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Killeen House Hotel Newsletter

April 2009

The Home of Great Golf and Good Times

Newsletter No. 9

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PLANNING A TRIP TO IRELAND ?

Here are some useful links to help you along...

Golf Clubs Golf Tour Operators Getting into Ireland Getting around Ireland Accommodation in Ireland

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Hello everyone,

Greetings and salutations to you all from Michael & Geraldine and all in the Killeen House

The Killeen House is re-opening for the summer season on this Friday, April 17th, and we are all looking forward to welcoming back lots of old friends and also to meeting lots of new ones. And thankfully, we’re delighted to be able to say that all our great staff is back with us again. Charlie...Paul...Marguerite...Maureen...Jessica...Janet...Teresa...all here, and all waiting to welcome you and look after you in the unique way that only they can!

“ANOTHER YEAR OLDER AND DEEPER IN DEBT…..”

The line from that song may be older than most of us, but it has certainly never been truer than it is now for most of us. What rotten, miserable, turbulent and uncertain times we’re living in!

But enough with the moaning, groaning and self-pity. In the immortal words of whoever it was that said it, “This too shall pass”

This is our 19th (yes, NINETEENTH) season, and one great thing about the previous 18 years, is that they have given us a little bit of wisdom and a lot of experience

Were we mad when we opened up away back in 1992, at the height of the first Gulf War and with bank interest rates running at 19.5 percent? Yes, we were – but we survived it

Were we worried sick when Foot and Mouth disease threatened to close down our country? Yes, we were – but we survived it

Were we facing doom when the much feared Millennium Bug was going to obliterate all our technology in one instant? Yes we were – but we survived it

Were we devastated when the mind-numbing and shattering atrocity of 9/11 changed our World forever? Yes, we were – but we survived it

Were we baffled and fearful when an air-borne disease called SARS (remember that?) was threatening us with extinction? Yes we were – but we survived it

And are we as worried as ever we were today with all the doom and gloom that is pervading our very being? Yes we are – but WE WILL survive it...!

Here endeth Rosney’s Rant for 2009...!

As usual, running down the side of this Newsletter are lots of useful websites for you to look at if you’re considering a trip to GOD’s OWN COUNTRY in the Kingdom of Kerry

And below some gossip and information that we hope you find interesting or entertaining

Enjoy our Newsletter and hopefully we might have the pleasure of your company here in the Killeen House during the course of 2009

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ALL HAIL PRESIDENT GERALDINE...

(“YES SHE CAN……!”)

In mid March, Geraldine was elected to the position of National President of the SKAL Clubs of the Republic of Ireland

SKAL is an International Travel & Tourism organisation (kind of like Lions or Rotary) that has over 20.000 members in 500 Clubs, located in 90 different countries around the World. To be elected National President is a great honour, but it also entails a great deal of work. Already, she has committed to attending events in the UK, Paris and Budapest, not to mention numerous trips all over Ireland

Michael is obviously thrilled for Geraldine, but he has slight worries that all this upheaval might possibly be the cause of his having to do a bit of work in the Killeen House again this summer! And for sure, he’s not too impressed with the fact that he will have to walk one step behind Geraldine for the next year or so, and bring her tea in bed every morning...

But in fairness to the lady, you have to admit that she looks kind of classy with the Chain of Office draped around her neck... We’re sure you agree!

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IRELAND’S NEW MANTRA: VALUE...VALUE...VALUE...

Up until a year or two ago, the words “value” and “Ireland” probably did not belong in the same book together, not to mind the same chapter, paragraph or sentence together.

The reality and the perception was that Ireland, while being a great place to visit, was also a ridiculously expensive place to visit.

And this was a true reality and a true perception...

It was brought about by a combination of different circumstances, high production costs, high labour costs, high energy costs, high foreign exchange differentials, and unfortunately, a high level of greed and hopping on the bandwagon of maximising profits

Well, guess what? “Tings has chainged” We have a new reality here in Ireland – now our challenge is to get a new perception to reflect this reality

The reality is that there has NEVER been a better time to holiday in Ireland. Thankfully, the standards are high as ever, and the sheer value for money that is available is better now than it has been any time in the last twenty years.

To see it for yourself, just have a look at the great deals on offer on Tourism Ireland’s official website at www.discoverireland.com

Because we here in the Killeen House are so small and unimportant (big AHHHH everyone…!) you won’t see us featured on Tourism Ireland’s website...

But we have our own super website and fantastic value deals on display at
www.killeenhousehotel.com

which we hope you’ll take the time to browse around. Who knows, you might even get an overwhelming and irresistible urge to contact us for more information…..?


WE’RE “FACEBOOK”ed...

Last week, we were dragged kicking and screaming into the 21st Century’s latest way to make the World an even smaller place...

Yes, we are now fully fledged (although still baffled!) members of the FACEBOOK community!

