Hotel Hub: Mahon’s Hotel, Irvinestown
This year has been quite a year of celebration for Mahon’s as we mark 135 years in business,” says Joe Mahon, owner. “We started the year with an Open House event where we invited local community to take part in an evening of entertainment and a house tour.”
Further events this year have included a 135 Massey Ferguson Tractor Run with North West Vintage Club in aid of Air Ambulance, angling competitions, a staff reunion and guest promotions.
Looking forward, “2020 will see further developments at the hotel,” says Joe. “We are currently looking at putting extra rooms in the hotel and renovating our function room, as well as installing an additional lift to accommodate people with disabilities.
“Next year is the 20th anniversary of the Lady of the Lake Festival and Truck Run, and we hope to make it a bigger event than ever.
“We are active on all our social media channels and plan that, by the end of 2020, we will have a new website. We aim to bring more business into the hotel from the Republic of Ireland and GB and have been working on plans to make this happen too.
“We collaborate with other providers and attractions; Fermanagh and the wider region has a great deal to offer visitors and we hope that 2020 will be a good year for guests to come and explore this special place.”
HOTEL OPENED: Mahon’s Hotel was opened in 1883 in the Mahon name by Joseph Mahon.
OWNERSHIP/REFURBISHMENT HISTORY: Joseph Mahon previously owned the Erne Hotel in Ballyshannon. He ran Mahon’s Hotel until 1951 when he died, and it was taken over by his son Vincent, until his death in 1979. Vincent’s son Joe returned to the family hotel in 1982, working alongside his mother until she died in 1996. The hotel is now managed by Joe, Paul and Aisling; all Mahon family members. While the hotel was originally secondary to farming for the family, the farm was sold off and the Mahons focused on development of the hotel, removing horse stables to add a restaurant and rooms in 1958; adding further rooms in 1964; and converting all rooms to en-suite in 1985. In 1986, the family bought the local cinema beside the hotel and turned it into a 300-seater function room for weddings and events. After a bomb attack in 2000 completely destroyed half of the hotel, £1.8m was invested in redeveloping the property in 2005 from two to three stars.
EMPLOYEES: 17 full- and 16 part-time. The business employs a diverse workforce and most notably is a positive employer for employees with disability.
ROOM NUMBERS: 20
STAR RATING: three
STYLE: Mahon’s Hotel has a warm, welcoming and local feel. It offers a traditional, comfortable and homely style.
MARKET POSITIONING: Mahon’s Hotel offers mid-range, good quality accommodation for leisure breaks, weekends away, family breaks and entertainment.
GUEST PROFILE: Leisure: 40-65, not exclusively but mainly Northern Irish. Business: weekdays. Special interest groups such as angling, golfing and walking. Mahon’s Hotel hosts three angling competitions annually, attracting angling enthusiasts from across the UK and Ireland. Joe Mahon regularly features on the Hugo Duncan Show on BBC Radio Ulster and has produced several fundraising country music albums to raise funds for Marie Curie.
USPs: Mahon’s has been family-run for 135 years with hands-on owners. The family values held by the owners are extended to guests and staff. A warm friendly welcome, genuine hospitality and a memorable experience are top of their values.
FOOD & BEVERAGE: The hotel has a fully stocked bar, and cocktail menu for special occasions. Menus include breakfast, lunch, early bird (3-7pm Mon-Sat), A la Carte and Sunday carvery lunch. The menu includes traditional dishes such as Liver and Bacon and Boiled Bacon and Cabbage. The restaurant seats 200; the function room, 300; and the bar, 200.