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Marie Chawke’s Announced As Director of Business Development At Dromoland

The five star Dromoland Castle Hotel and Estate are today excited to announce the appointment of distinguished hotelier, Marie Chawke. In November, Marie will be joining the 5 Star team at one of the world’s most iconic Hotels, Dromoland Castle, in Co. Clare.

Off the back of Dromoland Castle’s recent €20 million castle and estate renovation investment, as well as an incredibly successful summer period, Castle management were keen to find a skilled professional, well known in the luxury travel and tourism markets, who would represent the character & integrity of the Dromoland experience and continue to drive this business success.

With an outstanding hotel career path behind her and a proven ability to enhance the daily hotel operations in a demanding 5 star environment, Marie is the latest addition to an already prominent and loyal Castle team.

Speaking about embarking on her new role, Marie Chawke said; “I have been looking for an opportunity to work within a team dedicated to excellence and delivering exceptional experiences to guests, and am understandably thrilled to be joining the Internationally renowned, prestigious and much loved Dromoland Castle. “

“Over the years I have had the opportunity to observe their commitment to excellence from close quarters and I also worked here while studying at the Shannon College of Hotel Management. When I received the call from the Managing Director Mark Nolan, I was very excited. The Director of Sales, John Hehir is legendary in the industry and I am really looking forward to working with him and the wonderfully experienced team throughout the resort.“ With a distinguished 25 years’ experience and lifelong passion for the hospitality industry, Marie brings with her an enthusiastic and creative approach to the luxury hotel business.

Marie is not the only well-known Irish hospitality personality to be returning to a former position in Dromoland Castle. This year also sees the return of renowned Irish hospitality managers Sé Gardiner & Noreen Fenton. Sé Started his fulltime career at Dromoland Castle in 1990 as a Duty Manager gaining valuable experience in all departments of the Hotel, with special interest in guest engagement and Food and Beverage departments. Sé was appointed Assistant Manager of Dromoland Castle in 2009. He then decided to leave Dromoland Castle in 2013 to manage La Réserve Brasserie, a very popular French brasserie in Ranelagh, Dublin 6. Sé returns to his roots in the Caste this year to take on a restaurant management role in the famed Earl of Thomond.

Commenting on his return to Dromoland Castle Sé said; “My experience in Dromoland Castle has always had a massive influence on both my life and career. I am really looking forward to re-joining the Dromoland Castle team, who are as close as family to me”.

Noreen as she says in her own words “grew up in Dromoland”. She started as a Trainee Manager in 1990 and has now returned to the role of Rooms Division Manager in The Castle. In 2013 Noreen took time out with her husband to open a restaurant in Ennis and after 4 years running her own business with her husband she has decided to return to where it all begin for her back at Dromoland. Noreen is delighted to return to the Castle as she says “I am one among a large group of people in the Hotel with a long service record – this I attribute to the wonderful people that make up our staff, the beautiful, majestic, historic building we have the pleasure of working in every day and the fact that no two days are the same – our work is ever changing which makes it challenging and exciting – we are constantly developing and improving our product to deliver the best service and experiences for all of our guests – we meet incredibly fascinating people, exceptional characters, the ‘rich & famous’ and take it all in our stride - all in a day’s work!!”

Dromoland Castle remais the epitome of timeless elegance, taking its rightful place amongst the great hotels of the world. The dedicated staff of Dromoland Castle have generations of experience offering legendary service and the highest of standards at all times. Their genuine warm welcome, professionalism and commitment to offering the very best levels of service and luxury to every Dromoland guest is unrivalled.


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