Who We Are

Joe Scally - Chairman

Joe ScallyAs a lifelong hotelier, Joe Scally along with his wife Margaret, has been welcoming guests for many years now. With a passion for the hospitality industry spanning over 50 years, Joe is committed to ensuring that guests of the Hayfield Family Collection receive the service that they deserve to ensure a memorable experience with an emphasis on personal service. He has ensured that each property is distinctive, classically styled and renowned for the finest service levels. Joe is now Chairman of the collection. 

Claire Scally - Communications Director
Claire ScallyClaire is the youngest daughter of Joe & Margaret Scally. She holds a degree from Dublin Business School where she then went on to study fashion marketing in London College of Fashion. Claire never thought that she would work in hotels, however having been immersed in the hotel industry from an early age, one thing led to another and Claire became involved in the family hotel business where she is now Communications Director for the Hayfield Family Collection. Claire is based in Killarney and her role involves liaising with visiting agents, welcoming FAM trips and greeting VIP guests. Claire also attends sales trips on behalf of the collection and represents all three hotels at local events including Kerry & Cork Convention Bureau.
 Mark Scally - Commercial Director
Mark ScallyMark joined the family business in 2005 having previously worked as a stockbroker in Ireland’s leading stockbroking firm - Davy. Mark brought with him a wealth of experience from the financial industry that he has utilised in his role as Group Commercial Director. Mark’s role as a member of the senior executive team is to provide leadership for the Board's Finance and Accounting strategy, to optimise the company's financial performance and strategic position.

Michael Jacobi- Managing Director 

Michael Michael joined the Hayfield Family Collection in 2021 as Managing Director. He entered the hotel business over 25 years ago in Germany with one mission in mind – to travel the world and experience other countries, people and cultures.  This journey brought him, his Irish-born wife Katy and their three children to live and work in 8 different countries. A personal highlight for the “travelling Jacobi’s” was a recent one year tour across South America. During his career Michael held numerous operational leadership positions, including several General Manager roles in hotels in the Middle East and Eastern Europe and then Regional Director for the Radisson Hotel Group overseeing the operation in the Baltics, Ukraine and Sweden. In his role as Managing Director, Michael leads the group's Executive team with a focus on delivering sustainable growth while supporting the hotel teams to create memorable experiences for our guests and attracting and retaining the best talent in the industry.   

Danielle Murrihy, Group Sales & Marketing Director

Whilst Danielle had grown up in a family hospitality business in her hometown of Youghal, Co Cork, her initial introduction to hotels was her first-year management placement at Hayfield Manor in 2001. It was during this placement where she fell in love with the industry.  After a year spent working with the IHG Group in Florida, Danielle completed her Bachelor of Business in Hotel Management from Galway Mayo Institute of Technology.  After completing her college qualification, Danielle held a number of operational roles within the industry in notable hotels in Kilkenny and Clare. In 2012, Danielle moved to the UK and became General Manager of the Hallmark Hotel in London.  After returning home to Cork in September 2015, Danielle joined the sales team at the luxurious Castlemartyr Resort, and was appointed Sales and Marketing Manager. She has been Director of Sales and Marketing for the Hayfield Family Collection since the Summer of 2021. Outside of work, Danielle is passionate about exploring new countries, cooking and long walks on the beach with her husband and two young daughters. 

Evander Brennan - General Manager at Hayfield Manor
Evander Brennan
Evander began his hospitality career without realising it while growing up in the family business at home in South Sligo. He then graduated with a degree from the ATU - Atlantic Technological University Galway City in Bar Management. Evander acquired his Hospitality Expertise during his time in the Sligo Park Hotel and the renowned 5-star Ashford Castle in Co Mayo, before joining Hayfield Manor. While working in these properties, Evander progressed through the ranks by nurturing his eye for service excellence, and detail in the 5-star environment. The idea of travelling became attractive to Evander and along his way he worked in a 5-star resort in Florida and the luxury of Seabourn Cruise Ships where he was able to balance his travelling and career hand in hand. Evander joined the team at Hayfield Manor in May 2018 as Food and Beverage Manager before progressing to the role of Hotel Manager and most recently General Manager. Evander still has a passion for travel, each winter enjoying his annual skiing trip, and during the summer, if you cannot find Evander in Hayfield Manor, he is almost certainly somewhere in the grounds of Pairc Ui Chaoimh as an avid Gaa fan. To recharge his batteries he is an active triathlete which he thoroughly enjoys. Above everything else he is committed to the benefits of encouraging a positive team spirit here at Hayfield Manor and is motivated by delivering the highest standards for all of our guests.


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