Half A Million Investment For The Park Hotel
Flynn Family Ensures Bright Future
The Flynn family name is synonymous within the Irish hotel industry, and 2019 will mark a year of significant developments for the trio of brothers in a number of their landmark properties.
With four properties across the country, the Park Hotel in Dungarvan, Co Waterford is one which they selected to undergo a series of renovations. To date, they have invested half a million euro in the property which employs 120 people from the local area, a figure which rises seasonally. The development of the Waterford Greenway was a significant factor in their decision to reinvest in the property, their commitment to supporting growth of the tourism industry within the South East and long-standing ties to West Waterford.
Poignantly, the story of the hoteliers began in Dungarvan with their late mother Elizabeth (Dottie) Flynn who firmly established the family name within the local hospitality industry in 1965.
Since then, the Park Hotel has become as much a part of the local landscape as it has with holiday makers who return year on year. Declan Moriarty who has been General Manager of The Park Hotel for four years says, “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.”
The project commenced in 2018 and is still underway with a dedicated team of staff driving the developments and working tirelessly towards their goal to become a four-star hotel.
The massive overhaul is visible to all guests with the hotel lobby, bedrooms and leisure centre having all received a makeover. Mid-2019 will see the launch of new ballroom which has been the host of many weddings, dances and community events over the years. €200,000 alone was invested in the leisure centre to create a more comfortable and stylish setting for gym goers.
Declan Moriarty says, 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 which will ensure they continue to provide five star service to the hotel’s guests and the people of Dungarvan.
“We are delighted to welcome the new members of our management team and we look forward to The Park Hotel going from strength to strength in 2019.” he says.
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 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.