County Longford hostel to feature in popular RTE series 'At Your Service'

Lakeside Hostel

John and Francis Brennan with hostel-owner, Caroline McDonnell

A County Longford Hostel is to feature in the new series of RTE’s ‘At Your Service’.

‘The Lakeside Lodge and Learning’ in Augnacliffe, features owner Caroline McDonnell who gave up her job in catering in Dublin to make a success of a struggling rural hostel.

The programme follows her progress in transforming the business and is to be aired on the 22nd April on RTE 1.

The popular new series kicked off last Sunday and a new series is currently in production. and the producers are looking for hospitality businesses to take part.

This year the producers are on the lookout for different and unusual projects as well as hotels, guesthouses, B&B’s caravan parks, self-catering cottages.

“If you’re thinking of diversifying, e.g. opening a shop, tearoom or other start-up business with a catering or hospitality element, please get in touch if you think the Brennan’s could help” a spokesperson from Waddell Media commented.

The Brennan’s bring years of experience of running a successful hotel and hope to inspire others to up their game and bring in new business.

Their advice covers all areas; they look at staffing, analyse catering arrangements and suggest new menus. They inspect every room and advice about redecoration (both inside and out) and they look for new ways to exploit the less obvious aspects of each property.

While Francis Brennan conducts the main inspection and devises an overall strategy, his brother John looks at money issues and explores new marketing opportunities and suggest ways to develop in the future.

For more information, contact: or call 0864077224 to receive an application form by post.

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