Most of you will already have received an invitation to become our friends – and to date, over 300 of you have taken up our invitation. Thank you very much for allowing us in a small way into your lives, and we hope we will all have a bit of fun together

If you would like to become our friend on Facebook, please just click here and follow the instructions. CLICK HERE

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RIDICULOUSLY GOOD GOLF – FOR RIDICULOUSLY LOW PRICES

One of the biggest beneficiaries of the recent and rapid recession is Golfing Tourists looking for great value

For example, this time last year, if you wanted to play Ballybunion OLD, Tralee and Waterville, the cost would have been EURO 520.00. Today, you can book these three World Class Links Courses for just EURO 290.00 - no, that’s not a typo…! (This offer is available to the end of July, and you are asked to play before 10.00am in the morning time)

Other great deals include

  • KILLARNEY : Play all three of the Killarney Golf & Fishing Club’s courses (Killeen, O’Mahony’s Point and Lacabane) for just EURO 210.00

  • BALLYBUNION : Pay the normal price of EURO 180.00 for a round on Ballybunion OLD, and play a free round on their Cashen course anytime within seven days

  • LAHINCH : Play Lahinch on any Monday to Friday during May, June and October for just EURO 100.00

  • WATERVILLE : Play Waterville for EURO 130.00 Second round same day is EURO 85.00

  • OLD HEAD OF KINSALE : Play two rounds on the Old Head of Kinsale for EURO 350.00

  • THE KERRY SHAMROCK : Play Dooks, Dingle and O’Mahony’s Point for EURO 165.00

  • PLAY 3 PASS : Play Fota Island, Lee Valley and Killeen for EURO 200.00

  • THE PENINSULA PASS : Play Dooks, Skellig Bay and Ring of Kerry for EURO 155.00

  • TRALEE : Pay EURO 180.00 for a round on Tralee, and get the second round free anytime within seven days. Also, a husband and wife special deal of EURO 270.00 (Applies May, June, July and August). October special is EURO 90.00

For further details, just check out all the Golf Courses websites running down the side of the Newsletter


A BIT OF A COMPETITION

We just love competitions here in the Killeen House!

In this Newsletter, we would like to invite you to submit a photograph for inclusion on our website so that it can be appreciated and enjoyed by all

The only condition is that the photograph must be one that was taken anywhere or at any time in Ireland! Ideally, we would love it if it had the Killeen House or the Kerry region as its subject...maybe one of our staff hard at work (?)... a shot on a golf course...a magnificent landscape view...an evocative portrait...anything at all will be considered

At the end of September this year, Michael, Geraldine and a professional photographer will choose the winner of the competition

The prize will be a bottle of Midleton Very Rare Irish Whiskey.

If the winner wishes, this bottle of Whiskey can be sent to them via the mail. Otherwise, they can come personally and collect it in the Killeen House any time during the 2010 season - when they will also receive a complimentary three night stay in one of our Championship bedrooms!!!

Above is an example of a super photograph that was taken by our friend David Bastianelli from Detroit, when he was staying with us a while back

You can submit your photo by sending it to web@killeenhousehotel.com

And please don’t forget to include your name, and also, we’d love to get a quick comment on the details of the photo too

The competition entries will be viewable on our facebook profile here at any time.

If you wish to send on the competition to friends or family just forward the newsletter here.

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EVERY PICTURE TELLS A STORY...

But sometimes it can be just a little bit deceiving!

Take this picture above, for example. It’s a really nice picture (well, as nice as any picture that has Michael in it can be anyway!). We got it taken as a publicity piece when we recently won a TripAdvisor Award – for the second time – for being voted one of the Top “Hidden Gems” in the World. There are two pretty unusual things about this picture….

First thing is that as you can see, it was taken in the garden of the Killeen House Hotel – in mid February! It was a beautiful warm day, there was no rain, and there was even some blue sky – again I say, in mid February – in Killarney, Ireland!

And the second thing was (and the eagle-eyed among you will have spotted this) the bottle of champagne was unopened, even though we seemed to have champagne in our glasses! In fact the glasses were filled with cold tea! It looked kind of like the real thing, but no way did it taste like it!

“We are really proud of our high ranking on TripAdvisor, plus it helps us seriously with enquiries with potential guests. If you have stayed with us in the past, and if you have the time, Michael and Geraldine would truly appreciate if you would post a comment about your Killeen House stay HERE. Thank you very much!”


THE WONDERFUL WWW

  • Pass this one on to your kids... A stunning senior moment click here

  • Incredible Floor Gymnastic Performance: Geraldine gave Michael a ball just like this one for Christmas. He's off to compete in Turin in August... click here

  • Technology is mind-boggling ! click here

  • Thought for the day : click here

  • A LITTLE QUIZ TO WASTE YOUR TIME : Finbar Kenelly is a local Pharmacist and a great friend of ours here in the Killeen House. Every year, he has a quiz competition that drives half the people of Killarney mad, and forces them to come into his shop for Happy pills.... See how you do with it (let me know what is driving you nuts and I'll send you the answer!). click here

  • Wisdom from the mouth of babes... click here

  • Irish Alzheimer's : click here

  • HEART ATTACK SLIDE SHOW - Worth 45 seconds of your time. This is pretty serious and not all like what we usually pass on. But it might just save a life sometime - maybe even yours... click here

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CONCLUSION

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