When Michelle Rosney took the helm at Killeen House Hotel, Aghadoe, shoulder to shoulder with her mother, Geraldine, this year, she became the fourth link in a chain of family hoteliers originating at Waterville’s Southern Lake Hotel.
Michelle, a Shannon College of Hotel Management graduate, has hospitality coded in her DNA. Her dad, Michael Rosney, a key figure in Kerry’s tourism sector since his days as general manager of the Killarney Great Southern Hotel, has just retired. His grandparents, Michael and Mollie Lucey, ran the Southern Lake Hotel through the1920s and 1940s. “I wonder if they bought a farm all those years ago, if I’d be a retired farmer now,” he mused.
Michael Lucey ‘emigrated’ from Glencar to Cahersiveen in the early 1900s to serve an apprenticeship in a hardware shop. He married Mollie (nee O’Keeffe) whose family had a small shop in Waterville. They reared eight children while running the hotel, a bakery and a major shellfish export business. Their resting place is Spunkane graveyard.
Little children and anyone who is still a child at heart will light up at the sight of the creations of Eamon Mulvihill who is constantly unfolding magic in his Kilcummin workshop that could give the North Pole a run for its money. He’s even got the beard, not a luxuriant white one, but a beard nonetheless.
‘Neverland Originals’ is the title of Eamon’s one-man production company that conjures up the wonder of fairy houses and all the miniature accessories that comprise the world of ‘little people’. An example of the Neverland imagination is on display in the window of Killarney Art Gallery in Main Street and two more are to follow shortly in the Killarney Plaza Hotel.
Eamon’s creativity originally found an outlet in the floats for Christmas in Killarney, but his energies were largely concentrated in the ‘day job’, a graphic design and branding company called Red Box Branding.