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Killeen House Hotel Newsletter

December 2009

Your Home away from Home

Newsletter No. 10

In this issue

HELLO EVERYONE,

And from all of us here in the Killeen House, to all of you, scattered in all four corners of the globe, may we wish you and yours a Happy and peaceful Christmas and a Prosperous (or as close as you can get to it!) 2010

We hope you’ll enjoy our Newsletter, and that you might find an item or two that will be of interest to you, or maybe even bring a smile to your face

As usual, at the bottom of our Newsletter, you’ll find some handy information for anyone planning a first or a repeat trip to Ireland. (And there was NEVER been a better time to visit Ireland than 2010 will be!)

You know where we are and what we are, you know that we would be delighted to help you in any way we can with any aspect of your trip to Ireland, and you know that there will always be a traditional Irish welcome on the mat for you here in the Killeen House...

We look forward to welcoming many of you to GOD’s OWN COUNTRY in 2010!

Enjoy our Newsletter



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OUR 2009 PHOTOGRAPHIC COMPETITION...

Thank you VERY MUCH to all of you who competed in our 2009 Photo competition. There were over 400 entries in all, and some of the photos were absolutely stunning!

Five Judges pored long and hard (and argued longer and harder!) over all the photos in an effort to try and pick the winner – and finally short listed ten photos

The following nine photos came in for very special mention (click on any photo to see the original)


by Bernadette Kirwan see here


by Rick Bolton see here


by Brian Rogan see here


by Bob Caddick see here


by Eamonn McGee see here


by Stephen Bender see here


by Darran Dineen see here


by Conde Keogh see here


by Vanessa Kennedy see here

Congratulations to you all, and as a consolation prize, we would like to offer you a complimentary one night Bed & Breakfast stay here in the Killeen House, any time during the 2010 Summer Season. Please contact Michael HERE for further details.


And the winner is





This was taken by Dick and Kathleen Rock (see here) and is of a beautifully evocative image of Kylemore Abbey in Connamara

Congratulations Dick and Kathleen, and your prize is a bottle of Midleton Very Rare Irish Whiskey, and three nights of complimentary Bed & Breakfast in one of our deluxe Championship bedrooms here in the Killeen House. Please contact Michael to arrange the details

Our Panel of Judges were :

  • BRIDE ROSNEY Michael’s sister, but also Chair of the Judging Panel of the Irish Press Photographer’s Association www.ppai.ie
  • VALERIE O’SULLIVAN The Killeen House Hotel’s all time favourite Professional Photographer! www.valerieosullivan.com
  • JOHN O’MAHONY Legendary General Manager and Editor of our local newspaper, the Kingdom. www.thekingdom.ie
  • MICHAEL & GERALDINE The Boss and Real Boss of the Killeen House...

Again, thank you all so much for your interest and your entries in our Competition. And the good news is that it has been so popular and successful, that we will be launching a similar Competition in 2010! All the details will appear in our Spring Newsletter

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GERALDINE'S PRESIDENTIAL YEAR...

Already three quarters of the way through her one year term of National President of the SKAL Clubs of Ireland, Geraldine is having a ball!!! (SKAL is a Worldwide fraternal Organisation of Travel & Toursim professionals. They have over 20,000 members in more than 90 countries around the World)

To date, she has travelled all over Ireland - and parts of the UK too - representing SKAL at various events.

But the best fun of all was when Geraldine led a delagation of 40 Irish people to the SKAL World Congress in Budapest, Hungary. There were over 1000 SKAL members and their guests gathered in Budapest. There was some work, but there was also lots of fun, frolics and friendship over the five days!

The Irish delegation, led by Geraldine were there to announce that the Kerry Skal Club were bidding for this Congress for 2012.

So now this means that Geraldine and an awful lot of talented and dedicated people (and Michael as well!) are going to have to sit down and plan a major pitch for the hosting of the World Congress in Killarney in three years time.

And then, in October of 2010, they have to go all the way to the 2010 Congress in Sydney, Australia, to deliver the pitch in front of more than a thousand people...

(Tough life, but someone's got to do it...)

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RETURN OF THE OPEN...

We are delighted that the Irish Open is returning to Killarney again in 2010.

It is being played over on the magnificent Killeen course, the flagship course of the Killarney Golf & Fishing Club, commencing on July 29th for four days.

When it was held in Killarney in 1991 and 1992, Nick Faldo was at the top of his game and won it on both occasions. 1992 in particular was really exciting, with Faldo finally wining top spot after a tense playoff with South African Wayne Westner.

