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The Tower Hotel re-opened its doors to the public on Friday February 8th after a brief closure to allow for extensive renovations. The hotel was refurbished with a complete redesign and stylistic overhaul of the lobby area and bedrooms.

The hotel which was purchased by the Neville family in November 2016 is set to be one of the leading 4 star hotels in the country and undoubtedly one of the best hotels in the Southeast once all work is completed.

In July 2017 the Ardmore ballroom and lounge area were completely re-furbished and this was followed in May 2018 when Pier 37 was opened much to the delight of locals and guests alike. Pier 37 Bar & Grill boasts spectacular views over the Suir River. With floor to ceiling windows it is a bright and ambient space to dine whether you are staying in the hotel or just dropping in for a spot of lunch or dinner. Bar food is served all day with an extensive cocktail menu and afternoon tea now available also.

The new Hobson’s restaurant opened in October 2018 and is situated on the first floor of the hotel with panoramic views of the City and the River Suir. Similar to the new bar, the restaurant features floor to ceiling windows and is a stunning, bright and airy space to dine. The restaurant offers a superb Early Bird Menu and A La Carte Menu. 

In January 2019 all of the hotels public areas underwent a complete facelift. The hotel now boasts a spectacular lobby area with an impressive atrium overlooking Reginald’s Tower. All of the ground floor of the hotel have now been upgraded and work continues on the hotel’s bedrooms.

All existing bedrooms are being re-furbished and upgraded and all rooms will be of a 4 star deluxe standard with riverside deluxe rooms and suites.

The new Conference Centre is still in the planning process, but the hotel hope to commence construction of this in late 2019/early 2020

For further information please contact the hotel on 051 862300 or visit


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Theatre Royal Kinevane Trilogy

April 4th, 5th & 6th@ 8 p.m. nightly 


A unique collage of Kabuki dance and Irish storytelling, Forgotten has been a huge international success for Fishamble during the past decade. It is a captivating portrayal of four elderly characters living in retirement homes around Ireland. 
Pat Kinevane’s haunting performance brings to life these sometimes-forgotten voices of society. 


Silent is the touching and challenging story of homeless McGoldrig, who once had splendid things. But he has lost it all – including his mind. He now dives into the wonderful wounds of his past through the romantic world of Rudolph Valentino. 


Sticks and stones didn’t break Her bones, but words and pointing crushed Her. 
Is Beauty really only skin deep? 
Does Ugliness hide somewhere deeper? 
This stunning new play is a blackly comic, rich and vivid tale of a life lived in secret, a testament to the people who live on the fringes, under the nose of everyday life. It explores the surface, and what lies underneath.

Tickets: €18/€16 conc. per show or €45 for all 3 

Box Office: 051-874402 or

EAP Institute EmployeeHealthWellbeing2019

EAP Institute Seminar will present a strategy for developing an integrated health and wellbeing programme which will include workplace physical and mental health risks in Dublin, Limerick and Sligo.

Under Section 22(1) of the SHWW Act 2005, every employer must ensure that health surveillance appropriate to the risks to safety, health and welfare that may be incurred at the place of work identified by the risk assessment under section 19 is made available to his or her employees.

Presenters Maurice Quinlan, Director EAP Institute, Dr Deirdre Gleeson, Specialist in Occupational Health, Medwise, Naas, Dublin. Dr E Cahill Canning, Consultant Occupational Physician, Sligo.

  • Thursday 23rd May 2019 The Ashling Hotel, Dublin 9.30 am to 5.00 pm
  • Thursday 11th June 2019 The Radisson Blu Hotel, Limerick 9.30 am to 5.00 pm
  • Thursday 20th June 2019 The Radisson Blu Hotel, Sligo 9.30 am to 5.00 pm

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Quishs Deloitte AwardQuish’s SuperValu has been named as one of Ireland’s Best Managed companies in the Deloitte Best Managed Companies Awards programme, in association with Bank of Ireland. The company, which demonstrated superior business performance 7th year, was recognised at a gala awards dinner in Dublin on 1st March 2019.

This year, 12 new companies join a network of 136 companies that were awarded the status of Best Managed. The Best Managed Companies network this year has total revenues of almost €11 billion, export sales of almost €3 billion and total employment of approximately 44,000 people.

