Did you meet at the Galway Races?

Galway race week is renowned for its great racing, great craic and great form, but what about the form that happens away from Ballybrit! Over the year’s we have played host to some great romances here in the Ardilaun Hotel during race week and for many who met here we were also the lucky hosts then for their weddings throughout the years.

How do you best describe the atmosphere during Galway race week? Well, that’s a difficult question but I am fairly sure that if you could harness the energy during the week you would power a rocket to the moon and back. The friendships renewed each year, the welcome of the crowd and the buzz of the evenings is very unique to Galway. So it only follows that for many it was where a great romance began.

When you think of romantic locations for many their minds will go to Paris or Rome for others it will be the allure of New York, all great spots but if you are looking for heart and soul like no other place then it has to be Galway on race week. The roar of the crowd, the allure and style of the ladies, the young stallions all lined out and that’s only the fella’s, all the pulses racing, its like lightning in a bottle.



Date for Diary: Sunday 4th November, 2 – 6pm Fashion, Frolics & Fun at The Ardilaun Hotel Wedding Fair

It is that time of year again when The Ardilaun Hotel are busy preparing for another busy Annual Wedding Fair which promises to be bigger and better than ever, where all bride and grooms-to-be and their families can come along free of charge on Sunday 4th November from 2pm to 6pm to see Galway’s favourite Wedding venue for themselves. The Ardilaun offers an oasis of calm in private, secluded surroundings for your Special Day, with new wedding proposal packages for everyone.

The Wedding Fair has become hugely popular over the past few years, so the message is to come early. Enjoy a complimentary glass of mulled wine on arrival, Cascading Chocolate Fountain, live entertainment on the day by the Guinness Jazz Band. The beautiful ballroom of The Ardilaun will be packed with a host of wedding necessities and trimmings, with full list of exhibitors coming soon on our website.

An exclusive fashion show is one of the highlights during the fair with Catwalk Models featuring the latest fashion trends for brides, grooms, the wedding party and mother of the bride. All attendees at the Wedding Fair will be entered in a free draw for a whole host of super prizes sponsored by the exhibitors and the top prize will be a Luxury Break for two with Select Hotels of Ireland. Admission is free, so come along and enjoy the day. For further information on the wedding fair, Moposa software, new proposals and wedding brochure contact Orla on: 091 519703 for further details.

New Year Wedding Sale to celebrate 50th Anniversary

Ardilaun Hotel announces details of New Year Wedding Sale to celebrate 50th Anniversary

The Ardilaun Hotel, situated in leafy Taylor’s Hill, with superb gardens is one of Galway’s well-loved, long-established family run and favourite wedding venues and has a reputation for its luxurious comfort in an intimate setting, gracious style and fine food. The Ardilaun Hotel offers their Pearl Proposal at just €50 per person for an all inclusive wedding package.

New Year Wedding Sale

The Ardilaun proudly celebrate their 50th Anniversary this year and to mark this momentous occasion have just announced details of their

New Year Sale for new weddings booked between 01 January to 14February 2013. This exclusive promotion offers 50% discount off 50 guests on our fully inclusive packages with minimum numbers of 130 guests sitting for wedding reception. Call Ann-Marie or Orla today to discuss this offer further on 091 519794/519703.

Awards are a reality of how well Brides and Grooms are looked after in The Ardilaun on their Wedding Day and this is captured in our most recent awards of “Best Hotel Wedding Venue in Connacht” at the Weddings Online Awards, followed by our “AA Award for Courtesy and Care”. Our awards are a true testament to the hotel and how they continuously strive to serve all of their guests to the highest standards with great care and attention to detail. The Ardilaun has hosted over 3,000 weddings since 1962 and is still going strong, with its policy of just one wedding per day.

Few Hotels can boast this achievement of their 50th Anniversary and The Ardilaun new Wedding Brochure portrays this in an elegant light. In spite of tough economic times, The Ardilaun can boast a confidence and trust in their reputation for hosting weddings for a long time to come. The brochure gives a true picture of the luxury that surrounds The Ardilaun with its Stunning Ball Room, Landscaped Gardens, Excellent Food and Service, Generations of Wedding Memories, and over all elegance that entices Brides and Grooms to our unique venue on Taylors Hill.

Pearl, Emerald & Ruby Proposals

The Pearl, Emerald and Ruby Packages are becoming increasingly popular as they are offering an all-in price from just €50 per guest for the Pearl Proposal, €55 per guest for the Emerald Proposal and €60 for the Ruby Proposal which includes drinks reception on arrival, 5 course choice menu, wine with your meal and for your toast, evening reception, chair covers and all of the other extras that come along with booking your wedding reception at The Ardilaun. Full details now available upon request or online.

Free Jazz Reception for your Special Day

The Ardilaun Hotel are delighted that the Guinness Jazz Trio Band will be playing exclusively for all Wedding Couples for 2012 and 2013 when they choose the Emerald or Ruby Proposal packages for their wedding reception at the hotel. This popular established Galway band has been playing for over 20 years under the guidance of Freddy Byrne and has played for many Guinness Promotions and Galway Races over the years. Freddy and his band provide easy listening music and create a lively atmosphere from the start in our spacious foyer for the weddings pre dinner drinks reception on arrival to The Ardilaun.


Valued at €1,000 but it is with The Ardilaun’s compliments. We are the only hotel in Galway City now to offer this new and exciting software package to all our Brides & Grooms. Featured recently on TV3 AM and the Matt Cooper Show, it is an online wedding service which gives you the tools to make your wedding experience more enjoyable. Moposa helps you share more of the experience with your friends and family, simplify the wedding planning process and save time and money along the way. Moposa wedding applications are fully customised to The Ardilaun Hotel and are simple to use for those with even limited internet experience.

Avalon Beauty Salon

When couples confirm their wedding at The Ardilaun, Avalon offer a Free Skin Analysis Consultation along with Express Botanical Facial for both the Bride and Groom in the calm surroundings of the Avalon.

Midweek & Winter Weddings

The Ardilaun are offering additional special gifts for both Midweek and Winter Wedding Packages with special dates and flexibility for Christmas and the Winter months which result in excess of €2,800 savings based on a wedding for 200 guests. Full details for all packages are available on:

Civil Ceremonies & Religious Blessings

Keep it simple – arrive at The Ardilaun as two people and leave us as a newly married couple. The Ardilaun is an approved venue for civil ceremonies and offers elegant private rooms which create an intimate setting for your ceremony or blessing. The Garden Lounge which was the original part of the old house has the charm and atmosphere for a small intimate civil ceremony. With 50 years of experience in the hands of the Ryan family, The Ardilaun is a premier wedding venue in the West of Ireland with couples from near and far, national and international, choosing it as the venue for their most important day.

For further information on Ardilaun proposals and wedding brochure contact Orla or Ann-Marie at The Ardilaun Hotel – Tel: 091 519703/519794 for your wedding showaround or visit the wedding section of our website.