Carlton Apprentice Awards Night
Thankfully I’ve managed to shake the dose of the flu I had last week and attend the Leinster match on Saturday. It was a phenomenal match and I was delighted that I got the chance to see it live, well done to the team on an amazing win. I had planned to call over to the graduation fayre at the Carlton Shearwater Hotel on Sunday but unfortunately I didn’t get the chance. I heard it was a great event though with Breffny Morgan, from TV3’s Apprentice, entertaining the models and staff throughout the afternoon.
For any of you that follow the blog regularly you will know that we recently did a search for the Carlton Apprentice and Brendan Havlin from the Carlton Redcastle Hotel was chosen as the winner. The whole campaign was a great success and we were eager to reward all of the apprentices for their hard work and commitment to the competition. For this reason we decided to hold an awards night at the Carlton Atlantic Coast Hotel in Westport on Wednesday evening to celebrate their achievements which was a great success. The night began with a delicious meal in Bluewave Restaurant, followed by the prize giving ceremony. Each of the Apprentices were awarded with two framed certificates, one for their hotel and one for them to take home. The Apprentices accepted their prize from me with their manager’s support and the overall winner Brendan showed his gratitude with a very well written and well delivered speech. Once the official business was over we headed down to the bar to toast the awards and the night extended well into the early hours of the morning with a sing-song. It was great to get the chance to catch up with everyone under less formal circumstances, even if it was a very late night!
After the awards night in the Atlantic Coast I drove down to the Carlton Millrace Hotel in Bunclody on Thursday for a meeting and then back up to Kildare as I had an early meeting in Dublin this morning. I must admit I was dreading the drive but with the new motorways I did it in half the time I expected! This weekend is another important one for rugby with Connacht playing Cavalieri Prato on Saturday evening in the Sportsground. A well deserved win away to Bayonne last weekend put Connacht's season back on track and Eric Elwood's men will be looking for their second win in a row.
I’d like to wish the best of luck to the Connacht team hopefully I’ll make it over to Galway to watch the match myself!