Wed­ding show­case at Glen­side on 28th Sept

Fingal Independent - - NEWS -

AOGÁN and Karen Dunne are ex­tremely ex­cited to have re­cently be­come proud new own­ers of the Glen­side Ho­tel, Dublin Road, Drogheda. They took over the ho­tel at the end of April this year and have since been very busy not only with the daily op­er­a­tions of the ho­tel but also with ac­tion­ing their over­all plan for the ho­tel go­ing for­ward.

With over twenty years’ ex­pe­ri­ence in the Hos­pi­tal­ity In­dus­try, this lo­cal cou­ple are no strangers to the ho­tel busi­ness and are said to be thrilled with their new pur­chase. The Glen­side Ho­tel is a long es­tab­lished ho­tel op­er­at­ing since 1968. This 17 bed­room ho­tel has a strong rep­u­ta­tion for its food and warm fam­ily wel­come. The cou­ple are look­ing for­ward with pride and ex­cite­ment at the prospect of de­vel­op­ing the Glen­side into a bou­tique style ho­tel that will be a ma­jor player in the wed­ding and leisure mar­ket in East Meath, Drogheda and North County Dublin.

Karen and Aogán are well known in the lo­cal­ity hav­ing opened their first busi­ness at thes­pire Restau­rant in Duleek in Au­gust 2013. Since it’s open­ing thes­pire has be­come in­creas­ingly pop­u­lar in the area as a restau­rant and a venue for spe­cial oc­ca­sions. They also own and man­age a café, The Franklyn Café in Dun­leer, Co. Louth. Aogán has man­aged many pres­ti­gious ho­tels in re­cent years in County Mon­aghan, Meath and Dublin. He served as Chair­per­son of the Mourne Boyne Lakes Branch of the IHF, sec­re­tary of the Cham­ber of Com­merce in Bal­brig­gan and a board mem­ber of the Drogheda Cham­ber of Com­merce. Karen qual­i­fied with a Masters De­gree in In­ter­na­tional Mar­ket­ing from the Univer­sity of Lim­er­ick in 2002 af­ter fin­ish­ing her BA in Busi­ness Man­age­ment. She worked in Front of House and Sales & Mar­ket­ing for many es­tab­lished ho­tels in Le­in­ster. Karen has been at the fore­front of mar­ket­ing and run­ning of thes­pire Restau­rant in Duleek since Au­gust 2013. The cou­ple got mar­ried in 2009 and have four lit­tle boys.

The new own­ers of the Glen­side have kept all ex­ist­ing staff mem­bers and are hon­our­ing all book­ings and vouch­ers. “From the first time we heard the Glen­side was up for grabs we were ex­cited about the op­por­tu­nity. It is in a fan­tas­tic lo­ca­tion just min­utes out­side the town of Drogheda and in the heart of the Boyne Val­ley Re­gion” said Aogán. The Glen­side name has been around for a long time and has al­ways been the place to go for spe­cial oc­ca­sions and gath­er­ings. Karen, her­self even cel­e­brated her own Con­fir­ma­tion here amongst many other fam­ily oc­ca­sions!

Hav­ing vis­ited the ho­tel in the early days of the pur­chase Karen and Aogán got a real sense of a warm wel­come and can do at­ti­tude from the staff. This is a price­less qual­ity in hos­pi­tal­ity and an es­sen­tial in­gre­di­ent in de­liv­ery of an ex­cep­tional ser­vice in our in­dus­try. They would like to thank the man­age­ment and staff for the warm wel­come they re­ceived and their pa­tience with the changeover of own­er­ship. The cou­ple are con­fi­dent that they can de­velop the Glen­side name even fur­ther and with in­vest­ment and their hos­pi­tal­ity ex­pe­ri­ence they be­lieve the Glen­side will be­come a flag­ship prop­erty in the lo­cal ho­tel in­dus­try.

The cou­ple will invest heav­ily in the Glen­side over the next 10 years and have al­ready be­gun re­fur­bish­ments on the bed­rooms. They are in the process of im­ple­ment­ing a brand new bou­tique look to the bed­rooms and have added a unique Sales Suite which will be used ex­clu­sively for meet­ing with po­ten­tial wed­ding cou­ples. They have also launched their brand new web­site with de­tails of their new and ex­cit­ing wed­ding and party pack­ages. They are host­ing their wed­ding show­case evening on Thurs­day 28th Septem­ber. Don’t for­get to check out their Face­book page for up­com­ing events and spe­cial offers.


Karen and Aogán Dunne, new pro­pri­etors of the Glen­side Ho­tel.

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