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.

Hotel 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.

Operations Manager

Liam Downey

Liam is a proud West Cork native, he joined the team in 2015, and completed his Hotel Management Degree while with us. Liam has a keen interest in sports, and is an avid Manchester United fan.

Sales & Revenue Manager

Marie Galvin

Marie is originally from Kilflynn, just outside Tralee & has been a member of the team since January 2007. Her hobbies include baking, reading, gardening & following Kerry hurling and football.

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.

Human Resources Manager

Grainne Maunsell

Grainne grew up in Tralee and has been with the team since 2019. She enjoys spending time with family & always takes advantage of Ballyseedy Woods & the beautiful Kerry beaches in her spare time.


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