I can truly say that working for the Mc Parland brothers in the Carrickdale was one of the best experiences I have ever had. In the late 1980’s and height of the troubles the Carrickdale was a place where locals could escape the dark days and for a short while dance, meet people and have fun. The hotel was a vibrant, busy hub of activity in an atmosphere of friendliness, staff were great fun and that was felt by guests and visitors alike. The Carrickdale attracted and employed people from all over Ireland both North and South. The hotel also attracted famous public figures, dignitaries’, comedians, show bands and guests from all over the world.
The Match Maker
The Hotel boasted one of the best wedding venues in the region as well as having one of the most spectacular nightclubs in the country. Many a single person met their future partners in the nightclub, they would go on to marry and hold their wedding receptions and christenings of their children in the hotel.
A source of learning and inspiration
When I think of working for the Mc Parland brothers I remember how hard they worked in making the hotel a success. They believed in the personal touch and spoke to every table in the dinning room to make sure guests were happy with their food and visit to the hotel. They are true examples of work ethic, humility and respect. I am very grateful to them to have had the opportunity to work in the hotel, nightclub and to travel around the country promoting the hotel. I have such fond memories.
Carrickdale Hotel location
The Carrickdale is a beautiful homely family run hotel and spa situated half way between Dublin and Belfast on the main road at Carrickcarnon Co Louth. Surrounded by the spectacular Cooley Mountains and Slieve Gullion, a short distance from the medieval town of Carlingford, as well as Omeath, Dundalk, Newry and Warrenpoint. The legendary Ring of Gullion also steeped in Celtic mythology is less than a 5 minute drive from the hotel. Uncover the stories of our local historic myths and legends including Finn McCool sweeping down from his grave beneath Louth’s highest mountain, Slieve Foy as well as Queen Medbh and the warrior Cuchulainn. The Carrickdale is a perfect base for exploring the famous Ireland’s Ancient East an area of outstanding beauty.
For more information you can visit them at www.carrickdatehotel.com