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Phelan good returning home

by Edited by Jimmy Rhatigan

A SEASONED hospitality professional, Andrew Phelan has been appointed General Manager at the 5-Star Lyrath Estate. 

Andrew has enjoyed a stellar career of over 30 years and has held senior positions in some of Europe’s finest hotels and resorts including Mount Juliet, the Old Course St Andrew’s and Castlemartyr Resort. 

He joins the Xavier McAuliffe-owned Lyrath Estate from the world-famous Ashford Castle Estate, Cong, County Mayo. 

 “I am delighted to be returning to Kilkenny, my home town at such an exciting time for Lyrath Estate,” Andrew told Kilkenny Press.

“Following Xavier McAuliffe’s very significant investment in refurbishment and new product during the pandemic, the estate is now primed for a renewed focus on the guest experience. 

“I’ve been fortunate to work with some truly super teams and believe that when a hotel becomes a great place to work it tends to follow that it’s also a great place to stay. 

“Great hospitality is the essence of a memorable guest experience and we’re excited to deliver that at the wonderful Lyrath Estate”. 

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Xavier McAuliffe added: “We are looking forward to working with Andrew, he has all the skills and experience we need to continue to offer the highest levels of service to our guests.  

“We pride ourselves in offering classic Irish hospitality and look forward to not just meeting our guests’ expectations but to exceed them. 

“We have made significant investments in the property over the last two years and have completely renovated all the bedrooms, built a new bedroom block and created a luxurious drawing room for afternoon tea.  

“These additions are part of our ambitious capital programme which will continue over the next few months. I wish Andrew well and know he will be a great inspiration to our hard-working team.”

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