Garret O’Neill, originally from Galway City worked in the hotel industry from the age of 15 where he started out as a waiter in the Jameson Hotel in Salthill. From there, he decided that a career in the hotel industry was for him. He graduated with a degree in hotel management from GMIT.
Having spent some time in Frankfurt and the Black Forest in Germany, he returned to Galway where he held the position of senior manager in the Corrib Great Southern Hotel.
In 2008, he joined the pre-opening team as the deputy general manager at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Blanchardstown. Shortly after opening he was promoted to general manager of the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Dundalk.
In 2011, he returned to the Crowne Plaza in Blanchardstown as the general manager.