Mary O'Donoghue
Mary is the owner of the Sanctuary Spa and has been running it for 20 years.

Here a list of her Qualifications:

  • T.E.C/C. I.B.T.A.C./C.I.D.E.S.C.O./Beauty Therapy Qualifications
  • Consultant: Decleor Paris Trained
  • P.Dip Aromatherapy
  • Ellipse Laser Technician 2002
  • A.B.T.E.T. Teaching Diploma.
  • City & Guilds: Advanced Tutor Certificate
  • Santi Business Management Development Programme
  • City & Guilds and N.A.B.T.E.T.: Assessor­- A1, Internal Verifier.


  • 1989 – 2014: Owner/Manager The Sanctuary Spa, The Brandon Hotel Tralee, Employ: 5 full Time and 1 part- time staff.
  • 2007 -2014 Sanctuary Beauty Academy: Beauty therapy training college. Accredited training centre to the following International Awarding Bodies: I.T.E.C., City & Guilds, and C.I.D.E.S.C.O. The world standard for the Beauty and Spa Industry

Also provides an Independent Consultancy Service dealing with performance evaluation management, staff training and profitable business development.

  • 2013 to Present ; Vice President CIDESCO Section Ireland
  • 2003 – 2006 Director of Education F. H. T Ireland Federation of Beauty & Holistic Therapists Ireland
  • 2008 Vice President F. H. T .I
  • Spa Feature Writer: Professional Salon Magazine
  • Auditor for White Flag Award ( Institute of Leisure and Amenity Management) 2006 -2010
  • Speaker at Industry Level


  • Ability to communicate and empathise with all levels of personnel in the Health , Beauty, Wellness and Spa sector in terms they can relate to.
  • Ability to understand the benefits of all categories of Salon and Spa, their training needs and their business goals.
  • Ability to handle objections with equanimity.
  • Ability to train students to the standard and professionalism required by employers and also in ways that enable them to differentiate themselves from competitors.
Mary O'Donoghue / Owner