“Hoteliers Cook Off”

 Celebrity Chef Joe Shannon

Host & Compere  “Hoteliers Cook Off”


Joe Shannon is executive chef of the luxurious Radisson blu hotel, Spa and leisure centre Sligo. He has been awarded many accolades, has travelled extensively, participating in all sorts of culinary delights.

He is totally passionate about all things food and his cookery demonstrations are renowned nationally for his inspirational dishes delivered with great passion and fun, raising 1000s of euros for all sorts of good causes

Joe is one of Ireland AMS resident chefs and also is well known in the North West for his radio Colum every Monday on Ocean FM “Cooking with Joe” along with Margaret Carr Flynn



Solis Lough Eske Castle a Solis Hotel & Spa

Sean Carney

Lough Eske Castle’s General Manager served with Capella Hotel Group in Saint Lucia Capella Marigot Bay prior to landing back on Irish shores and before that he was the Executive Assistant Manager, Food & Beverage at The Hotel at Auburn University.

He also served as a co-educator of the Food & Beverage-related courses administered through Auburn University’s Hospitality Management Program on campus in The College of Human Sciences.

Before joining The Hotel at Auburn University, Carney served as the Director of Food at Caneel Bay, A Rosewood Resort on St. John, USVI. Carney also spent three years as Assistant Director of Food & Beverage at Hilton Short Hills in northern New Jersey. His extensive experience in the field also includes serving as Maître D’ at the Nikolais Roof restaurant as well as Beverage Manager at the Hilton and Towers in Atlanta, Room Service Manager at The Ritz-Carlton Buckhead in Atlanta, Assistant Beverage Manager and Restaurant Manager at Hilton Waikoloa Village in Hawaii, and Restaurant Manager of The Terrace Restaurant at Rye Town Hilton in Rye, New York.

A keen sportsman he follows GAA, Rugby and soccer. When not working he can be seen exercising on the roads around Donegal Town on his bicycle.

Married to Rajni they have one child Kieran who goes to school here locally.


The Abbey Hotel

Danny O’ Donnell

Danny O’ Donnell General Manager of the Abbey Hotel  which is a 3-star property located in the Diamond in Donegal Town, making it an ideal base  from which to explore the rugged beauty of the Wild Atlantic Way .

Danny a Donegal Town man who has spent over 30 years working in this hospitality industry under the ownership of the Breslin Family and more recently the White Hotel Group ltd.

He is one of the much loved and familiar faces which greet you on arrival at the Abbey Hotel. Danny has a tremendous Community, Business & Voluntary spirit and over the years has played a very important role in all aspects of Community life in Donegal Town. He is well documented as being the person to whom all sectors of Donegal Town Community and surrounding areas approach when any form of help is required. Danny simply doesn’t do PROBLEMS only SOLUTIONS!

Unknown to most of us Danny’s secret passion is COOKING.

He loves to cook for family and friends!! This is evident at Christmas time when Danny becomes the Executive Chef, puts on the seasonal apron and cooks a Christmas dinner fit for any King and Queen, hosted by himself , his wife Annemarie daughter Delia and son Patrick for the extended family.

Danny is ready to RUMBLE at the “Hotelier’s cook off””



Harvey’s Point Country Hotel

Noel Cunnigham

Noel Cunningham TV personality… Radio contributor … Hotelier he spent many years travelling all over the World working in many of the fine THF Hotels Worldwide. His love of Showbiz came about as he worked on some of the great Ocean Liners.. When cruising was more elegant and great International Stars performed on board for World Voyages.

Now happily settled back in Donegal at his beloved Harvey’s Point, Noel enjoys all things local. Donegal is his passion. Walking and travel is well documented as his other passions as is his other TV and Radio life.

Noel considers the Wild Atlantic Way to be the greatest Tourism Initiative ever undertook in Ireland… And his motto is… Come to the Cabaret… @ Harvey’s Point








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