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Galway based business-people Pat and Una McDonagh who recently purchased the Loughrea Hotel & Spa, have announced an investment in excess of €1 million in the property. The hotel’s ballroom restaurant, bar and main reception area will now be considerably pgraded.

Through the acquisition of the Loughrea Hotel & Spa, 70 jobs in the local area were saved. Pat McDonagh, who is also Managing Director of Supermac’s, has said he is most pleased with early feedback from staff and guests of the hotel since the takeover last month.

Speaking at the investment announcement Mr McDonagh said, “We are delighted to enhance the exceptional facilities available to guests in the Loughrea Hotel & Spa. These improvements will allow us to create further employment in the area while offering a superior service to patrons. A portion of the investment will highlight the wonderful new food offerings available in the restaurant and bar as well as in the ballroom for large events. We’re most excited about the new personalities we have welcomed to the existing team in the hotel.”

Mr McDonagh also revealed the appointment of a new General Manager and Head Chet for the hotel. Noel Mulhaire joins the Loughrea Hotel & Spa as General Manager bringing his previous experience from The Clare Inn and the West County Hotel. New Head Chef Julian Bradfield has been introduced to create the high quality cuisine he is known for having previously worked as Head Chef in The House Hotel and in the Claregalway Hotel.

“Having seen wonderful success through the growth of the Castletroy Park Hotel in Limerick during the last 18 months, we hope to see a similar level of progress in the development of the Loughrea Hotel & Spa as we move forward,” said Mr McDonagh.

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