Hodson Bay Hotel Appoints Johnny Connaughton As General Manager

By Robert McHugh
Hodson Bay Hotel Appoints Johnny Connaughton As General Manager

The Hodson Bay Hotel in Athlone recently announced the promotion of Johnny Connaughton to general manager.

Connaughton began working at the Hodson Bay Hotel in 2015, as a food-and-beverage (F&B) assistant in the restaurant.

Trainee Manager Programme

In 2016, he participated in the trainee manager programme, progressing to guest relations manager shortly after this.

Connaughton then went on to work in several four- and five-star properties around Ireland as F&B manager, conference-and-banqueting manager, and operations manager.

He returned to the Hodson Bay Hotel in September 2022, as deputy general manager, and the Hodson Bay Group has now promoted him to general manager.


‘Excellent Example’

“Johnny is an excellent example of how young people can progress in the hotel industry and, in particular, within our group,” said Tim Hayes, managing director at the Hodson Bay Hotel.

“I am delighted we have had the opportunity to welcome him back, and I wish him all the success for his future at Hodson Bay Group.”

Ireland’s Lakelands

The Hodson Bay Hotel is located five minutes from Athlone, in the heart of Ireland’s Lakelands.

The property comprises of 176 bedrooms, fine- and casual-dining restaurants, purpose-built conferencing suites, a leisure centre and a luxury spa.

The hotel is located just over one hour from Dublin.


O’Sullivan Family

The Hodson Bay Group – operator of the four-star Sheraton Athlone, Galway Bay and Hodson Bay hotels – is owned by the O’Sullivan family.

Its board of directors consists of 11 members with experience in the hospitality, travel, property and media sectors.

The Hodson Bay Hotel in Roscommon was opened in 1998.