Director of Food Services
Coming from a big family in Sligo, I was lucky to have grown up on a farm. My upbringing in those surroundings has given me an appreciation of the importance of the relationships between people and the land; from the food it creates to how it is home to Irelands livestock. Those surroundings definitely gave me the initial push into the hospitality industry. The special link between local farmers and the land and the transfer of their produce by local suppliers to our commercial tables is an extension of this special relationship.
The farm I grew up on was central to our lives. We ate what we had growing in our garden and on our farm. We had our hens, chickens and livestock, so even down to meat and eggs, we ate from our own.
Hard work and a passion for what you do in life are the reasons that you succeed. People remark often to me “you work too hard Grainne”. I love what I do and always ensure that I live out my personal passions as well. Work for me fuels my ambition and gives me such a feeling of accomplishment.
Collectively we work to make our work matter, it is important to us all and we are looking at the long-term positive impact we can have on peoples lives. It is so much more than an income, our work now accounts for over 60% of our lives so why shouldn’t we be happy in our work? People might see this as a pipe dream but it is not, we are not meant to hate work, you can be working with like minded people that challenge you, that support you and that build you up and most of all can make you feel fulfilled. That for me is my working life and I celebrate this everyday.