Meet the Team

Sandymount Hotel's Award Winning Team



The eldest son of the original owners George and Rosaleen Loughran, John grew up with his family in the hotel. He studied in Trinity College, and qualified as a Chartered Accountant with PWC. He joined his brother in the hotel in 1990 and became sole owner in 1999. He loves rugby and commissioned the 15ft bronze “Sandymount Line Out” sculpture.

Audrey, his wife of 37 years was a receptionist in the hotel. They have 4 children. Their son, Gerard, works in the hotel and Oisin works with AON Insurance, Toronto. Their daughter, Lorraine, runs Baal & Tanit, a personalised goods company and the “baby” Sinead is studyng medicine and is in the Hockey Ireland National Squad. He is extremely proud to run the oldest family operated hotel in Dublin.



Gerard has been working in the hotel for as long as he can remember, from pulling pints to making beds, he's done it all! He became a fully-fledged member of the team in 2006 and now manages the day to day operations of the hotel.

When Gerard's not working he can be found on the tee box or dribbling on the football pitch! A lover of sport when it comes to cheering from the side lines, nothing is off limits.



Irish Hotel Federation, Dublin Branch Employee of the Year 2018

Beatrice, or ‘Bea’ as our regular guests call her, began working at family owned Sandymount Hotel 37 year’s ago, back when the hotel was under the leadership of current day owner John Loughran’s parent’s George and Rosaleen Loughran. Joining with a role at reception, Beatrice excelled at the job and quickly became a household name. With a passion for the role and a love for the Loughran family, Beatrice still brings the same work ethic and heartfelt welcome to the hotel.

Her favourite thing about working in the hotel is the friendly, relaxed atmosphere and the ‘lovely guests’

In December 2018, Beatrice was named the Irish Hotels Federation (IHF) Dublin Employee of the Year. The Irish Hotels Federation (IHF) began rolling out the Branch Employee of the Year awards scheme to celebrate and recognise exceptional employees who make an outstanding contribution to their workplace.

Peter Collins, Chair of the Dublin Branch of the Irish Hotels Federation said:

“Dublin is renowned the world over for our excellent hospitality product and this does not come about by accident. It is down to the thousands of talented and passionate people who work in our industry, making our visitors and guests feel truly welcome. Our annual Employee of the Year award helps shine a light on the positive contribution made by employees throughout the hotels sector and we were impressed by the very high calibre of nominations received this year.”

 “We are delighted to present this year’s award to Beatrice O’ Donoghue from Sandymount Hotel in recognition of her outstanding commitment and work ethic, sense of team spirit and willingness to go that extra mile to assist guests.”  

Beatrice now goes forward to represent Dublin at the Irish Hotels Federation National Awards where the national winner will be awarded the overall title at a special ceremony next March 2019.

Under the IHF award scheme, each hotel and guesthouse are invited to nominate one employee for their local branch award. An independent judging panel comprising representatives of local Institutes of Technology (IT), or Education and Training Boards (ETBs), as well as members from other IHF branches is responsible for reviewing the nominees and selecting the overall winner.


Head Chef

Shane started cooking at a very young age, learning tips and tricks from his mother who was also a chef. He trained at the Institute of Technology in Tralee before spending several years in America and Australia. When Shane’s not cooking he likes to travel and introduces ideas from overseas into his cuisine at Sandymount Hotel.


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