John Lally and Paul Higgins both have a long history of involvement in the hospitality industry.  John Lally opened two Barnacles Accommodation Hostels in Galway and Dublin in 1993 and 1997 respectively. He opened his first hotel, the Harbour Hotel Galway, in 2001.   The Limerick Strand Hotel (originally a Hilton Hotel) and the Hilton Dublin Kilmainham soon followed, and were opened in 2007.

The expansion of the hotel collection accelerated in 2012,  when Paul and John met John Malone, the Chairman of Liberty Media and Liberty Global , and the partnership was formed.

The collection was branded the MHL Hotel Collection in 2016 to reflect the partnership of Malone, Higgins and Lally, and since that time a further eight hotels have been added to the collection.

The MHL Hotel Collection is the second largest hotel group in Dublin city with over 1,150 five and four star bedrooms in Dublin city.

The Partners continuing aim is to acquire and manage a collection of high quality hotels, both branded and non-branded, and to apply their management and operational expertise to the business, to enhance the hotels’ future performance.

The MHL Hotel Collection is a collection of unique and individual hotels in key city and resort locations throughout Ireland. From the bustling city centres of Dublin, Galway and Limerick , to an historic estate close to Galway City, each of our hotel’s has it’s own distinct personality and charm. As unique as our collection is, all of our hotels are united in their commitment to delivering exceptional hospitality to all of our guests.

Our collection in Dublin city comprises of 8 properties namely:

  • The Westin Dublin (5*)
  • The InterContinental Dublin (5*)
  • The Trinity City Hotel Dublin (4*)
  • The Hilton Dublin (4*)
  • The Spencer Hotel Dublin (4*)
  • The Morgan Hotel Dublin (4*)
  • The Beacon Hotel Dublin (4*)
  • Barnacles Hostel Dublin

Our collection in Galway city comprises of 4 properties namely:

  • The Glenlo Abbey Hotel and Golf Course, Galway (5*)
  • The Galmont Hotel and Spa (formerly the Radisson Blu Galway) (4*)
  • The Harbour Hotel Galway (4*)
  • Barnacles Hostel Galway 

And our collection includes 1 property in the heart of Limerick overlooking the River Shannon:

  • The Limerick Strand Hotel (4*)


Paul Higgins


Paul is one of the Founders of the MHL Hotel Collection and has played a key role its recent growth. Prior to MHL, Paul was a Director of Lalco Holdings (a property development company), a Director of Goodbody Corporate Finance, and an Associate Director of HSBC Investment Bank in London.  Paul qualified as a Chartered Accountant with PricewaterhouseCoopers.

John Lally


John Lally is one of the founders of MHL Hotel Collection. John has worked extensively on property developments throughout Ireland since the early 1990’s. Operating under the Lalco Group, John’s companies developed numerous medium to large scale developments throughout Ireland from 1990 to 2008, many of which included Hotel developments. In 1993 John established Barnacles Holidays in Galway and quickly expanded the business to Dublin and Waterford. Johns first entry into the Hotel market was with the opening of the Harbour Hotel in Galway followed by the opening of Hilton Dublin Kilmainham in 2006 and the Limerick Strand Hotel, then Hilton Limerick in 2017. His most notable developments are - Kilmainham Square Dublin 8, Vantage Residential/Commercial project in Leopardstown, Dublin 18 and the Limerick Strand project in Limerick. John trained as Quantity Surveyor and spent the first 5 years of his career working on the Canary Wharf Development for Olympia & York.

Eric Trainor

Group Finance Director

Eric has worked in the hotel industry for over 15 years. A graduate from NUIG in Commerce, he worked in audit practice before getting involved in hospitality. Eric has a close understanding of the hospitality industry with extensive involvement in operational and financial aspects of the business. He has provided the leadership required in transitioning new acquisitions into the MHL group – enabling improved financial performance both directly to property and through group opportunities.

Pauline Corcoran

Group Director of Sales and Marketing 

Pauline has worked in the hotel industry for over 25 years and is a graduate in Business and Hotel and Catering Management from DIT Cathal Brugha Street. Pauline has worked in both the UK and Ireland and has extensive experience in the sales and marketing aspects of the hotel industry, having worked for both global hotel brands as well as independent hotels.

Sara Dalzell

Group Director of Human Resources

An experienced Human Resources Professional, with over 15 years’ experience within the hotel industry. Sara graduated from Manchester Metropolitan University, with a degree in Business Management and Marketing. After graduating Sara went on to complete a Master’s Degree in Human Resource Management and became CIPD qualified. Sara has extensive human resources experience with a specialization in talent management including workforce planning, recruiting, performance management, employee development and employee engagement. She also has considerable experience managing employee relations, benefits, compensation and compliance issues.