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

Tralee Triathlon - By Guest Blogger Sarah Brosnan

Posted: 2013-05-03 15:30:00 The Tralee Triathlon will be held here on 29th June and the Carlton Hotel Tralee is partnered as the premier place to stay for the event. So, needless to say it is important for all involved that registration levels are high. “How can we help?” I asked at a planning meeting. The next thing I knew was I was being handed a wetsuit, “See you on Wednesday down at the Canal” Jim Breen, Founder of TriGrandPrix replied. “The launch will take place there... the most effective photos will be those ones of us jumping in to the canal so we can dispel any myths of the quality of the water as well as raise the event's profile”.   I walked out of that meeting in a daze... what had just happened in there? Why didn't I decline the request? The next ...

Carlton Group in Cornell

Posted: 2013-04-26 17:30:00 This week the Carlton Group went stateside as three of our managers travelled to Cornell University in New York! Declan Curtis & Eveanna Ryan from the Carlton Blanchardstown and Barry Kilroy from the Carlton Shearwater Hotel were there for one of their modules on Fáilte Ireland’s Executive Management Programme. The programme is now in its eighth year and is designed in conjunction with Cornell University. At the Carlton Group we have seen many of our employees, at both group and hotel levels, complete this course over the eight years and it has been a real benefit to them and to us as a hotel group. I’m looking forward to seeing what this year’s participants have learned and how they apply it to their hotels.In other Carlton new this week, the Carlton ...

Corporate Night in Dublin - By Guest Blogger Aoife Smyth

Posted: 2013-04-19 16:00:00 There has been a lot happening in the Carlton Hotel Dublin Airport since I spoke to you last. Firstly we are delighted to welcome our new sous chef, Kenneth Olivarius, who joins us from Harvest Grill and Tapas House in Longford. With his training in the Art Institute of New York City, Kenneth already impresses us with his enthusiasm and innovation in the kitchen. Watch out for some new delicious dishes in Kittyhawks Bistro!Last Thursday saw our first corporate night of 2013. Corporate clients from across the capital joined us as we brought some of sunny Spain to the hotel for our Latin Sensation Night. The evening kicked off with refreshing Mojitos, Sangria and delicious Spanish tapas food prepared by Kenneth. After being wined and dined, guests then enjoyed entertainment from Sa ...

Galway Rose Selection Night

Posted: 2013-04-12 17:00:00 It has been quite a busy week for our hotels with plenty going on around the country which is great to see. It always tends to get much busier from Easter onwards – all we need now is for the weather to improve and we’re all set! One of the big events over the weekend was the Galway Rose Selection Night at the Carlton Shearwater Hotel. The county selection nights are always great events and I know the hotels love getting the chance to host them. Since I became a Rose of Tralee judge I haven’t been able to attend the selection nights but the hotel’s sales manager, Michelle Ryan, was more than able to step into my shoes on the judging panel! She was joined on the panel by 2010 Rose of Tralee, Clare Kambamettu, 2012 Galway Rose, Anna de Paor and 2010 Escort C ...

Easter in Westport - By Guest Blogger Garrett McGuinness

Posted: 2013-04-05 17:34:00 All has been busy in the Carlton Atlantic Coast and indeed beautiful Westport for the Easter Period. While temperatures have been below the norm, we have been fortunate to have blue skies and sun for most days, allowing guests to take advantage of the fantastic Green Way Cycle path to Achill or climb Croagh Patrick. Regular guests with us,  Mr & Mrs Reddy, said that in the last 5 years returning to the hotel, it was the first year that they got to the summit of Croagh Patrick and were able to enjoy the amazing views on offer due to the fantastic clear skies…..long may it last!With all of our Mini Explorers on holiday, there were plenty of activities taking place, with the annual on-site Easter egg hunt proving a big hit…….thankfully the Easter Bunny ...

Launch of Tralee Central Hotel

Posted: 2013-03-29 16:50:00 It’s been strange one this week as we’ve been preparing for the busy Easter period in our hotels but the weather makes it feel more like we should be preparing for Christmas! Thankfully though the snow hasn’t stopped families from travelling and our hotels are very busy with Mini Explorer breaks for the next two weeks. Our hotels have always been popular for family breaks and parents love our Mini Explorer’s Club as it allows them to relax and enjoy a spa treatment or meal while their kids are having plenty of fun in our club. Last night I was delighted to be able to attend the official launch of Tralee Central Hotel, formerly the Abbey Gate Hotel. The hotel became a partner hotel of the Carlton Group in 2012 and following some renovation work we decided t ...

A Meal with a View - By Guest Blogger Dean Diplock

Posted: 2013-03-22 17:00:00 As the head chef at the Carlton Hotel Kinsale I make sure to source local, seasonal produce to use on all our menus.  I like to blend the best that North, South, East and West Cork has to offer, and showcase these products on all our menus. With Kinsale being the Gourmet Capital of Ireland and West Cork known as the bread basket of the country, producing some of the finest artisan produce, I like to showcase as much of this to our local and international guests alike To get the staff more involved I have started taking my Chefs and the Front of House staff on Farm to Fork tours. I have posted some of the photos of our trips on our Facebook page so make sure to check it out for more information on what we’ve been up to!  We are launching our new menus this wee ...