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Renowned Donegal hotelier takes up new role

Pictured in the foyer of the Manor House Hotel, are proprietors, Mary and Liam McKenna, as they welcome their new General Manager, Eamonn Gillespie (right), to his new post.*

Pictured in the foyer of the Manor House Hotel, are proprietors, Mary and Liam McKenna, as they welcome their new General Manager, Eamonn Gillespie (right), to his new post.

Well-known Donegal man, Eamonn Gillespie has recently been appointed as General Manager of the four-star Manor House Country Hotel, a member of the prestigious Manor House Hotels portfolio.

A native of Bruckless in south Donegal, Eamonn Gillespie spent 13 years as director of hospitality and excellence at the award-winning four-star Harvey’s Point Country Hotel on Lough Eske in Donegal Town where he was central to the hospitality strategy which resulted in the property being named the 2008 AA Hotel of the Year.

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With more than 20 years of hotel and fine dining experience gained in Australia, North America and many parts of Europe, Eamonn has held senior positions in some of Ireland’s finest hotel properties. After his term at Harvey’s Point, he worked on a consultative basis with the White Hotel Group before becoming general manager at The Central Hotel, Donegal Town and then general manager of the luxurious Crover House Hotel located on the picturesque shore of Lough Sheelin in Co. Cavan.

Speaking about his appointment, Eamonn Gillespie said that he was looking forward to bringing his international experience to bear as The Manor House Country Hotel continues to expand its leisure business, attracting guests from right across the island of Ireland, the UK and further afield.

“I am joining The Manor House Country Hotel at an exciting time.  The property enjoys an excellent reputation, something that is reflected in the number of awards the hotel has received over recent months,” said Eamonn Gillespie.

“I am really looking forward to working with the team, not just in continuing to deliver a level of service that exceeds all expectations, but also in attracting new leisure guests and raising the international profile of this unique property.”

Eamonn Gillespie’s international reputation also extends to his musical talents.  A founder of The Donegal Tenors, Eamonn has travelled extensively both as a compère and singer on board many luxury cruise liners sailing in the Caribbean, Mediterranean and Pacific regions.

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