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A Day in the Life of ……..Laura, Health Club Administrator

Sunday, June 1st, 2008

A day in the life of…….Laura Meagher – Health Club Administrator


A general day for me begins with a quick tidy up of my desk to organise my files and scattering of papers. A quick polish around reception to make sure it’s a welcoming haven for any member wishing for a nice work out or leisurely swim, and I’m ready to face whatever the day has to offer.

Throughout the day I’m kept busy handling bookings by phone and email for Renew Beauty Centre. In between handing out towels and giving directions to the changing rooms to our residents, I receive enquiries from people interested in joining the club. I show them a brochure and explain our rates and together we come up with a package suitable for them and their family. I like to show them around the premises so they will know where they are going on their first day. Hygiene is a top priority in the health club and so shoe covers are always worn on a show around (not for wearing on the head, as two older gentlemen thought one day!). New members are always pleased to hear that a fitness programme is included in the membership, which gives a little guidance until they become familiar with the equipment.

Once they have filled out all the paper work, it’s up to me to make sure everything is in order. All their details are put into the computer and they are assigned a keyring to scan each time they come in. I like to inform members of the benefits of membership, such as being able to enter competitions to win a dinner for two, beauty treatments and weekends away and of course the benefits of increased health, fitness and well being.….

Once all the paper work is processed and filed away I can get back to putting together financial reports and graphs for my managers.

In the afternoon it starts to get very busy for the group swimming lessons with our manager and swimming instructor Deirdre Miles and it’s a flurry of activity as I keep track of payment for the lessons. I love to watch all the little kiddies getting ready for their lesson as they jump around the pool and soak the poor teacher, I always think to myself, why don’t grown ups have that kind of energy! And just as Deirdre is getting a rhythm going, one little hand goes up in the air “teacher I need to go to the toilet!” and then of course one by one all the little hands go up and we can only smile as they all scamper across the deck to the changing rooms…

As my day is winding down I go through reports for the day’s takings to make sure everything is as it should be and put my welcome letters for new members into the post. I handover any relevant details to my colleague who will cover the reception for the evening and say goodbye to the rest of the team. As I head home I feel pleased with my day and truly believe that the health club team live up to the slogan, “where your well-being is our inspiration”.

Message From The General Manager – June

Sunday, June 1st, 2008

Message from the GM –June

There’s always something going on here at the Kenmare Bay Hotel & Resort, be it a wedding, a large lunch function or an evening’s entertainment of some sort.


Last weekend was no exception. Not only did we provide lunch for those taking part in the Two Ton Motorcycle Run – a charity event in aid of the Children’s Hospital in Crumlin – but we also hosted our own charity event in the hotel. This was the annual Teddy Bears Picnic, spearheaded by Select Hotels of Ireland, in aid of their chosen charity Barnardos. The day went brilliantly; over 250 children, along with their parents, enjoyed a fun-filled afternoon with bouncy castles, face painting, balloon modelling, nail decorating and a disco. Toby the Turtle even put in an appearance, much to the kids’ delight. We raised over €2,250 for Barnardos children’s charity and everyone thoroughly enjoyed the day. We would like to say a huge thank you to all who supported us – either by attending the event or by providing goodies or prizes for the raffle. We’re already looking forward to next year’s event, which is somehow going to have to be even bigger and better!


A couple of weeks’ ago, we also had the Kingdom Veteran Vintage & Classic Car Club here for lunch. The hotel forecourt was awash with vintage cars of all sizes, shapes and colours. We are lucky enough to have plenty of car parking place close to the hotel, so that the owners could keep a check on their cars at all times if they wanted to. This group stays with us regularly and we are looking forward to welcoming them back to the hotel in October.


We’re gearing up for summer – even if the weather isn’t. Our kids’ activities are all in place ready for the holidays. We have a restaurant play area for children, which is open during breakfast time and early dinner time. We have a kids’ club every Saturday and Bank Holiday Sunday at the moment, and then daily during July and August, where children are supervised by qualified child minders. Activities include circle time, arts & crafts, board games and DVDs. We will shortly have a special kids’ room, where parents can take their children to play with toys, board games, do some colouring or watch a DVD.


For July and August, we will be running a Teen Club. For the teenager seeking thrill and adventure, we have arranged afternoons at Star Outdoors Adventure Centre – just 10 minutes from the hotel. Activities will include kayaking, water games, land orienteering, archery and a sailing trip. For your budding little beauticians, we have a teen beauty workshop in our very own Rejuvenation Suites in the Bay Health Club. They will learn about make-up, nail art, skin care, hair care, tanning and how to become a Beauty Therapist.


As well as all our extras to keep the children entertained this summer, we of course have our very own Leisure Centre with a swimming pool, Jacuzzi, sauna, steam room and a gym. The Kenmare area also offers a wealth of attractions to keep the whole family amused. These include golf, walking, fishing, horse-riding, pet farms, Crag Cave and indoor soft play centres.


Plenty of reasons to choose Kenmare and the Kenmare Bay Hotel & Resort for your family holiday!



Sunday, June 1st, 2008


230 g Plain flour

1 teaspoon bread soda

1 tablespoon ground ginger

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1 teaspoon ground mixed spice

110 g butter, chilled & diced

110 g black treacle

110 g golden syrup

110 g muscovado sugar

280 ml milk

1 egg beaten


Heat oven to 180 oC

Sieve dry ingredients, except sugar, and rub in butter

Melt treacle with syrup until approx 40oC

Dissolve sugar in milk over low heat

Whisk milk into flour mixture

Whisk in treacle, followed by eggs – mixture should resemble batter

Bake for 45 mins – 1 hr

Cool completely in the tin

Wrap in greaseproof paper and keep for a couple of days before slicing

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