Sunday 21 January 2018

Hotelier Brennan's Dromquinna Manor set for bumper year

Hotelier John Brennan's glamping venue in Co Kerry
Hotelier John Brennan's glamping venue in Co Kerry
Hotelier John Brennan

Gordon Deegan

One of TV's Brennan brothers said yesterday that his Dromquinna Manor venture outside Kenmare in Co Kerry is set for a record year and will entertain 18,000 guests this year.

That represents a 29pc increase on the 14,000 guests that attended the exclusive wedding and 'glamping' venue in 2016.

In an interview, 'At your Service' host John Brennan said that the business "has exceeded all expectations" as new accounts show that the company behind Dromquinna recorded profits of €190,105 in 2015.

At the end of 2015, Mr Brennan's Cloud Nine Management Services was sitting on accumulated profits of €502,020.

Mr Brennan predicted that 2017 year "will be a bumper year".

Mr Brennan said that the business records revenues of around €2m a year.

He said that business at Dromquinna last year was "slightly down" on 2015.

The business charges couples €125 per person for weddings which Mr Brennan said offered great value.

"Value is related to quality and for the quality of what we do, for the €125 you won't get anywhere else in the country," he said.

"I could cut corners on a whole host of things and make an awful lot more money, but there is nothing in Dromquinna for a wedding that we wouldn't do for our own daughter."

Mr Brennan said he only serves "good" wine: "I don't serve any South American wines. I only serve European wines. I'm not filling people up with all sorts of cheap wine."

He added that 80pc of couples who plan to marry and who visit go on to sign up to have their wedding at Dromquinna.

"That conversion rate is phenomenal," the hotelier said.

Mr Brennan said that on Wednesday of this week, he took four bookings for 2018.

He said that the venue has staged two same-sex weddings and has four more booked in for 2017. Mr Brennan said that the 18,000 visitors to Dromquinna "will provide 36,000 bed nights for the area".

He said: "That is a massive boost for Kenmare. Everyone benefits from us and we benefit from everyone.

"The majority of weddings are couples from abroad with one partner being Irish - usually the guy.

"It is a fantastic model and we have taken no business from anyone locally."

The firm's staff costs in 2015 totalled €466,779.

Mr Brennan ploughed €375,000 into the venture in 2015.

Irish Independent

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