The County Carlow Chamber have announced that James Kehoe will be recognised for his contributions to Carlow with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Carlow Business Awards on Thursday 19th September.
James commenced life in Carlow in 1979 when he purchased a small two roomed premises in Leighlinbridge, starting out as a restaurant, this business has grown over the years to what we now know very well as the Lord Bagenal Inn. The premises is one of the leading 4-star hotels in the South East of Ireland and a very popular destination for weddings and a range of corporate events. In addition, the property hosts a substantial art collection with many fine pieces from both renowned Irish and British Artists.
While James has faced many challenges over the years in growing the property from flooding of the river barrow to the various economic challenges, a key constant that has helped him along was the strength and skill of the team he built, most of whom have been with James and the Lord Bagenal for an average of over 20 years.
As a member of the Carlow Business Community for over 40 years, James is highly regarded both personally and professionally. The Lord Bagenal is a key part of the local community and indeed has also been the backdrop to the welcoming home of many 4 legged champions trained locally.
Brian O’Farrell, CEO of County Carlow Chamber said “We are delighted to present James Kehoe with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Carlow Business Award. James is an inspiring and modest individual who has given so much to the local and wider community over the years..”