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

Carlton Hotels and the Apprentice

Posted: 2010-09-17 17:30:00 As I’ve already mentioned we are responsible for the first task on TV3’s Apprentice this year and as a result I’ve had a very busy week. However, it has all been worth it and I’m really looking forward to Monday and meeting the contestants once again. Be sure to check out the show on TV3 at 8pm on Monday as there are definitely some very interesting twists this year and it is a must view show.The spin-off show, You’re Fired, is being filmed in the Wright Venue this year and is slightly different to last year though as it is being presented by Anton Savage. I’m really looking forward to meeting one of last year’s contestants, Geraldine, as I’ve heard she is joining me on the panel on Monday. I’m also eager to find out who Bill ...

Cannonball Run

Posted: 2010-09-10 12:00:00 I did mention on Monday that I had a very busy week ahead of me with a new project and I can now give details on what it is that has me so busy. The Carlton Hotel Group is responsible for the first task on this year’s Apprentice on TV3. We’ve been busy all week getting everything ready for the show which will be aired on Monday 20th of September so be sure to tune in to see me in action! We will also be running an exclusive sale on the day of the show which I will give you full details on next week.Last year I took part in the first year of the Canonball Run in aid of Barretstown and it was such a success that I signed up for it again this year. The event kicked off this morning with a very early 7am start at Merrion Square where there were a host of celebrities chara ...

Tipperary are All-Ireland Champions

Posted: 2010-09-06 10:00:00 What a day to be in Croke Park! Both the Minor and Senior Hurling matches yesterday were amazing to watch and the atmosphere at the stadium was even better. Kilkenny narrowly beat Clare to become All-Ireland Minor Hurling Champions, finishing the match on a two point lead. Tipperary crushed Kilkenny’s dreams of the five in a row when they beat them by eight points to become All-Ireland Senior Hurling Champions. It really was a great match to watch and Tipp deserved to win as they were the better team on the day.Another great event at the weekend was the Electric Picnic Festival in Laois. From the traffic on Friday evening it looked like there was a great turn out and from what I’ve heard it was an overall success again this year.I’ve a busy week ahead of me as w ...

All-Ireland Final

Posted: 2010-09-03 18:00:00 What an amazing week we’re having with the weather! As with every other year we got an Indian summer the week the kids go back to school. Unfortunately like many others I was inside working all week so I didn’t get to enjoy it but hopefully it’ll last for the weekend.The talking point this week has definitely been the All-Ireland Senior Hurling Final on Sunday. The Cats are determined to make it a five in a row but Tipperary are not going to give it away easily and will put up a fight for the title. Personally I think Tipp have a chance and for one thing the match will definitely be compelling viewing.I’m off out to enjoy what’s left of this weather but I’ll be back on Monday with my views on the match on Sunday. Enjoy your weekend! ...

GAA Weekend

Posted: 2010-08-30 10:00:00 It was a great weekend in GAA sports with three fantastic football matches taking place over Saturday and Sunday. On Saturday I was delighted to see Dublin beat Laois in the All-Ireland Ladies Senior Football Final in Carlow.It was a very disappointing day in Croke Park yesterday for both my native county Galway and my adopted county Kildare as they were both beaten. Galway lost to Cork by only one point in a very close All-Ireland Minor Football Semi-Final. And Kildare lost to Down in the All-Ireland Senior Football Semi-Final by another tight margin of only two points. I was at both matches myself and the atmosphere at the famous GAA venue was amazing. Although I was sorry to see Kildare and Galway lose I must say congratulations to both Down and Cork on their wins and best of ...

Kildare to Win!

Posted: 2010-08-27 17:00:00 Back in Dublin now and back to reality as the Rose of Tralee is now over. It’s been a busy week for us as we’ve hosted a lot of the events at our hotels. But I must say it was well worth it as the festival was a great success overall. I would like to say a big thank you to Thys Vogels and his team at the Carlton Hotel Tralee for looking after us all for the past few days.Now its time to focus on Kildare’s journey to the All-Ireland final of the Senior Football Championship! I was disappointed for Dublin last week as I do feel they deserved to beat Cork but unfortunately they let it go towards the end of the match. However, I’m convinced my adopted county Kildare have what it takes to beat Down on Sunday. I’ll definitely be watching the match on Sunda ...

Judging Duties Finished!

Posted: 2010-08-26 10:30:00 Tuesday night was a great success and I must admit the ‘socialising’ went on well into the wee hours this morning. However, the BBQ organised by Tralee County Council on Wednesday afternoon definitely helped to nurse a few sore heads!My official duties as a judge of the Rose of Tralee have now come to an end and I must say it was a great experience. It was my first time in Tralee for the entire festival and I would definitely recommend marking it in your calendar for next year as it really is a fantastic event. Unfortunately I had to head back home on Wednesday evening so I didn’t get to see Alexandra Burke perform. However, I did get to meet her and I found out the celebrity lifestyle isn’t as glamorous as you would think! After her live performance in th ...