Dan Murphy | Managing Director – Galway Bay Hotel | Guest Speaker to Facilities Management Event Programs
Dan Murphy, guest speaker on our facilities management led special events & webinars , is the long-standing Managing Director of the high-profile Galway Bay Hotel. As a guest speaker on a number of our Facilities Management events, he gives wonderful industry insight and opportunity to our students.
Dan has a wealth of experience having held senior management roles in Four-star and Five-star hotels in the US and in Ireland. Throughout Dan’s early career days he gained very valuable Five-star experience in prestigious hotels such as Adare Manor and Ashford Castle. Following on from his graduation from MTU in the early ’90s Dan worked for 5 years with the Hilton Hotel group in North America working his way through the management ranks in the Chicago Hilton & Towers Hotel and the Waldorf Astoria in New York. On his return to Ireland in 1997 he took up a position of Operations Manager in the Rochestown Park Hotel in his hometown of Cork city before taking the role of General Manager in the Galway Bay Hotel in early 1999. Dan quickly settled into this hotel, making Galway city home and quickly establishing the Galway Bay Hotel as one of the leading 4-star hotels in the country. To date, Dan and his team have achieved more than 50 awards for the Galway Bay Hotel, including best Four-Star Hotel in Ireland on a number of occasions, Deloitte Best Managed Company, Best Employer in Galway this year and indeed the Irish Hospitality Institute Hotel Manager of the Year. However, Dan would say that his biggest achievements is guiding a thriving business through many crises such as 9/11, financial down turns, recessions, water crises, Covid pandemic and not only weathering the storm but ensuring a stronger and leaner business. Dan really enjoys interacting with people within our industry, learning and sharing his experiences inside and outside of the lecture theatre.