RTE Television

At Your Service

Francis and John Brennan are best known for their hotel expertise on
RTE'S At Your Service. But in recent years they have taken up a more personal challenge at Christmas when they have applied their troubleshooting skills to organisations helping others.

This year John and Francis have been challenged to help Penny Dinners,
a soup kitchen in Cork City. The charity is run by volunteers who provide 1800 meals a week for people who can't always afford a meal.

John and Francis Brennan need once again to tap into the generosity of the people of Ireland to give this wonderful charity a much needed makeover just in time for Christmas.


Episodes - Series 9

Series 9, episode 2:

How do the Brennans shift this guesthouse and Mary Guerin, its characterful owner, from the bottom of the online ratings? And how will she cope once her son leaves to work abroad? Mary admits she's old school and she's reluctant to engage with online reviews. But, with bad reviews meaning bad business, can the Brennnans persuade her that she has to move with the times?

Prog 2 - Burtown House & Gardens, Athy, Co. Kildare

James and Joanna Fennell own and run the historic Burtown House & Gardens near Athy in County Kildare. They already manage a small café in the grounds - now they've called in the Brennans to help with their ambitious plans to open a 100 seater restaurant, the Green Barn. But James and Joanna's lack of experience seriously worries the Brennans - especially when they invite over 100 paying guests to their first night dinner and the

Executive Producers: Jannine Waddell/Teresa Smith
Director/Series Producer: Maggi Gibson

Prog 3 - Grange Villa (aka Grange Ville) Country House, Fethard On Sea, Co Wexford

35 year old Finola Foley is a Kinesiologist and yoga instructor who, as well as running her therapy business, manages a small bar and tearoom in her parent's house. She also volunteers for the Fethard On Sea inshore RNLI. Despite her busy schedule, she plans to open 4 new B&B rooms in her family home. But she's a technophobe - can the Brennans persuade her to embrace modern technology and create a business fit for the 21st century?

Prog 4 - Crookedwood House, nr Mullingar, Co Westmeath

Bonnie and Martin Bellamy moved with their family from London last year after buying Crookedwood House near Mullingar. Bonnie and Martin bought the property for its 10 organic acres, where they originally planned to simply grow their own food and raise some chickens. But the house came with a large disused restaurant and 8 B&B rooms, which have been closed for over a decade. Bonnie and Martin have absolutely no hospitality experience - and no idea what to do with the place. Time to call in the Brennans...

Prog 5 - Wolfe Tones na Sionna GAA Club (Shannon, Co Clare)

This year (2017) is the 50th anniversary of the Wolfe Tones na Sionna GAA Club - and it needs to get ready for its celebrations. However, the club buildings aren't in great shape and the Brennans have been called in to flex their hospitality muscles. They suggest a major makeover to make sure the club is ready for its next 50 years. The club take on their advice but put themselves under immense pressure as they decide to keep the place open and try to do everything in just 2 weeks.

Prog 6 - Waterside Guesthouse & Restaurant, Graiguenamanagh, Co Kilkenny

Over recent years Brian and Brigid Roberts have struggled against catastrophic difficulties, including the recession and severe flooding which nearly sank their business. They are now almost ready to give up on their riverside restaurant and guest rooms. The Brennans want to restore their faith in their business and revitalise their fortunes - but rowing fanatic Brian has his own ideas about the best course to steer...

Prog 7 - Portree House, Waterford City

36 year old Ciaran McMahon has taken on his very first business but finds it has a serious identity crisis - is it a guesthouse or hostel? There are a mix of rooms of all standards, shapes and sizes. What they have in common is that all need a major overhaul, but Ciaran has a very limited budget and is struggling to find workers to help. This is Ciaran's dream, but he needs the Brennans help to stop it becoming a nightmare ... Can they make Portree "the place to be"?

Prog 8 - Ted's Bar, Cashel, Achill Island

Former teachers Maeve and Darren have recently taken over Maeve's father's rural business. The Brennans advise them to use a section of their pub as small café, update their derelict self-catering apartment and find new function room business. However, Maeve and Darren decide to big up the Brennans advice by opening a large café in their function room. But it proves a monumental task that leaves them close to breaking point.

Apply!

This is an exciting chance to transform your business!

We're currently researching a new series of At Your Service, starring renowned hotel expert Francis Brennan.

If you own or run a hotel, guesthouse, B&B, hostel, caravan park, campsite, self-catering cottages, etc. then this is your chance to get advice from Francis Brennan which could change your business forever.

We're also looking for different projects for the show so if you're thinking of diversifying, e.g. opening a shop, tearoom or other start-up business, please get in touch if you think Francis could help.

We'd love to hear from you so, if you're interested in taking part and want to be on TV, please contact:

Maggi Gibson, Executive Producer

Tel: 04890 427646 or 00 44 2890 427646

E-mail: maggi@waddellmedia.com
or clairesmall@waddellmedia.com

At Your Service
  • RTÉ One, Sunday, 8.30pm

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