Boost for lo­cal econ­omy with 30 new jobs

New Ross Standard - - FRONT PAGE - By DAVID LOOBY

THIRTY peo­ple are be­ing em­ployed at a new ho­tel which is open­ing its doors in New Ross in early De­cem­ber.

The Kennedy Bou­tique Ho­tel will trans­form the quay front of the town, adding around 90 beds to the area’s ac­com­mo­da­tion of­fer­ing, be­tween the ho­tel and its suites lo­cated nearby on North Quay.

Owned by busi­ness­man Wil­lie O’Leary from Rams­grange, the ho­tel is us­ing the Kennedy name to at­tract Amer­i­can and Ir­ish vis­i­tors in num­bers to the town.

Mar­ket­ing Man­ager Emma El­lis said the ho­tel will open in early De­cem­ber. Work started on the old Riverview Ho­tel on Au­gust 8. A bal­cony is presently be­ing built at the front of the ho­tel and the en­trance will be at the side on Lady Lane.

The 16 bed­room ho­tel in­cludes a pent­house with views over the River Bar­row. It features a steak­house called Yanks, Lady Lane Lounge bar fea­tur­ing mu­sic and ex­pertly made cock­tails, a cafe and tapas wine bar and has a func­tion room where carvery food will be served.

Ms El­lis said there has been a lot of in­ter­est in the ho­tel, adding that work is on­go­ing at pace to get it ready for the open­ing.

‘We are putting in two bal­conies; one at the front of the ho­tel and an­other to the rear. The front bal­cony is ac­cessed from Yanks restau­rant and will look out over the wa­ter. It gives New Ross a to­tally dif­fer­ent streetscape as there are not so many premises us­ing the wa­ter as a sell­ing point - (apart from the Dun­brody Vis­i­tor Cen­tre) - which is a shame.’

Ms El­lis said 30 peo­ple will be em­ployed in full and part time ca­pac­i­ties. ‘We have very lo­cal staff.’

She said: ‘We know the amount of Amer­i­cans who come to New Ross to see the famine ship and the Kennedy Homestead so we are ex­pect­ing many through our doors.’

She said the lux­u­ri­ous feel to the ho­tel will ap­peal to do­mes­tic and for­eign cus­tomers, adding that the carvery should prove a hit with lo­cal res­i­dents.

The Mar­shal Suite on the first floor is the func­tion room which can cater for par­ties of up to 70 peo­ple. Carvery food will be served here, as well as in the cafe. Named af­ter The Great­est Knight Wil­liam Mar­shal, who founded New Ross, the func­tion room draws on the Norman Way theme.

There will be easy lis­ten­ing mu­sic in Lady Lane Lounge, with a two to three piece band play­ing on cer­tain evenings.

Ms El­lis said the ho­tel will de­liver lux­ury and ad­ver­tise­ments are be­ing placed lo­cally and in­ter­na­tion­ally to at­tract cus­tomers in through its doors.

One of the rooms at the new Kennedy Bou­tique Ho­tel.

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