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
.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.