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Killruddery Estate Appoints New Chief Operating Officer

By Dave Simpson
Killruddery Estate Appoints New Chief Operating Officer

Lord and Lady Ardee of Killruddery in Bray, Co. Wicklow, have announced the appointment of Philip Ryan as chief operating officer.


Ryan joined the team in May of this year, bringing over three decades of experience in the Michelin and five-star hospitality and upmarket food retail sectors to the privately owned 800 acre estate.

Ryan's career in hospitality has included management positions at Ashford Castle, opening the Michelin starred Commons Restaurant on St Stephen's Green, being general manager of the five-star Glenlo Abbey Hotel, founding Carluccio's Ireland and various consulting roles with companies such as the Michelin starred Chapter One Restaurant, Westport House & Hotel, the National Concert Hall and Donnybrook Fair, as well as managing thereopening of Bewley's Café on Dublin's Grafton Street in 2017.

Hailing from Co. Dublin, Ryan began his career gaining experience in a variety of management and operational roles in the food and hospitality sector, where he developed a keen interest in food sustainability and the Irish food and agri-sector.


Speaking about his new appointment, he said, "I have always been a huge fan of Killruddery's biodiversity story, and I'm delighted to be working in an environment that has such a strong farm to fork and garden to plate ethos. Since my appointment in May of this year, I've thoroughly enjoyed working with team as we develop and expand this unique heritage destination."


Speaking about Ryan's appointment, Lady Fionnuala Aston-Ardee said, "The appointment of Philip Ryan as COO to our enterprises here at Killruddery is a real milestone in the development of the estate, he has brought a wealth of experience and understanding of hospitality, and his forward thinking and team leadership is evident already in the five months that Philip has been with us. There is a lot of synergy in how we see Killruddery developing and a genuine belief in our mission - we are thrilled that Philip has come on board."

Additional Information

Ryan is currently recruiting for a number of positions, including the role of restaurant general manager. For more details, visit

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