Kavanagh - French Speaker - Dundalk, Louth, Ireland

Karine Kavanagh

Dundalk, Louth, Ireland


French Speaker


I am from France, Maine et loire and i have been in ireland for now 16 years.

Work History

Deputy Manager

The Newgrange Hotel

August 2008 - July 2013

My Role involves managing the floor, from reception to the back of house,
ensuring all meeting rooms are ready daily for meeting or functions.
Meet with the clients on their arrival to ensure they are satisfied and double check the arrangements for that day. I also run any dinner events, christening,
Christmas party, birthday party, debs
In charge of managing the roaster for every department to ensure every shift is
covered and to keep it in our budget depending on our weekly sales
Reporting weekly to the Human resources department to keep track of wage percentages.
I am involve in the year to date budget forecast and manage it with every department on a monthly basic.
I supervise the maintenance of the hotel and report to the general manager to keep costs to a minimum and also in charge of wine ordering, flowers and candles for the all hotel.
Bank ordering coins and dealing with cash is also part of my duty
Wedding coordinator
I meet with every bride and groom before their wedding day to organise their final details for the reception and ceremony. On the day i am there, hands on with my wedding team, to ensure it is a stress free for them and it is the best day of their life.
I ensure service is done with perfection and to a high standards to generate further
weddings as word of mouth is the best seller for a hotel.

Sales & Marketing Manager

The Park Hotel

January 2008 - April 2008

Manage and maintain client database. Manage the Sales & Marketing budget. Develop strong
links with key clients by meeting customerin their own business also monitoring new and upcoming business. High attention to details to ensure customer are satisfied and return
business. Market research including wedding shows, visiting other hotels and examining hotel
websites advertisements. Ensuring adequate signage, Local andinternational advertising,
Researching local historical sites and attractions also monitoring events.

Assistant Manager

Dublin Road

January 2007 - December 2007

Looking after weddings, functions, 5 meetings rooms and ensuring smooth service in the bar and restaurant.Helping every department if needed and dally dealing with customers
The Cavan Crystal has 85 bedrooms and it's a very busy hotel doing 2 to 4 wedding per
week. Also very popular restaurant with 2 AA rosette awards.

Duty Manager

The Ardboyne Hotel

September 2003 - December 2006

Overlooking all the areas in the hotel to ensure guest satisfaction and that function rooms
are ready for services and up to standards.I have experience in all fronts of house areas in the hotel.I also look after stock takes, payroll forecast, rosters, wine order, menus change and looking after taking meeting for our 6 meeting roomsor functions.
I am also in charge of recruiting staff for the banqueting or restaurant department.I work
very closely with the general manager and the deputy manager.
I am also the restaurant manager, looking after breakfast, carvery lunch and A la carte
menu for the 29 bedrooms hotel.The restaurant " La Mezzanine" seats up to 100 for dinner and we do around 350 for carvery lunch on a busy day.
Banqueting Coordinator is also one of my duties, so I am responsible for taking a wedding
booking and for greeting guests who wants to book their special day. I go through menus
selections and ideas to make their special day an unforgettable one. I ensure on the day
that everything goes to plan until the next morning when they have breakfast and leave the hotel.

Assistant Restaurant Manager

The Merrion Hotel

January 1998 - September 2003

In the new Cellar restaurant where I created a new standard of operation and introduced a new training program.
Duty Manager
Overlooking each department to ensure guest satisfaction and that function rooms were
ready for service and up to standards. Dealt with complaints or challenging customer.
Greeting VIPs to the hotel and showed them to their bedroom.Helped departments when they were busy or under pressure.
Drawing room manager
Service of food and drink in the relaxing drawing rooms, where resident could enjoy a high
service or a cocktail in the 24 hours service bar.
Room service Assistant Manager
In charge of mini bar and room service for 120 bedrooms.I started in the Merrion as a
waitress in the Mornington Brasserie and then through my experience, knowledge and ambition the management promoted me to manager.

Silver service waitress

Wiltons restaurant

September 1997 - October 1998

banqueting, cash handling in a world famous restaurant.

Barmaid, waitress, receptionist and cash handling

Grand Hotel de La Poste

September 1996 - January 1997

Cholet, France
Tel: + 33 241 62 07 20 Ref: Mr Merceron
Barmaid, waitress, receptionist and cash handling.

Waitress, receptionist and cash handling

Logis de France

September 1994 - January 1996

Nuaille, France
Tel: + 33 241 62 38 99 Ref: Mr Beaume
Waitress, receptionist and cash handling.
Reference are available on request.


Teaching French

I am originally from France so i am starting to teach french every tuesday to 2 students. I really enjoy it and they do as well as i am using game to learn so it is more fun than in the classroom.
Any one interested let me now.

Qualifications & Certifications


Westminster College


Catering School

catering School

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