'Guinness & Golf are good for you' NEWSLETTER ISSUE 5 - SUMMER 06
CONTENTS
WELCOME NOTE
Another Year
BETTER VALUE
than ever...
REVIEW WEBSITES
an uexpected #1
GUEST "GOINGS ON"
Way to go, Lance
Michael & Paris Hilton
Dizzy Heights
'Renewal of vows'
Get well soon
160km + an ascent of Everest!
ITS GOOD TO LAUGH
'fun stuff'
THE WORLDS BEST BEER
guinness or bud?
SEND TO A FRIEND
Send to a friend

PLANNING A TRIP TO IRELAND - HERE ARE SOME USEFUL LINKS
Killeen House Hotel

Ryder Cup
Ryder Cup 2006
PGA Ryder Cup

Christmas Gifts
Killeen Vouchers
Golf gifts
The Maguire Gallery

Golf Clubs
Killarney Golf Club
Ballybunion Golf Club
Tralee Golf Club
Old Head Golf Links
Doonbeg Golf Club
Lahinch Golf Club
Dooks Golf Club
Dingle Golf
Waterville Golf Club
Ring of Kerry Golf
Beaufort Golf Club

ALL of Ireland's Courses

Golf Tour Operators
Adventures in Golf
Atlantic Golf
AGT Golf Tours
Carr Golf
Hayes Golfreisen
Hidden Links Golf
Irish Golf Tours
Jerry Quinlan’s Celtic Golf
J.D.Golf Tours Ltd
Online Golf Travel
Owenoak International
Ovation Group

Getting into Ireland
American Airlines
Aer Arann
Aer Lingus
Air France
British Airways
BMI
Continental
Delta
Lufthansa
Ryan Air

Getting around Ireland
Dan Dooley
Deros Tours
Buckleys Tours
Pro Bus & Car luxury touring

For more information please check with your local Travel Agent or your local Irish Tourist Board Office

HELLO EVERYONE ,

...And welcome to our 5th Killeen House Newsletter

In our last Newsletter in December of 2005, we announced that we were putting the Killeen House on the Market in April of this year, which we duly did

Well, our big news is that we took it off the Market again on August 1st……!!!

The property attracted quite an amount of interest, both here in Ireland and also from overseas. But we decided that the best offer was not quite what we had hoped to get, and so the Worldwide Tourism Industry is stuck with us for another couple of years at least……!

Outside of allowing us to get a good handle on the actual market value of the Killeen House, this whole process really opened our eyes to the great amount of wonderful past guests who contacted us - and expressed the hope that we would never sell the place…..!! To each and everyone of you, a sincere and heartfelt "thank you" for your kind comments and good wishes

We are now eagerly looking forward to the Ryder Cup (and earnestly hoping that the USA will come in second!). Hopefully, it will be riveting entertainment that will be as sporting as it will be enjoyable, and will show off the Irish Golf product at its very best.

Hopefully also, it will get lots of people thinking about their 2007 vacation to GOD'S OWN COUNTRY……!!

Running down the left hand side of this Newsletter is a comprehensive list of links to numerous Websites that will greatly assist any of you that are planning on an Irish vacation in 2007. Please also take time to browse our own Website click here which is fully loaded with valuable information. And it goes without saying that if we here in the Killeen House can help or advise you in any way - with any aspect of your trip - then we will be delighted to hear from you

Enjoy our Newsletter

 

BETTER VALUE ... than ever...


For the third consecutive year, we are keeping our accommodation prices here in the Killeen House at their current levels. This means that it will cost the exact same price to stay in late 2007 as it did in early 2005!

While this is probably not the most logical economic strategy for us to follow, we feel it's the right strategy for our property, our business, and most of all, our Guests. We know that almost 80% of our business is either repeat business, or direct referral from past Guests. This is phenomenal loyalty for any modern day business to have, especially one in the highly competitive Hotel sector. And so, by keeping our prices down as much as possible, we feel we are in some small way responding to and returning that loyalty. (And hopefully we will also generate more happy Guests and thus more future business!)

( check our prices for 2007 here )

 

 

HOTEL REVIEW WEBSITES


Seemingly websites that invite people to review Hotels they have stayed in are now major determining factors in influencing choice of accommodations for potential Guests

www.tripadvisor.com is the largest and most well regarded of all the Websites currently on the Internet. The Killeen House has always featured in the top 5 or 10 Hotels to stay in while visiting Killarney.

But in the last couple of months (and for no reason that we can figure out!), the Killeen House has gone to # 1, not just for the Killarney and Kerry region, but it is now deemed by those smart people in Trip Advisor, to be the # 1 place to stay in Ireland…! We are absolutely delighted and want to say a really sincere and heartfelt "Thank you" to all those who wrote about us. Click here to see our reviews (and if you wish, we would be honoured if you added a review to it - preferably a positive one!)

A new Review Site, dedicated to unique style Irish properties has also recently started off. You can find it at www.hotelreviewsireland.com. It's very nicely laid out and you might just find what you're looking for here when planning your Irish trip


 

GUEST "GOINGS ON"


What helps to make Killeen House and places like it so special is the type of Guests it attracts, and God knows, we attract all types here, even the occasional Golfers!



