Beattie-Marie is leaving her post at the Brandon
ONE of New Ross's best known personalities, Brandon House Hotel General Manager Bettie-Marie Burger-Smit is leaving New Ross for pastures new, after 13 years at the hotel.
Ms Burger-Smit will work her last day this Friday and is inviting everyone to join her for tea before she leaves to pursue a career in Dublin.
Ms Burger-Smit, who lives in Camross, gained national attention in recent years for her work in the Irish Hotel Federation, serving as chair of the south east branch, and for her fundraising work for Bodywhys, which saw her walk the length and breadth of Ireland.
Ms Burger-Smit said: 'If you are ambitious in the hospitality business, unfortunately Dublin is where you need to be. I am of a certain age, where people start to put you in a box and the time is right to give it a go.'