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Celebrating International Day of Persons with Disabilities

Celebrating International Day of Persons with Disabilities


In advance of International Day of Persons with Disabilities in collaboration with our charity partner Cope Foundation, we talked to some of our team members to find out more about their experience and journey at Trigon Hotels.


Estelle Kelly – F&B Assistant at The Metropole Hotel

Before I started working in the Metropole I was working in Roots Coffee shop. This is a training café in Cope Foundation. We all start there to learn skills to work in hospitality. Even though we got in-house training in Roots, in January 2020 I decided to go and get a Barista Skills qualification so that I would be even more prepared.

Now I am working in The Metropole Hotel and I love it. I was first offered work experience in the Riverview Restaurant as a food and beverage assistant for 4 weeks and I got on so well that I was offered paid employment.

At the very beginning everywhere was closing because of COVID-19 so it was a little bit stressful for everyone. I don’t like being bored so I completed some online courses during lockdown and that was actually quite useful. It gave me something to do while I wasn’t working and some of these courses were useful for my job.

I have been back working properly since June and it’s so great to be part of the team again. We work well together and we all show great support for each other. I started off doing table resetting only, but now I have started doing food running. So basically, I have been given more responsibility which is great. You need to have very good communication with the Chefs for food running to work out well and to keep the customers happy.

Just today before I finished work I found out that I was employee of the Month for November!

The hotel is very good for inclusion. They don’t seem to care if someone has a disability or not. They are just willing to give them a chance.


Maurice Attikossie – F&B Assistant at The Metropole Hotel

It’s really good to work in The Metropole Hotel because you get to meet new people that you work with and you get to meet new customers all the time. You learn how you can manage your own dream job. Making coffee is my dream job but I would like soon to be taught how to do the wine and all the bar drinks too.

I work in the Riverview Restaurant in the mornings and then I come up to the lobby area after that is finished.

The staff there are good, I really get along with them. We are always laughing and joking.



Emer Crowley – F&B Assistant at Cork Airport Hotel

Having a Job has made my life better. I am happier because I am just like everyone else.

The staff in the hotel really make me feel like part of the team. Ability@Work helped me to get this job. My Job Coach helped me to settle in and learn my job. My family are really proud of me.



As part of our celebrations for International Day of Persons with Disabilities, we are participating in the Light Up Cork initiative with Cope Foundation this Friday, December 3rd. You can support the charity by making a donation and dedicating a star in the Cork sky to a family member, friend or colleague!

Visit: LightUpCork.ie 


At Trigon Hotels, we believe that different perspectives help us make better decisions. We embrace diversity and collaboration.

We believe that we work better as a team and that diversity helps make our team stronger and more innovative.

We want all our team members to reach their full potential in a supportive environment that supports your growth, wellbeing and work life balance.

We want our team to feel like they belong. We are a family who supports you in an inclusive and diverse environment.  

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