'Speed dial' Marie is now in Residence
She has the likes of Grainne Seoige, Lorraine Keane, Synan O'Mahony, Westlife, Shelly Corkery and Morah Ryan on her speed dial.
So it was no surprise when Marie Chawke -- the breathlessly charming general manager of Aghadoe Heights Hotel in Killarney, Co Kerry -- was appointed last week to the lofty post of executive director of business development at the glitzily exclusive Residence.
The beautiful brunette has been a key figure in the hospitality industry in Ireland for a decade and will be a valuable new addition to the private members' club on Dublin's St Stephen's Green.
"I won't be starting until the first week of October," Marie said.
"I will still be running Aghadoe Heights with my husband Pat. We'll always be managing that together," she said yesterday.
She added that she was very much looking forward to dividing her time between the hotel and Residence.
"It's an exciting new challenge. Aghadoe Heights will always be close to my heart, and despite what some people might think, I am still very much involved in the hotel where I've been for the last 10 years," she added.