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Welcome from our Managing Director

As Managing Director of Carlton Hotel Group, I'd like to welcome you to the Carlton Hotel Group blog. The Carlton Hotel Group was established in 2004 and since then has developed as one of the premier Hotel Groups in Ireland. In the past 9 years Carlton has grown substantially from operating one hotel to having a presence in many locations throughout Ireland.
Through this blog it is my aim to give you an insight into what's going on in all of our hotels plus my opinions on current affairs, general activities and events. I will also by inviting some of my colleagues to write on the blog, giving you more opinions and insights into what's going on at Carlton. If you have any questions or queries on any of the posts please leave a comment and I will respond at my earliest convenience. Enjoy reading.............

All-Ireland Round 2!

Posted: 2012-09-28 17:00:00 I was disappointed for Mayo that they didn’t win the All-Ireland on Sunday but Donegal did deserve to win so congrats to them. Although I was technically neutral for the game, being a Galway man I was hoping a county from the West would win but in fairness the best team on the day won! This weekend I’m not so neutral though as Galway prepare to take on Kilkenny for round two of the All-Ireland Senior Hurling Final this Sunday. My home county, Galway, took on the Cats on the 9th of September in the All-Ireland final and the game ended in a draw so the replay is this Sunday the 30th. Galway played a great game against the All-Ireland champions at their last meeting and if they are on form this weekend then they have a great chance of winning.  They may have gone in ...

Westport Food Festival

Posted: 2012-09-21 16:00:00 This week the main focus in the county of Mayo was preparing for the All-Ireland Senior Football Final against Donegal on Sunday. I’d say most of the county have been talking about nothing else all week other than the game in Croke Park this weekend. However, for our hotel in Westport, the Carlton Atlantic Coast Hotel, they have spent the week with food on their minds as the town prepares to host the Westport Food Festival this weekend. I’ve been to Westport many, many times before and the one thing that never changes is the high quality of food served in the area. Their location on the West Coast of Ireland makes them famous for seafood and I have to say some of the best fish I’ve ever had has been served during meals in Westport. This is one town that knows a ...

Carlton Wins Family Award!

Posted: 2012-09-14 16:00:00 Last week I was looking forward to the All-Ireland Final on Sunday but the game didn’t end with the result I was hoping for! Despite being the underdogs, Galway came on fighting and proved that they were capable of beating the Cats. Going into half time I really thought my home county could do it but Kilkenny came back stronger in the second half and the match finished up a draw. If Galway come back with the same fighting spirit on the 30th of September then they definitely have a good chance of beating Kilkenny! The post-match meal for the Galway team was on at the Regency Hotel in Dublin on Sunday night and I was delighted to be able to attend. There were plenty of Galway fans there to show their support to the team and of course we’ll all be showing our support aga ...

Galway Battle for All-Ireland!

Posted: 2012-09-07 16:30:00 I spent this week in Dublin as I had plenty of work to catch up on in head office plus I had a few meetings to attend to. Even though I was stuck indoors for most of the week, it was great to see the good weather back, although we usually do get a good week as soon as the schools start back. Hopefully it will last the weekend at least as I’m hoping we’ll get a nice dry day for the big game on Sunday. This has been a very exciting hurling championship for me as I’ve followed my home county Galway all the way through. I’ve always been a big fan of GAA and follow the championship every year but this year has been a memorable one for me as Galway have made it to the All-Ireland Senior Hurling Final. They came up against the Cats already in the championship an ...

Paralympics & American Football!

Posted: 2012-08-31 16:00:00 It was back to normal this week after spending so much time in Tralee recently at the Rose of Tralee Festival. It was great to get back to the office as I had plenty of work to catch up on but I am a bit sorry that the festival is over for another year. It is always a very busy time for me but I really enjoy it and look forward to it every year. This week saw the start of the Paralympics in London and it looks set to be even bigger than the Olympics! All of the athletes I’ve read or heard about so far are truly inspiring and from what I heard in the news today there are already records being broken. I hope to catch some of the events over the weekend and cheer on Team Ireland when I get a chance. The team this year consists of 49 athletes who will compete across ten sports ...

A Memorable Week!

Posted: 2012-08-24 10:30:00 What a week it has been! Each year the Rose of Tralee Festival seems to get bigger and more popular and also somehow manages to get better. It is a really busy week for me as not only am I a Rose of Tralee judge but being CEO of the Carlton Group means there are a few events I need to attend during the Rose Tour before my judging duties begin. I can’t complain though because I enjoy every minute of it but I know I’ll definitely be taking it easy this weekend to try get back to normal!Another benefit of being a judge is the amazing people I get to meet every year, some old friends and some new acquaintances. This year I was delighted to meet Ronan O’Gara who I have met briefly before at other events and I was lucky enough to get my photo taken with him. As a rugb ...

The New Rose of Tralee

Posted: 2012-08-22 12:00:00 Tuesday was another busy day for me as I prepared for another round of Rose of Tralee live interviews that night. The Roses on the first night did so well that I wasn’t sure if myself and my fellow judges were going to be able to choose a winner. I was looking forward to seeing what night two would bring but I was also nervous about making my final decision on who should be crowned the new Rose of Tralee.That evening we were all seated in the Dome and ready for the start of the show and even at that stage you could feel the amazing atmosphere. The support for all the Roses was amazing but there were definitely a few fans that were louder than others! As with the previous night all the Roses did exceptionally well in their interviews and showcasing their talents. Also, D&aac ...