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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.............

5th Birthday Celebrations!

Posted: 2012-06-01 12:00:00 I want to start by congratulating Ireland in their victory against Bosnia-Herzegovina last weekend. It was just a friendly match but it was great for the fans to watch Ireland win with a victory of 1-0 and we’ll hopefully be celebrating more victories in the Euros! Unfortunately we weren’t celebrating in the Rugby though because Leinster narrowly missed out on making it two in a row in the RaboDirect final as they were beaten 30-31 by the Ospreys. It was disappointing to lose but the team have done so well this year it has been a great season overall and sure there’s always next year. This week the Sales & Marketing team in head office have been busy preparing for the relaunch of our Mini Explorers campaign. The Carlton Group will have stands at Dublin Zoo ...

Cyclists in Westport

Posted: 2012-05-25 16:30:00 The cyclists from An Post Rás stopped off at the Carlton Atlantic Coast Hotel on Wednesday during their race around Ireland. The 2012 An Post Rás is an annual eight day, stage race around Ireland, taking place this week running from Sunday 20th to Sunday the 27th of May. The open racing style of The Rás pits amateur riders from county teams against international teams, allowing the best Irish amateur riders to take up the challenge and race against the professionals. The Rás has a worldwide reputation of being one of the more challenging tours in the elite international calendar. This is the second year An Post is sponsor of the celebrated Rás Tailteann and the Carlton Atlantic Coast Hotel were proud to host 12 teams for the event from all over ...

New Dublin Rose

Posted: 2012-05-21 16:00:00 The Dublin Rose selection night was on at the Carlton Hotel Blanchardstown at the weekend and the hotel was buzzing with excitement as a result! As I’m a judge for the Rose of Tralee Festival I can’t be involved in any of the other selection nights so I wasn’t at the hotel myself but from what I’ve heard it was a great night. On behalf of the Carlton Hotel Group I would like to congratulate Arlene O’Neill who was chosen as the 2012 Dublin Rose. I look forward to getting the chance to meet Arlene in August during the Rose of Tralee Festival. Now that it’s May the Rugby season is coming to an end but the GAA season is only just beginning. And we had a great start to the season for my home county Galway when we took on Roscommon on Sunday. Galway ...

Roses & Rugby

Posted: 2012-05-18 16:30:00 The preparations for this year’s Rose of Tralee are well under way and our marketing team have been working hard this week trying to decide on our PR campaign this year. It’s hard to believe that it’s our fifth year to be involved in the Rose of Tralee Festival. The Carlton Group PR campaigns have been very successful in the past with many people winning free rooms at Carlton Hotels. This year though we’re going with something different and I’m sure it will be very popular. I can’t reveal much about it yet but make sure to keep an eye on our Facebook page as we’ll be giving hints over the next few weeks.The Carlton Hotel Blanchardstown is full of activity this evening as the ever hopeful Dublin Roses are getting ready for the first round ...

Rugby News!

Posted: 2012-05-11 00:00:00 This week I’m all about rugby as I was at the Irish Rugby Union Players Association (IRUPA) player of the year awards ceremony on Wednesday night. The Awards were held at the Burlington Hotel and I attended with our Sports Sales Developer, Kevin West. One of the big winners on the night was Rob Kearney who won the coveted ‘Irish Player of the Year’ award as voted for by his peers. The highlights of the night for me were definitely Brad Thorn’s speech and of course getting the chance to chat to Ireland and Lions star Shane Byrne. It was a great night overall and a great chance to celebrate the stars of Irish rugby.Also this week the Carlton Hotel Galway City, who are proud hospitality sponsor of Connacht Rugby, were delighted with the news that Connacht wil ...

Connemara Mussel Festival

Posted: 2012-05-04 15:00:00 Last weekend was a great weekend for Irish rubgy with both Leinster and Ulster winning their respective games meaning this year’s Heineken Cup will be awarded to an Irish team. Leinster played a great game against Clermont in Bordeaux on Sunday and although it was a close call they managed to win with a score of 19 to Clermont’s 15. In other rugby news, this weekend our sponsored team North Kildare will be playing in the Kinsale Sevens and I’d like to take this opportunity to wish them the best of luck. They will be competing against rugby teams from all over the world and with over 150 games played throughout the weekend it’s sure to be a great event. Also this weekend, the Carlton Hotel Group are delighted to be sponsoring the 2012 Amateur Chef Competiti ...

Mini Explorers Club - Posted by Guest Blogger, Sophia Weir

Posted: 2012-04-27 17:30:00 This is the first time I’ve been invited to write on Michael’s blog so it’s probably best to start by introducing myself! I am the Director of Spa Operations for the Carlton Hotel Group and as part of my role I ensure that our Mini Explorers Clubs are available for you across 8 of our hotels, so you can have some well deserved ‘me time’. As we are coming into the summer months there is a particular focus on the club and we have lots of exciting plans to re-launch the campaign.Our Mini Explorers Children's Club has a strong healthy eating and exercising ethos with our emphasis being on mostly outdoors activities. We offer a wide variety of games & competitions focusing on using children’s imagination and further developing their social skill ...