Commenting on the award Cormac Quish said “ We are delighted to have requalified as a Deloitte Best Managed Company platinum standard. It’s been a great process over the years to raise our standards and has helped drive us on in business and in pursuit and winning of other awards through the years. This year we have won many other awards also. Our store in Tramore won the national Q-mark award for hygiene and food safety for the second time in 3 years, and they won the Medium off-licence of the year award at the Dylan’s Wine Store of the year awards also for the second time. Also this year our store in West Village Ballincollig won Ireland’s Best Dairy and Cheese counter at the Checkout Best In Fresh awards for the fifth year and our instore kitchen in West Village won a 4th Blas na hEireann gold medal for our seafood chowder. Having the highest standards in freshfood, quality, service and value is Quish’s Super Valu is about. Winning these awards helps us to show our customers how high our standards are as they are judged by objective panels of experts in the field.

We have also added a new store to the group in February of this year in Ballincollig county Cork and have revamped this store to one of the most modern and fresh supermarkets in the country. This was a challenge that we were in good shape to achieve from the high standards the Deloitte Best Managed Company awards helped us to set.”

Anya Cummins, Partner, Deloitte said: “Well done to all of the winning companies on their achievement. The Best Managed Companies process is a rigorous one, examining every facet of an organisation, and the bar is set high by our judging panel. As ever, the spread of companies, right around the country and across a number of industries, underlines the importance of Irish and Northern Irish companies to the economy and in the midst of economic uncertainty, technology disruption, an open competitive market and full employment, the continued strong performance of these businesses is admirable. In the current environment, it is important for this contribution to be recognised, supported and showcased.”

Tom Hayes, Chief Executive, Bank of Ireland Corporate Banking said: “It’s a challenging time for businesses in general, with the operating environment consistently and rapidly changing, due to technological developments, new ways of doing things, and challenges on the macroeconomic horizon. The Best Managed Companies this year have demonstrated that they can optimise each area of their business while always operating with an acute awareness of their environment, recognising the opportunities of expansion into global markets, in addition to strategic alliances and partnerships. I look forward to their continued growth.”

This year’s judging panel members were Frank Ryan, Chair of the Judging Panel; Brendan Jennings, CEO, Deloitte Ireland; Tom Hayes, Chief Executive, Bank of Ireland Corporate Banking; Siobhan McAleer, Commercial Director at the IMI; Rose Hynes, Chairman of the Shannon Group Board and Origin Enterprises; and Feargal Mooney, former Chief Executive Officer of HostelWorld.

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UPMC Whitfield Nuala WalshUPMC Whitfield, the largest private hospital in the South East, has appointed Nuala Walsh as Director of Human Resources, as it continues to expand as a regional centre of medical excellence.

UPMC Whitfield has been strategically recruiting to strengthen and broaden its existing workforce with 45 new staff members coming onboard over the past nine months, bringing the total number of staff to 305 across the UPMC Whitfield Campus.

Nuala has 27 years of senior management experience across local Waterford based SMEs and multinational organisations. She was a key member of the UPMC Whitfield Team that secured its first Hospital Accreditation, implementing several measures to continuously improve and assess its level of performance.

A member of UPMC Whitfield’s Senior Management Team since 2011, Nuala is a qualified HR, Business and Executive Coach. She has also studied extensively with the Irish Payroll Association ensuring expert organisational compensation and benefits knowledge.

David Beirne, CEO at UPMC Whitfield, says: “We are delighted to appoint Nuala Walsh as Director of Human Resources. She is a tremendous asset to the team here in UPMC Whitfield, and her extensive experience will be vital in her new role. We are continuously recruiting and bringing new team members on board, and Nuala is ideally suited to this position as we continue to build and improve the services we offer patients in the South East.”

Commenting on her appointment, Nuala Walsh, Director of Human Resources at UPMC Whitfield, says: “I have always had a passion for recruitment and staff development and I am delighted to take on this new role with UPMC Whitfield, as we continue to identify and develop a dedicated and talented team of consultants, nursing and support staff.”

UPMC Whitfield has over 50 expert consultants working across a range of specialties including: radiotherapy; cardiology; orthopaedics; ophthalmology; oncology / haematology; radiology; ear, nose and throat; gynaecology; urology and general surgery. These are supported by a wider team of 180 dedicated medical, nursing and administration staff to ensure the 70-bed hospital offers patients the right care, in the right way, at the right time – in a first-class facility that is close to home.

The UPMC Whitfield campus is operated by UPMC, the international not-for-profit healthcare company that is transforming the way health care is provided. Already trusted by millions of patients across the world, the company operates 40 hospitals, as well as 600 doctors' offices and outpatient sites, and is now delivering this global expertise to those living in the South East of Ireland.


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