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Catherine Reilly Celebrates 40 Year Legacy at Brendan Vacations

Catherine Reilly recently celebrated 40 years at the helm of Brendan Vacations, which she has steered – since 1984 – to become the leader in the area of Celtic tourism brands.

Leaders of the Irish tourism industry – including Eoghan O’Mara Walsh, CEO of the Irish Tourist Industry Confederation (ITIC), John McGrillian, CEO of Tourism Northern Ireland, Ruth Andrews, Chair of Fáilte Ireland, and Siobhan McManamy, Director of Markets at Tourism Ireland – gathered, earlier this month, at Merrion Square, Dublin to celebrate the 40-year career and exceptional contribution of Ms Reilly.

“We’re excited to be celebrating Catherine Reilly’s extraordinary 40-year journey with Brendan Vacations, The Travel Corporation, and Ireland. In 2006, Catherine skillfully revived Brendan’s Celtic essence and later was an integral part in the restoration of the iconic Ashford Castle,” says Gavin Tollman, CEO of TTC Tour Brands.

“As a fitting tribute to her legacy, a tree will be planted in Merrion Square Park, symbolizing her past, present, and future, and her successful blending of business with a profound love for the nation. As we mark her enduring legacy, Catherine stands as a beacon of integrity and wisdom—a leader who has made a profound difference with humility.”

Ms Reilly expressed her gratitude for the incredible journey she has had, highlighting the challenges and rewards of four decades in the travel industry. Her passion for showcasing her homeland to the world and commitment to sustainability has left an indelible mark on Brendan Vacations and the Irish tourism industry.

“How lucky am I to have my family here, to work with and be supported by my Brendan team, our TTC family, and my industry colleagues, many of whom I’ve known forever and have become so intertwined with my life, they have morphed into kin,” she said.





Geoff Percival
Geoff Percival
Geoff has worked in business, news, consumer and travel journalism for more than 25 years; having worked for and contributed to the likes of The Irish Examiner, Business & Finance, Business Plus, The Sunday Times, The Irish News, Senior Times, and The Sunday Tribune.

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