Proprietors, CEOs, Managers, and Chefs
Allow us to introduce you to some incredible women that have brought Ireland’s Blue Book through nearly 50 years of hospitality.
1. Kela Hodgins - Proprietor at Dunowen House, Co. Cork
Kela Hodgins is the proprietor at Dunowen House in Cork. Having previously worked in marketing in Dublin, Kela made her dreams a reality upon purchasing Dunowen House in West Cork with her husband and between them created a luxury self-catering experience. Since January 2016, Dunowen House and the cottage has welcomed visitors from all over the world.
2. Christina McCauley – Head Chef at Coopershill House, Co. Sligo
3. Patricia Roberts – Proprietor of No.1 Pery Square, Co. Limerick
In the heart of Limerick’s Georgian Quarter is No.1 Pery Square, a period townhouse owned and operated by Limerick local, Patricia Roberts. Patricia opened this luxurious and intimate boutique townhouse in early 2009 and has seen it go from strength to strength over the years, despite opening in the middle of a financial crisis. No.1 Pery Square is open throughout the year welcomes visitors from all around the world. The townhouse comprises of 20 bedrooms, the Sash Restaurant and a Voya spa tucked in the cellar of the property.
4. Michelle Maguire – CEO of Ireland’s Blue Book
5. Claire Scally – Communications Director of Killarney Royal Hotel & Hayfield Manor
6. Roie McCann – General Manager of Clare Island Lighthouse, Co. Mayo
Roie McCann is the General Manager of Clare Island Lighthouse. An experienced interior designer, Roie helped ensure the sensitive restoration of the lighthouse with owner Goesta Fischer. Roie put her eclectic flair into the design of the lighthouse and opened its doors to guests in 2013. Clare Island Lighthouse is a special place where guests can look forward to unique hotel experience thanks to Roie and her team.
7. Mary T Sweeney, Proprietor of Castle Grove Country House, Co. Donegal
Originally from Co Cork, Mary T came from a rural farming background. She soon developed a keen interest in hospitality and trained for 3 years in a hotel in Cork City. Mary also worked in Dublin before becoming manager to a hotel in Donegal where she also met her husband, Raymond. In 1989 Mary and Raymond purchased Castle Grove House, transforming it into a luxury four-star hotel, while preserving the character and beauty of the original house and expansive grounds. Mary T was the recipient of the highly coveted Hall of Fame Award at the Letterkenny Business Awards 2017 and Ireland’s Host of the Year at the 2020 Georgina Campbell Awards.
8. Laura & Margaret Bowe – Directors of Marlfield House, Co. Wexford
Marlfield House, a beautifully restored Regency period house, is Managed by sisters Laura and Margaret Bowe who took up the helm from their parents, Mary and Ray eight years ago. Laura and Margaret both attended Loreto school in Wexford before working in their respective careers in the film industry and conference management. Both sisters soon returned home to continue the family business and under their leader ship opened the Duck Restaurant on the grounds of Marlfield in 2015.
9. Catherine Dundon – Proprietor of Dunbrody House, Co Wexford
Catherine is co-owner of Dunbrody Country House in Wexford having bought the hotel and turning it into the beautiful country house that is is today. With a background is in international languages and marketing, Catherine looks after all of the sales and marketing, the trade shows and the international sale side of things and the corporate bookings of the hotel.
10. Emer Corridan - General Manager of Cahernane House Hotel, Co. Kerry
Emer is the General Manager at Cahernane House Hotel, Co. Kerry. With a degree in Hotel Management, Emer was appointed as the General Manager of Cahernane House Hotel in 2016 and was awarded General Manager of the year at the Prem Group awards ceremony in 2022. Chatting with guests and making sure they are enjoying their stay at Cahernane House Hotel is the most important thing to Emer.