THE Board of Gowran Park Golf Club and Grade 1 Racecourse in Co. Kilkenny have announced the appointment of Mr Edward Scally to the position of General Manager.
Edward (32) is coming to Gowran Park with a strong background in hospitality management, having worked in a number of 3 and 4 star hotels in Ireland over the last decade. For the last six years he has worked with the Carlton Hotel Group and most recently was General Manager at The Carlton Mill Race Hotel in Bunclody, Co. Wexford.
A native of Athlone, Co. Westmeath, Edward is a keen fan of national hunt and flat racing and is a passionate sportsman. He is manager of the Duffry Rovers Senior GAA Football Team in Wexford, holders of several All Ireland titles.
Gowran Park is the only Grade 1 racecourse in the South East, and one of the best known courses in the country. It holds 16 top quality national hunt and flat meetings all year round including the Thyestes Handicap Chase in January. One of Irelands most picturesque courses, it provides modern facilities in the heart of Irelands premier horseracing country.
Gowran Park also has a mature, 71 par parkland golf course. Three of the holes are central to the racecourse, while the remaining 15 meander through the 130 acres of mature woodlands and lakes of the Annaly Estate in Co. Kilkenny.
Edward will be charged with building on the already high standards offered at Gowran Park to racing fans and golfers alike. It is also hoped to grow on the top class wedding and conferencing facilities.
In making the announcement of the new appointment, the board of Gowran Park wished Edward all the best in his new role.
Mr Joe Connolly, Chairman of Gowran Park, said: “We are delighted to welcome Edward Scally to the position of General Manager. Gowran Park Golf Club and Racecourse is preparing for the economic recovery and intends to be the venue of choice for racing and golfing fans locally, nationally and indeed internationally. I believe Edward, with his energy, expertise and vision, is the man for the job and wish him well in the position.”
Mr Edward Scally, General Manager of Gowran Park grade 1 Horsecourse and Golf Club, said: “I am very excited to be coming to Gowran Park and to help build on what is already a great offering for racing and golf fans. I look forward to working with the board and the entire team to position Gowran Park as the premier racing and golfing venue in Ireland , and to marketing it as an ideal venue for conferences. I am looking forward to the challenges ahead and I believe the outlook for Gowran Park is very bright.”