But …Oh what a year!
If you didn’t know it, and called by the hotel this week, you may think that aliens had whisked everyone away! But no, the hotel has closed until the February Midterm Break. The self-catering accommodation and Leisure Centre is up and running, but it’s very quiet at Redbarn, perfect for a relaxing self-catering break.
But… it’s been a very good season at the QHY, finishing up with a super Halloween Mid Term and record numbers for all activities. One of the highlights of the break was the Red Carpet Event (Some of our Red Carpet guests on the left).
Mind you, the team are in need of a well-deserved break as they did a fab job for the 2017 season. Sadly, a few have moved to new pastures. Notably, Miro Jezovica. Miro has been with the hotel for many years and was hugely popular with both staff and guests. He has joined the team at the Montenotte Hotel in Cork City and we all wish him well. Nuno Galhano, from Vilamoura in the Algarve, takes on Miro’s role. Nuno has been in Ireland for a number of years and comes to the Quality Hotel after working in management roles in the Lismore Hotel & the Clonmel Park Hotel.
Things were certainly sizzling in the kitchen. Head Chef Kieran O’Shaugnessy did an amazing job of turning out a great selection of delicious foods – all locally sourced using the best and freshest products – check our video below:
Kieran plans a whole new menu selection for 2018. We can’t wait!
There were many highlights of the year and one of these was the re-reinstatement of our beach with the coveted Blue Flag Status. Redbarn Beach is the only beach in East Cork to receive this accolade. Looking at how it appeared on a mid November morning this week, you can see why (Our self-catering guests got to enjoy a a perfect beach day on Thursday!).
Club Vitae has also had a great year. They now have a record number of five swim teachers, Barry Power, Tom Ward, Erna Cunningham, Alison Curtin & Diane Scanlon.
The Kids Camp staff continue to keep our smaller guests entertained, and themselves too at times!
Management and staff were all delighted to hear this week that the hotel is a Gold Winner in the YourDaysOur 2017 Awards. This is in the Family Breaks category.
Read about it on our Blog too HERE
We said a sad ‘au revoir’ to our friendly receptionists, Sandra O’Connell and Grace Murphy, but also welcomed new members to the front desk team, Robyn Kirby and Adam Donovan. We also had a great team of students working over the summer months, under the watchful eye of Miro.
Here they are on a day trip to Cobh!
Looking to 2018, the management team plans for continued investment in upgrading the hotel and facilities, this will be ongoing.
Happy Winter everyone!