This July Great Southern Killarney celebrates an historic milestone as the hotel turns 165 years. Celebrations commenced on Sunday June 30th with a summer garden party held for all staff. The day’s activities culminated with the cutting of a giant 165 shaped cake baked by the hotel’s head chef, which was enjoyed by guests and staff alike in the hotel’s gardens.

As part of the celebrations, the team unveiled a new history wall which brings guests through the fascinating journey of the hotel from its opening in 1854 right through to present day. As part of this special anniversary, there will be a host of events throughout the year to mark the occasion.

GSH 165 years old: Great Southern Hotel chefs Ajith Matharage, Rory Gabriel and Peter Kelly prepare a special cake for guests celebrating the GSH 165th birthday last Sunday.
Photo: Don MacMonagle

This week an exclusive celebratory offer has just been launched for the summer season with a special rate of €165 Bed & Breakfast for an overnight stay at the Victorian property.

At the unveiling of the hotel’s history wall yesterday, Joe Scally stated: ‘For all of us involved at Great Southern, past and present, we are so proud to be part of such an incredible piece of history in the town of Killarney. Through the highs and lows since the birth of Irish tourism, Great Southern has been to the fore, from accommodating some of the world’s most faces to incarcerating unfortunate unwilling guests, Great Southern has an incredible history and we are honoured to be today’s generation of leaders and to turn the next page on this hotel’s great history.’

GSH 165 years old: Head porter, Daniel Maudsley welcomes guests to the Great Southern Hotel, Killarney
Photo: Don MacMonagle