THE massive contribution Kerry hoteliers have made to Ireland’s tourism industry over the past 12 months has been acknowledged by the Minister of State for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Brendan Griffin.
He was speaking at the weekend at the 49th annual Christmas Ball of the Kerry branch of the Irish Hotels Federation in the five-star Aghadoe Heights Hotel in Killarney where the host for the evening was Kerry branch of the Irish Hotels Federation Chairperson Bernadette Randles.
Minister Griffin said the effort put in by Kerry hoteliers has helped the government to continue to support 260,000 jobs – with over 15,000 of those in Kerry alone – and he said the members of the Kerry branch are a credit to the industry.
“I don’t think we could possible over-state just how important your collective efforts have been and I want to thank all of you, on behalf of the government, for what you do, day in and day out, 365 days of the year, for your community, your county and your country,” Minister Griffin said.
Guests on the night included IHF President Michael Lennon and CEO Tim Fenn, Bishop Ray Browne, Rev Simon Lumby, Mayor of Killarney Cllr Michael Gleeson, Mayor of Kerry Cllr Niall Kelleher, Cllr Niall O’Callaghan, Deputy Danny Healy-Rae, Deputy Michael Healy-Rae, Senator Paul Coghlan and Kerry County Council CEO Moira Murrell.
Over 200 guests dined on a choice of Irish rabbit terrine with black garlic and winter vegetables or heritage beetroot carpaccio with goats’ cheese and candied walnuts to start, a Bollinger champagne sorbet and a main course choice of roast rump of Kerry lamb or roast fillet of hake from Castletownbere.
Desert was a choux pastry with poached pears, roasted hazelnuts and caramel followed by a selection of petit fours.
Wines served on the night were a Montford Estate Marlborough Suavignon Blanc from New Zealand and an Italian Antinori Tomaresca Neprica Negroamaro.
MC for the event was Geraldine Rosney of the Killeen House Hotel in Killarney with the Lounge Man and the Three O’s – Karl, Conor and Derek O’L:eary – providing the pre-dinner and dinner time entertainment and excellent dance band All In keeping guests on their toes on the dance floor until the early hours.
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