Wexford's Lauren is IHF's Cork branch employee of the year
A former member of staff at the Talbot Hotel in Wexford has been announced as the IHF Cork branch Employee of the Year.
Trainee Manager Lauren Hogan, of the Oriel House Hotel, Ballincollig, was selected from more than 70 applicants and a shortlist of 17 employees across a variety of roles and hotels and guesthouses in Cork.
Darragh Brady, Chairman of the Irish Hotels Federation's Cork Branch and Regional Group Manager for Choice Hotel Group said: 'While we have wonderful properties and destinations in Cork, we wanted to recognise the people working in the sector here. The high calibre and commitment of the employees in hotels across Cork city and county is what makes really makes a guest's stay special, and Lauren Hogan is an exceptionally worthy winner.'
Joining the Talbot Hotel Group in 2013, Lauren began her career with the Talbot Hotel in Wexford as waiting staff. She represented the Talbot Wexford at the Rose of Tralee in 2014, and was accepted onto the Trainee Management programme of the Talbot Hotel Group, of which the Oriel House Hotel is a member, in 2015. Lauren moved to Oriel House Hotel in September 2015 and is currently completing the kitchen element of her training. Ronan Fahy, General Manager of the Oriel House Hotel described Lauren as 'dedicated, reliable and responsible, giving 100 per cent commitment'.
Speaking at the award ceremony, Lauren said she was 'thrilled' to be honoured by the IFH Cork Branch and she paid tribute to her colleagues in the Talbot Group, both in the Oriel House Hotel and in the Talbot Wexford.
Sponsored by the Barry Fitzwilliam Group, in partnership with JM Casez, Lauren's prize is a three-day all expenses paid trip to the Bordeaux, the largest wine-producing region in France.