One Of Kerry’s Greatest Hotels Brings Back Its Old Name

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Joe Scally, company director and Etienne Van Vrede, CEO of the Hayfield Family Collection, pictured at The Malton Hotel in Killarney, soon to known as its original name, The Great Southern Hotel Killarney. Photograph by Sally MacMonagle

One of Ireland’s oldest and most well known hotels will soon be known once again as the Great Southern Killarney.

In a move that will no doubt please the residents of Killarney, The Malton Hotel will have its name retired as the Great Southern Killarney is reinstated on January 26, 2018.

Owned by the Scally family since 2014, the historic grand-dame style hotel is part of the Hayfield Family Collection that includes the Killarney Royal in Killarney and Hayfield Manor in Cork City.

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Over the past two years, the family-run company has 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.

Built in 1854 by the Great Southern and Western Railway Company and called The Railway Hotel- 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.

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