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Center Parcs recruits General Manager

Press release   •   Apr 05, 2017 10:00 IST

-First employee for Center Parcs in Ireland -

Wednesday 5th April 2017 - Center Parcs has today announced the appointment of Daragh Feighery as the first General Manager of Center Parcs Longford Forest, near Ballymahon, County Longford.

The General Manager is a key appointment and Daragh becomes the company’s first employee in Ireland and will be the most senior role at Center Parcs Longford Forest.

Daragh joins Center Parcs from ARAMARK Ireland, where he has been Operations Director Northern Europe since 2006, with responsibility for the implementation of Aramark’s strategic and operational business plans. Daragh lives in County Kildare and is married with 4 children, and in his spare time plays an active role in the local GAA club, Lucan Sarsfields.

Commenting on Daragh’s appointment, Martin Dalby, CEO of Center Parcs, said:

“We are absolutely thrilled to welcome Daragh to the Center Parcs team. He brings with him a wealth of industry experience in Ireland as well as the drive and personality that are crucial to the role of General Manager at Center Parcs. This appointment represents another key milestone in our journey to bring Center Parcs to Ireland and we look forward to Daragh taking up his position in May”.

Speaking today Daragh Feighery, said:

"I am extremely excited to join the Center Parcs team and look forward to what will be a fantastic opportunity for families like my own to enjoy a unique family break in Ireland. I believe my experience, skills and beliefs will be a great match in the role of General Manager in Center Parcs Longford Forest. I also look forward to working closely with the local community in what is a very positive and exciting time for Longford and the wider Midlands Community. "

As General Manager Daragh’s main responsibility will be to oversee the safe and successful operation of Center Parcs Longford Forest, which includes the 1000 employees and approximately 2500 guests per break. Daragh will also work closely with the local community once operational to ensure that Center Parcs remains a long term, sustainable partner within County Longford and the wider Midlands region.

Daragh will officially join Center Parcs on 29th May and will spend much of the next 15-18 months working in the UK to fully understand the Center Parcs business before returning to Ireland in time for the start of the main recruitment campaign and opening of the Longford Forest in 2019.

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For media enquiries, contact:

Center Parcs

Murray – (01) 498 0300 or 087 255 8300 (Pauline) / 087 143 7350 (Diarmaid)

pmcalester@murrayconsultants.ie

dwalsh@murrayconsultants.ie

Center Parcs Press Office – 0044 (0)1623 821733

simon.kay@centerparcs.co.uk

Notes to Editors

Center Parcs

Center Parcs operates five short break destinations across the UK:Sherwood Forest, Nottinghamshire; Elveden Forest, Suffolk;Longleat Forest, Wiltshire;Whinfell Forest, Cumbria and Woburn Forest, Bedfordshire.Each Center Parcs is nestled within around 400 acres of protected and enhanced woodland, with the Village designed to complement and work with the forest environment.

Our vision to bring new and unique family breaks to Ireland is now becoming a reality, with Longford Forest set to open its doors in summer 2019. Our forest resort, at just under 400 acres in Longford Forest will include 470 luxury lodges and 30 stylish apartments which will accommodate up to 2,500 guests in a safe, peaceful, and car-free environment. Our guests will be able to enjoy more than 100 family activities – both indoors and out – a range of restaurants and shops, and our famous Subtropical Swimming Paradise, which will be Ireland’s biggest and most impressive water park ever. Something to do for everyone in the family, whatever the weather. With miles of beautiful forest to explore, guests will choose how to spend their time – filled with activities or simply taking life slowly and soaking up the beautiful surroundings.

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