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

Celebrating Irishness!

Posted: 2013-03-15 17:30:00 It’s here again, St. Patricks’ Day; the day the whole world celebrates Ireland with parades, green costumes, traditional Irish music and of course a few pints. Over the past few years we’ve seen that it’s not just people going green for Paddy’s Day but famous buildings are illuminated in green for the festival. This year, for the first time ever, the Pyramids of Giza and the Sphinx in Egypt will be illuminated green on St. Patrick’s Day. So will the Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; the “Welcome” sign in Las Vegas and the Little Mermaid in Copenhagen, Denmark. It’s great to see so many nationalities coming together to celebrate our country and in some cases their heritage. I’m sure most of the country ...

GAA at the Carlton Shearwater - By Guest Blogger Barry Kilroy

Posted: 2013-03-08 12:00:00 It has been a memorable few weeks here in Ballinasloe at the Carlton Shearwater Hotel with a historic win for the All-Ireland Ballinasloe Junior B team in Croke Park on Sunday the 24th of February. The Carlton Shearwater Hotel are the proud sponsors of the team and we even have a few of the team members working here at the hotel! The final will be remembered in years to come and I’m sure the question “which club played in Croke Park and forgot their jerseys” will be asked in many a local table quiz! The boys did themselves, the town and the county very proud in a convincing win over a strongly fancied Kenmare team.We are also glad to say we hosted UCC for the second time in a week on their voyage in retaining the Fitzgibbon cup that was won in Pearce stadium on ...

Wedding Winners

Posted: 2013-03-01 15:00:00 Our guest blogger Eveanna Ryan mentioned last week that we had the Apprentice Awards lunch on Thursday at the Carlton Shearwater Hotel. This is our third year running the search for the Carlton Apprentice and the candidates never fail to impress me with their abilities and determination. I would like to congratulate all the candidates this year with a special mention for the new Carlton Apprentice, Conchúr Finnegan. Conchúr gave a great acceptance speech at the awards lunch and I have no doubt he will make a great Apprentice for the Sales & Marketing team at the Carlton Hotel Blanchardstown.There was plenty of celebrating in the Carlton Hotel Blanchardstown at the weekend when they announced the winners of their Sunday World Dream Wedding Giveaway competition. A ...

Apprentice Awards Lunch - By Guest Blogger Eveanna Ryan

Posted: 2013-02-22 16:00:00 This week was very exciting for the team at the Carlton Hotel Blanchardstown as we attended our "Apprentice Prize Giving Lunch" at the Carlton Shearwater Hotel. Our Winning Apprentice Conchúr Finnegan was thrilled to pick up his prize and receive the acknowledgment of his hard work throughout the competition. Conchúr was joined by the two other apprentice competitors, Róisín Kearney and Mary Gibbons who also received their prizes. Conchúr will soon begin his apprenticeship in a sales and marketing role at the Carlton Hotel Blanchardstown and I know that he has the full support of the team here.  Also this week we were busy making our way through the overwhelming number of competition entries we had for our Sunday World Dream Wedding Giveawa ...

Valentines Day!

Posted: 2013-02-15 17:00:00 This week didn't get off to a great start following Ireland's defeat against England in the Aviva on Sunday. As much as I hate to admit it England were the better team on the day and deserved to win but its still hard to see Ireland lose. Hopefully they'll come back fighting in their game against France next Saturday. Of course it wasn't all bad news for Brian O'Driscoll on Sunday as his wife gave birth to their baby girl early that morning. Congratulations to Brian and his wife Amy on their new arrival!Of course the big focus this week was on Valentines Day on Thursday. Love it or hate it, Valentines Day cannot be avoided as all the shops, restaurants and hotels advertise their offers. Being in the hotel industry we love this holiday as it is one of our busiest for our hotels, r ...

Family Breaks in Tralee - By Guest Blogger Brigeen O'Sullivan

Posted: 2013-02-08 16:30:00 While we have been in the eye of a storm here in Tralee with gale force winds & torrential rain it has been perfect for some - and not just the ducks! Kerry welcomed the Red Bull Storm Chasers to the Maharees just outside Tralee last week. Ten of the world’s best windsurfers competed in winds of up to 137km per hour and 20 foot waves. It just goes to show even in rain or shine there is always something to do in Tralee! I am sure that with mid-term looming you are looking forward to having a break from routine - no more dashing around on the school run, lunch boxes or last minute searches for that elusive missing school shoe for a few days…….I am speaking from experience!! As a Mum to three young girls, I know what a challenge it can be to keep the ch ...

IASI Awards

Posted: 2013-02-01 17:30:00 For those of you that read last week’s blog you will have noticed that it featured a guest blogger, which I hope becomes a regular feature over the next few months. I will still be writing regularly but I will also give some of the managers and staff of our hotels the chance to fill you in on what’s going on in their properties. I hope you enjoy reading all the guest blogs and of course we always welcome your opinion on any of the posts.Last weekend the accommodation managers from some of our hotels attended the Irish Accommodation Services Institute (IASI) Supreme Awards in Clare. The Supreme Awards were presented by IASI President, Ines Guerra (who is also Accommodation Manager at the Carlton Dublin Airport) and Aoibhinn Garrihy from Fair City. The Carlton Dublin Ai ...