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Manor House for Hire

The Manor House at Tulfarris Hotel and Golf Resort in Blessington, Co. Wicklow is now avaiable for private hire.tulfarriw0720

The house  dates back over 200 years but the origins of the estate on which it stands can be traced back to the 12th century. Situated on the shores of Blessington Lakes the house has been a private home to noble families, military leaders and to sports stars. You can now be part of the history and story of Tulfarris and experience all of the splendour that this beautiful ‘Grand Dame’ has to offer as the 18th Century, Manor House at Tulfarris Hotel and Golf Resort is now available for exclusive hire.
In these strange pandemic times exclusive hire can often be an attractive option for families who want to come together but still remain within their own small group.  The Manor House at Tulfarris provides people with a unique opportunity to holiday together but apart from others. It is also extremely rare to find a property that offers complete privacy, yet offers a full service complete with extensive dining offerings
The Manor House, with its classic Georgian design and elegant proportions has been completely restored to bring it back to its former glory.  It now includes seven luxurious bedrooms which have been decorated in heritage colours and fabrics, evocative of the style in which the house was built. Modern and contemporary facilities and comforts have been sympathetically added to the old building while not impinging on its historical design. 
On the ground floor there are two elegant reception rooms, a library and a dining room, which offer relaxed spaces for families and friends to gather. The spectacular dining room can seat 14 people for dinner and provides an elegant space for friends to gather and enjoy a private dinner.  The various drawing rooms with their Italian marble fireplaces are comfortable spots to sit and enjoy an after-dinner drink or a chat or simply to lounge around, reading, watching movies, or playing family board games.
The exclusive hire of the Manor House at Tulfarris includes bed and breakfast, private dining in the drawing room a half a bottle of wine per person and a prosecco reception on arrival.  Breakfast is also served in the drawing room so that guests staying at the Manor House do not need to go to the main hotel during their stay if they so wish.  Children will love to explore the vast estate which surrounds the Manor House which is home to foxes, rabbits, otters, squirrels and deer which walk freely around the estate.  Little touches such as milk and cookies at turndown service, board games and arts and craft materials for children are popular with the little ones and help make special memories. The cost for the exclusive hire of the 7-bedroom Manor House to include bed, breakfast and dinner is €3,010 per night.
Musical entertainment can be arranged each evening while daytime activities such as archery, falconry or clay pigeon shooting can be arranged upon request (additional costs will apply).  Golfers can enjoy preferential golf rates at the onsite 18-hole championship course while lessons with the club professional, Tom O’Neil are also available for both adults and children.  

€300,000 for Beara Breifne Way

Fáilte Ireland has welcomed the announcement made by the Department of Rural and Community Development that the Beara Breifne Way will benefit from the final Rural Beara wayRegeneration and Development Fund. The Beara Breifne Way will receive €300,000 in funding from the programme. 
The allocation is part of the Department of Rural and Community Development’s Rural Regeneration and Development Fund which is funded under Project Ireland 2040. 
The purpose of the fund is to support job creation in rural areas, address de-population of rural communities and support improvements in towns and villages with a population of less than 10,000, and outlying areas.
 The Beara Breifne Way, which will be Ireland’s longest distance walking trail, is among 24 selected projects across Ireland.  
 Fiona Monaghan, Head of Activities, Fáilte Ireland said:  


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Restaurants Seek Rent Cuts

 The Restaurants Association of Ireland is seeking rent cuts from landlords, official grants and greater flexibility from banks and utility companies. Chief executive Adrian cummins0120Cummins said: “Unless we get a July stimulus package, 50% of the restaurants will close and some have not even got to the starting line yesterday – they have closed already.”

 All we are getting is tea and sympathy and asking for their full rent
 He said eateries which would not reopen included those catering for tourists in places like West Cork or Connemara.
 He told Dáil Deputies owners were facing demands for 100% of rent bills and utility payments.


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Publicans seek Hospitality VAT

The Drinks industry has called fora  temporary extension of hospitality VAT rate to alcohol in pubs as immediate support for businesses that will struggle with social distancing rules

LVA, VFI and IBEC representative group Drinks Ireland convened to assess immediate impact of COVID-19 on drinks and hospitality industry and consider measures to support businesses, including VAT on on-trade alcohol
EU countries (including Spain and Italy) are using temporary reductions in VAT to provide support to their drinks, hospitality, and tourism businesses
Donal O’Keeffe, CEO, LVA: ‘Government guidelines mean we will operate at 50% capacity or less, yet our VAT burden currently remains the same - this is inequitable and should change, similar to measures taken on VAT in other EU countries’


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'New Dawn' at Ballygarry

After a 15 closure rest Ballygarry House returns to a new dawn and welcomes 135 staff back to work. ballygarry0620

Hotel Proprietor Padraig McGillicuddy delighted to re-open its doors and welcome back the team and guests to the hotel that has been 62 year in the McGillicuddy family.
“This year is the year of the Irish. All business will be home grown and it’s going to be largely based on a quality product with value for money”, said Padraig. “We got plenty of work done on creating a message to satisfy consumer confidence through social media videos. We launched a fun reopening video and we have had over 100,000 views which is a remarkable result. We also launched a video endorsing the measures we are taking to reassure the guest and instil consumer confidence in our Covid practices. Simple things like replacing the traditional Irish handshake with our hand on our heart gesture, a symbol of our love of all things hospitality”


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