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Here Comes The Summer.

Friday, June 14th, 2013

Summer is here again and despite the change in weather this week, I really believe that it will be a great summer and much improved on the last three years. When the sun shines here in Killarney it really is Heavens Reflex as the beauty is a joy to behold. The mountains, the Lakes, the Deer and most of all, the People.  Killarney would not be as pleasant a place to visit if the Natives were not as welcoming. I am from Wexford myself so I would not be slow to say otherwise if it were true. When the weather is weak and you need some sun, Killarney is the place to visit to lighten your heart.

Coming soon are the Ring Of Kerry Cycle and the Munster Final(football of course!). A glorious time will be had by all on that weekend (6th and 7th July). Why not join us.

Yours Sincerely,

Derek Carroll

General Manager

KillarneyCourtHotel

Confessions of a Hotel Receptionist…………

Thursday, February 23rd, 2012

Confessions of a Hotel Receptionist…………

Hey there, my name is Zuzana (feel free to pronounce it Susana ) and I work in the Killarney Court Hotel for the last…10 years!!! Yes, I am amazed myself, how the time flies…

I started to work in restaurant and after 3 years of waitressing I was trained at the front desk to be the smilliest, loveliest receptionist you can get… (I really hope my managers are not reading this J but then, if they do…all they can do is to agree)

My day at reception starts either at 7:00am or 3:00pm and lasts 8 hours…Job involves a lot of paper & computer work, cash & card handling and the phone answering…but the most important of all – are the guests/clients/patrons…YOU! Yes, your comfort, tight sleep at night (or snooze in the afternoon), stress free days …well, ensuring altogether a relaxing or activity filled stay (the choice is yours) is the most important part of my work….and honestly, that is the most interesting part of my work too…I get to meet people from all corners of the world, English as well as non -  English speaking (it did help me many times already that I am fluent speaker in more languages and that I am not shy to use my hands and feet to communicate in languages I do not speak J), short and tall, young and ..matured J… nice as well as snippy (sorry to all of you guys who aren’t snippy!!!)…single and coupled…with children or just on a short break without them (don’t we deserve it all, us parents?) and all of them come to see our lovely Killarney or better to say – Kerry….

I am originally from the Slovak Republic (Slovakia) but after 10 years spent in Killarney I am being considered by locals as one of the locals. There is no wonder why I have decided to stay in Killarney for so long – it has the feel of a small town, where people know each other and greet strangers on the streets, the famous Irish hospitality is an everyday experience, but still it is a busy, busy town…with INEC hosting world known artists performing at their best and of course the national park and beautiful golf courses…no wonder the hotel is busy and sometimes we do not get time to get that famous ‘cuppa’ J  But let’s face it, everybody knows about the park and INEC, who comes to Killarney.

So let me give you some secret tips of a receptionist and local gal on what to do when visiting our place: first of all, always check out the hotel’s own website! There is a guarantee that you get the best possible value for your stay ………….. and then when you are booked in, just leave the car in our car park-it’s free…it takes 10 min. to walk to town centre and it is safe to walk night and day…there are car parks in town, but they are not free and most of the time of the day are full…if you do not like to walk (or for ladies – if you are going on a night out and wearing the most gorgeous but most ‘uncomfy’ shoes) – just get a taxi- it is free to call from the courtesy phone and costs up to €8 (price shown valid at the time of printing ) The Muckross house and  the Ross Castle have a free car park, with plenty of space, so you can drive there and just ask me, I will point the way…

For the singles – night clubs are opened all week round! with a free entry before 11pm (I hope I am not ruining anybody’s business right now! J as well as our own bar is opened for residents until 3am…enough said

For the families with children – when visiting the Ross Castle bring some bread with you. Ross castle is on a lake and there are plenty of ducks and swans to be fed by your little ones…amazing experience for the whole family and it is free!!! And with Spring finally coming our way -  the Kennedy’s pet farm has a lot of baby animals, which can be held, fed, stroked by the brave ones…lot of it is happening under the roof, so even if it is raining, it is worth going…

For the foreign folks – Irish music in some pubs being played live all week round, with free entry. And if you would like to experience a bit of set dancing, then Wednesday night is your night – for a small fee you can get into to Grand and see it live… and the best thing of all? It is danced by locals -  you can see representatives of all generations dance together – grandsons with their grandmothers, uncles and nieces, brothers and sisters and of course couples taking part in incredible fast set dancing…if you can take part in it too -  if you dare…

And for everybody -  please do not hesitate to ask us…if something isn’t to your satisfaction or you need advice of what to do or where to go, you are not warm enough or you feel hungry, etc…all questions will be dealt with promptly…and with a smile. :-)

 

 

Killarney Races – 9,10,11 May

Wednesday, May 5th, 2010

The 2010 Killarney Race meetings are kicking off this weekend.

