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Plan your Festive Wedding with The Ardilaun
If you are newly engaged or your know someone that is, what better way to celebrate your wedding day than at Christmastime while home, and share this special occasion with your family and friends. With some key December dates currently available for the next holiday season ahead, consider The Ardilaun Hotel Galway as a wedding venue for your dream wedding.
Imagine your guests enjoying mince pies and mulled wine in front of the soft, warm glow of an open fire and good old traditional hospitality at The Ardilaun on your very special wedding day.
Our resident wedding planner Maureen Walsh hosts a guided tour of our award-winning hotel, its superbly landscaped grounds, intimate banqueting suites and grand ballroom decorated in full wedding splendor of timeless wedding elegance at The Ardilaun Hotel.
With more than 25 years’ experience, Maureen is the engaged couple’s own wedding planning specialist, her flawless style, expert advice and supportive, can-do approach has helped hundreds of couples from both home and abroad achieve the dream wedding of their hearts’ desire.
As one of Maureen’s American brides from Boston states “at first we were a little nervous about planning a wedding in Ireland, however from the first time we met Maureen, we knew we were in good hands……Maureen went above and beyond our expectations…our wedding day couldn’t have gone any smoother, and everyone went out of their way to make our wedding most enjoyable and stress free”.
Private viewings with Maureen, The Ardilaun’s expert wedding planner, are available right throughout the year. While appointments are not essential, they are advised to avoid disappointment. Please call Maureen to reserve your viewing on 091 519735, email email@example.com or click here for more information on our wedddings for more information.
Caption for photo is as follows: Pictured at The Ardilaun Hotel Winter Wedding Inspirations Day are catwalk models Simona Va and Richard Kaminski showcasing stunning Jesus Peiro bridal gown by Belladonna Bridal, grooms suit by Martin Feeney Formalwear and floral décor by Flower Haven. Photo by Wonderfulife Productions.
Body&Kind Women’s Health Event comes to The Ardilaun Hotel & Leisure Club Galway
The team at The Ardilaun Leisure Club have come together to bring Body&Kind to Galway for the first time! Body&Kind is a high energy inspiring one day Women’s Health event taking place this Spring on Sunday 4th February at The Ardilaun Hotel.
Due to the overwhelming success of their first event in Limerick in September 2017, sister sensations, Sinéad Bradbury and Aislinn Connolly, former Galway camogie All Star are bringing Body&Kind to Galway. Body&Kind will feature a stellar line up of fitness & nutrition master classes with a packed agenda on the day including nutritional & motivational talks, back to back fitness classes, mindful living tutorial, cookery demonstrations, nourishing lunch & snacks on the day, spot prizes, free goodie bag with nutritional guide and much more.
Galway based top nutritional therapist Sinead Bradbury will be giving live cookery demos including food and self care master classes. Fitness classes on the day will include Abs & Core, Ass & Arms, Piloxing, Power Pilates, Yoga, Disco Spin, FitMom (pregnant & new mums), and DanceFit etc. There will also be a host of interesting exhibitors on the day.
Body&Kind is a unique women’s event to celebrate women with their ethos to build their resilience through strength, power and unique bond. Body&Kind caters for women at all levels of fitness. A day not to be missed at The Ardilaun Hotel and Leisure Club to kickstart a healthy and happy 2018. Tickets are €85.00 for the full day’s activities and lunch and may be purchased on www.eventbrite.ie, check it out on facebook @body&kind and Instagram @bodyandkind also.
The Ardilaun Hotel Galway scoops Hotel Leisure Club of the Year Award 2018 in association with Ireland Active
The Ardilaun Hotel are currently on a winning streak with awards and are delighted to scoop the Hotel Club of the Year Award 2018 in association with Ireland Active which was announced at their prestigious awards ceremony and Annual Conference in Lyrath Estate Kilkenny on Friday last.
The White Flag National Quality Standards Awards ceremony represent the pinnacle of National Quality Standards in leisure and fitness facilities for their remarkable standards in the areas of safety, hygiene, customer service and human resources, championing the best in their respective fields.
