Award for Bray ho­tel owner

Bray People - - DOWN THE YEARS -

THE owner of one of Bray's land­mark ho­tels has been named as 2004 ‘Done­gal Per­son of the Year.'

James McGet­ti­gan, the founder of the Re­gency Ho­tel Group which in­cludes the Royal Ho­tel in Bray, was re­cently un­veiled as the per­son of the year.

McGet­ti­gan, who was born in Kil­macren­nan in County Done­gal in 1937, started work as a young teenager in a lo­cal bar.

From there he went to Southamp­ton in Eng­land where he worked as a first class waiter aboard the QE1 at the age of 19.

He re­turned to Dublin eight years later and bought a pub in the city.

How­ever, it was in 1969 with the pur­chase of the Bag­got Inn that James be­came one of the city's most well-known busi­ness men.

Over the fol­low­ing 26 years, the Bag­got Inn be­came one of the most pop­u­lar mu­sic venues in the coun­try and fea­tured U2, Christy Moore, Brendan Grace and oth­ers be­fore they were fa­mous.

In the late 70s and early 80s, James pur­chased a string of ho­tels – in­clud­ing the Royal Ho­tel in Bray – which be­came the core of his Re­gency Ho­tel Group.

Im­prove­ment works at the Royal Ho­tel in Bray first started when the build­ing was pur­chased by McGet­ti­gan in 1985.

Later in 1994 a mod­ern leisure cen­tre was added.

Cur­rently, con­struc­tion work on ex­ten­sive ban­quet­ing and con­fer­ence fa­cil­i­ties as well as additional bed­rooms is draw­ing to a close and should be open to the pub­lic next month.

‘Life is still very busy. I would like to get in­volved in a few more projects with my fam­ily,' James McGet­ti­gan said.

‘Done­gal people don't re­tire – they just take life a lit­tle eas­ier,' he con­cluded.

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