Way to go, Lance...
A beautiful young lady called Laura Lyndon came to stay in the Killeen House with her boyfriend Lance Nelson, a former US Marine sergeant, and now a professional personal trainer (who better to do it!!) She checked in on June 12th with a boyfriend - and she checked out on the 14th with a fiancé! What can you say to a guy who proposes while stone cold sober and down on one knee in a pub? (My immediate response was "Way to go, Lance - you're my hero…..!!) Our man Charlie was so moved his hand was shaking and his eyes were all watery when he took the photo. And we are all invited to the wedding in New Jersey next June 30th!





Michael & Paris Hilton...
Here in the Killeen House, we always thought Tom O'Brien was just the more good looking one of the O'Brien cousins who are regular Guests of ours here over the years. Not so. After retiring, and finding himself with some time on his hands, he turned his attention to crime writing. Such is his talent, he has recently had his first novel published. Why not check it out (and maybe even buy it!) on his website at www.thomaseobrien.com. But here's the real story….. He's working on his next novel right now and 2 of his characters are going to be called Michael Rosney and Geraldine Martyn (her maiden name). Michael is set to be a corporate raider, and Geraldine will be an International Hotelier who will "out-Paris" Paris Hilton……!!!





Dizzy Heights - Carrauntoohill or Waterville??
Some great friends of ours recently got what can only be described as a rush of blood to the brain (or else a mid-life crisis!!) Paul O'Toole, Pat McCann, Douglas Jordan, Conor O'Connell, Con Moriarty, James Tynan and Brian Fahy decided to climb Ireland's highest Mountain, Carrauntoohill, located just a short drive from the Killeen House. Fortified by a hearty Killeen House breakfast, shod in good shoes and accompanied by Ireland's best Mountain Guide, Con Moriarty, "they came….they climbed….and they conquered…..!!! All we can say lads, is "Well done - but are you sure that's not the 17th teebox in Waterville that you're standing on…?







'Renewal of vows'
You've got to hand it to Jim Ferris! On the outside, he's one of these big, macho John Wayne types, who is hewn out of granite. But underneath the surface lies a great big, soft and sentimental heart……!! On a recent trip to the Killeen House, he sprung a big surprise on his wife of 25 year, Jennifer, and their 2 kids. He had us organize for a local clergyman to arrive into the Killeen House, and conduct a 'renewal of vows' ceremony on our front lawn. It was a lovely occasion and in one fell swoop Jim now has enough brownie points to come back on a Golf trip with his buddies in 2007…..!!







Get well soon
Margaret and John Preston, and their son Tim, are among our most loyal Guests. They have come to stay with us for an extended trip every single year since we opened the Killeen House back in 1992. Margaret has run into a bit of a health problem and is currently undergoing treatment in Hospital to resolve the situation. Margaret, the whole gang here wish you the very best, and we have already begun the planning process for your big birthday (one with a 0 at the end of it!!) next May. (And don't forget to send us a picture of John, dressed in a pinafore and doing all the housework….!!)





160km and an ascent of Everest!
Last weekend on the 25th of August, local Kerryman and the Killeen House Hotel's webmaster, Sean Clifford took on the challenge of the toughest foot race in Europe - the UTMB.

The Ultra Trail Tour du Mont-Blanc (also referred to as UTMB) is a mountain ultramarathon that takes place once a year in the Alps, across France, Italy and Switzerland. The race begins and ends in Chamonix (France) with the route basically following the Tour du Mont Blanc hiking path (usually completed in 7 to 9 days by hikers) taking the challengers on a grueling journey in and out of valleys in the 3 aforementioned countries. The total distance is 158km with a total elevation gain of around 8500m+ (which is like climbing Everest!). As if that was not enough the race is run in one leg (day and night).Participants have to brave tough alpine elements such as torrential rain fall, hail, freezing temperatures and often, snow storms.
This year over 2500 adventure and edurance sports enthuasisats from around the world started the race but only between 35%-45% of them finished it.
In his first year of competing Sean finished in 279th place in a time of 35 hours 7 minutes. He said it was the hardest thing he ever did, apart from designing Michael and Geraldine's website.





ITS GOOD TO LAUGH

Thankfully we here in the Killeen house are blessed with many friends from all over the World, a lot of whom send us 'fun stuff' that helps brighten up our day!

Here's a small selection of some stuff we've received that bought either a smile to the face or a tear to the eye…….enjoy!!

A nice little slide show outlining why golf is such a great sport HERE

An interview that never made our TV screens HERE

If you can't shoot Par on the golf course maybe you can shoot Par HERE

Golf too tough? Try bowling HERE

Another one to keep you from doing anything productive HERE

How do they do this??? HERE

 

THE WORLDS BEST BEER


At a world brewing convention in the States, the CEOs of various brewing organizations retired to the bar at the end of each day's conference.

Bruce, CEO of Fosters, shouted to the Barman: "In 'Strylya, we make the best bladdy beer in the world, so pour me a bladdy Fosters, mate."

Bob, CEO of Budweiser, calls out next: "In the States, we brew the finest beers of the world, and I make the king of them all, gimme a Bud."

Hans steps up next: "In Germany ve invented das beer, ferdamt. Give me ein Becks, ya ist der real King of beers, danke."

Paddy, CEO of Guinness, steps forward: "Barman, would ya give me a diet coke with ice and lemon. Tanks."

The others stare at him in stunned silence, amazement written all over their faces. Eventually Bruce asks: "Are you not going to have a Guinness, Pat?"

Paddy replies: "Well, if you fookin' pansies aren't drinkin', then neither am I".

 

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