• Cyril McAree

New General Manager For Glenlo Abbey Hotel, Galway

Glenlo Abbey has recently appointed new General Manager, Rónán O’Halloran.

Galway native, Rónán brings with him, a wealth of knowledge and flair with years of experience on the Irish 5* hotel scene. A graduate of Hotel Management at Shannon College of Hotel Management (Diploma in International Hotel Management) and a Bachelor of Commerce Accounting Degree from NUIG, Rónán spent his formative training years in Switzerland and Miami. After completing his college training, Rónán started at the prestigious K Club as Assistant Rooms Division Manager and from there headed to the midlands as Front Office Manager at Radisson Blu, Athlone. Moving to Dublin Rónán spent 5 years at the renowned, Westbury Dublin starting initially as Assistant Operations Manager then promoted to Front Office Manager. In November 2015 Rónán joined MHL Hotel Collection where he started as Director of Rooms at InterContinental Dublin.

Rónán O’Halloran hails from Oughterard, Co. Galway with tourism running through its veins. It was an easy transition for Rónán, growing up in this tourism-lead town where his passion for the hospitality industry was formed when he took a part-time summer job at a local hotel, receiving a hands-on insight into the operational side of the hotel and he was hooked!

“It is such an infectious industry, I loved the camaraderie with colleagues, the pressure when it was busy, the attention to detail when setting a room for a large function, where everything had to be perfect. That’s where I caught the hospitality bug’ said Rónán. It is with this passion and skill set that Rónán was headhunted to takeover the position of General Manager at Glenlo Abbey. “We are delighted to welcome Rónán home to Galway and welcome his invaluable input over the coming years as Glenlo Abbey Hotel continues to develop with the focus primarily on guests experiences” said John & Marie Lally, Owners.

Rónán’s vision for Glenlo is simple – “I want to draw on my own local background to deliver a pure slice of West of Ireland hospitality to all who come through our gates. Whether that be the friendly, genuine Ceád Míle Fáilte on arrival, or the provenance of the food on our menus, where we are constantly trying to source and use the best local ingredients we have available. We are well positioned to truly offer a warm, personable and luxurious experience; important ingredients for a getaway break, special event and celebrations for our domestic and international guests. I want to elevate all these experiences, making Glenlo Abbey Hotel one of the best 5* hotels in the Country”.

With any new job, Rónán’s work life is hectic but he manages to balance it with his beautiful young family and spends his downtime with wife Martina and children Aoibhinn (3) and Rían (20 months old). When things settle down work-wise for Rónán he’d like to find some spare time to indugle his passion for all things GAA, and can often be found shouting at the TV when Galway are playing! Thankfully Sky plus was invented and allows him to watch the games back; it’s a particular skill to spend the day at work and not find out the result to the game, especially if it’s a big one!

For details visit www.glenloabbeyhotel.ie

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