Employee Stories

We want our staff to be proud to work in Dalata, who share our passion for excellence in service, and dedication to the customer. In return, we offer a fantastic place to work and development opportunities. Take a look at what it’s like to work with Dalata Hotel Group, as told to you by some of our talent throughout the group.


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Let Kate tell you about our Graduate Development Programme


And More….

Lisa Halligan

Lisa Halligan

I had a number of roles in the hotel, like in reception as supervisor, accounts, and Front of House Manager.  In 2013, I took the decision to change path and was successful in applying for the Corporate Sales Manager within the Hotel.

I got the opportunity to participate in the Dalata Sales Development Programme. It was the perfect course for me on so many levels. I was Corporate Sales Manager Maldron Dublin Airport and now I’m Business Development Manager Clayton Hotel Ballsbridge. READ MORE



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As of November 2018 I will be taking up my new role as Group General Manager of Clayton Hotels. My education consisted of completing two degrees through the National College of Ireland. Both of these degrees revolved around Human Resources Management and Industrial Relations. My aim was to become a HR Manager in a hotel. To do this I had to undertake a Graduate Management Program which was an 18 month program where I worked all the key disciplines of the business.

I started my career as a Hall Porter moving onto Receptionist, Night Receptionist, Conference & Banqueting Assistant and Breakfast Supervisor – all as part of my management program that gave me a fantastic outlook and understanding on the entire business.




Profile pic (002)Rory Fitzpatrick

Personally I’m very proud to be a part of the Dalata success story. Over the years since its incorporation I have worked with and witnessed many strong people develop in their roles and progress to more senior positions within the company. I believe the opportunity that exists to grow and develop is central to Dalata’s continued success and I look forward in anticipation to seeing many more years of unparalleled growth.




SauliusSaulius Cepkauskas 

I will be looking forward to new challenges and hoping to be given further opportunity and to become a General Manager for Dalata Hotel Group.

If I was to give advice to any in this sector, it would be mentor, train and compliment your staff when they do the things right and take pride in their job!



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Zola Jacuuse

I was chosen to participate in the Revenue Manager Development Programme. By applying what I was learning on the course into the day to day activities within my job I was able to excel within my role, and together with the rest of the management team, make significant improvements to our strategy, which resulted in a very successful year for us all.

I am grateful to work for a company that not only supports this, but also encourages it




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Mike Conroy

I was promoted to Meeting & Events Manager and I’m still continuing my development, by taking Duty Manager shifts, which allows me to the learn other departments in the hotel. I am looking forward to growing with Dalata Hotel Group and seeing the further development of our business in the UK.





Richard Dennell

Working for Dalata and having a de-centralised structure allows us to make decisions at the property and lets us do what we believe is best for the business in our hotels. You are allowed to look after your business as if it were your own, but know there is support from central office whenever required.






Daniel Leopardstown

Daniel Kenny

I was given the opportunity to take a place on Internal Trainee Management Programme in Clayton Hotel Leopardstown. I was thrilled to be a part of this new training initiative, which is made up of 12 week rotations in the various departments in the Hotel. I’ve gained knowledge in Front Office, Reservations and Accounts; and I will learn Revenue and Accommodation by the time the programme finishes.



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Lisa Noonan 

No two days are the same in Dalata Hotel Group which is very exciting group to be part of. When you work with a large hotel group, there is a lot of emphasis on training & development; within the Group you will have opportunities to grow & develop your career and the opportunities for promotions is phenomenal. I am looking forward to the Dalata Group growing further & looking forward to seeing the further developments with Ireland, Northern Ireland & UK.


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