Former Adare Manor chief executive Colm Hannon dies

Hannon held the post at the five-star resort from 2015 until his retirement in April 2022

Former Adare Manor chief executive Colm Hannon has died.

Mr Hannon, a native of Ballyglass, Co Mayo, held the post at the five-star luxury hotel and golf resort, owned by wealthy businessman and racehorse owner JP McManus, from 2015 until his retirement in April 2022.

He spent 26 years working with the McManus family. In a statement on Friday, Adare Manor said: “It is with profound sadness that we learned of the passing of our former CEO, Colm Hannon, on Wednesday, November 30th.”

Mr Hannon oversaw many significant developments and innovations at Adare Manor, such as the detailed renovation and restoration of the resort in 2016 and the hotel’s successful bid to host the Ryder Cup in 2027.


“His exceptional leadership and distinguished service were instrumental to the successful redevelopment of Adare Manor and our position as a world-leading resort,” the group said.

“The entire Adare Manor team are incredibly proud of his outstanding contribution to the hotel and our wider community, and we are eternally grateful for his legacy of excellence.”

Before his role at Adare Manor, Mr Hannon was general manager for the Sandy Lane resort in Barbados and resident manager for Cambridge Beaches in Bermuda. He also previously held the role of chief executive at Luttrellstown Castle in Dublin.

Mr Hannon’s death notice said he “died peacefully, surrounded by his loving family, in the exceptional care of Milford Care Centre”.

His funeral will take place at Mary Immaculate Church, Shannon, on Monday at 12pm, followed by private cremation.

Colin Gleeson

Colin Gleeson

Colin Gleeson is an Irish Times reporter