Meet the team

Padraig McGillicuddy leads a team of highly experienced and passionate managers. Each member of our dedicated and professional team showcase their individual talents in their unique fields, whilst simultaneously working together to provide a warm and genuine Irish hospitality experience for all our guests.

Hotel Proprietor

Padraig McGillicuddy

Padraig is a 3rd generation hotelier & proprietor of Ballygarry Estate since 2003. He is an outdoor enthusiast with an interest in hiking, aviation & classic cars.

General Manager

Thys Vogels

Originally from Stirling in Scotland, Thys has been a member of the Ballygarry team since May 2011. Thys is married with one daughter & enjoys walking, cycling, kayaking, gardening & historic mini’s.

Hotel Manager

TJ Mulcahy

TJ has recently joined our management team. As a father of three children TJ loves spending time with his family. His hobbies include cycling, going for long walks with their dog Bella and enjoys watching Gaelic Football and Hurling.

Sales & Revenue Manager

Marie Galvin

Marie is originally from Kilflynn, just outside Tralee & has been a member of the team since January 2007. As a mother of 3, her hobbies include baking, reading & spending time with her family.

Front Office Manager

Elaine Young

Elaine is from the village of Causeway in North Kerry & has been a member of the team since 2006. Married with 3 children, Elaine enjoys walking in her spare time.

Head Chef

John O'Sullivan

John has been a member of the team at Ballygarry Estate since 2012. John takes great pride in sourcing local ingredients to create award winning seasonal dishes for his menus.

Spa Manager

Gina Groves

Gina has been with Ballygarry Estate since September 2005. An avid Bee keeper, Gina supplies the Spa with bees wax for bespoke products and loves the outdoors- fishing in particular.

Night Manager

Thomas Coffey

Thomas is from Knocknagoshel in North Kerry. He is a philosophy graduate and enjoys history, politics, spirituality and classical music. Thomas is also an avid Celtic FC and Ireland cricket fan.

Wedding & Event Sales Manager

Amanda O'Connor

Amanda has recently moved home to Kerry with her husband. She enjoys exploring the countryside & making the most of what Kerry has to offer. Amanda also has a keen interest in dance & music.

Assistant Food & Beverage Manager

Kevan Foley

Kevan joined the Ballygarry Team in Winter 2019. He is a proud Tralee native & in his free time enjoys golfing, soccer and watching formula 1.


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