Dear friend, The candles helped I know. Am out of chemo since Wednesday evening. What a dark valley - my heart and prayers reach out to the afflicted. Have the tickets for July! Dublin, Mayo. Wow. Incredible how the naysayers are spinning Europe. Thank you for kindness.
The link that you posted concerning Druids Glen was very interesting and demonstrates perfectly how these parasitic investment firms buy debt in order to profit from the leverage that ownership of the debt gives them.
Sometimes they finish up owning the company, which will not happen in this case I hope because I was more than impressed with the level of service delivered by a "mostly" locally recruited staff. The bar staff were fantastic because the hotel was full that weekend and they never wavered - the pints were flowing and the trays of drinks for the girls were delivered very promptly.
It really felt like an Irish Hotel which I used to enjoy so much in the Burlington when I attended The Spring Show or when there was a match on. In those days you took good service and pints for granted because they employed properly trained barmen. The Last time I stayed in that bus station they called the Hilton on the canal, I looked for an Irish Coffee - the staff on duty did not know what it was much less be able to make one.
The hotel is well run and is a departure from the way that banks here and investment funds run hotels. Because the banks are tempramentally and culturally unsuited to the hospitality business, they appoint "management" companies to run them like The Hilton or Radisson outfits - they put their name over the door but it is nothing more than a licensee's sign because somebody else is carrying the risk.
Our former Five Star Imperial Hotel has no classification having been run as a coaching hotel - because they bring numbers .
This is beginning to feel like a rant so I am going to wrap up now - busy day tomorrow.
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