The Park Hotel in Dungarvan, Co. Waterford, is to undergo major changes in 2019 as a previously announced €500,000 investment begins to bear fruit, along with a new management structure being put in place.
Owned by the Flynn family, the Park Hotel is situated along the Waterford Greenway and employs 120 people from the local area, a figure which rises seasonally. The development of the greenway was a significant factor in the family's decision to reinvest in the property.
The project commenced in 2018 and is still underway with a team of staff driving the developments and working towards the goal to become a four star hotel.
The overhaul is already visible to guests with the hotel lobby, bedrooms and leisure centre having all received a makeover. Mid-2019 will see the launch of new ballroom. €200,000 was invested in the leisure centre to create a more comfortable and stylish setting for gym goers.
Declan Moriarty who has been General Manager of The Park Hotel for four years, said: “We have invested significantly in the hotel, improving our lobby, bedrooms and the leisure centre. Improvements will continue in the Garden Restaurant and our ballroom which will be launched in mid-2019.”
He continued, saying that: “Most importantly the investment has also seen the Park Hotel attract new talent and retain key members of staff who have been the hotel for many years.”
Alongside Managing Director Pierce Flynn, Moriarty has implemented a new management structure. The new appointments include Larry Bowe, a core member of the Park Hotel team for two years, takes over as Deputy General Manager; and Padraic Scully has coe on board as Executive Head Chef. Clodagh Hennebry, a long standing member of staff, has been promoted to Front Office Manager and local woman, Roisin Jordon, will spearhead the Food and Beverage Department.
The Flynn family group consists of The Imperial Hotel in Cork City, The Old Ground Hotel in Ennis, Co. Clare, and The Newpark Hotel in Kilkenny City.