You've Been Served: Ciarán Murphy, Sheen Falls Lodge

You've Been Served: Ciarán Murphy, Sheen Falls Lodge

I am the restaurant manager in Sheen Falls Lodge. I have been the manager since the beginning of 2018.

My husband and I got married on January 2, 2016 in Sheen Falls Lodge.

It is usually the last day of the season for the hotel which is wonderful as then I am off generally the next four weeks.

I can be a very traditional person so I always knew that I was going to be the one proposing to David and early on in our relationship I told David that I would love us to be married before we were both 40.

Therefore on his 40th birthday party I proposed to him in front of all our loved ones. A magical night.

I work with the wedding team at Sheen Falls and I knew I could trust them with one of the most important moments and chapters in my life.

David did ask me if I could switch off and I just said yes. It was true.

I had three of the most unbelievable days and will never be able to thank the team enough for this.

There was no issue with me being a guest of honour.

Every couple who has gotten married in Sheen Falls Lodge has felt the same way I felt when leaving the hotel after getting married there.

No matter who you are, the team go that extra mile for you because they are interested in you, your guests, and doing the job right.

Besides getting married at Sheen Falls Lodge, my most favourite memories of the job are always linked with the team that I work with.

The joys of an operational role is that every day is different and sometimes how you plan the day is very different to how the day actually plays out.

This may not suit everyone but I find it a great challenge and everyday interesting.

I feel fortunate that I have a great team both back of house and front of house that they are very motivational, helping with whatever and however the day may unfold.

I suppose being a movie buff, meeting some of my favourite stars has been a bonus of the job.

I can be the world’s worst at recognising people but I have the honour of saying that I had a conversion with Quentin Tarantino over California Pinot Noir.

I served French toast to Joan Cusack along with checking in Judy Greer.

But of late, I was delighted to say that I was able to serve Christine Baranski who stayed for a few days with us. A beautiful person and mesmerising actor.

The key to each day is knowing who is in house, guest wise, and what is going on function wise.

There are a lot of return guests so at this level it is important that you recognise them and that it is amazing to have these guests come back to us time and time again.

Ciarán Murphy is restaurant manager at Sheen Falls Lodge. www.sheenfallslodge.ie

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