Thursday 19 September 2019

Dublin stars Alan and Bernard Brogan line-out for €8m luxury hotel deal

Bernard and Alan Brogan with the Sam Maguire after Dublin’s victory over Kerry. Picture credit: David Maher / SPORTSFILE
Bernard and Alan Brogan with the Sam Maguire after Dublin’s victory over Kerry. Picture credit: David Maher / SPORTSFILE

Dublin GAA stars Alan and Bernard Brogan are teaming up off the pitch as they move to snap up a luxury hotel in a multi-million euro deal.

The famous pair, along with their father Bernard Brogan Sr, have forked out €8m for the Pillo Hotel in Ashbourne, Co Meath. The four-star, 148-bedroom hotel, which opened in 2007, was put on the market last January.

The Brogans are understood to have taken over the hotel, which is profitable, as a going concern.  This means that business at the hotel will continue as normal and bookings are unaffected.

The five-storey hotel includes a restaurant and bar together with large conference and banqueting facilities capable of seating 550 guests.

The property boasts a significant fitness centre, including a fully-equipped gym, swimming pool, sauna, steam room and jacuzzi.

It also includes an eight-person treatment room, spa and hydrotherapy area.

The hotel has made much of its profit through its proximity to the Tayto Park theme park.

This is not the first hotel deal to have been completed by the All-Ireland-winning footballers.

They are reported to have taken control of the Dundrum House resort and golf course in Co Tipperary. That deal was valued at close to €3m.


The family is no stranger to the hotel business, and has made it known in property circles that it is keen to expand its interests in the sector.

Bernard Sr was part of a consortium that bought the Setanta House Hotel in Celbridge, Co Kildare, three years ago in a deal estimated at €1.25m.

Dublin forward Bernard and recently retired Alan are involved in a number of businesses outside of sport.

Bernard (32) is registered as a director of eight companies, including businesses tied to Adaptive Ireland – a tech firm in the Digital Hub in Dublin. 

The Dublin office  acts as the European arm of Adaptive, which is focused on managing large volumes of data for companies.  The office here is led by former Intel Ireland boss Brendan Cannon.

Meanwhile, older brother Alan (34), who retired from the inter-county scene last year, works for communications consultancy Custodian.

It is set to be a busy year for Bernard.  As well as lining out for Dublin in the GAA championship this summer and focusing on his various career interests, he is due to walk down the aisle next Christmas.

The St Oliver Plunkett’s club man will wed long-term girlfriend Keira Doyle, after he popped the question during a sun-soaked trip to Turkey in January.


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