Background to the man and the award.
Jimmy Connor was concierge at the Grand Central Hotel and then at The Europa Hotel in Belfast. For many years Jimmy flew the flag for Les Clefs d’Or in Northern Ireland. He was Mr. Concierge to the many guests who crossed the threshold of the hotels where he was Head Hall Porter. Jimmy was the embodiment of our motto in service through Friendship with both work colleagues, guests and Clefs d’Or colleagues alike. Jimmy went to the concierge desk in the heavens in February 2006.
John D.Toner a Director of Hastings Hotels and General Manager of The Slieve Donard Hotel has been the kind sponsor of the Concierge of the Year Award for the last few years. At the presentation of the award in 2010 John suggested that the award should be named in Jimmy’s honour. This suggestion was widely accepted by all.
So from 2011 the Concierge of the Year Award will be renamed The Jimmy Connor Award in honour of a consummate gentleman, a wee man with a big heart and a true professional.
“I’ll be around your way next week”