Corrigan serving up 70 jobs at hotel
Celebrity chef, Richard Corrigan has announced the creation of 70 jobs at his 17th century lodge, the Park Hotel in Virginia, Co Cavan.
Mr Corrigan (inset) announced the jobs for his 100-acre venture as he confirmed that his London group of restaurants are set for "a record year" in 2014 in terms of revenues and profits.
"Business is brilliant at the moment. London is on a massive roll and doesn't seem to have the peaks and troughs that Ireland goes through," he said.
The Co Meath man was commenting on new accounts for his Richard Corrigan Restaurants (Holdings) Ltd that show that his business increased revenues by 4pc to £9.3m as profits jumped by 27pc to £696,316 (€867,496) in the 12 months to the end of December last.
The chef operates Bentley's Oyster Bar and Grill, Corrigan's Mayfair and Bentley's Sea Grill at Harrods.
The restaurant group sells over 15,000 oysters per week from September to the following May every year.
"I'm a lucky guy, but we have worked hard. I don't forget nights not sleeping on the couch when times were tough," he said.
The London business now employs 260 and Mr Corrigan announced his intention to have 60 to 70 people employed at his Co Cavan project by next Summer.
"We have been turning our attentions to Ireland," he said.
Mr Corrigan spent £1.2m purchasing the property last year and has since spent another £1.1 million on upgrading it since.
"It was in a sorry state when I bought it, but we are making a huge investment in it," Mr Corrigan said.