Adare Manor, one of Ireland’s foremost five-star castle properties set on an historic 840-acres estate in Adare, County Limerick, is delighted to announce the appointment of Brendan O’Connor as General Manager.
With over 18 years’ experience in the global premium hospitality industry, Brendan joined the Adare Manor team in 2015 as Director of Food and Beverage. Prior to this, he held senior management roles with a host of prestigious hotels around the world, including Ritz Carlton Grand Cayman, Sheen Falls Hotel in Kerry and the Waldorf Astoria in New York. Brendan has also held senior hospitality management roles during Summer and Winter Olympic Games giving him a depth of experience with high profile sporting occasions. Adare Manor is due to host the prestigious Ryder Cup in 2027.
During his time at Adare Manor, Brendan has led the Food and Beverage team in successfully reopening the hotel in 2017 following an extensive restoration, refurbishment and expansion project. In 2018, Brendan was promoted to the position of Resident Manager encompassing a number of operational areas including the Rooms Division, Facilities, Security and The Spa at Adare Manor. His worldwide management experience and achievements to date at Adare Manor ensure he is well placed to deliver the truly memorable and unique guest experience synonymous with Adare Manor.
Welcoming the appointment, CEO of Adare Manor, Colm Hannon, said: “On behalf of our Adare Manor family, I am delighted to announce the appointment of Brendan O’Connor as our new General Manager. Brendan has been part of the Adare Manor story since 2015 when he first joined us and has made a significant contribution in key departments during this time. We are delighted to make an internal promotion for this position, which is an encouragement to all our team that with hard work, enthusiasm, and commitment you can achieve your goals. We all look forward to working with Brendan and we strive to take Adare Manor from strength to strength over the coming years.”
In a further elevation of the guest experience, Adare Manor has recently completed an innovative new 21,000 sq ft activity centre on the estate which has expanded their array of wellness, leisure, and sporting pursuits. The Padel Club features Ireland’s first custom-built indoor padel courts, capitalising on the popularity of padel as the fastest growing sport in Europe, as well as a host of new activities including: a 17-metre swimming pool; state-of-the-art gym with peloton bikes and water rower; and, a sports simulation room for guests to try their hand at a host of sports such as golf, baseball, hockey, soccer and footgolf.
Last month, for the second consecutive year, Adare Manor was named ‘Ireland’s Leading Hotel’ in the globally renowned World Travel Awards 2020. In October, it also received three awards at the 2020 World Golf Awards which encompasses thousands of votes from golfers in 129 countries. For the second year running it won ‘Ireland’s Best Hotel’ and ‘Ireland’s Best Golf Course’ for its championship parkland golf course while The Carriage House at Adare Manor won ‘World’s Best Golf Clubhouse’ for the first time.