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Kilkenny’s Pembroke Hotel was honored as Best Value Hotel at the recent National Hospitality Awards in Dublin.
The Pembroke Hotel was also thrilled to receive “Best Customer Service” award presented by Kilkenny Chamber of Commerce.
“I believe the two awards are different sides of the same coin,” said Pembroke owner John Ryan.
“We make a deliberate effort to ensure that our guests receive a high-quality service when they are with us. I think it was Warren Buffet who said that price is what you pay and value is what you get. We are delighted to have been recognized for going the extra mile to ensure that all aspects of the customer experience as good as we can make it. That is the key to repeat business and great word of mouth.”
[Source: Kilkenny People]
A number of Portlaoise publicans were two weeks ago fined at the district court, for selling alcohol after hours.
Lethean Limited, 65 Main Street, Portlaoise, was found to have people on the premises at 1:45 a.m. on May 19, 2012.
Garda (Police) Inspector Martin Harrington explained that closing time was meant to be 12:30 to 1 a.m.
[Source: Leinster Express]
The father of Niall Dorr made an emotional statement following the sentencing of Douglas Ward to 16 years in jail for the manslaughter of his son in Dundalk on October 13, 2010.
Reading the victim impact statement, David Dorr, who is from Mohill said, “A new chapter in our lives begins now and sadly Niall is not in it. We will hold very dear his memory and will never let go.”
Douglas Ward with an address at Loughantarve, Knockbridge, County Louth, pleaded guilty to manslaughter in the Central Criminal Court with the court hearing that a group, including Mr. Ward approached Niall Dorr and two of his friends and a row subsequently broke out. Mr. Dorr, who was a champion kick-boxer, attempted to stop the row before he was repeatedly kicked and punched in the head by Mr. Ward. It was reported in court that Mr. Ward continued to attack Mr. Dorr even after he became unresponsive.
[Source: Leitrim Observer]
Sentencing was adjourned until the New Year in the case of a young man who threatened to “smash up” a fast-food restaurant if the owner did not give him $920.
Brian Curtin (21) of Spitland, Old Cork Road, County Limerick pleaded guilty to demanding money with menaces at Stuffins, Mulgrave Street on December 27, 2011.
During a sentencing hearing, Limerick Circuit Court was told the defendant entered the premises shortly before midday and became very aggressive when the owner refused to give him any money.
Det. Garda (Police Officer) Vincent Brick said Curtin, who has 142 previous convictions, repeatedly tried to jump the counter and at one point could be heard on the phone telling an acquaintance to “bring around baseball bats and hurleys.” The incident lasted for 22 minutes and was caught on C.C.T.V. in the restaurant.
[Source: Limerick Leader]
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