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Dancing at the Fountain for Christmas  

The launch of Conor Kenny’s new book 'Dancing at the fountain – in conversation with world-leading hoteliers' took place earlier last month on 25th November at the K Club in Kilkenny.

Which is handy since the Chief Executive there, Michael Davern, has his own story to tell in the book.

As a raw trainee at Ballymascanlon House Hotel, Michael will never forget one particular guest having dinner there of an occasion.

“He ordered a rack of lamb from the menu,” recalls Michael, “When the lamb was served, it was pink and had a piece of thyme on it.

“He called me over and said, ‘Excuse me, young fellow, this sheep got caught in the ditch and it’s still bleeding and has some of the ditch still stuck to it. Will you take it back please and have it killed, then cooked?’.”

Dancing at the fountain offers the reader the opportunity to meet seven of the world’s leading hoteliers who between them have run some of the most famous hotels in the world and Conor’s book sees them recount some of the stories they encountered along the way to the very top of the hospitality industry.

Might just fill that gap in your Christmas present schedule for the hospitality guru in the family?

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