve Luncheon offerings with a choice of buffet lunch with family entertainment, fun and games in The Shannon Suite (€49.50 per adult €19.95 per child) or a select menu at (€39.50 per person) in The River Bar & Restaurant and on Christmas Day lunch is of on offer with live entertainment (Christmas Day dining package €165 per adult and child 3-11 yrs €60) with advanced booking and pre-payment required.

For details on Christmas 2023 at The Limerick Strand Hotel please see 

Christmas To make a reservation call 061 421800 or Christmas@strandlimerick.ie  visit www.strandlimerick.ie.


A new casual dining experience at Powerscourt Hotel Resort Spa


Over the past several months, Powerscourt Hotel Resort & Spa has invested over 2.5 million euro transforming its casual dining and traditional bar experience, McGills, into an exciting new light filled contemporary social space now named The Sally Gap Bar & Brasserie.  

Drawing inspiration from the famous crossroads in the Wicklow mountains – The Sally Gap Bar & Brasserie has been created as a meeting place for all, brimming with style and cosy corners, with a sense of occasion in a contemporary relaxed setting.

The culinary team led by Executive Chef Cormac McCreary have developed a menu offering a wide range of options aiming to suit every taste and craving for adults and children alike. Cormac and his team have worked hard to design a new dining experience for The Sally Gap Bar & Brasserie, still with an emphasis on the hotel’s commitment to supporting local suppliers, partnering with select farms and dairies where possible to source the finest fresh ingredients which take pride of place on their menus. With main course options like “Wicklow Ridgeway Wagyu Beef Burger, Onion relish, smoked applewood cheese, pickles, and burger sauce” it is evident that each dish represents the best of Irish produce, elevated to Cormac’s exacting standards. There’s also an impressive Grill selection offering world-renowned artisan producer John Stone Beef where each select cut is flame char grilled to maximise taste and flavour and all accompanied with a delicious array of side dishes and sauces. Vegan, vegetarian and all dietary requests are catered for and there’s also an impressive children’s menu available. Peruse the new MENU to whet your appetite! 

Aesthetically, The Sally Gap Bar & Brasserie has been cleverly designed to maximise space and showcase the various dining options available from inviting nooks offering seclusion for a discreet dining experience to the more relaxed banquette style seating for larger gatherings. The impressive new bar is the perfect spot to enjoy an expertly prepared aperitif, where the beverage team have curated a wine and cocktail list that complements the internal and external surroundings with an inspired local choice of bespoke cocktails including The Spinc, with Glendalough Gin, Lemon Juice, Lavender Syrup, Maraschino Liqueur, Soda Water. A beautifully designed ceiling anchors the open floor layout, with an inviting space offering an array of comfortable sofas and classic armchairs, as well as high stools and dining seating, all overlooking the hotel’s gardens, complete with bespoke bi-folding windows, allowing guests to totally immerse themselves in the bright and airy interior. 

Deep blues, soft greens and warm beige tones, accompanied by rich timbers and brass detailing, with striking black accents complete the impressive interiors, all blending beautifully with the hotel’s iconic location, in the heart of The Garden of Ireland.   Taking further inspiration from the majestic setting, some striking interior features include an oversized bronze mirrored wall, displaying a botanical gallery of wild flowers and wildlife. Wildlife can also be seen within the feature wallpaper, again reflecting the nature of the surrounding landscapes. An impressive limestone fireplace, creates a focal point to the room and library walls furnish the space adding further to the atmosphere of this inviting interior.

The Sally Gap Bar & Brasserie is set to currently open for dinner service daily from 5.30 pm-9.30 pm offering a Table d’Hôte menu priced at €45 for 2 courses and €55 for 3 courses.   Opening times as follows: Monday – Thursday 16.00 hrs – 00.30 hrsFriday & Saturday 16.00 hrs – 01.30 hrs *opening time may vary and Sunday 16.00 hrs – 23.30 hrs. Also, live entertainment on Friday and Saturday nights from 21.30 hrs-23.00 hrs.

For more information, please visit www.powerscourthotel.com 

Bookings can be made through the Reservations Team on +35312748888 or reservations@powerscourthotel.com

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