Business Leaders: Bryan Davern, head of hotels, Press Up Entertainment


Bryan Davern is head of hotels at Press Up entertainment, one of Ireland’s leading leisure and hospitality companies.

The Group is co-owned by Paddy McKillen Junior and has interests in a variety of sectors, most notably hotels, bars, restaurants, venues and nightclubs and owns and operates 28 businesses in Ireland, providing employment for over 1,000 people.

Bryan is in charge of driving growth in the hotel sector for the company, which currently comprises two boutique hotels in Dublin. The Dean, a four-star hotel with 52 bedrooms, a lively bar and chic rooftop restaurant with views over the city, opened in 2014 to wide acclaim. The critics heaped praise on the new venture, with phrases such as ‘infinitely cool’ and ‘high design’ and Bryan was general manager during this time, solely focused on making the product a huge success.

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Four years later, expansion beckoned and The Devlin was launched with stylish bedrooms, a new eatery, bar and retail space. As result, Bryan was promoted to the role of head of hotels at Press Up Entertainment, to ensure standards, service and innovation are consistent across the brand.

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