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Sligo Park Hotel marks €4m investment with special event

Lee Hotels officially marked a €4m investment in its Sligo Park Hotel property on Thursday 21st March with a special business-themed event attended by more than 200 people including guest speaker, Irish rugby legend Brian O’Driscoll.

The event, which was called The Green Suite, also included special contributions from Failte Ireland’s Head of the Wild Atlantic Way, Miriam Kennedy and Drumshanbo Irish Gunpowder Gin founder PJ Rigney.

The Green Suite was organised by the Sligo Park Hotel to celebrate excellence in Irish business and introduce a national, regional and local business audience to the hotel’s comprehensive redesign and refurbishment. Originally established in 1970, the Sligo Park Hotel is a sister hotel of the Mespil Hotel in Dublin. The Sligo Park Hotel has over 100 employees.

Former Ireland and Lions captain Brian O’Driscoll was interviewed for almost an hour by broadcaster Eileen Magnier, with the ex-rugby player sharing his thoughts on leadership, performance and his varied new roles in business and media. Afterwards, O’Driscoll was presented with an impression of Sligo’s two iconic mountains; Benbulben and Knocknarea, in glazed ceramic. The piece was created by Sharlene Temple, the artist behind The Mermaid’s Purse.

Also interviewed on stage was PJ Rigney, founder of the Shed Distillery, who told the fascinating story of how he has built his Drumshanbo Gunpowder Irish Gin into a worldwide brand and spoke of his plans for the future with a new whiskey.

Guests also heard from Wild Atlantic Way head, Miriam Kennedy, who said millions of euro will be spent in the coming years to strengthen Sligo and the North West’s important position along the Wild Atlantic Way – and to encourage more visitors.

Music on the night was provided by TG4 Composer of the Year 2017, Michael Rooney, who was joined by fellow renowned local musicians June McCormack and Niamh Crowley.

Gerard Moore, General Manager of the Sligo Park Hotel, said: “We were honoured to have Brian O’Driscoll as guest speaker for the Sligo Park Hotel’s Green Suite event and a great pleasure to have PJ Rigney and Miriam Kennedy with us on the evening, representing two world-class brands.

“The theme of The Green Suite was leadership and excellence. These same principles were applied when we undertook a significant investment in the hotel to strongly position the Sligo Park Hotel to take full advantage of the increase interest in visiting Sligo for both business and leisure. There are exciting times ahead for the Sligo Park Hotel.”

Brian O’Driscoll said:“I was delighted to have been invited to be guest speaker at The Sligo Park Hotel’s Green Suite event, an evening recognising leadership and excellence in business, something that is of huge interest to me since my transition from rugby to the business world.”

Located on the edge of Sligo Town, in the Heart of Yeats’ Country, Sligo Park Hotel is set in quiet parkland and surrounded by some of Ireland’s most iconic scenic spots, ranging from the majestic Benbulben to the dramatic coastlines along the Wild Atlantic Way. Spectacular views are a feature of the hotel’s bedrooms.

The contemporary-style hotel has 136 bedrooms, including 46 Superior bedrooms and the Innisfree Suite in the private Lough Gill Wing. The hotel’s Hazelwood restaurant has an AA Rosette award. The entire ground floor of the hotel has been redesigned and refurbished, including the lobby, Jack B’s Bar, the Hazelwood restaurant, the Hazelwood and Mespil conference suites, the Health & Leisure Club and the main wedding room – the Sligo Park Suite.

Sligo Park Hotel also has dedicated conferencing and banqueting facilities, which can host up to 520 delegates. The hotel is 2.5 hours from Dublin and Belfast, two hours from Galway and one hour from Donegal.

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