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Conference suite for Harvey's Point



For over 28 years, Deidre McGlone and her team have been welcoming people from all corners of the globe to their stunning luxurious lakeside hotel, located outside Donegal Town in the North West of Ireland. With a firm focus on exceptional customer service, this former farmhouse cottage has gained an enviable reputation as one of the leading hotels in Ireland. Winner of Trip Advisor's Number 1 Hotel in Ireland for five consecutive years, Harvey’s Point is a brand that is synonymous with world class hotel keeping, blended with genuine Irish hospitality.
Deirdre and her team have now opened their doors to the corporate world. Having overseen extensive renovations in recent months they are all set to place Harvey’s Point on the global map, not only as a place to come & stay for a relaxing break but as a destination to be “The Coolest Place in Ireland” to do business.
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'Gaeilge' gong for Connacht

The Connacht Hotel, Galway has wonThe Tourism &  Hospitality Category at the recent Gaillimh le Gaeilge Awards, Gradam Sheosaimh Uí 


Ógartaigh.  This is the second year in a row that the hotel has taken home their category award. The award ceremony marked the pinnacle of Gaillimh le Gaeilge’s celebrations of 30 years in business and applauds the outstanding efforts of the business community promoting ‘An Ghaeilge’ in  Ireland’s Bilingual City and European Capital of Culture 2020. “The management & staff at the hotel have dedicated themselves to promoting the hotel as a bilingual business  over the past four years and for this to be recognised by winning this award is the ultimate reward” Wayne Neilon, General Manager.
The Gradam winners all received a business package to the value of €2,000 from their respective category sponsor as well as a replica of Gradam Sheosaimh Uí Ógartaigh sponsored by Údarás na Gaeltachta.

Ashford on Oz tv

 Images of Ashford Castle and Mayo were beamed into the homes of some 800,000 Australians , in an episode of a popular Australian TV 


show called 'The Living Room'. The show aired on Network Ten. Filming took place here last autumn and was supported by Tourism Ireland and Fáilte Ireland.
 Camera man Phil Dow (left) films Dr Chris Brown for The Living Room at Ashford Castle.
 Viewers saw Dr Chris Brown – an Australian veterinarian, TV personality and author, famously known as the ‘Bondi Vet’ – explore the scenery, culture and history of Co Mayo, and Ashford Castle in particular. Filming included clay pigeon shooting and a falconry demonstration at Ashford Castle.
 Another two episodes featuring the island of Ireland will air later this year; they’ll focus on Lisdoonvarna matchmaker Willie Daly (in September) and on Northern Ireland and its Game of Thrones connections (in October).
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Hotels to sell drink on Good Friday

The ban on selling alcohol  in hotels as well as pubs is to be ended in new legislation.
While a Private Member's Bill previously tabled by Independent Senator Billy Lawless that sought to abolish the ban for pubs and off-licences met with no objection from Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald, she said that it would lead to further legal anomalies.
New amendments to allow restaurants, clubs and hotels to sell alcohol on Good Friday as well.

Castle tickets go global

Birr Castle Gardens and Science Centre announced a three-year partnership with Future Ticketing to use the software company’s digital ticketing and sales platform to help it target a larger slice of the growing global tourism market.



The new high performance software enables visitors to pre-book tickets downloaded to their mobile phones and tablets for access at the venue. Future Ticketing’s technology is specifically designed for use on mobile phones, the fastest growing segment of tickets international
Birr Castle Gardens and Science Centre is attracting an increasing proportion of visitors from international markets such as the UK, mainland Europe, Australia, China and Brazil. In 2016, it attracted 108,000 visitors, up 20% on 2015. According to the Irish Tourist Industry Confederation, 2016 was a record year for Irish tourism with 8.8 million visitors to our shores, an increase of 10% on the previous year. 
Pictured are Grainne O'Malley, general manager, Birr Castle Gardens (centre) with Amanda O'Connor (left) and Aisling Fennin both of Future Ticketing
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