Friday, May 20, 2022

A WATERFORD woman has been newly appointed as Commercial Director of Mount Congreve Gardens and Waterford Treasures Museums. 

Sara Dolan, originally from Ardmore, was appointed to the position, and will play a pivotal role in delivering on the tourism attractions’ growth agenda. Sara returns to her native county to take up the position, bringing tremendous global experience in the luxury hospitality industry. She is excited to apply her expertise, passion and customer-obsessed culture to promote Waterford for both brands. 

Speaking of her appointment, Sara said: “I’m delighted to be joining Mount Congreve Gardens and Waterford Treasures Museums. It’s a very exciting time for both brands with two new museums having just opened at Waterford Treasures and works ongoing for a new visitor experience to open at Mount Congreve Gardens in the early autumn.”  

Works are in full swing on-site at Mount Congreve Gardens.  

“We have appointed our Café partner CaToCa, who have brilliant experience in this area having hosted café sites at Belvedere House and Gardens, Portumna Castle and more.  

“We are excited to share that prior to the gardens re-opening, we will be opening a new Mount Congreve Express Café at our Greenway Gate for visitors to enjoy some of the signature tastes that will also be available at the brand new Mount Congreve ‘Stables Café’ when the attraction opens this autumn.”  

The Mount Congreve Express Café menu will feature local produce along with flavours and vegetables fresh from the Mount Congreve kitchen gardens. 

“Alongside organising our new café we are partnering with a number of local craft businesses and producers for our brand new retail space and there are a lot of very exciting projects in the works for this.” 

Sara is looking forward to working with the team at both brands and further enhancing the visitor experiences at each, along with building upon the profile of both attractions at an international level. 

She has worked with Keller Travel, which has a range of four and five-star luxury camping resorts in France, Italy and Spain, and she has spent the last eight years working with the Cliff Hotels Group and has just departed her role as Group Director of Marketing there for the Commercial Director position. 

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