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Courtyard Lodges
self-catering

Make yourself at home in our two bedroom/two bathroom lodges,
a pleasant three minute walk from the hotel.

Rooms & Suites

Each unique in style and design and affording you stunning views of the Kenmare Bay or the Kerry Mountains.

Woodland Villas
self-catering

Spacious three bedroom houses located within the estate and a 10 minute walk from the hotel.

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A warm welcome. Let us introduce you our most valued staff members.

"Parknasilla Hotel & Resort has a rich history spanning over the past 100 years. Many of the staff have been with us for their entire working lives and add to the wonderfully personal experience our guests enjoy."

The Porters

PJ Walsh, Denis O’Sullivan & Ger Hallissey combined have been working at Parknasilla for over 60 years.  Carrying on the legacy of a ‘Warm Welcome Home’ is something that has been instilled in them from their training days with the three wise men.

‘Parknasilla has changed over the years’ says PJ – ‘it still remains the essence of good service and luxury but gone are the days of tuxedos for dinner!’.

Their favourite part of the job – It has to be welcoming back generations of families that have been coming every year seeing the children grow up and in turn bringing their children is really special

All three agree - Parknasilla has a magical quality which has endured over the years.

Former Staff Members

The 'Three Wise Men' Jackie Moriarty, Former Head Waiter. Tom Doyle, Former Head Porter & Sonny Looney, Former Head Barman.

The Hall Porter and former head barman Sonny Looney started working at the Parknasilla in 1959.

This was the same year the Kenmare branch railway closed – so ended Parknasilla’s association with railways. In 1961 Prince Rainer and Princess Grace of Monaco and their children stayed in the hotel.

‘They didn’t drink in the bar’ recalls Looney, who was still only a raw recruit at the time, ‘but I did get to meet her and I did get to serve her. I served her drinks in their room.’

The royal guests used to frequent the hotel’s restaurant for dinner in the evening.

The hotel was awash with security.

There had been a threat of kidnapping elsewhere in Europe.

Head Hall Porter

The former Head Hall Porter, Tom Doyle, started in Parknasilla in 1951.

He remembers that Parknasilla was “the” hotel in Ireland and almost eighty percent of the guests were English.

Throughout the 50s and 60s, the highlight of his day was to stand behind the porters desk in the evening and watch the couples coming down the stairs for dinner in evening wear.

‘If you saw somebody coming down that time in his Sunday suit you’d say ‘Christ, where did he come from?’, Doyle recalls ‘it was always full evening wear.’