Ireland Active is a not for profit national organization to provide support and services to create the platforms to professionals in the leisure and fitness industry through standards and best practice whilst simultaneously developing the synergies to engage “more people to be more active more often” thus providing for a healthier nation. The Ardilaun Leisure Club was acknowledged in this regard and received the top award of Diamond White Flag Award status – a worthy accolade of achieving excellence along with Best Hotel Club of the Year 2018.
Declan Burke Leisure Club Manager noted: “We are delighted and honoured to have secured this prestigious award and is a testament of the hard work and dedication of the staff involved, along with the contribution of our long serving loyal leisure club members many of whom are with us for the past 18 years, so thank you”.
For further information and special offers on The Ardilaun Leisure Club,visit www.ardilaunleisureclub.ie or call: +353 (0) 91 514700.
GALWAY HURLERS SUPPORTING MEN`S HEALTH AWARENESS EVENING AT THE ARDILAUN
On Friday 24th November, Cairde Othar na Gaillimhe will hold their annual men’s health awareness evening takes place at 6.30pm in The Ardilaun Hotel with a drinks reception followed by four course buffet dinner, wine with meal and entertainment, along with a line-up of guest speakers where the theme of this year’s event is Healthy Body, Healthy Mind – keeping the balance.
Cairde Othair na Gaillimhe, which translated means `Friends of the Galway Patients` is a charity established in 2015 which aims to improve patient experience and wellbeing by providing enhanced/additional supports and facilities at Galway University Hospitals. Essentially the idea is to provide comfort and services for patients and their relatives that aren`t currently available in the hospital.
This charity involves a number of volunteers from business and community groups and is chaired by orthopaedic surgeon Mr Stephen Kearns, who will also be MC’ing the event on the night. Guest speakers on the night will include RTE sporting legend Michael Lyster, some of Galway’s winning All-Ireland Senior Hurling Team and Paddy O’Malley Consultant Urological Surgeon, along with Galway’s home grown talent comedian Aidan Tierney of Tierney Talks.
Tickets for this event are €70 and are available from The Ardilaun Hotel. For further information, contact the hotel directly on: 091 519795 or visit www.theardilaunhotel.ie or contact Mary on: 087-6689284
Atlantic Challenge Dinner presents Top Class Line Out
Former Leinster and Connacht Rugby Star Damian Browne is currently preparing for one of his toughest tests to date in a solo row across the Atlantic Ocean starting this December. In an effort to raise funds for his chosen charities MADRA Dog Rescue & Adoption, Médecins Sans Frontieres and the Strong Roots Foundation School Rwanda, the Atlantic Challenge Dinner will take place on Saturday, 30th September in the Ardilaun Hotel, Galway.
The demand for tables is high as the Black Tie event presents a rare opportunity to hear Irish International Rugby Coach Joe Schmidt and Irish International & Lions Defence Coach Andy Farrell speak about their experiences and lessons from the game with former Irish & Munster Rugby Star Alan Quinlan. Exceptional auction prizes will also be available to bid on including a round of golf with Johnny Sexton. A four course meal which will commence with a champagne reception where guests will be entertained throughout the night by a variety of performers including Sean Costello and Frank Naughton’s Duo Vocis and comedian’s Barry Murphy & Colum McDonnell.
Damian’s 4,800km crossing will begin in the Canary Islands and finish in Antigua. The solo task will stretch the mental and physical capacities of the individuals taking part in the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge. Damian will be competing as a solo rower which means there will be no support boat and no company, just himself and a boatload of food to sustain him on his journey.
No stranger to a test of self during his Rugby Career, Damian completed his first international physical and mental challenge in April 2016 when he ran the Marathon des Sables in the Moroccan Sahara. This fulfilled a dream of his which was 12 years in the making. He then set his sights on his next perilous venture. Damian came upon the Talisker Whisky Challenge and discovered that more people have summited Everest and been into space than have successfully rowed the Atlantic Ocean.
Speaking about the challenge Damian says “I want to test myself mentally and physically in the world’s most extreme environments. These experiences are incredibly powerful and rewarding, giving you windows into the corners of yourself you very rarely if ever get to see. The main challenge with the row will be the mental battle, it's what interests me the most. I believe in putting myself in uncomfortable positions and testing myself regularly. It's something I've done all my life and something which continues to reward me in countless ways.”
