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K2 Alpacas from Wicklow feature in latest series of ‘At Your Service’ on RTÉ


Francis Brennan and Joe Whelan with some of Joe's Alpacas.

Francis Brennan and Joe Whelan with some of Joe's Alpacas.

Francis Brennan and Joe Whelan with some of Joe's Alpacas.


HOSPITALITY experts John and Francis Brennan are back with a brand new series of ‘At Your Service’, and the first episode will focus on Joe Whelan’s K2 Alpacas business in Newtownmountkennnedy and his ambition of creating self-catering holiday cottages.

The show’s new hour-long format features Francis and John on a mission to help four owners develop their hospitality businesses.

Programme one, airing on RTÉ One at 9.35 p.m. this Monday, features Joe, who left behind the city and a high-flying career in financial services to embrace a very different life in the countryside. He’s bought a farm in Newtown where he’s set up a new alpaca trekking business.

He’s also in the process of renovating old farm buildings to create seven self-catering holiday cottages.

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However, with no background in hospitality he badly needs the Brennan’s expertise to keep his new business venture on the right track. This proves a difficult journey – Joe faces many obstacles including serious health concerns both for himself and his alpacas, major building delays, challenging financial issues, and, of course, the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.

John Brennan said: “The hospitality industry has suffered more than most due to the pandemic. We understand the pressure this has placed on so many businesses.”

Francis Brennan stated: “We’re all facing huge challenges as we welcome guests back into our businesses. John and I want to help others navigate this process.”

The new four part series is produced by leading independent production company Waddell Media for RTÉ One.