The board of Gowran Park Golf Club and Racecourse in Kilkenny has announced the appointment of a new general manager.
Edward Scally (32) comes to Gowran Park with a strong background in hospitality management, having worked in a number of three and four-star hotels in Ireland over the last decade. For the last six years, he has worked with the Carlton Hotel Group and most recently was general manager at the Carlton Mill Race Hotel in Bunclody, Wexford.
A native of Athlone, Westmeath, Mr Scally is a keen fan of national hunt and flat racing and is a passionate sportsman. He is manager of the Duffry Rovers Senior GAA football team in Wexford, holders of several All-Ireland titles.
Gowran Park is the only Grade 1 racecourse in the South East, and one of the best known courses in the country. It also has a mature, 71 par parkland golf course.
Mr Scally will be charged with building on the already high standards offered at Gowran Park to racing fans and golfers alike. It is also hoped to grow on the top class wedding and conferencing facilities.
“We are delighted to welcome Edward Scally to the position of General Manager,” said chairman Joe Connolly.
“Gowran Park Golf Club and Racecourse is preparing for the economic recovery and intends to be the venue of choice for racing and golfing fans locally, nationally and indeed internationally. I believe Edward, with his energy, expertise and vision, is the man for the job and wish him well in the position.”
Mr Scally said he was very excited to be coming to Gowran Park and to help build on what is already a great offering for racing and golf fans.
“I look forward to working with the board and the entire team to position Gowran Park as the premier racing and golfing venue in Ireland, and to marketing it as an ideal venue for conferences,” he said.
“I am looking forward to the challenges ahead and I believe the outlook for Gowran Park is very bright.”