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 in Toronto. Their daughter, Lorraine, runs Baal & Tanit, a personalised goods company and the youngest, Sinead, is studying medicine and is in the Hockey Ireland National Squad.



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 football pitch! 



Beatrice, aka Bea, as regular guests like to call her is a household name. Bea began working at the hotel 40 years ago under the guidance of John’s mother Rosaleen. Bea’s love for the family and her role meant she never left and still to this day brings the same work ethic and heartfelt welcome to the hotel.

Bea loves to visit her family and new grandchild in Australia and is still relishing in her win as the Irish Hotels Federation Dublin Branch Employee of the Year 2018.


Head Chef

Shane began working at the Sandymount Hotel 11 years ago. He 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. Shane created the Christmas Gingerbread Village and plays a huge role every match day feeding hundreds of hungry supporters before and after matches.

When Shane’s not cooking he likes to travel and introduces ideas from overseas into his cuisine at Sandymount Hotel.

Ciaran O Neill  

Operations Manager

Ciaran began his career in hotels in 2011. Having worked in several departments including kitchen, reception, maintenance, IT and as a duty manager, Ciaran has a broad range of all hotel operations which he puts to use on a daily basis in his role. Ciaran enjoys meeting new people and helping people develop in their careers.

In his down time, he enjoys golf, reading and spending time with his family.

Bridget Tiernan  

HR Manager

Bridget is our HR manager and comes from Wellington, New Zealand. She has been with the hotel for over 7 years and has worked in HR her whole life in 4 different countries. She really enjoys the friendly team culture at the hotel and helping the team achieve their best.

When not at work, Bridget loves to play tennis, read, socialise and travel…when her busy family times allow!

Claire Donnelly  

Reservations Manager

If you've ever made a booking, you'll know Claire for her friendliness, warmth and helpful nature on the phone. She is a team player that has worked at Sandymount Hotel for over a year and has over 20 years of experience in hospitality.  She prides herself on excellent customer service. 

When she's not working, Claire can be found running around after her two boys, trying out new bakes or in her garden tending to her veg patch.

Connor Dolan  

Financial Controller

After completing his Leaving Certificate in 1993, Connor moved to Scotland to study Accountancy at University of Dundee. On completion of his degree, he worked with JD Wetherspoons for several years gaining great training and insight in the hospitality industry. He returned to Ireland in 2001 and worked in practice for several years before moving to work in industry. He commenced employment with Sandymount Hotel in August 2005.

Outside of work, Connor’s interests are walking, cycling, cinema and Liverpool FC


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