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Killarney hotel recognised by golfing guide

The Malton hotel in Killarney recently received an accolade at an award ceremony held by the Golfers Guide to Ireland in Dublin. The ceremony held at the end of January in O’Connell’s Restaurant in Donneybrook also celebrated the launch of the 2012 edition of the well-known golf guide book. Published by Portside Publications, The Golfers Guide is the longest established golf guide in Ireland. The publisher is an Irish company that has operated for over 21 years in the tourism sector.

This year sees the 21st edition of the guide and to mark this milestone Portside decided to inaugurate the awards event to recognize the role played by Irish Golf Clubs and golfing interests on the whole island of Ireland. Over 50,000 copies of the Golfers Guide to Ireland 2012 have been printed and it will be distributed to every golf club in Ireland. Online versions will be available in Japan, Sweden, the UK and North America. Portside Publications director Paddy McCarthy said that the guide was now considered an essential part of kit for any travelling golfer taking a trip to Ireland. “We have had magnificent support from Ireland’s golf industry throughout the years and I am happy to report that the industry has expressed its confidence in the future,” he said.

During the launch and award ceremony Minister of State for Tourism & Sport, Michael Ring TD, presented awards for various categories to golf courses, golf resorts and hotels that specialize in golf.

General Manager of The Malton hotel in Killarney, Conor Hennigan, received the award of “Best Hotel Manager”. The Malton specialises in golfing stays and Mr Hennigan and the other winners received a unique Graham Knuttle commissioned ceramic wall plaque crafted by Tipperary Crystal from Minister Ring. Commenting on his award, Mr Hennigan said “Golf in Kerry is regarded with such high esteem that I’m honoured to have won this award. At The Malton we pride ourselves on our golfing expertise and links and believe we can offer golfers of all abilities an unforgettable experience. These awards are given on the basis of an all-Ireland poll from golf and golf-related communities, so it means a lot to be recognised amongst my peers.”

The Malton was not the only Killarney winner at the awards ceremony. Killarney Golf & Fishing Club received the award of Best Parkland Course and Maurice O’Meara rounded off a trio of awards for Killarney by wining the best Secretary Manager accolade.