Alison’s pub, Kealy’s of Cloghran, is based near Dublin Airport and she’s also involved in two new restaurant projects in Malahide and Portmarnock.
She succeeds Noel Anderson who Chaired the LVA from February last year.
Alison also becomes the first daughter of a previous Chair to hold the role, with her father Derry having previously acted as LVA Chair in 2004.
She’s been working in the pub sector since 2006 when she rejoined the family business having previously trained and worked as a Chartered Accountant and as a Financial Controller in the IT industry.
Laura Moriarty has been involved in the hospitality sector since 2000 when her family business opened the Bracken Court Hotel. She currently serves as Group Operations Director of the Moriarty Group, a leading hospitality and retail business and she also previously served on the SuperValu Council.
“We’re delighted to have two dynamic individuals taking up these positions,” said LVA Chief Executive Donall O’Keeffe, “Both Alison and Laura are steeped in the hospitality sector and also have extensive professional backgrounds across business, finance and retail. We’ll definitely be leaning on all facets of their expertise over their periods of office.
He also put on record the Association’s “deep thanks” to Noel Anderson, David Morrissey and Ronan Lynch for all their efforts in these roles over the past couple of years.
“It’s fair to say that the last couple of years have been unlike anything previously experienced in the 205-year history of the LVA. All three made a major commitment in terms of time and energy towards the LVA over that period and we were lucky to have such a strong team in place when the industry needed them most.”