Bio from the website of http://firebreak.ie/
Adrian holds a BSc (Management) from Trinity College Dublin. Adrian cut his teeth in Ernst and Young, Dublin, where he spent eight years, becoming a fellow of Institute of Chartered Accountants in the process. He then spent two years at Dolmen Corporate Finance and Ion Equity, before taking up the position of Managing Director at Capital Bars, where he spent 9 years. In 2010, Adrian left to pursue his vision for Firebreak, which he continues to lead and build.
It seems Adrian has developed a habit of buying distressed assets (hotels) and turning them around. An admirable habit, although you would have to wonder if he is disclosing his intentions from the outset.
For instance, he purchased The Grand Hotel Wicklow in September 2017
|Speaking to WicklowNews.Net, Shanagher said, “The Grand Hotel has been a feature of Wicklow town for well over a century. We are delighted to be at the helm for the next chapter of its life. We intend to revitalise and improve the Hotel in a number of respects over the coming months. We hope to reposition the Hotel as an important amenity and asset of the local community.”|
The Grand Hotel is no longer open to walk-in business after shutting its bar, residents bar, function room and nightclub last week.
Adrian Shanagher of Firebreak Hospitality, the company which owns the Grand Hotel, said it just wasn't any longer feasible to keep the facilities open when they were receiving such little business.
'From the outset, it was always my intention to leave the bar, residents bar, nightclub and function room open to the public but all our business was cancelled. Wicklow County Council cancelled their Christmas party and we had other cancellations as well. No one was coming in so there was no choice but to shut the facilities to walk-in business,' said Mr Shanagher. 'There was practically no one in the bar during the month of November and we ended up having to close during the daytime. There was no benefit in having the bar open on a Monday night when no one was coming in'.
Staff levels will drop from 45 down to 20, though some members of staff had already left upon the announcement that the hotel would become a direct provision centre for asylum seekers.
I think an article like this one from the Irish Times dated 2014 would make for an interesting read today.
There seems to be quite a little cottage industry being developed around the asylum process.