Brian Lawlor will be responsible for overseeing the overall portfolio of the collection, which includes the Killarney Plaza Hotel & Spa, Killarney Avenue Hotel, Killarney Towers Hotel, and the River Island Hotel. Along with The Park Place apartments, the collection boasts an array of bespoke carefully curated outlets such as Cafe Du Parc, The Tanyard and the newly reimagined O'Donoghue public house.
Originally from Wexford, Brian has a long career in luxury hospitality, after working in Adare Manor for over 20 years. In 1999, he graduated from Waterford IT as IHF Graduate of the Year, after studying Business Studies in Hotel & Catering Management. It was then that he took on a work placement position at Adare Manor, progressing through the ranks of various positions until he became the General Manager of the Carriage House. Over the duration of his tenure, Brian specialised in food and beverage management and operations, before moving to Killarney Towers Hotel in 2021 as General Manager.
With over two decades of experience under his belt, Brian has seen many transitions within the Irish hospitality industry and has witnessed the various challenges and shifts over the years.
“People’s expectations have grown immensely, particularly within the domestic market," Brian said.
"Creativity is a big thing and we must try to stay ahead of the curve. It’s fantastic to see the domestic market has come into its own.”
Considering his new position to be the highlight of his career, Brian is thrilled at the opportunity that the O’Donoghue Ring family have given him.
“My aim is to compliment the progression and innovation that has seen the company elevate in recent years. I see the ODR collection as a group with endless potential and I along with the family and senior management team look forward to realising these aspirations.’’
This is an exciting time for the collection as they continue their programme of innovation and progression.
"We are delighted that Brian Lawlor has been appointed to the role of Group General Manager," Gemma Ring, Managing Director said.
"With Brian we will focus together on key areas of growth and strategic innovation, aligned to our people, culture, and sustainability goals. We are proud to be amongst the leading hotels groups in Kerry and look forward to working with Brian to continue delivering an excellent offering to our valued guests.”
Housing Will Never Be The Same
Last week I wrote about the pathetic investment options out there for Irish investors. Despite high ongoing fees (mortgage, maintenance, insurance etc.) and the actual headache of being a landlord, […]
Last week I wrote about the pathetic investment options out there for Irish investors.
Despite high ongoing fees (mortgage, maintenance, insurance etc.) and the actual headache of being a landlord, it’s easy to see why real estate functioned as the de facto investment portfolio for an entire generation.
Wealth creation was a rinse-and-repeat function where couples put money away until they had enough for the ‘next house’. As a result, we have an economy where 70% of household wealth is tied up in real estate.
Driven by the profits it created, Ireland became obsessed with owning real estate.
But real estate as an investment won’t be nearly as successful for our generation. (If you are able to get a house, that is)
All you have to do is look at the anecdotal evidence all around us to confirm this.
My parents bought the house they currently live in for 30k (pounds) 35 years ago. The house is now worth roughly 450k.
I typically despise these back-of-the-envelope calculations when It comes to property, given the endless variables and ongoing costs involved, but bear with me.
That’s a gross return of 15 times the original value. Now there are upgrades, a change in currency and other adjustments to consider here, so for argument’s sake, let’s call it 10X.
To achieve the same level of growth over the next 35 years, you would be left paying 4,500,000 euros for what is a pretty modest house.
Sure, we will still see property prices increase over time, but the rate of growth won’t be anywhere near as meaningful for one simple reason.
Over the last 30 years, real economic growth has been stagnant, yet Ireland has experienced enviable nominal growth.
How did we manage it?
We created imaginary wealth.
We pushed interest rates lower and lower to stimulate economic growth.
And it worked.
After all, if you make 100k/year you can probably afford a 400k mortgage at 4%. At 2%, with the same 100k/year salary you can now take on 600k in debt.
So, were we getting richer, or was the debt just easier to afford?
Where do we go from here?
We have now squeezed interest rates as low as they can go.
The house price appreciation we have seen was justifiable because the mortgage rates on housing continued to fall in recent decades. This allowed people to take on more debt without severely impacting their ability to repay that debt.
If we go back to my parents, they were paying 14% on their mortgage. Mortgage rates are currently between 2 to 3%.
A relentless drop in interest rates gave way to higher and higher prices for houses, but interest rates are now on the floor.
The juice has been squeezed.
In fact, the trend has started to reverse, with rates expected to rise 1.5% in the first half of 2023
Be mindful that the same credit expansion cannot happen again.
How the next generation thinks about their investment options has to change.
Banks offering 0% returns for the use of your money and a housing ladder you can’t get on are not your only two options.
If you need help creating your own investment portfolio, just reach out to me at mike@theislandinvestor or simply scan the QR code above.
Biddies performance celebrates St Brigid
Two local Biddies groups performed at Muckross House as part of St Brigid’s Day celebrations in aid of Kerry Parents and Friends Association. The Killarney Parents and Friends Biddy Group – formerly […]
Two local Biddies groups performed at Muckross House as part of St Brigid’s Day celebrations in aid of Kerry Parents and Friends Association.
The Killarney Parents and Friends Biddy Group – formerly known as the Beaufort Biddy Group – and Kilgobnet Biddies came together for the event.
The tradition of the Biddies is one of the oldest and most colourful customs in Ireland, a blend of pagan and Christian pageantry, held on February 1 each year, heralding the beginning of springtime and honouring St Bríd the patron saint of the farming community.
Master traditional craftsman, Pat Broderick, at Muckross House, was also part of St Brigid’s Day celebrations, making a St Brigid’s Cross as part of the traditions.
Housing Will Never Be The Same
Last week I wrote about the pathetic investment options out there for Irish investors. Despite high ongoing fees (mortgage, maintenance,...
Biddies performance celebrates St Brigid
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