Lough Eske Celebrates Year 15

The team at Lough Eske in county Donegal celebrated its 15th anniversary with a memorable event which included special guest Packie Bonner. 

Over 100 guests attended including Donegal Mayor Pauric Kennedy and directors of Harcourt Developments, who opened the property in 2007 after a €40 million investment. Prior to the event commencing, Donegal man Pat Doherty OBE planted 15 Irish oak trees on the estate to commemorate the 15th anniversary of the hotel first opening. 

Donegal-born, awarding-winning international artist Alva Gallagher created the "Lucent Pearl" artwork. Cast in bronze and featuring a giant hand-blown crystal pearl, the piece symbolises the beautiful surrounding Donegal coastline. 

Local produce including a bespoke cocktail, the "Silkie Sour" made with Donegal Sliabh Liag Distiller’s Silkie Whiskey, and Donegal seafood were served to guests.  

Donegal legend Packie Bonner said: "I commend Pat Doherty on having the vision to renovate Lough Eske Castle, it is phenomenal to see what this castle has done for tourism in Donegal and the Northwest of Ireland, and a testament to the management and staff on the success of the hotel over the years."

Currently Lough Eske Castle employees 207 staff. Seven key members of the team have been on property since first opening in 2007. Dónal Cox, General Manager of Lough Eske Castle, commented:

"We’re incredibly thankful to our guests, staff and industry colleagues for all their support over the years. This evening has been a great tribute to the continued dedication of our team, the vision Pat Doherty OBE and the team at Harcourt Developments had 15 years ago to create a place of luxury, relaxation and memorable holidays for our visitors."