Mary Mckenna

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Mary McKenna: AwakenAngels could have a huge role to play in terms of supporting women entrepreneurs

AwakenHub, a network of more than 1,000 members that was established during the pandemic to promote and support female founders, is weighing up plans (...)

‘I hear the laughs of my biggest little girl barrelling down the slides at the campsite where I’ve taken my family to every year – apart from last year – since 2014.’Photograph: Getty Images

‘I remember the little mobile home a sun-kissed stroll away from the pool’  When the Covid dread threatens to overwhelm me in the dead of these d(...)

Sanita Puspure was last year's winner of the award. Photo: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

So there we were, in the Shelbourne hotel in December 2019, listening to our monthly award winners talk about how much they were looking forward to 20(...)

Managing director of Tour America  Mary McKenna had a profitable business until March which employed more than 50 people. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

The scale of the crisis that has engulfed the travel industry during the pandemic is worsening. And with little prospect of a pick-up in overseas leis(...)

JP McMahon says that just one of his three Galway restaurants is financially viable at present. Photograph: Fusionshooters

The Michelin-star Aniar restaurant in Galway will remain closed until at least next March, its owner, JP McMahon, has said. This is due to the impact (...)

Mary McKenna, founder of Tour America and Cruise Holidays,  had budgeted to arrange holidays for 45,000 customers this year. Photograph: iStock

One of Ireland’s biggest tour operators expects this year to be a wipeout because of the impact of Covid-19 on the economy but is encouraged by early (...)

Ryanair aircraft parked on the apron at Dublin Airport earlier this month. More than 90 per cent of the airline’s fleet is currently grounded across Europe. Photograph: Crispin Rodwell

As the sun set on the Easter bank holiday weekend the public address system outside Dublin Airport’s departures area crackled into life to tell travel(...)

Grafton street

Will it be July or September? Whenever it is, it will be to a much changed world. In China, normality is creeping back. Shops are reopening. Pe(...)

 A lone passenger walks past closed airline check-in counters. Photograph:   Rungroj Yongrit/EPA

When will this nightmare end? That is the question many, if not all, Irish people – and people across the world – have been asking themselves in recen(...)

Aer Lingus offers passengers alternate bookings and vouchers. Details of passenger rights to refunds are only available by following a link to a complex page of terms and conditions. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Aer Lingus has denied it is breaking the law by not offering full refunds to passengers who have had flights cancelled due to the coronavirus crisis. (...)

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