Colin's Corner

Colin Duggan is general manager of the Woodford Dolmen Hotel, Carlow with over 25 years experience in the hospitality industry. Currently serving on the Board of Management of Carlow Chamber of Commerce & Carlow Employers Network he is also a very active member of Carlow Tourism & Carlow Golf Club.

In his role as GM, Colin has steered the hotel through the turbulent years in recession to turn it around to one of the fastest growing hotels in the south east, achieved through his leadership of a professional, & customer driven team full of energy & drive. Overseeing day-to-day operations, while managing just under 80 hotel employees is just another day on the job for Colin, along with the rollout of a large renovation program well underway at the hotel. This program has seen the transformation of over a third of the bedrooms, redecoration of 2 elegant & stylish ballrooms & a complete revamp of the meeting & conference suites.

Throughout this blog Colin will give an insight to the daily life as a General Manager at Carlows No 1 Hotel as rated by Tripadvisor & the show highlights of managing a busy hotel favoured by Carlow tourists.

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Carlow Up Close

With many years of experience in guiding people on things to do in Carlow and the surrounding areas the team at the Woodford Dolmen Hotel are the perfect people to offer tips and advice on activities, amenities and events taking place in Carlow town and county.

This Blog will offer advice and useful tips to guide tourists and Carlovians alike. Drawing on the knowledge of our team and with the support Carlow Tourism, Carlow up Close aims to show the best of what Carlow has to offer, especially highlighting some of the hidden treasures for all to explore.

With walks, gardens, museums, festivals, river sports, ancient trails and buildings, Carlow has so much to offer.

Matching activities and attractions with the seasons and previewing upcoming events in the locality, this blog will give you a real up close sense of Carlow and what is has to offer.

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Chef's Secrets

The busy kitchen in the Plum Tree Bistro at the Woodford Dolmen Hotel, Carlow is run by Executive Head Chef Laurence Richards who manages a diverse team of chefs from different culinary backgrounds, with an accumulation of over 150 years' experience between them; the longest serving of these with over 45 years in the business.

Our head chef, who trained a young Jamie Oliver and claimed the winning title of 'Taste of Carlow' along with his dedicated team, create seasonal menus offering a carefully-selected choice of dishes promoting local produce designed to emphasize the taste of fresh foods.

The Plum Tree Bistro is renowned for its wholesome, traditional Irish and international cuisine and each month one of our chefs will take time out here to share some of their top tips and timely recipes to help you add a little something extra to every meal.

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Wedding Wisdom

Clare is the dedicated wedding coordinator with Woodford Dolmen Hotel, Carlow. With over 10 years experience & hundreds of weddings on her books, when it comes to creating the “WOW” factor Clare is your go-to girl.

Combining Clares creativity, flair and attention to detail along with the real joy she gets from building relationships with each wedding couple is what makes her weddings unique special and so memorable for everyone.

Throughout this blog Clare will share some of her wealth of wisdom, top tips of wedding do’s & don’t and all the latest trends & hot ideas to help bring your dream wedding to life.

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