“As well as pushing myself physically and mentally with the trans-atlantic row, I wanted to push myself in my fundraising efforts and have a campaign to mirror the challenge of the row. The Atlantic Challenge Dinner will be the feature piece of my charity fundraising campaign with 100% of the funds raised on the night going directly to my three charity partners MADRA, Médecins Sans Frontieres and the Strong Roots Foundation School Rwanda.”
Tickets for the Atlantic Challenge Dinner are available by contacting Catherine Tiernan on 086 254 6936 with details on the fundraising event and Damian’s Atlantic Solo Row on damianbrowne.com
Ireland’s top stylists celebrate Autumn collections with “A Fashionable Evening” at The Ardilaun
Embrace the Autumn season with an evening of style in the Ardilaun Hotel on 8 September hosted by Ireland’s top stylists Lisa McGowan of Lisa’s Lust List and Mandy Maher of Catwalk Models and TV3. This is a perfect opportunity to perk up your wardrobe with collections from Brown Thomas, Kilkenny, Willow, Don’t Call Me Dear, Harper, Colette Latchford, Anthony Ryans, Design House Barna, Gúna Deas in Loughrea, Fusion Fashion in Moycullen, and Be Yourself in Kinvara and flush with success in the Galway Races, exclusive milliners Caithriona King and Emily Jean will exhibit their dramatic headwear to keep the style stakes high for weddings, special occasions and Autumn race meets. Hook up with your friends for a Prosecco reception at 7pm and browse jewellery, shoes, make-up and accessories before stunning Catwalk models take to the runway at 8pm. There’ll be a chance to nominate one of your glamorous pals for the Most Stylish Lady Competition! Kindly supported by Adare Beverages and Hartmanns of Galway, this fashion show is in aid of Niamh Wishart, a young mother of two little girls, who has progressive MS and hopes to travel to Russia for life-changing treatment.
An absolutely fabulous occasion for an even better cause!
Tickets €25 are on sale in participating fashion outlets, and on eventbrite.ie
Enchanting Fairy Garden at The Ardilaun Hotel Opening Summer 2017
The Ardilaun Hotel in Galway City have just announced news that a Fairy Family have set up home in their garden and a new map of The Ardilaun Fairy Garden will be available from 4 July 2017 for all children attending their Koala Club Summer camps and residents at the hotel. The enchanting gardens at The Ardilaun are an ideal location and we can see why the Fairies chose this secluded garden with huge old oak and maple trees as a perfect place to set up home.
It is said that the Fairy Family have been secretly living there since the 1800’s. The Fairies, previously unknown to the public, play an important role in the life of the hotel. As part of the Fifty-five years celebrations at The Ardilaun Hotel, a new Fairy Garden trail map has been printed. This will be available for children and families staying on holidays at the hotel or attending the summer camps or indeed those children who dine in the hotel in the Camilaun Restaurant or The Ardilaun Bistro.
When visiting The Ardilaun Fairy Garden, the fairy experts advise to tip toe and to stay really quiet when out searching as you might have a chance to spot one of the beautiful glittering fairies or see their trail of magic fairy dust. The fairies picked the safest part of the garden to the rear of the hotel’s garden patio near the fountain at The Ardilaun Hotel, away from the car park.
This is definitely going to be a big attraction this Summer. All families who stay at the hotel will be given a free map to follow the trail which will be both fun and informative for both young and old. Children can read about the ten different fairies and their personalities and interests.
There’s Ardi the fairy who is the oldest and wisest fairy who looks after all the other fairies. Nollaig loves to listen to all children’s wishes and secrets. Lola loves food and Leo looks after the garden. Daisy the fairy is very important as she ensures all guests sleep well at the hotel. Upsy, the funny fairy loves to make people laugh and tells jokes and plays tricks. Ryan enjoys seeing children having fun and he ensures that all the people staying in the hotel enjoy themselves. The map will guide you around the fantastic trees where you will discover clues and traces of where the fairies live as well as beautiful trees from Elder, Yew, Oak, Beech, Sycamore, Hawthorn, Ash, Lawson and Cyprus as well as wild garlic, ferns, fuschia plants amongst others. The map also includes specially designed puzzles, wordsearch and colouring. All children that attend The Koala Kids camps starting from Tuesday 4th July running throughout the summer will be brought on a special guided tour of The Ardilaun Fairy Garden.
