30 new jobs for Moville following
restoration of Foyle Hotel
chef Brian McDermott has created 30 new jobs for
Moville as part of an ambitious restoration of the
former Foyle Hotel.
A €1.5m restoration of the well-known premises on
the town’s main street is almost complete,
transforming the historic building into a boutique
hotel, wine bar and exclusive eatery under the
culinary direction of the local chef.
The new premises – which will be known as the Foyle
Hotel by Brian McDermott – will open in mid-June and
will feature 17 bedrooms as well as a
state-of-the-art function room which is perfect for
boutique weddings, and cookery weekends hosted by
In the wine bar and eatery, the focus will be firmly
on local produce, with Brian showcasing his own love
of Donegal food as well as promoting the county’s
heritage and the best of the Wild Atlantic Way.
Seafood will feature strongly on the menus, and with
the harbour only kilometres away fresh fish will be
on diners’ plates within hours of landing at
Eight full-time and 22 part-time posts are currently
on offer with competitive salary rates, including
general manager, head chef, chefs, bar persons,
front of house and housekeeping roles.
Brian McDermott with wife Brenda and
daughters Niamh and Aoife.
Brian – who recently
launched his second cookery book, Brian McDermott’s
Donegal Table, to industry and popular acclaim –
said it was a dream come true to be able to bring
his signature dining experience to his home town.
“I live in Moville, our family is based here, so to
be able to bring 30 jobs to the town and to fulfil
my ambition of creating a signature dining and hotel
experience in my home town really is a dream come
true,” he said.
“I’ve spent my career championing local produce, and
I want to use Donegal’s finest ingredients to create
a quality experience for visitors, whether they’re
popping in for a coffee or relaxing over an evening
“In the eatery we’ll be keeping it trendy, serving
food throughout the evening with specially selected
wines and local beers, all served in a relaxed
environment with a focus on excellent customer
“My wife Brenda and I grew up going to the Foyle
Hotel, and in fact Brenda used to work there are
restaurant manager, so we’ve decided to keep the
name to mark that nostalgia.
“However in creating the Foyle Hotel by Brian
McDermott we’re also saying that this is a new,
signature location where visitors can expect
“Brenda and myself and our girls are really looking
forward to it because it gives us another home to do
what we love – sourcing the best ingredients,
cooking them simply, and allowing neighbours and
visitors alike to relax and enjoy it.
“We want it to be part of the whole community, and
our aim is to use local producers which will create
a knock-on effect in terms of encouraging other jobs
and investment in the area.
“We also hope it’ll be a boost to tourism and
encourage more visitors to this part of Inishowen,”
“I recently launched my cookery book, Brian
McDermott’s Donegal Table, which has received
fantastic reviews all over Ireland, and in a way
this is about bringing that book alive.
“We’re right on the Wild Atlantic Way, and my
Donegal Table will be waiting for when you step
through the door, ready for visitors to taste our
To apply for positions at the Foyle Hotel, please
email your CV to