Ryan clan celebrate Mother's Day and hotel's anniversary
"Listen to your customers, listen to your staff and aim to buy Irish and local," is the advice of Galway businesswoman, Breda Ryan. She has decades of useful experience to pass onto her granddaughters in the family business - the four star Ardilaun hotel which this month celebrates 55 years in business on Taylor's Hill.
Ryan and her late husband, Paddy, who was Mayor of Galway when JFK visited in 1963, opened their 18-bed hotel in 1962.
Hurricane Debbie the previous September delayed the opening and Ryan criss-crossed the country fitting out the hotel with bespoke Crown Derby delph from Arklow, lanterns from Cork, carpets from her native Navan and Waterford Crystal chandeliers bought from Fallers of Galway.
The Ardilaun now has more than 130 rooms and employs 150. Ryan's son John and his wife, Maggie, manage the hotel and their daughters, Eva (21), Georgia (15), Stephanie (17) and Sophie (19) have all worked part-time in the hotel.
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