As one of the historic landmarks in the Diamond of Donegal Town and fondly known as the “Grand Dame of the Diamond”, The Central Hotel and Leisure Centre celebrated Friday night in style to mark their recent makeover and transformation of their exterior, Hotel Reception Area and Central Bar.

There was a great attendance to “Raise a Glass” with the local community in the wonderfully appointed Central Bar with everyone in great form to enjoy an evening celebrating the Central’s recent enhancements.

Head Chef Joko Sediati and his amazing culinary team presented a spectacular array of canapés in keeping with menus from Thai Fusion at Chapmans Restaurant and Blazers Restaurant theme which are swiftly becoming the go-to restaurants in the North West.

Duty Managers Shona Tinneny & Alvin Cooper pictured with General Manager Breda Haden & Sales & Marketing Manager Elaine McInaw
Sales & Marketing Elaine McInaw, Executive Head Chef Joko Sedati with Director Liam Clancy
New look bar at The Central Hotel Donegal Town

Team Central were showcasing some of their cocktails and wines on offer and Musical Entertainment with the locally talented band,  “Heartstrings” early in the evening followed by sultry tones from Andrew Monk which truly complimented the newly renovated Central Bar.

There is live musical entertainment available every single evening in the Central Bar throughout the Summer Season.

Every Tuesday, the aptly themed “Trad Tuesdays”, with the reputable “Slipjig” playing the best of traditional Irish classics. Every Sunday,  ” Jazz Sundays”  Easy Listening Jazz performance from Claire and Rodney Deery from 6pm til 8pm.

New look Exterior of The Central Hotel Donegal Town

Speaking of the recent project enhancements undertaken, General Manager,  Breda Haden explains “The vision was to create an eye-catching and appealing appearance from the exterior and bringing that same level of style and grace in to the Hotel Reception area and Central Bar was a carefully thought project from colour schemes to lasting impact.

Breda continued: “The Central is so historically and fondly regarded as one of the North Wests finest, I felt it important to showcase that classy reputation.

“As it is a vantage point from every corner of the Diamond, it was imperative to provoke the beauty of its location in keeping with the beauty of historic Donegal Town. I had huge support during every stage of its progression from all local trades making the final appearance so rewarding.  My team, who are the best in Ireland demonstrated such loyalty towards the end goal, I am continuously very grateful to them and very proud of them.

“The local community offered such encouraging support and the positive feedback is really humbling.

The women in business! Deirdre McGlone, Trish Mc Ginley, Sheila Russell and Jo Daly supporting their neighbours at The Central Hotel
Guests at The Central Hotel celebratory evening
Alvin Cooper with Madline & John Begley

Breda adds: “Having taken on the role of General Manager, four years ago, I allowed myself a five-year plan towards the business development,  it is getting there even with the covid interruptions and I am truly grateful to my Directors for their investment in the hotel and trust in me.”

“Next, it’s ‘Project Ballroom Dance Floor’ where we are replacing our existing dancefloor with a newly appointed state-of-the-art maple floor.  Again the local businesses and craftspeople are assisting in making this a most beautiful dance space in our Grand Ballroom with a view overlooking Donegal Bay on the Wild Atlantic Way.

“I am looking forward to welcoming our local community and loyal guests to enjoy the upgrades in the months ahead.”

New look bar at The Central Hotel Donegal Town