The magnificent scenery is what draws the huge crowds to Killarney and the mountains and lakes that cradle the racecourse make it arguably the most beautiful in the country.

The Racecoure is located 1 km outside Killarney town just off the Muckross Road. Within walking distance of the town center.

The Killarney Races are one of the premier Race meetings of the year, where the Craic is mighty and the stakes are high!

The Killarney Court  Hotel is is the ideal venue to stay when attending the races, get the best rates online www.killarneycourthotel.com

We hope to see you all here for one of the meeting in 2010.

for more info on the upcoming race meeting go to http://www.goracing.ie/Content/HRI/hriracecourses.aspx?id=592

Recipe of the Month – Thai Beef Salad

Tuesday, April 27th, 2010

Ingredients – serves 4 -6

  • 2 Spring onions, chopped
  • 1 lemon grass, cut into 1 inch pieces
  • 1 cup chopped fresh Coriander
  • 1 cup chopped fresh mint leaves
  • 1 cup lime juice
  • 1/3 cup fish sauce
  • 1 tablespoon sweet chili sauce
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1 1/2 pounds (1 inch thick) steak fillet
  • 1 head of lettuce – rinsed, dried and torn into chunks
  • 1/2  cucumber, diced
  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes

Method

  1. In a large bowl, stir together the green onions, lemon grass, Coriander, mint leaves, lime juice, fish sauce, chili sauce and sugar until well combined and the sugar is dissolved.Check the flavor, if desired, by adding more sugar and/or fish sauce. Set aside.
  2. Pan fry the steak over high heat for 4-6 minutes on each side, until it is cooked medium. Do not overcook the meat! Remove from heat and slice into thin strips. Add the meat and its juices to the sauce and refrigerate, tightly covered, for at least 3 hours.
  3. Tear the lettuce into bite size pieces and place in a salad bowl. Arrange the cucumber on top of the lettuce, and then pour the meat and sauce over. Top with the cherry tomatoes and garnish with fresh coriander leaves.

May Bank Holiday Last Minute Deals!

Monday, April 26th, 2010

We have some last minute offers for this weekend. Stay on Friday 30th April OR Sun 2nd May – Only € 79 per room for 2 persons sharing with breakfast. Great Lastminute deal call 1890 930 033 or email: lee@rlynehotels.com to avail of this offer

Letter from the General Manager

Tuesday, March 30th, 2010

I have not been ‘Bloging’ recently; sorry about that, it has been a hectic time here in Killarney trying to keep the show on the road for our guests. We had an excellent turnout for our Murder Mystery weekend at Halloween and over 150 people joined in the fun with great fancy-dress by them all. Our March Murder Mystery had a good turnout too but I suppose Halloween time is the real festive time for dressing up. I’m really looking forward to our next one in October; I will keep you posted on that.

We are looking forward to a good busy season here at the Court with great value to be had for all. We have recently installed the Wii console in our playroom which will be available to children who are on our Kiddies club activities. These clubs are available (with prior booking) from 6-9 each evening and also on Saturdays when from 2-4 we do a trip to Buddies Soft Play centre which is only 5 minutes away from us and really great fun for all the youngsters. I’ll be back again with a more detailed Blog next week and will fill you in on all the local news here from the Court.

Derek Carroll

Grilled Pineapple with Whiskey Sauce & Vanilla Ice

Friday, June 26th, 2009

Grilled Pineapple with Whisky Sauce & Vanilla Ice Cream

 

1 Large Pineapple

2 teaspoons Butter

 ¼ cup Brown Sugar

¼ cup Whiskey  / Brandy / Rum

Vanilla Ice Cream

 

Method:

Cut the top and bottom off of the pineapple, peel and cut it crosswise into 8 rings.

Use a spoon or apple corer to carve out the center core of each ring.

 

Heat a Griddle pan or a Frying pan over a medium heat, brush the pan with a little vegetable oil to prevent the pineapple from sticking.

