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Abbey Ireland & UK

Abbey Conference & Events

Moloney & Kelly


Dublin: 22 Bridge Street Lower, Dublin, D08 DW30, Ireland Tel: +353 1 648 6100

Edinburgh: 67 Shandwick Place, Edinburgh EH2 4SD, Scotland Tel: +44 131 656 5900

London: 1-3 Staple Inn, London WC1V 7QH, England Tel: +44 207 730 7182

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Brian McColgan


Brian is the Co-founder of the Abbey Group and has been with the company since it was first established., Over his 40 years with the company, Brian has served as Managing Director and Chair of the Abbey Group. Brian’s career in Tourism is a long and distinguished one. A founder member of the company, he has always been active within the industry and served in a variety of positions including; Director- Dublin Tourism, Director- Failte Ireland, Member of the Leisure Tourism Task Force and a Member of the Business Tourism Forum.
In recognition of his services to Irish Tourism Brian was inducted into the Order of Innisfallen and was also presented with a recognition award from Tourism Ireland.

Jane Magnier


Jane has been with the Abbey Group for a total of 38 years, and during her career she has gained extensive experience in all aspects of the planning and operation of the business, in particular in developing and operating the Group Travel sector. Over the years with Abbey, Jane has held the position Joint Managing Director with her colleague Marina Finn. She now holds the position of Chairman for the Abbey Group.

Jane is a past Director of Dublin Tourism and is also a past president of the ITOA – Incoming Tour Operators Association. She is currently a member of the National Competitiveness Council. 

Marina Finn


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Patricia McColgan


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Darren Byrne

Finance Director

Darren Byrne is Finance Director of the Abbey Group.
As well as having overall responsibility for the Finance and IT functions, he is a member of the Abbey Group board and chair of the Abbey Group’s Executive Management team.
After graduating from University College Dublin, Darren spent twelve years in London, working in senior finance roles in both the music (Universal Music Group) and fashion industries (Diesel London) before moving into the tourism sector upon his return to Dublin in 2008.
In 2012, Darren joined the board of the Incoming Tour Operators Association, the representative association of Ireland’s premier inbound tour operators and DMC’s. He now serves as its vice-president.
He is also Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants in Ireland (FCCA).

Vanessa Castles

Commercial Director

Vanessa Castles is the Commerical Director for all companies within the Abbey group. She is also a member of the Abbey Group Board.

She has extensive industry experience having worked in various roles for over 20 years, mainly in inbound tour operating. Vanessa also worked for Jurys Doyle Hotel Group prior to joining the Abbey team in 2006.
Vanessa hails from Co. Wicklow which is also known as the “Garden of Ireland”.

Paula Gismondi

Contracting Director

Paula Gismondi is the Contracting Director of Abbey Ireland & UK, the leisure division of the Abbey Group. She is also a member of the Abbey Group Board.

Paula joined the Abbey team in February 1993 following the completion of a travel & tourism course. She has a vast knowledge of our business having worked in our FIT department for four years with responsibility for key German, Italian & Scandinavian accounts, having managed our Group Reservations Department for twelve years with responsibility for the accommodation placement of all leisure groups along with group accommodation contracting and as Director of our Contracting Department since 2009.

Paula was born in Dublin with an Irish-Italian background.

Teresa Gambino

Business Development Director

Teresa is the Business Development Director responsible for the Groups area within Abbey Ireland & UK, the leisure division of the Abbey Group. 

Teresa joined Abbey in 2004 after a degree in foreign and oriental languages and 6 years guiding experience in both Italy and Ireland. 

She has gained a vast experience in the Groups business: she started as Groups executive, then she managed the Mediterannean group department before becoming overall responsible for all markets as the Group Business Development Director in 2013.

She’s also a member of the Board of the Abbey Group.
She is from Bari, Italy, but has been living in Dublin since 2002.

Tim Duffy

Operations Director

Tim Duffy is the Operations & Customer Care Director responsible for service delivery for our group and FIT customers.

He has extensive industry experience having worked in B2B & B2C operational roles for over 18 years, working for both outbound and inbound Tour Operators.
A member of the Abbey Group Board, Tim also represents the group on the ITOA – The Irish Tour Operators Association – The representative body of Irish Tour Operators

Hailing from Manchester, England, Tim has been living in Ireland for over 17 years.

Helen Murphy

HR Director

Helen Murphy is the HR Director for all companies within the Abbey group. She is also a member of the Abbey Group Board.

Having joined the company in 1997 Helen has an extensive knowledge of our industry and our people.

Over her 20 years with the company,  Helen has held a number of Senior roles within Abbey:  Manager of the French Department, Senior Manager responsible for  Group Operations and assumed the role of  HR & Training Director in 2013.

Helen comes from Skibbereen in West Cork. She has a BSc in Management from the DIT and Trinity College.

John Healy

MD Moloney & Kelly

John Healy is Managing Director of Moloney & Kelly, the luxury travel division of the Abbey Group. He is also a member of the Abbey Group Board. He has extensive knowledge of the tourism industry, having served for over 25 years at a senior level.
John comes from the medieval city of Kilkenny which is regarded by many locals there as the “home of hurling” one of Ireland’s national games.
He was a director of Tourism Ireland Limited, the body responsible for marketing the island of Ireland overseas as a holiday and business tourism destination, from 2011 to 2015. He is a past Chairman of ITIC – the Irish Tourist Industry Confederation – the key representative body for the tourism industry in Ireland.

Rebecca Brooks

Managing Director UK

Rebecca Brooks is Managing Director of Abbey UK and a member of the Abbey Group Board. A modern history graduate of St Andrews University, she has worked in international tourism for the last fifteen years. As such, her experience has been formed on all international inbound markets to Scotland and the UK..


A former Chair of the Scottish Destination Management Association,  Rebecca has also been a non executive Director of the Scottish Tourism Alliance, the representative industry body for Scottish tourism, for the past 6 years. Rebecca also holds a non executive Directorship for Visit Scotland, the national tourism agency.

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