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

Kinsale Gourmet Festival

Posted: 2010-10-08 17:00:00 I’ve had another very busy week this week splitting my time between Dublin and Ballinsloe for the events at the October Fair. There has been a lot happening this week and the Rose of Tralee Clare even made an appearance in Ballinasloe at the Carlton Shearwater’s Fashion Show on Wednesday night.This weekend I hope to make it to the Kinsale Gourmet Festival as it always proves to be a great weekend with plenty to do around the town. Kinsale is known for being the ‘Gourmet Capital’ of Ireland and this festival definitely shows some of the reasons for this title. Saturday is sure to be the highlight of the festival with an escourted tour of the eleven members of the Kinsale Good Food Circle. All the members will present dishes from their kitchens bearing testi ...

Apprentice Week 3

Posted: 2010-10-05 12:00:00 The task for this week’s Apprentice on TV3 was set by Lucozade to promote their new ‘Lucozade Sport Lite’ drink. The task was a marketing task whereby each team had to create a marketing campaign for the new drink with a billboard ad and slogan. Bill mixed the two teams up and added an extra twist by selecting the project managers for the task himself. He chose Caroline for team Fusion and Panos for team Elev8 as he felt both candidates had fallen under the radar for the previous two tasks. In my opinion neither of the two billboards produced were very innovative and Fusion’s made no sense with the camel in the picture. However, I do think they thought outside the box a bit more than Elev8 but ultimately it didn’t work for the client. Elev8 chose a l ...

Fish Restaurant Launch Night

Posted: 2010-10-04 12:30:00 Following a busy week in Dublin I travelled to Westport on Thursday afternoon to attend the official launch of the Fish Restaurant at the Carlton Atlantic Coast Hotel. On arrival I met the team, all brimming with excitement ahead of the big night they had planned. It didn’t disappoint, with Bibi Baskin as MC on the night entertaining the crowd at every opportunity.There were plenty of things going on around the hotel throughout the evening and it was great to see everyone taking part. The lobby was full of people receiving complimentary hand massages from the new Ayurvedic therapists while everyone else was in our Fish Restaurant trying complimentary tasters of their new menu. I didn’t partake in the massage myself as I was too busy trying all the fresh fish on offer! ...

Ballinasloe October Fair

Posted: 2010-10-01 14:00:00 As you know I was asked to judge the Queen of the Fair in Ballinasloe last week and I must say I had a great time doing it. It was brilliant to get the chance to reprise my role as a judge following my experience on this year’s Rose of Tralee. For this judging role I was joined by Michael Fitzsimons from Failte Ireland, Cathleen Croffy from the Fair committee and former queen of the fair Elaine White. Although all of the applicants were excellent, I and my fellow judges all agreed to crown Hannah Kelly as the Queen of the Fair 2010.  As one of the oldest festivals in Ireland, I’m sure Hannah will have a busy week ahead of her as queen of the Ballinasloe October Fair. The fair starts this Saturday morning and runs until Sunday 10th of October with plenty of events ...

Apprentice Week 2

Posted: 2010-09-28 11:30:00 Along with the majority of the population I tuned in to TV3 to watch the Apprentice last night and the show as always didn’t disappoint! Last night saw Unislim and Today FM come together to set this week’s task for the candidates. The objective of the task was to create a menu using the Unislim guidelines and then create a radio ad on Today FM to market the Unislim plan. I thought the task itself wasn’t too difficult and with a little bit of planning the teams should do very well in it. I couldn’t have been more wrong!Although the girl’s team did win the task it was definitely a case of the lesser of the two evils as neither team really deserved to win. What let the girls down was their menu as it was not innovative enough and was not presented well. ...

Apprentice Feedback!

Posted: 2010-09-24 16:30:00 I did know this week was going to be a busy one but I wasn’t quite prepared for the amount of feedback we received on the Apprentice. Following the show on Monday night, we were inundated with calls from our business partners and customers congratulating myself and the Carlton Group on a great task. We were delighted and thankful to receive such a positive response to the show.I was also very impressed with the show and the portrayal of the Carlton Group on it plus I had a great time doing the spin-off show ‘You’re Fired’ on Monday night. I was a fan of Geraldine’s last year so it was great to meet her in person and I think Anton did a great job as presenter. I do believe Bill made the right decision on the night but I must say commiserations to Caha ...

Busy Week Ahead!

Posted: 2010-09-20 17:30:00 I must start by saying congratulations to Cork on their win against Down in the All-Ireland Senior Football Final yesterday. It was a close call with Down leading for most of the match but they were beaten by one point in the end which made for compelling viewing.I have a very busy week ahead of me starting tonight with the filming of ‘You’re Fired’ at the Wright venue where we’ll get to see who Bill Cullen’s first victim was. Then I have an early start tomorrow with an appearance on TV3’s Ireland AM first thing, where I’m really looking forward to get the chance to discuss the show again.Once I leave the studio I’ll be heading down to Athy to visit the National Ploughing Championships. This is the second year in a row that they&rsq ...