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CONTENTS

WELCOME NOTE
A terrible year

IRELAND
Top 10 reasons to visit Ireland in 2009

2009 PRICES
Great Deals

Vouchers
for someone special

Awards
a few for 2008

WONDERFUL WWW
jokes amongst friends

SKYPE
we are now connected!

LINK EXCHANGE
want to swap links

And Finally
don't hesitate to drop us an email




SEND TO A FRIEND

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GIFT IDEAS

Killeen House Vouchers

Larry Lambrecht Golf Prints




PLANNING A TRIP TO IRELAND ?
Here are some useful links to help you along...

For information on Ireland in general

For information on the Killarney and Kerry area

For the best little Hotel in Ireland

For the best little Restaurant in Ireland


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


ALL of Ireland's Courses

Golf Tour Operators
Adventures in Golf
Atlantic Golf
Carr Golf
Celtic Fairways
Hayes Golfreisen
Hidden Links Golf
Irish Golf Tours
Jerry Quinlan’s Celtic Golf
Links Golf Ireland
Online Golf Travel
Ovation Group
OwenOak
O'Brien's Golf Tours


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

Getting around Ireland
Buckleys Tours
Dan Dooley
Deros Tours
Personal Irish Tours

Accommodation in Ireland
Hotels and B&B's



'Your Home away from Home' NEWSLETTER ISSUE 8 - CHRISTMAS 08
HAPPY CHRISTMAS

HI EVERYONE

Welcome to the Killeen House 2008 Winter Newsletter

And what a year 2008 turned out to be...

It was rotten! The weather (except for a nice six-week period in May!) was the worst we had in years. All our business costs (food, utilities, etc) went through the roof, while at the same time, because a lot of our unfortunate overseas Guests got walloped with really wicked exchange rates against the Euro, our revenues went through the floor.

But there’s an old saying here in Ireland “God is good and we will survive”. Well, He is – and we did!

So enough with the doom and gloom bellyaching for what’s past and let’s look forward to the boom and bloom of what’s ahead.

As usual, in this Newsletter, we want to do nothing more than give you a laugh or two and just gently nudge you – in the most non in-your-face way possible - into thinking that maybe 2009 is the ideal time to visit Ireland in general – and of course Michael and Geraldine in the Killeen House in particular...

We hope you find it informative and entertaining, and as usual, if we can help or assist you with anything, all you need do is contact us and we’ll be delighted to help you in any way we can (just click here).

In the meantime, may we wish you and yours all that you would wish for yourselves (multiplied by ten!) for Christmas and the New Year

All the best

 

 



THE TOP 10 REASONS TO VISIT IRELAND IN 2009

REASON 10 -- ACCESS
Even though we are an Island, off an Island, off the coast of Europe, Ireland is remarkably easy to reach from most places around the World. And airports such as SHANNON, CORK and KERRY are so easy to negotiate, it (almost) makes it a pleasure to fly again. Once you’ve reached Ireland, there are very few places that have such great variety in such a compact and easy to navigate area, thanks to world class car rental options and a great train network between major points of the country.

REASON 9 -- SAFETY AND SECURITY
Sometimes, its important to state the obvious…… Thankfully, Ireland is as safe and secure a destination as you’ll get anywhere. We have very low crime and vandalism rates. We don’t do snakes or other poisonous creepy crawlie things, or big people-eating animals that look at you and see breakfast….. So overall, provided you display the same level of precaution as any normal person would in their own environment, you can concentrate on nothing more worrying than having a great and memorable time.

REASON 8 -- WE SPEAK YOUR LANGUAGE AND KNOW YOUR NEEDS
Two reasons really – but they go hand in hand! A holiday experience is seriously “de-hassled” and enhanced by the fact that you can communicate easily with anyone in the country you’re visiting, at any time of the day or night and for any reason at all. And its all so much more pleasurable when those people want to do all they can to help you, entertain you, and make sure you have a good impression of their friendliness and their country.

REASON 7 -- WORLD CLASS FACILITIES AND STANDARDS
Ireland is right up there at the top of the pile when it comes to having a physical infrastructure that is especially suited to the discerning Tourist. Our accommodation, food, and transport facilities are the equal to anything you you'll get anywhere. Add to this the range of both natural and man-made attractions Ireland has to offer, and you'll soon discover that Ireland's vacation offering is as good as it gets.

REASON 6 -- ACTIVE OR INACTIVE – THE CHOICE IS YOURS
Ireland is one of those places that allows you to do what you want to do rather than what everyone else wants you to do. You can be as active or as inactive as your mood tells you to be. The country is blessed with some of the finest outdoor activities on the planet – golf, equestrian, hill walking, cycling. etc. etc, etc. But if you want to kick back and relax with a good book, or even a fully loaded iPod, well, nobody’s going to stop you from doing that either!

REASON 5 -- THE REAL IRISH PUB
All around the entire World, about the only area in which retail beverage sales is showing growth is in the niche sector of Irish Pubs. In fact, its well nigh impossible to find any large city anywhere today, that doesn’t have a slew of them. Well, guess what? The only place you’ll find a really proper and genuine Irish Pub is (believe it or not!) in Ireland. An Irish Pub is much more than dark timbers, quaint signage, bricks and mortar. It’s a fun thing, its an attitude thing, and most of all, its a people thing…… And its only available in Ireland!

