Following several years working for the McGettigan family in Dubai as they rolled out over a dozen pubs across the Middle East, Asia and America, Shane relocated to Dublin to join the Mercantile in January 2018 as Group Manager and now takes the helm at one of the country’s largest hospitality groups which runs outlets such as Café en Seine and Whelehan’s.
His grandparents owned and operated the Ross Hotel in Killarney and Shane worked there from a young age, cutting his teeth. His immediate and extended family continue to operate in the sector with his mother the proprietor of a 4-star award-winning guesthouse. His extended family operate a number of 5-star hotels in Killarney and Cork including the Killarney Park Hotel and Hayfield Manor, having taken over the business when his grandparents retired.
Shane turned his hand from hotels to bars whilst studying in UCC and after graduating in 1999 opened The Bailey on Cork’s Washington Street with some friends. They went on to open a number of other venues in Cork including Treacy’s Bar in Ballincollig.