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Owners of Celtic Tiger favourite hotel turn to RTE show for help

THEY once struggled with helicopter parking problems, but Rathsallagh Country House owners turn to financial troubleshooters on a new RTE show.

The luxury venue was the number one choice during the Celtic Tiger years, but now financial whizzes Tommy Murphy and Sean Dunne have been brought in to offer their expert advice.

New series Taking Care of Business provides pointers on how to keep afloat during the recession.

The second episode, which will be broadcast this week, sees them visit Rathsallagh Country House in Co Wicklow, which is owned by the O'Flynns. During the Celtic Tiger years, business was booming and high-rollers flew in from every corner of the country to park on owner Joe O'Flynn's lawn – creating a helicopter parking problem.

Financial expert Tommy Murphy (53) told the Herald: "There are very few hotels that aren't experiencing some sort of difficulties."

He said that Joe had invested heavily in the hotel – set in 530 acres of beautiful parkland – and focused on providing personal service.

"Joe needs to make the business as profitable as he can, while maintaining high customer standards," Tommy said.

The programme reveals Joe's ideas for a marketing trip to America, converting a gate lodge to add extra bedrooms and creating new attractions at Rathsallagh.

Taking Care of Business will be broadcast on Thursday nights on RTE One at 8.30pm.

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