Limerick man retires from luxury hotel after almost 40 years’ service

John Hehir (Left) and Dromoland Castle Director, Mark Nolan. Photo: John Mc Dermot.

A LIMERICK man has called it a day after nearly 40 years’ service at one of Ireland’s most luxurious hotels.

John Hehir, who joined Dromoland Castle in 1986 as the Director of Sales and Marketing, has retired after 37 years at the County Clare hotel.

Over his 37-year tenure, John travelled to and from the United States, promoting Ireland and Dromoland Castle. John had a knack for forming strong relationships and ensured that Ireland was “put firmly on the map”, especially with those looking to hold conferences here, according to Dromoland.

Reflecting on his time at Dromoland Castle, John said: “I am extremely proud to have been part of the Dromoland team for so many years of my working life.”

“The hotel consistently delivers a genuine and enjoyable Irish castle experience for its many guests and it has been a pleasure to have been involved in that.”

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John continued: “Selling Ireland overseas has never really felt like work – our worldwide reputation as fun loving, friendly, and engaging people creates the perfect environment for visitors to experience everything that is good about Ireland such as our history, music, unique sports, etc.”

“I constantly met people abroad that recalled conversations and tall tales from years past, some not necessarily true, but always entertaining. It’s easy for visitors to be part of the banter and craic in Ireland. What we offer as a country is hard to beat.”

Having won two Limerick county medals and All-Ireland club hurling medals, John says that GAA will form part of his well-earned retirement.

He also says he plans to spend his time playing golf “badly”, enjoying life with his wife Yvonne, and watching as Limerick vie for a fifth All-Ireland Hurling title in a row.

Dromoland Castle director Mark Nolan said: “Starting three years before I even came into the hotel, John has been an integral part of our team for as long as I can remember.”

“He has always brought such life and warmth to the hotel and has a kind word and smile for everyone, not seeing him every day will feel like we’re missing our right arm.”