Interestingly enough, there was another South African who played in that Open in 1992, and didn’t even manage to make the cut. His name was Ernie Els...

In fact, as a result of his visit to Killarney, Ernie still owes the Killeen House 4 euro 50 – but that’s a whole other story...

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SOME MORE AWARDS FOR THE KILLEEN HOUSE IN 2009...

Wise men say that there’s only six inches difference between a pat on the back and a kick in the ass...!!! And for sure, anybody who knows anything about the Hotel business will attest to the truth of that statement.

This year the Killeen House was honoured with two major Awards from Trip Advisor and also one from the bible of the Irish Tourism Industry, the Irish Hotel & Catering Review.

Trip Advisor presented us with “World’s best Hidden Gems” and “Best Service” awards. As many of you know these are awarded solely on the basis of reviews submitted by past Guests of the Killeen House. If you have stayed with us in the past, we’d really appreciate if you’d help us to maintain our ranking by writing a review of your stay. You can do so by clicking HERE.

The Irish Hotel & Catering Review award was a very special and fulfilling one for us to receive. It was an inaugural Award for “Best Customer Experience” and it was sponsored by Failte Ireland, Ireland’s National Tourism Organisation

Here is what they Judges had to say about us

“Killeen House Hotel is famed far and wide for its warm and welcoming service. Staff go above and beyond the call of duty to make sure every guest’s stay is perfect, and Michael and Geraldine Rosney’s skills as hosts are as legendary as the craic in Rozzer’s Bar,’ said Sarah Grennan, editor of Hotel & Catering Review and chair of the Hotel & Catering Review Gold Medal Awards Jury. ‘Killeen House is a true standard bearer for the Irish hospitality industry, representing the best of Irish hotelkeeping and nowhere is the spirit of the famed Irish fáilte more alive than in this gem of The Kingdom.”

We are also very happy to have received another Red Rosette from AA Ireland for Culinary Excellence. On that note we were also happy to see that Rozzers Restaurant has been added to TripAdvisor.com this year. If you want to tell the world about Paul's amazing talents please click HERE

We are always chuffed to win Awards such as these, but the bottom line for all of us is sending Guests out of our Hotel happy... If we do this consistently, everything else (especially the Awards and the Bank balance!) will look after itself

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WE’RE BUILDING A NEW WEBSITE – AND WE’D LIKE YOU TO HELP US PLEASE

The Killeen House is planning on a total re-vamp of its website between now and the start of the 2010 summer season

Michael and Geraldine and our website gurus Sean Clifford www.consultclifford.com and David Butt www.davidbutt.com, will be doing all the work

But they would greatly appreciate YOUR input too...

Do you have any thoughts or ideas that you would be willing to share with us ? What makes for a good and customer-friendly website? Do you have any pet hates regarding websites? Or things that you really like ?

If so, please let us know HERE

We would love to hear from you!

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FACEBOOK

We are proud to say that we now have in excess of 700 friends on FACEBOOK – and we are having a ball with it. You’ve got to be very careful though – if you don’t watch out, you could get hooked!

Our weekly FRIDAY FUNNIES slot, that we announce on Facebook, seems to have gathered a dedicated following and we hope that they are all enjoying it.

If you’d like to join us on FACEBOOK, please click CLICK HERE. But, be advised the Killeen House accepts no responsibility for any addictive habits you might form as a result of our introduction!!

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THE WONDERFUL WWW

  • What do you get when you cross an Irishman with a Greek... click here

  • These glorious insults are from an era before the English language got boiled down to 4-letter words.... click here to see when Insults Had Class

  • Everything you wanted to know about golf and more click here

  • Idea's on saving for Retirement... click here

  • Blondes v Irishmen : click here

  • A BIT OF A PUZZLE FOR YOU TO PONDER...If you can't figure out how this is done - let us know and we'll tell you the secret!! click here
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PLANNING A TRIP TO IRELAND ?

There will be no better time to visit Ireland than in 2010. Here we have a few links to help you plan your trip to the beautiful Emerald Isle....

General Information

Golf Clubs

Accommodation in Ireland




Golf Tour Operators

Getting into Ireland - Air

Getting into Ireland - Sea

Getting around Ireland

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CONCLUSION

And that's it from this edition of our Killeen House Newsletter.....

We hope you enjoyed it and if you have any comment you want to send us please click here

All the very best of everything to everyone



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Our Two Websites

Both the Killeen House and Rozzers Restaurant websites have each great websites ! The aim was to make the sites easier that ever to use. You will now be able to find the information you are looking for in record time. Please visit them and let us know what you think. KILLEEN HOUSE & ROZZERS RESTAURANT