Grill / Pan fry the pineapple, in 2 or 3 batches, for 2 to 3 minutes on each side, until it is nicely brown and grill marks have appeared.

 

While the last batch of pineapple cooks, heat the butter, sugar and rum in a small saucepan over a low heat, stirring, until the sugar is dissolved and the sauce has thickened slightly, about 2 minutes. Remove the sauce from the heat.

 

Place a pineapple ring on each plate, scoop 1/4 cup of ice cream into the center of the ring, and drizzle about 2 teaspoons of sauce on top.

Spring letter from the general manager

Tuesday, March 31st, 2009

Letter from the General Manager.

Here we are at the start of April and another season ahead of us .The winter period has been quieter than others but we still have had a productive winter and been able to offer great rates for our guests and will do so for the coming year as can be seen from our specials page on this website .

 For example we had our Murder Mystery weekend ‘EMERGENCY ROOM’ on the 6th & 7th March, which was a great hit with our guests as they got to solve the crime and have a wild weekend at the same time. We also have another ‘Murder ‘weekend planned for the autumn ‘Haunted House’ at the  Halloween Weekend.

Right throughout the summer we will be updating our specials regularly so keep an eye on them for the best offer in town .Killarney has plenty to offer you all year round with festivals, concerts, and loads of activities for all the family. The Killarney Court is ideally sited to make use of these as we are just on the edge of town but not so far as to make a difference.

I hope that you have a good year and that you holiday with us here in Killarney. As always, we are here to help and assist you in whatever way we can. I can be contacted on derek@killarneycourthotel.com . Please feel free to contact me at any time and hopefully I can be of service.

Derek Carroll.

General Manager. 

A day in the life of: The Head Chef!

Wednesday, December 10th, 2008

Hello to Everyone reading this blog!

My name is Eric, I am the Head Chef in the Killarney Court Hotel.

I have been working here for almost 2 years and everyday it’s a new experience.

In the hotel and restaurant business you are learning all the time and no matter how old you are or how much experience you have, everyday is a challenge to improve yourself, perfect recipes and find new exciting food combinations/recipes.

I love the challenge! My job seems simple: Supervise the good running of the Kitchen, but its not always as easy as you think! There are long working days which can be pretty stressful! My day starts by doing a stock take and then if needed I place orders to the different suppliers. And I am always looking out for new ingredients and products and if there are ever special offers on.

Then I check with reception what the bookings for the evening’s dinner are looking like, and see if there if are any groups or tours booked in.

During the Summer season, we often have up to 3 large tours every night that have dinner, and they could often stay for 2 or 3 nights at a time, so I need to make sure that they don’t have the same meal twice!

As Lunch approaches, we need to get the Carvery ready for a very busy lunch service, I need to make sure that the quality of all meals are consistent, that we always have a fresh supply of vegetables & potatoes, and make sure that we don’t run out of anything on the Carvery.

The Carvery service finishes at 3pm and then we commence with Bar food, which is served from 3pm – 9pm and the restaurant opens at 6pm for dinner.

There is always something to do in the kitchens, whether it is food preparation, menu planning, ordering, cleaning, dealing with issues during service etc. Its all part of the job.

My Dad was a chef and he told me there were many a time when he wanted to take off his apron and walk away from the job but he never did! It’s a crazy job to be a chef and a crazy life too! But there is a special buzz in the Hotel/Restaurant business that you don’t find anywhere else like it!! You have a connection with your team mates and the other staff members, that you are all in this together! This is why we I love my job, and this is what keeps me going during a hard day!

Thanks!

Salmon & Smoked Haddock Chowder

Tuesday, September 23rd, 2008

Salmon & Smoked Haddock Chowder    

Serves 8

 

50g Butter

1 Onion, chopped

100g plain flour

700ml Fish Stock

225ml Milk

1 bay leaf

1 tsp fresh thyme leaves

450g Salmon, skinned & cubed

450g Smoked Haddock, cubed

Black pepper

Chopped Parsely

 

 

Melt the butter in a large saucepan and then fry the onion for 5 minutes. Add the flour & stir until smooth. Add the fish stock & milk, bay leaf and thyme. Bring to the boil, then reduce the heat and simmer gently, stirring occasionally for 8 – 10 minutes. Add the cubed Salmon & haddock, and simmer for a further 5 minutes. Add black pepper to taste.

Sprinkle with chopped parsley & serve.

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