Francis Brennan

I travel the country doing the TV series “At your Service”. I was in Quinn at the Ballyhannon Riding Stables set high on a horse waiting for the camera to roll – which can take forever sometimes. In my idle I was looking over the wall at a proud Irish ash. I comment to myself, “How lovely the bark design glows in the light”.

Late in the day I went over to the tree and complimented “it” on the wonder of nature to create such a wonderful symmetric design.

Next day, by chance, Tom from “Just Forests” emailed and I had my way to showcase my lovely Irish ash.


The essence of good hotel keeping is hospitality and Francis Brennan has practiced this with distinction for decades. Owning the Park Hotel Kenmare the hotel has become one of the most acclaimed hotels in Ireland regularly reaching the top of international polls.

The Park Hotel Kenmare is an elegant 19th century mansion lapped by the waters of Kenmare Bay. The Park Hotel Kenmare retains all the intimacy of a cherished home. In summer sea breezes waft through the hotel, while peat fires blaze in the hearth all year as a welcoming beacon to guests. The hotel is located on the longest defined coastal driving route in the world (2500 km), The Wild Atlantic Way.
Francis Brennan extends wonderful and welcoming hospitality in this marvellous five star hotel. Luxurious rooms and suites, inspiring surroundings and exemplary discreet personal service are at the pulse of ensuring visitors enjoy the ultimate guest experience.

Many customers are now friends and very few guests visit the hotel once, repeat business and word of mouth is testament to this. The inclusion of the Park Hotel Kenmare at the top of all international guest survey lists from Conde Nast to Travel and Leisure is also a testament to the guest experience provided.

Francis studied hotel management for four years and after working in a number of properties he commenced working as a manager in the Park Hotel Kenmare in 1980, an opportunity arouse to purchase the property and Francis summoned all of his entrepreneurial skills to raise the funds . Ten years later he was joined by his bother John who at this stage had also acquired up to ten years experience working in a variety of hotels.

Both Francis and his brother John present the popular RTE series, At Your Service. They are regular contributors to newspapers, TV and radio on a range of issues from hospitality to commentary on Ireland in general. Francis has featured in numerous TV programmes such as Designs for Living, Stars Go Racing and Francis Brennan’s Grand Tour.Total appearances to date are upwards of 200 as all the shows are perfect for reruns on a weekly basis.The At Your Service show has just been sold to SKY Network and is airing presently on UK Living. A new series of At Your Service is in production presently for 2016 season.