Top Trends on CATEX Table
CATEX, Ireland’s largest foodservice and hospitality event, returns to the RDS, Simmonscourt from Tu...

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Fellowship for Brian
Brian Bowler of the Montenotte Hotel, Cork was presented with an IHI Fellowship by Michael Mallon, c...

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Paul's Lifetime Achievement
Paul Boksberger was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the IHI Founders Banquet

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Helen is a Fellow
Helen Fahy, head of quality and culture at The Doyle Collection receives her IHI Fellowship from Mic...

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Top Trends on CATEX Table
Fellowship for Brian
Paul's Lifetime Achievement
Helen is a Fellow


'Open' Heading for Portrush

Plans are advanced to bring the British Open Golf Championship to Portrush in 2019.


The 'Major' tournament wpuld provide a tourism bonanza for NorthernnIreland
Royal Portrush captain Richard McLaughlin has hailed the impact of Northern Ireland's Major winners in the decision to bring the Open Championship back to the country.
The tournament was last held at the north coast links back in 1951 and McLaughlin believes that the course's addition to the championship rota, with a view to hosting again in 2019, was inspired by the success of Rory McIlroy, Graeme McDowell and Darren Clarke.

Stefan Joins Delphi

Delphi Adventure Resort & Spa has appointed much-travelled Stefan Matz as Executive Head Chef. The arrival of the gifted chef, who established his reputation in Connemara in the 1990s, when he ran the wonderful Erriseask House Hotel at Ballyconneely with his brother Christian, and who has since delighted diners at Ashford Castle for 11 years is an exciting change for Ireland’s Leading Adventure Resort & Spa.
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Eoghan to Head ITIC

The Irish Tourist Industry Confederation  has appointed Eoghan O’Mara Walsh as Chief Executive.


 Eoghan has a distinguished career in tourism having previously been Managing Director of O’Mara Travel Ltd and of Heritage Island Ltd, and is currently Managing Director of O’Mara Consultancy Ltd.  In his earlier career he was Procurement Executive with Diageo in London and Dublin.
 Eoghan takes up his new position in September on the retirement of the present Chief Executive, Eamonn McKeon.

Cork Clarion for Sale

Cork City’s Clarion Hotel is for sale with an asking price of €30m.


With 191 bedrooms, it’s the largest hotel in Cork .
 Given those occupancy levels, bed rates, and profitability plus positioning, this long-awaited Nama hotel sale offer is expected to attract widespread interest. 
Joint selling agents, Savills and JLL, say that the Clarion is “the leading hotel in Cork”, and note it has 25 years to run on a lease to Merzolt Ltd; it is operated by the Choice Hotels Group under the four-star Clarion brand, with an annual rent of €2.4m.

Aer Lingus Profits Fall

Operating profit at Aer Lingus fell almost 11 per cent in the second quarter of the year as costs rose, offsetting an increase in revenue.
The airline said passenger revenue from its mainline operations was €2.8 million in the three months to June 30th, a 1 per cent rise compared with the same quarter in 2014. Overall revenue rose 7 per cent to almost €469 million during the three month period. However, fuel costs rose by 14 per cent to €118 million, while the company was also hit by adverse foreign exchange movements. 
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