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Following the success of last year's competition we decided to run another search for a Carlton Apprentice this year. The first task in the competition took place last weekend in shopping centres across Ireland as the Apprentices went head to head selling Carlton gift vouchers. The task was a great success and I'd like to congratulate all the Apprentices for their hard work and effort over the weekend. Unfortunately though not everyone can win and there were only four places in the next round. These four places went to Brian Brennan from the Carlton Shearwater Hotel, Louise Rennison from the Carlton Castletroy Park Hotel, Lorraine Crowley from the Carlton Hotel Blanchardstown and Clare Finn from the Carlton Millrace Hotel.

The final round of the competition began this week with each of the four finalists taking stands in shopping centres across the country. There's been a lot of support from their hotels as other members of staff have joined them on the stand decked out in everything from Santa hats to dog costumes. I won't give anything away yet but I can confirm they are all doing really well and at this stage it looks like anyone could win.

Also this week we had Tommy Tiernan returning to the Carlton Shearwater Hotel last night. I didn't make it down myself but I heard the night was a great success and the hotel were delighted to get the chance to host the event. This weekend the Christmas party season is in full swing around Carlton hotels as many of them are hosting Christmas party nights and private Christmas parties. It's definitely going to be a very busy weekend but I'm planning a quiet one myself in preparation for next weekend! But if you're having your Christmas party this weekend, have a good one!

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