Jobs boost as Supermac’s boss expected to invest €1.5m in County Limerick hotel

Donal O’Regan

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Donal O’Regan

Minister Charlie Flanagan, Minister Heather Humphreys and Supermac’s MD, Pat McDonagh at the announcement in the Killeshin Hotel in Portlaoise today of the 300 jobs created by Supermac’s and Só Hotels

Minister Charlie Flanagan, Minister Heather Humphreys and Supermac’s MD, Pat McDonagh at the announcement in the Killeshin Hotel in Portlaoise today of the 300 jobs created by Supermac’s and Só Hotels

LIMERICK features prominently in a major jobs and investment announcement by Pat McDonagh Supermac’s and SÓ Hotels Groups this Wednesday.

A total of 300 new jobs will be created across the country. Three hotels – the Castle Oaks House Hotel in Castleconnell, Killeshin Hotel and Athlone Springs Hotel – will be refurbished and redeveloped.

Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation, Heather Humphreys announced that 100 jobs will be created through the redevelopment and refurbishment of the three hotels.

Mr McDonagh said that he intends to spend a further €1/2 million on the further modernisation of the Killeshin Hotel in Portlaoise. The hotel group recently announced a €1.5 million investment in the Athlone Springs Hotel to develop and refurbish the hotel he purchased in the summer of 2018. 

The Castle Oaks House Hotel in Castleconnell was purchased before Christmas and will also undergo refurbishment and development in the coming year. While there was no figure released this Wednesday it is expected that a sum in the region of €1.5m will be invested to upgrade the hotel overlooking the Shannon in the pretty village. 

A total of two hundred jobs will be created in three new Supermac’s outlets in Wexford, Waterford and Kinnegad.

Minister Humphreys said: “It gives me great pleasure to announce the creation of 300 jobs by the Supermac’s and SÓ Hotels Groups at six locations including Portlaoise, Athlone and Kinnegad in the Midlands, as well as Wexford, Waterford and Limerick. I would like to warmly congratulate Pat and Una McDonagh and everyone involved on their wonderful achievement and wish them all the best in the exciting new chapter ahead.

“It is especially pleasing to see an Irish company creating local jobs, not only directly, but through the wide base of Irish suppliers and those involved in the building developments.”

Supermac’s MD, Pat McDonagh, said that the positivity in the regions was one of the key reasons for recent investments. 

“What makes Supermac’s different is that we source as much of our produce as we can from local suppliers,” he said. 

“That starts with the building process and continues on to the supply of the food that we supply our customers. We have been using much of the same local suppliers throughout the country for over 30 years," said Mr McDonagh.

He continued: “Not only do we provide sustainable jobs but we also provide sustainable careers often in parts of the country that need them. But we also become active members of the community as well. Another thing that sets us apart is our commitment to the communities we are involved with.”

The group currently employs over 4,000 people throughout the country through company, franchisee and hotel employees and is on a major recruitment drive for management staff in particular. 

“We will be engaging in a major recruitment drive to get staff for these new openings in Supermac’s and the hotels,” said Mr McDonagh.