Welcome!

It would be my pleasure and honour to share my story of thirty years of happy hotel-keeping at Harvey’s Point; of starting, scaling and selling our business. Hoping to inspire you with my passion for hospitality, teamwork and excellence in customer care.

Our Story

From an old cottage, hidden in the hills of #Donegal, to one of the leading hotels in Ireland.

Services

“Deirdre has a natural gift of story-telling and connecting with people. Her passion, humour and energy are quite simply inspirational.”

“Deirdre’s skills and knowledge are in full flight when she is in front of an audience. Engaging, honest and motivating- she will ensure that everyone present gets something from the talk. Cannot recommend her and her ability highly enough”

Celine RyanLecturer & Programme LeaderShannon College of Hotel Management, part of NUI Galway

Keynote Speaking

Setting the tone for your event, using empathy, I can deliver a speech that truly appeals to your audience.

Motivational Speaking

Using the power of story-telling, I love to share the highs the lows of every step of my journey in business and in life.

Tourism / Hospitality

Following a lifetime of learning in hotel-keeping and hospitality, it is natural for me to want to help others to aspire to excellence in this exciting industry.

Customer Experience

I can help companies reach out to their customers by working closely with the team to create and deliver exceptional customer experiences for every step of the customer journey.

Deirdre is one of the outstanding hoteliers and businesswomen in Ireland. Following her graduation from University of Limerick with a degree in European Studies, Deirdre played a pivotal role in the development of the multi-award winning Harvey’s Point Hotel, Lough Eske, Donegal. Deirdre is a member of the ‘Going for Growth’ women in business community, a Lead Entrepreneur with ACORNS, an initiative to support female entrepreneurship in rural Ireland. She is also a member of the Tourism Leaders Group, set up to help shape government policy to 2025 and a board member of Donegal Tourism. In 2015, Deirdre was awarded ‘Donegal Person of the Year’. After 30 years in business, 2019 marks the year in which the Gysling family decided to sell Harvey’s Point to allow a new owner write the next chapter of the story.

Achievements

All-Ireland Business Foundation Thought Leader 2018
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Donegal Person of the Year 2016
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Irish Hospitality Institute - Hotel Manager of Year 2009
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Connect with #DDMcGlone

  • Irish Times

    ‘It’s good to get out of your comfort zone’

  • Independent

    Hidden in the hills of Donegal is a marriage made in hotel heaven – Sean Gallagher

  • Independent

    Bondings – Andrea Smith: Mixing business with pleasure

  • Evoke

    How Deirdre McGlone went from a summer job to owning Harvey’s Point

  • Electric Ireland

    How Deirdre McGlone of Harvey’s Point built a thriving rural business with no footfall