Meet the Team

Darrell Penney – Group General Manager 

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Darrell is Group General Manager at Clann Hospitality and oversees the day to day activities in all of our hotels. Darrell has held numerous General Manager roles in a career which spans back over 20 years and was appointed his first GM role at The Royal Dublin Hotel at the tender age of 23.

Since then, Darrell has successfully managed properties including The Park Plaza Tyrrelstown, The Plaza Hotel in Tallaght & The Pillo Hotel & Spa Ashbourne.

Darrell has also worked with a number of properties on a project/consultancy basis including The Fitzwilton Hotel in Waterford, Trim Castle Hotel & The Bridge House in Tullamore to name just a few.

Darrell is a results focussed business leader and his management approach ensures he gets the very best out of his team. Darrell knows the hospitality business extremely well and can adapt his style to suit any property demonstrated by his proven track record of delivering results in all the properties he has managed.

Karen Leavy - Celbridge Manor Hotel General Manager 

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Karen is the newly appointed General Manager of Celbridge Manor Hotel, and brings vast experience from the hospitality industry to the team; both in an independently run hotel and within hotel groups.

Having commenced her career within hotels 15 years ago, she has succeeded in a wide range of roles from event management to accommodation manager and quickly progressed onto Senior Management. Karen has a wealth of knowledge in managing and co-ordinating large events.

Customer satisfaction is at the core of Karen’s work focus, and she communicates well with staff members in order to achieve this.

Joanna Rakowska – Assistant Financial Controller

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Joanna joined Pillo Hotel Ashbourne & Spa as Group Assistant Financial Controller in 2017.

She looks after financial aspects of the business and supports all departments. Her 8 years’ accounting background brings valuable experience and knowledge to the property.

Joanna is currently finishing the final stage of ACCA (Association of Chartered Certificated Accountants) certification in order to become a fully qualified accountant.


Emma Carton – Group HR Manager 

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Emma joined the Pillo Hotel & Spa in 2015 as HR Manager before progressing to Group HR Manager in 2017 following the establishment of Clann Hospitality.

Emma holds a bachelor’s degree in Human Resource Management and is also a member of CIPD (Chartered Institute Of Personnel & Development).

Having previously worked in Aviva Life and Pensions, Arvato and the Joe Duffy, Emma brings a wealth of experience and excellence to her role as Group HR Manager.  



Sarah Kavanagh – Group Reservations Supervisor 

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Sarah began her career in hospitality at the front line on the reception desk  and has worked in a wide range of busy & diverse hotels.

Sarah joined the Pillo Hotel Ashbourne as a Reception Supervisor, where her tremendous personality and consummately organisation was recognised and she was promoted internally to Group Reservations Supervisor.

Sarah remains a key member of the team and in her new role, she has increased her knowledge of rate and revenue management, which has reaped rewards for the group.  

Rebekah Fox – Group Reservations Agent

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Rebekah started her hospitality career from the age of 19, in Farnham Estate in Co. Cavan before transferring to the Radisson in Golden Lane in Co Dublin. Due to her previous roles, Rebekah has developed excellent customer service skills and this have attributed to her current skill set. Having joined Clann Hospitality in early 2018, she has excelled in her current role by providing day to day customer service as part of the group reservations team. 

Andrew Greenslade – Group Sales & Marketing Manager

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Andy joined Clann Hospitality in early 2018 and boasts a wealth of experience in the hospitality industry spanning over 20 years.

After completing his studies at the University of Plymouth, Andy went through the hotel training programme with Forte in his home town of Bristol before gaining valuable operational experience in Spain, France & Italy. However, it was Ireland that was calling and it was with Jurys Limerick Hotel where Andy started on his successful Sales & Marketing career.

After a couple of years in Limerick, Andy was elevated to the posting of Sales Manager for North America for the Jurys Doyle Hotel Group overseeing the sales operation into Ireland and the UK. Initially based in Washington DC, Andy moved to Boston, MA to coincide with the opening of Jurys Boston Hotel. On moving back to Ireland, Andy has been in several senior sales positions with some of Ireland’s most recognised hotel groups and currently resides in Skerries, Co Dublin.

Roisin Daly – Group Sales & Marketing Co-ordinator

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Roisin has recently joined Clann Hospitality after graduating from DIT and holds a bachelor of business studies degree.

Born and raised in County Meath, Roisin is A huge GAA fan and currently plays and coaches at her local club, Walterstown.

Having previously worked in the Customer service and retail sectors, she brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to her role.

Robbie Tiernan - Corporate Sales Manager


Robbie has recently joined the Clann Hospitality and holds a Honours Bachelor degree in Business & Event Management.

He started is career in Hospitality at the age of 21 as a bartender and has worked in 3, 4 and 5 star hotels & restaurants in Ireland and the UK over the past 8 years.

Previous roles include duty manager, corporate sales executive, restaurant manager and meetings & events manager

He has passion is in sales and loves to work closely with business professionals in order to deliver exceptional service whilst maintaining the highest standards.


Kevin O Brien – Group Maintenance Manager 

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Kevin joined the maintenance team at Pillo Hotel & Spa Ashbourne in 2014. In early 2015, Kevin progressed to Maintenance Manager and having proved a highly capable, committed member of the Management team, he was promoted to Group Maintenance Manager in 2018.

Kevin, a qualified electrician, overseas the maintenance department in each hotel while also takes an active role in ensuring all hotels comply with all building, fire and health and safety legislation.

Kevin is a qualified Health & Safety Officer and Manual Handing Instructor and carries out all the training in these areas for all employees in the hotel group. Along with his experienced maintenance team, Kevin also project manages ad hoc work such as water and electricity conservation, procurement of all materials etc. ensuring best value and quality products across the group.