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23 & 24 April 2018 – National University of Ireland, Galway
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Niall Rochford

Niall Rochford is General Manager of Ashford Castle, the luxurious five-star resort hotel on the banks of Lough Corrib in the West of Ireland.

Niall completed his Hotel Management Training and Degree in Business Studies at The Dublin College of Catering going on to become the Deputy General Manager at another of Ireland’s five star properties, Dromoland Castle before moving to Ashford Castle in 2002.

Under his management Niall has seen Ashford Castle undergo a multi-million euro refurbishment since passing into the hands of the Red Carnation Hotel Collection, breathing new life into the cherished property. Not only this, he has successfully steered his team winning a number of leading industry awards including; Virtuoso Best Hotel in the World 2015, Travel + Leisure Best Hotel Resort in UK & Ireland 2016, Conde Nast Top 5 Resorts in Ireland, Keeling Gold Medal Award Best Hotel in Ireland three years in a row.

His personal accomplishments include IHI Hospitality Manager of the Year 2013 sponsored by The Irish Times and Red Carnation Collection Hotel Manager of the Year, 2016.



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