Ronan Maher
The Oarsman
Carrick-on-Shannon, Co. Leitrim.
Smart Thinking in Tourism
Performance Through People.
The Oarsman
Background & career to date
The Oarsman – history
Key drivers to success
The Future, Opportunities & Trends
• 7th Generation in Hospitality business
• Athlone IT - 1990-1993
• Management & Industrial Relations – NC
Ireland 1994
• Athlone IT – 1998
• CERT – Trainers in Industry
• Personnel Management – NC Ireland 2008
Family run business – Tom & Rosaleen Maher
Dromoland Castle – Mark Nolan
Cromleach Lodge – Christy/Moira Tighe
Le Manoir aux Quat’ Saisons – Raymond Blanc
The Merrion – Peter McCann
The Schoolhouse Hotel – Bertie Kelly
Knockranny House – Adrian/Geraldine Noonan
Erinvale Estate Cape Town – Xavier McAuliffe
Chairperson RAI, Slow Food Movement, Taste 4 Success
Our key to a good food business
Happy people
Locally sourced produce/Low carbon footprint
Good relationship & understanding with suppliers
Offering value for money, creativity/innovation
Delivering high standard of service – building
Key drivers
• Don’t forget the basics – praise your Team,
Thank Them, nurture & develop
• Simplicity – less is more/
Seasonality/freshness using your own Garden
• Sustainability
• Be specific – clarity on vision - Tell your story
• Social media
• Feedback – using it positively.
Our Suppliers
Carraig na Breac Smokehouse
Kelly’s Organic Cheese Mullingar
Our Suppliers
Croghan Organic Garden
Castlemine Farm, Fourmile
Our Suppliers
Gannon’s Chickens Carrick
Fingal Ferguson, Gubbeen
Our Suppliers
• Adrian Sheerin
Sheerin’s Meating Place
32 Day Aged Hereford
Presentation is Everything
We are members of Good Food
Ireland because we are committed to
using local food, supporting Irish
farmers, food producers and
fishermen and for delivering a high
quality Irish ingredient led food
Good Food Ireland Awards 2010
Top Member for the North West
Bridgestone Guide Top 100
Restaurants in Ireland 2011
Michelin Guide to eating out in pubs in
the UK & Ireland 2011
Head Chef Shaun Hanna
Shaun grew up in the fishing port village of Kilkeel,
Co.Down. He worked under Fredric Souty in the 2AA
Rosette Kee’s Hotel in Ballybofey. Aged 22 he
captained the Northern Ireland Culinary Team and was
Gold Medal & Class Winner at The Open British
Championships at the Hotel Olympia Exhibition. In
February 2003 Shaun joined The Oarsman as Head
Chef . Shaun was shortlisted to the Top 6 Chefs in the
National Moreau Chablis Fish Dish Awards 2005. In
September 2009 he was a finalist in BBC’s Masterchef:
The Professionals. He has played an instrumental part
in helping us acquire & attain recognition locally &
nationally. He is a passionate advocate of sourcing
local ingredients & working closely with the artisan.
Shaun, Teresa & Patricia
Really I caught one this big!!
The Future
• Quality, customer service led & added value
products. Consistency
• Developing people – team building, getting
back to true, genuine & warm hospitality
• Developing local partnerships – destination
• Health Driven Food – but tasty!!
• Social media - use of
• Education – promote creativity/innovation
• Don’t be afraid to fail!
Thank you for listening.
• We look forward to
welcoming you to
the Oarsman.
• 071-9621733
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