In reflective mood, the businessman discusses his decision to sell his beloved Park Hotel, his brother’s brush with cancer and his lessons for thinking young. In his head, Francis Brennan is not 70: “I think probably 48 or 50,” he says. “To be honest, that’s where I would be.”...
Park Hotel Kenmare hotelier and TV personality Francis Brennan is also author of several non-fiction books. His latest, Age is Just a Number, is published by Gill and is out now. He tells us what is currently lighting up his cultural life...
Francis Brennan takes to the road in his ‘Happiness Tour Truck’ to spread some cheer. TV personality Francis Brennan when he announced that he is taking to the road in his ‘Happiness Tour Truck’ to spread a little happiness With his new memoir, Counting My Blessings: Francis Brennan’s Guide to Happiness released this Friday, 2nd [...]
Celebrity hotelier Francis Brennan may soon be swapping the green fields of Kerry for the bright lights of Hollywood after revealing he could be getting his own US TV show. The RTE star (62) is best known for his role on popular hotel makeover series At Your Service, but now has his sights set on [...]
Francis Brennan has revealed how a desire to dress up pushed him to enter the hotel business. Brennan may be a household name and owner of the five-star Park Hotel in Kenmare, Co Kerry, but said he entered the hospitality industry for unusual reasons. He revealed: “I always knew that I wanted to be in [...]
‘When I bought my Mercedes E Class car it cost me £72,900. I have never bought a car since, and now drive a Volvo V80’ Are you a saver or a spender? I tend to save more than I spend, but the savings have been decimated by the Celtic Tiger so I should have spent it! Do you shop around for better value? Always. My restaurant supervisor was here the other day pricing a trip to San Francisco, Los Angeles and Las Vegas, and I saved her over €450 a person and got a car included for the 14-day trip.
The co-owner with his brother, John, of Kenmare’s five-star Park Hotel knows how to treat people and how to be treated. He has put his wisdom into a book and Claire O’Sullivan picked out some gems. FRANCIS BRENNAN isn’t a snob. Rather, with his endearing mannerisms, irresistibly quaint humour and legendary experience of the hospitality industry, the [...]
He is one of RTE's best-loved faces. Francis Brennan tells Barry Egan how he talks to his Aga cooker, about how his bedroom is "frightening", his idyllic childhood, his 91-year-old mother and his father's death in 1988. Why am I not surprised? Francis Brennan loves to dance. Hearing this is like having Bob Dylan say [...]