- General Manager
Since graduating from DIT’s School of Hospitality Management and Tourism over 23 years ago, I have embraced the industry whole heartedly. Previously Deputy General Manager at Dromoland Castle, I have now been General Manager of Ashford Castle since May 2002. I am responsible for the day to day running of our iconic 82 bedroom castle. Continually ensuring we meet international standards of excellence I have a constant guest focus and am always seeking to find new and innovative ways to excel. I’m highly motivated and thrive on the continual challenges the business offers. I am proud to have been awarded Hospitality Manager of the Year 2013 sponsored by The Irish Times. Together with my dedicated and passionate team we provide genuine and generous Irish hospitality on a grand scale.
- Executive Chef
I was delighted to join Ashford Castle as Executive Chef in May 2015 and am honoured to take up the reins at this time. I plan to bring the customer back on a journey of discovery of land and sea, to redefine the old classic recipes with some additional French flair. With over 25 years of fine dining experience in some of the most prestigious hotels and restaurants in Ireland and in Europe I have a 'French heart' in love with the abundance of Irish produce. I plan to introduce Ashford Castle’s own “Potager” kitchen garden in the grounds of the property over the coming months. This will supply the castle’s kitchens with the freshest herbs, fruit and vegetables grown in the Connemara soil.
- Rooms Division Manager
After completing Hotel Management in DIT Cathal Brugha Street, I started in Front Office at Ashford Castle in 1997, making my way to Housekeeping and now Rooms Division Manager, with my primary role being Guest Care. The Castle, our guests and the team here make Ashford a very special place to work and I truly enjoy every day - ensuring guests’ comfort and needs are anticipated and nothing is left in doubt requires a keen attention to detail, and the warmth and friendliness of our guests make my job an absolute pleasure.
- Bar & Lounge Manager
My love affair with Ashford Castle begun in 2000 when I joined the team at the prestigious George V Dining Room. I am now proud to be the Manager of the Prince of Wales Cocktail Bar & The Drawing Room, providing a welcoming space for guests to relax and enjoy their favourite tipple, light bite or a pint of Guinness! Originally from The Philippines, it was not difficult for me to find Ashford as my “home away from home” because at its core it fosters good family values, ethics and the importance of working as a team. With this culture at everyone’s heart, every single guest feel at home and we strive to exceed our guests' expectations at every opportunity.
- Director of Sales & Marketing
It has been an absolute privilege to be Director of Sales & Marketing at the legendary Ashford Castle, for over 25 years. I am proud to represent the wonderful Ashford family and since joining RCH in June 2013, two families have become one. My role is to connect our guests, clients and agents with the operational team, in a smooth and efficient manner to ensure that each guest has a truly memorable experience. Our team are warm, compassionate, caring, genuine and enthusiastic about delivering and living the Red Carnation ethos of our company “No request too large, no detail too small”.
- Director of Operations
Before my move to Ashford Castle, I gained experience in the luxury hotel market in London as Food & Beverage Manager at the Hyatt Regency and most recently as the Director of Food & Beverage at The Connaught Hotel. The Food & Beverage offering at Ashford Castle encompasses a number of unique experiences and I am very excited to join the team with a pivotal role in one of the world’s top luxury hotels. In the hospitality industry, we all strive for excellence when it comes to providing the best for our guests, so I am delighted to be working with a team who are constantly recognised for exceeding guest expectations. I look forward to using my expertise in order to provide world class hospitality so that we can continue to go from strength to strength.
- Restaurant and Wine Program Manager
I have worked at Ashford Castle since 1987 - starting as a Chef de Rang before quickly moving through the ranks as Room Service Manager, Sommelier and now as Restaurant Manager of the George V Dining Room and Wine Program Manager. Ashford Castle has been an icon for Irish hospitality with a wonderful food and wine experience for nearly 75 years. I feel the Tollman family and Red Carnation Hotels have awoken a sleeping giant with the purchase, refurbishment and enhancement of the entire Ashford Castle Estate. Myself and the team at the George V Dining Room look forward to providing guests with even more memorable moments at Ashford Castle in the future.
- Director of Food & Beverage
My knowledge of food stems from a numerous positions from an early age in the Chef’s Brigade, including my internship at Raymond Blanc’s Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons at age 17. I also have a background in front of house positions, having learnt my trade as a Footman at The Royal Household. Before Ashford Castle, I worked at Mosimann’s in London, where I oversaw the events team who operate 300 events a year, including being the official hospitality at Guards Polo Club. My experience has also included a number of Official Royal Functions.
I am excited to have joined the fabulous team at Ashford Castle, a property steeped in history and carefully restored to its former glory. It is a hotel admired by many in the industry as well as its returning guests. I look forward being one of the custodian’s that have the pleasure to provide guests with lasting memories.