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The Stars Aligned at Dromoland Castle

The stars aligned for Pauline Handrick from New Ross, and Nickie Flynn, from Birmingham when both began six-month college placements at Dromoland Castle over 30 years ago. Little did they know, but the Castle was to become the backdrop for a great romance that would last a lifetime. “By autumn when the hotel quietened down…

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Spoil Your Soulmate at Ireland’s Most Romantic Hotel

This February, why not whisk your loved one away for a very special St Valentine’s celebration that’s high on luxury and romance. Join us at Ireland’s most magical address to hide away in spectacular comfort and embrace the great outdoors in our 450-acre estate. Offering the warmest welcome and five-star discretion, we’ll turn up the…

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Welcome To The Team, Xavier

With its grand Earl of Thomond fine dining restaurant, its extravagant afternoon tea, its golf clubhouse, and its Irish gastropub, Dromoland Castle offers guests the best of Irish cuisine created with fresh, local ingredients. Now, overseeing the entire food and beverage programme is Xavier Perche, who brings extensive hospitality experience to Clare’s famous five-star castle…

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Meet Alex!

Meet Alex! Alex joined Dromoland Castle 8 years ago as assistant sommelier. Hailing from the city of Nantes in the Loire region, he is now head bartender and mixologist extraordinaire. But how did he end up in Ireland? “I did an advanced bartender course in France and one of my teachers used to work in…

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Golf In Ireland

Golf in Ireland We are delighted to be featured as one of the best places to play golf on holiday in Ireland by our friends at Aer Lingus in their ‘Golf in Ireland’ article. If you would like to play our course, we are welcoming players based in Ireland now so book your summer tee times…

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Amazing Grace

This year, we are celebrating the 34th work anniversary of our Head Receptionist, Grace Kierce. One of our longest standing staff members, Grace has seen many changes take place at the Castle. To mark the anniversary, we took a little time out enjoying lunch in our Walled Gardens, surrounded by the scent of our beautiful…

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Sir Edward O’Brien, 2nd Baronet,1705-1765

The O’ Brien’s owned Dromoland Castle for over 300 years. Sir Edward O’Brien, 2nd Baronet, 1705-1765, was not only fanatical about horse racing, he was revered as a famous racehorse owner and trainer, but he too was a gambler, alcoholic and hypochondriac and ran up huge debts. The Dromoland Octagonal Pond (today referred to as the…

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Meet Arek – Our Sustainability Officer

To help us take the next steps in our green journey, we are proud to appoint our own full-time Sustainability Officer, Arek Gduliński. Arek joined our team at Dromoland Castle six years ago and we are excited to back him all the way in his new role as he carves out the future of our estate,…

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Marie’s Story

  Many of you will have had the pleasure of meeting Marie Chawke, our Director of Business Development and a key member of Dromoland Castle since 2017. Energetic, hard working and much-loved, on August 26th 2020 Marie was diagnosed with Stage Three hormone cancer. Determined to weather the storm with her upbeat attitude, she began…

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Let’s Celebrate St Patrick’s Day

  At the time of year when the world stops to celebrate all things Irish, we would like to kick off the week of St Patrick’s Day by celebrating a few of our local Irish suppliers and sharing signature Castle recipes for you to create in the comfort of your own home. Our menus feature…

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