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Archive for June, 2008

Note from the GM

Wednesday, June 11th, 2008

Summer has definitely arrived in Killarney-the weather is just glorious the sun is streaming through the windows of the lobby as I am writing this. It always seems to be the same at this time of the year when the students are doing their exams.

The Riverside is busier than ever- it never fails to amaze me how every year the summer season justs hits with a bang-not that I’m complaining this is what we live for. There is no better feeling than when the hotel is busy and full of guests enjoying themselves. The hustle and bustle of a busy day is something that all of the staff thrive on-but I must admit the great weather always seems to lift the spirits of everyone anyway.

 

At this time of the year there are always a few new additions to the hotel- staff wise- for the summer season and this year is no exception, we have some wonderful new staff for you to meet. I am so proud of the great team the Riverside Hotel has in all departments of the hotel. One recent development in the Riverside has been that our Sous Chef Peter has recently been promoted to Head Chef. His enthusiasm and creativity knows no bounds-there are new items appearing on ours menus on a daily basis so make sure you dine with us and don’t miss out on some of his superb dishes.

 

Also Rosemary who runs our Rejuvenation Suite has introduced many new treatments for our guests including an ultra luxurious Caviar Facial & a Non Surgical Face Lift –I will definitely have to try these out….. all in the name of research of course!!  But perhaps I will indulge in one of her Chocolate Herbal Body Treatments instead- there is just so much to choose from but unfortunately so little time.

 

That’s all for now. Don’t forget that you can email me at any time at stay@riversidehotelkillarney.com if I can be of any assistance to you.

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A day in the life of..

Monday, June 9th, 2008

Hello, I am Rachel Nolan, the latest Receptionist to join the Front Desk team in the Killarney Riverside Hotel.

 

Six weeks ago, I located to beautiful picturesque Killarney from my home county of Wexford on the Sunny South East coast, to start my new employment in the Killarney Riverside Hotel.  Truly, the very first day I stepped into Killarney town in the Kingdom county I felt so welcomed.  The people are wonderful.

 

I work two different shifts throughout the week on a five day roster. Today I am on a 7-3 shift which means the alarm goes off at 5.45am and in to work for 6.55am and a bus load of Americans are there in the lobby to greet me-I don’t know how they get up so early while on holidays-Id prefer to relax and have a sleep in. First job is to get their bills ready as they will be checking out early and then prepare the bills for the rest of the guests that are checking out that day. 

Throughout the morning, I handle the busy switchboard; whether taking reservations or making sure the staying guest’s needs are all meet. Once all of our guests have checked out its time for lunch and a break away from the desk to stretch the legs and clear my head. After lunch its time to start organising the arrivals for today-cutting key cards and checking that everything is in order for their arrival. Today we have a mixture of guests arriving to us- one tour of Germans and the remainder are all privates-and what a mix of guests they are. Just a short while ago I was surrounded by a crowd of leather clad bikers –down to Killarney for the Annual international bike rally- normally I might be a bit nervous if I came across a gang like this but having had a chat with them on check in I found out that they come from all walks of life-solicitors, bankers, teachers, accountants etc all with one thing in common their lust for the open road and their fabulous bikes!!

 

My day at work is quickly over –as they say time flies when your having fun. And its off out touring for the afternoon- Ive been in Killarney for six weeks now and every day I hop on my bike and explore another bit of the beautiful surroundings that are all so close to the hotel- the people of Killarney just don’t know how spoilt they are they take it all for granted. There is just so much to choose from-the National Park and gardens, Muckross House, Torc waterfall, the Lakes-I for one will never get bored with Killarney-I just feel sorry for our guests they couldn’t possibly get to do it all during their short stay with us but I suppose it’s a great excuse to come back again and again

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Recipe of the Month

Sunday, June 1st, 2008

Penne Pasta Carbonara             

 

Ingredients 

Penne Pasta

Cream

Sliced Bacon

Sliced Onion

Parmesan Cheese

2 Cloves of Garlic

 

Method

·         Pre-Cook pasta as normal.

·         Lightly fry onion, garlic, bacon and a knob of butter.

·         When butter is melted add cream, pasta and bring to the boil.

·         When boiling add parmesan to required thickness.

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