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Be part of history and help the Kerry Hospice Foundation as Great Southern Killarney reopens with Vintage Afternoon Tea event

To celebrate the reopening of the Great Southern Killarney, we will host a Vintage Afternoon Tea on Saturday the 27th January 2018, with all proceeds being donated to the Kerry Hospice Foundation. 

This special Vintage Afternoon Tea will relive the glory days of the Victorian era when the Great Southern first opened as one of Ireland’s leading hotels. Guests will enjoy a vintage-themed afternoon with classical entertainment, a charity auction and dainty delights including a selection of finger sandwiches, warm scones and an assortment of delicious pastries and cakes served in the luxurious surrounds of The Garden Room.   

Tickets are priced at €35.00 with all proceeds being donated to the Kerry Hospice Foundation. To book tickets, please call Christina O’Connor on 064 6638000 or email events@greatsouthernkillarney.com


Iconic Killarney hotel will be known once again as Great Southern Killarney 

We are delighted to announce that the Great Southern Killarney name will be reinstated following a major renovation programme and The Malton badge will be retired in early 2018. The hotel is one of our three properties comprising the Hayfield Family Collection.

The hotel is one of Ireland’s oldest and best loved hotels and will soon be known once again as the Great Southern Killarney in a move that will no doubt please the residents of Killarney. On the 26th of January 2018, our team will proudly reopen our doors as the Great Southern Killarney. 

Since we undertook ownership of the hotel in 2014, we have been working towards restoring the hotel to its former greatness. Over the past two years, we have invested in a major restoration programme- the Grand Foyer has been restored to the original Victorian design, the public areas have been redecorated in classical style, an extensive bedroom refurbishment program has been undertaken and the facilities surrounding the Grand Ballroom have been upgraded. 

Ettienne Van Vrede, CEO of the Hayfield Family Collection said: “It is fitting and appropriate that we bring the wonderful Great Southern brand back to this beautiful property. Over the past two years we have carefully upgraded the hotel to reflect its heritage, grandeur and position within the town. Ironically, and perhaps not surprisingly, many people still refer to the hotel as the Great Southern such was the strength of its legacy and heritage. We look forward to celebrating the next chapter of this great story”.

Built in 1854 by the Great Southern and Western Railway Company- the first hotel to be owned by a railway company in either Ireland or Great Britain- from 1896 until 2009 the property was known as the Great Southern Hotel Killarney. It was for many years one of the best-known hotels in the country famed for its prized location next to the town’s Railway Station. We believe that restoring the Great Southern name is an essential element of the identity of this iconic property which will be recognised, past and future, as Killarney's Premier Historic Hotel. For more information please click here.


The Malton Killarney is the best four-star hotel in Ireland as the hotel wins top award at the prestigious 2017 Gold Medal Awards

Soon to be renamed the Great Southern Killarney, the team at The Malton are celebrating following tremendous success and an exciting win at the 2017 Gold Medal Awards, having been bestowed Ireland’s Best Four Star Hotel. The awards took place at Lyrath Estate in Kilkenny and are in association with the Hotel & Catering Review Magazine.  Now in their 29th year, the prestigious  Gold Medal Awards are recognised as the leading independent awards programme for the Irish hospitality industry.

Major renovation work as taken place over the past two years since the Scally Family, local hoteliers, acquired the hotel  in 2014. The timing of this news is especially positive as we have recently announced our the news that The Malton name will be retiring in favour of this iconic hotel’s famous historic name, Great Southern Killarney.  

Speaking about this fantastic win, our CEO, Ettienne Van Vrede, stated “This is a wonderful morale boost for our team following a very busy summer season.  To be honoured with the award of the greatest 4 star hotel in Ireland is a marvellous achievement and is a testament to the wonderful work of our outstanding staff.  We are absolutely delighted & honoured with the news of this  great accolade, and we are looking forward to the next chapter in the hotel’s great history when we reopen on January 26th, 2018 as the Great Southern Killarney.”