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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 About GAA!

Posted: 2012-07-06 00:00:00 The Euros are finished and the Rugby season is well and truly over so until the Olympics start at the end of the month my main focus will be on GAA. I’ve always been a massive GAA fan, which is evident in my previous blog posts, and I look forward to the championship every year.Last weekend was not a great weekend in GAA for me as I watched my adopted county Kildare lose to Meath in the Senior Football Championship. Although many people thought Kildare would be the stronger team it was just not the case on the day and Meath beat Kildare 1-17 to 1-11. Hopefully Kildare will make it in the back door but their chance at the Leinster title is now gone for this year. Immediately after the Kildare game at Croke Park, Dublin took on Wexford and had much better luck than Kildare. D ...

Weddings, Roses & Hector - by Guest Blogger Jean O'Connell

Posted: 2012-06-29 18:00:00 Well what a week. Monday & Tuesday kicked off with my colleague Sophia Weir being a guest on Midday Show with Elaine Crowley on TV3 as well as a week-long promotion on Ireland AM. In the Carlton Hotel Tralee I had the pleasure of catching up with the fabulous Rita Talty and Daithi O’Sé who are just back from New Jersey where Rita is originally from. Less than two weeks to go to the Wedding of Year in Dingle & the Carlton Hotel Tralee and talk about a relaxed couple! Which is the definitely the best way to be to ensure that they enjoy every minute of such a special day or long weekend in this particular case!! While in my home county we also had a very productive meeting with organisers of the Rose of Tralee. With 50 days to go the Rose of Tralee Festival (acc ...

Carlton on Breakfast with Hector

Posted: 2012-06-28 11:00:00 Last weekend Dublin took on Kilkenny in the Leinster Hurling Semi-Final and despite Dublin gaining an early lead they didn’t manage to keep up the momentum. Kilkenny were on top form and gained a strong lead on Dublin after two goals in the first half. The Cats eventually beat the Dubs 2-21 to 0-09 and will now go on to play my home county Galway in the Leinster Final. In Carlton news this week we have been very busy with our Mini Explorers campaign as we continue with the relaunch for the summer. This week we are running a promotion with Hector’s Breakfast Show on 2fm, giving away a family break every day on the show. Each day this week we have given away a five night family break worth €1,500 at different Carlton Hotels in Ireland. Plus the week will end with H ...

Out of the Euros!

Posted: 2012-06-21 17:00:00 Ireland played their last match in the Euros on Monday night and although they were out of the competition regardless of the result they were determined to go out fighting. The game started well for Ireland as despite Italy dominating for long periods they weren’t able to get the ball past our defense and into the net. That didn’t last as long as we hoped though as Mario Balotelli scored the opening goal for Italy. It wasn’t over yet though and Ireland continued to fight throughout the rest of the first half and into the second. But Italy scored another goal into the second half and that was it for Ireland. Despite another defeat the Irish fans were behind their team again with their renditions of ‘Fields of Athenry’ echoing in the stadium. Despite a ...

You'll never beat the Irish fans!

Posted: 2012-06-15 17:00:00 As you know we had our Mini Explorers campaign re-launch in Dublin Zoo and Fota Wildlife Park over the June bank holiday weekend and it was so successful that we are continuing to promote it at shopping centres over the next few weeks. We were in the Pavilions in Swords last weekend and our Mini Explorer’s team met loads of parents interested in our family breaks for their summer holidays. We’re in Dundrum Town Centre this weekend and the team are all ready with their balloons and competition forms! If you’re in the area make sure to call in for your chance to win a family break at a Carlton Hotel.This week didn’t get off to a great start as we watched Ireland get defeated by Croatia on Sunday evening. We were very optimistic about Ireland’s chances ...

Euros 2012 Begin!

Posted: 2012-06-08 13:30:00 The main focus in the news this week has of course been the start of the Euros 2012 which officially kicks off today. According to the news they expect over 20,000 Irish fans will be travelling to Poland over the weekend. I know we’ve seen a few fans around the Carlton Hotel Dublin Airport this week as they prepare to fly and I’m sure we’ll see many more over the next few days. For those of us not lucky enough to be travelling I’m sure there will be plenty of parties and celebrations during all the Irish games. Ireland’s first game is on Sunday against Croatia and no doubt every pub across Ireland will be packed with supporters. I know our hotel bars have a few plans in place for the game and they’re all expecting a full house which is a great ...

Mini Explorers on an Adventure

Posted: 2012-06-05 13:00:00 I normally wait until the end of the week for my blog post but so much happened over the long weekend that I thought it best to fill you in now. As I mentioned on Friday our Sales & Marketing team were out in Dublin Zoo and Fota Wildlife Park at the weekend promoting our Mini Explorers family breaks for the Summer. Although the weather was a bit temperamental over the weekend there was still a great turn out at both attractions and our Mini Explorers team were kept busy all weekend. Along with the goodies on the day, there were also competitions for family breaks in Carlton Hotels. The winners have yet to be announced so if you’ve entered, best of luck you could still be in with a chance!We got great feedback from the parents on our children’s club because we focu ...