REASON 4 -- THE CULTURE AND HISTORY
Again, two reasons to visit together, but ones that are completely interwoven. When it comes to history, culture, heritage and tradition, there’s probably no other country in the World as small as Ireland, that has such a deep, profound and proud sense of itself. And the true beauty of it is that its all around you wherever in Ireland you are, and in most cases completely open and accessible, just part of everyday life and living for the locals. From 4000 year old monastic cells in farmer’s fields, to spontaneous music “sessions” in the local Pub, its there and its yours to enjoy, in your own time and at your own pace

REASON 3 -- THE PLACE
The island of Ireland is a small place – around 300 miles north to south at its longest, and maybe 120 miles or so east to west at its widest. But within this small lump of land is some of the most diverse and beautiful scenery on God’s (40 shades of) Green Earth. From the almost unnatural looking Giant’s Causeway up in the North, to the stunning Ring of Kerry and Lakes of Killarney in the South. And from the beautiful Wicklow Mountains in the East, to the magnificent ruggedness of Connemara in the West. This land has something for everyone. Its all there and its waiting for you to come explore it...

REASON 2 -- THE PEOPLE
“The Irish are the race that the God’s made mad, for all of their wars are merry and all of their songs are sad…..” These lines neatly sum up the contradiction that is the Irish psyche. They are surely a race apart, with an attitude and an outlook to life that is unique in every sense. The Irish are among the friendliest, the nicest, the most helpful and the most sincere and genuine people you will ever meet. Come meet them on their own turf and find out for yourself just how it’s the people that make the vacation...

AND THE NUMBER 1 REASON TO VISIT IRELAND IN 2009 IS......
Modesty forbids us from saying it out loud, or printing it in big bold letters. Just click here to find out

 

 



KILLEEN HOUSE 2009 PRICES

The Killeen House will be in all cases keeping its prices at 2008 levels. But in some cases, we have actually dropped our prices for 2009 to even lower than they were in 2008.

Also, we have introduced special (and really good value) Website prices, where, if you’re in a position to book and pre-pay for your vacation before January 31st, you can make serious savings on the regular price

And also, you can now hit a button on our PRICES page, and see what the actual price is in EURO, US DOLLARS, AUSTRALIAN DOLLARS or POUND STERLING. Click here to go to the PRICES page of our website

 



HOW ABOUT A GIFT VOUCHER FOR SOMEONE NEAR AND DEAR?

We would be honoured if you would consider giving the gift of a Killeen House Hotel & ROZZERS Restaurant voucher.

For your convenience it's available in any monetary currency or denomination, or for any specific service such as an overnight stay, or a dinner in ROZZERS

Click here for further details

 



A FEW MORE NICE AWARDS...


One thing for sure is that our Bank Manager was not too happy with us in 2008 !

As a famous Irish comedian used to say years ago, “To Hell with him if he can’t take a joke!”.

But thankfully, a lot of others were very happy with the Killeen House in the last year.

THE ULTIMATE THREE STAR AWARD
The Hotel & Catering Review is the ‘bible of the business’ here in Ireland. This year, they selected the Killeen House as the leading Three Star Hotel in the entire country. Given the scale of competition for the Awards, we were both thrilled and humbled in equal measure! See here for details

A RED ROSETTE FOR ROZZERS RESTAURANT...
The AA (Automobile Association) produces one of Europe’s most respected fine dining Food Guides every year. This year, we are delighted that our ROZZERS Restaurant was one of just 12 new properties in the Republic of Ireland to receive one of their coveted Red Rosette Awards. See here for details

CIE TOURS INTERNATIONAL
For the seventh time in eight years, Guests who travel with CIE Tours voted ROZZERS to be the best Dining Experience in Ireland. This Award is very special for us, because its voted on by ordinary people over an extended period, and to win it means that you are consistent as well as good! See here for details

TRIPADVISOR.com
The worlds biggest Hotel and Destination Review Website this year listed Killarney as one of the top 100 Destinations in the entire World for 2008. The Killeen House is absolutely delighted to be consistently listed in the Top 5 hotels in Ireland over the last few years. If you have stayed with us in the past, we’d really appreciate it if you would post a review of your stay with us here. Or, to see what ordinary people just like you have to say about the Killeen House, click here.

 



FUN STUFF ON THE WORLD WIDE WEB

As usual, a million 'thank yous' to all our friends and colleagues who send us weird, wonderful, funny, sincere, motivational, and just plain stupid stuff from the Web. Please keep them coming – we really enjoy them!

Here’s a brief selection of some of the better ones we have received in the last few months

Enjoy ....

 



WE ARE NOW CONTACTABLE ON SKYPE !

The Killeen House Hotel is now connected to the world wide web 24 hours a day via the revolutionary VOIP (Voice Over Internet) program skype. This means that our customers can now call us free of charge from where every in the world they are. In order to add us to your contact list our username is simply : killeenhousehotel

Call us now click here

 



WANT TO SWAP LINKS WITH US?

Sean, our website Guru, constantly tells us that the more our website is linked to other websites around the World the more traffic we will get (and vice versa, of course!)

So if you have a website and would like to swap links with us, for both of our advantages, please just contact sean@killeenhousehotel.com and he will set it up




AND FINALLY

Thanks for reading our Newsletter and we hope you enjoyed it!

If you are thinking about taking a trip to GODS OWN COUNTRY in 2009 and would like to make an enquiry about either Ireland in general, or about staying here with us in the Killeen House, please just click on the link below and fill in your query

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