Vincent Callan has been given permission for a €3.5m expansion at his Ballymagarvey Village
wedding venue. The plans will see 23 new three bedroom cottages - as well as a number of specially-designed disabled units - built at the Meath venue.
Mr.Callan, who bought the property in 2003, previously restored the 18th century battlemented house, adding accommodation. The flaxmill village on the estate, which includes seven restored cottages, also dates to the 1700s, as part of a transformation into a venue for weddings and other events.
The venue, which has a documented history dating back 800 years to Trim Castle's Hugh DeLacy, opened for business in 2009 and now employs more than 100 people. It hosts about 300 events a year with about a third of those coming from abroad.
Building work at Ballymagarvey will not begin until 2019 because the venue is heavily booked throughout 2018.