For more information about the Koala Summer Camp click here, dining at the hotel, Summer Family packages or call the hotel directly on: 091 521433
Hats Off for the First Furlong at The Ardilaun in aid of Breast Cancer Research
It is that time of year again when the four star Ardilaun Hotel, Taylors Hill are busy preparing for another busy Galway Race Week Festival and one of the highlights this year again which is now in its seventh year is the First Furlong at The Ardilaun in conjunction with Breast Cancer Research which encapsulates lunch, fashion and races fever on Tuesday 1st August at the hotel.
Kicking off at 12 noon with a sparkling wine drinks reception and entertainment by the Guinness Jazz Band, guests can dress up for the Races, soak up the atmosphere, enjoy a sumptuous four course lunch with wine, followed by fabulous fashion with Millinery Showcase with Catwalk Modelling Agency, featuring Galway’s most popular milliners who are Suzie Mahony, Caithriona King and Majella Dalton. There will be after dinner entertainment with the popular tenors Duo Vocis – Frank Naughton & Sean Costello, a treat not to be missed, with prizes for “First Past the Post Raciest Lady” and “Bookies Favourite Gent”, sponsored by Anthony Ryans, along with some fabulous raffle prizes also kindly donated by local businesses including a weekend away compliments of Select Hotels of Ireland, of which Ardilaun are a member.
We are very excited to have Lisa McGowan of Lisa’s Lust List as special guest judge, fashion tipster at our prestigious event and master of ceremonies on the day, , so you can leave your car at the hotel for the day, and enjoy a complimentary coaches to transfer you and your guests to the Racetrack to make the first race for this evening meeting, with complimentary entry to the racecourse also. Alternatively relax and chill out in Blazers Bar and The Ardilaun Bistro with large screens featuring the Galway Races from Ballybrit. Avail of the free entertainment later that evening back at The Ardilaun with Three Men and a base, topped off with late night dancing to the Guinness Jazz Band.
Tickets are now selling for this prestigious event for just €75 per person all inclusive, therefore bookings are essential on 091 521433 or check out our video on www.theardilaunhotel.ie or join our events page on facebook.
Proceeds from the event will support Breast Cancer Research (formerly NBCRI), a charity that is positively impacting future outcomes for breast cancer patients by funding world-class breast cancer research at NUI Galway.
BREEGE O’DONOGHUE FORMER GROUP DIRECTOR OF PRIMARK TO SPEAK AT BPW SUMMER LUNCH.
Breege O’Donoghue, Former Group Director, Business Development & New Markets for Primark and current Chair of Design and Craft Council of Ireland.will speak at this year’s BPW Galway Summer Lunch.
Plans are well advanced for the popular event, which will take place at The Ardilaun Hotel, Taylor's Hill, Galway City on Friday, 26 th May. The day will start with a Prosecco reception at 12 noon, followed by a 4-course lunch with wine. A Raffle in aid of Cope Galway promises some fabulous prizes. Then, while away the afternoon to the Music of The Guinness Jazz band from 4pm into early evening. BPW would like to thank KPMG for their support of the Summer Lunch this year.
Speaking at the launch, President of BPW Galway, Valerie Murphy said; ‘The BPW Members and Guests are looking forward to hearing from Breege O’Donoghue; Breege has a strong focus on strategy, people and product, Corporate PR and CSR. She has an extremely successful track record of 37 years of her executive career across many functions, with considerable expertise in 11 markets, significant experience of leadership, diverse teams and complex cross functional business projects.
BPW Galway is grateful to Breege for giving her time and expertise to this event which will benefit the important work of Cope Galway waterside house.
Speaking on behalf of the charity Cope Galway Waterside House Domestic Violence service Lorraine Costello said,’ the refuge offers a 24hr accessible service and deals with many crisis admissions of women and their children seeking safety from violence on an immediate basis.
For children this can be an especially traumatic time. The funds from the raffle will benefit Cope by enabling them to provide some extras that would greatly assist childcare workers to support children. There is currently NO money for taking the children on outings. The current refuge has NO play area and the living space for families is extremely small. Access to space to run around in and contact with nature can give the children a break, especially for those who have to stay for longer periods in the refuge’.Tickets are priced at Members €60 and are available by searching www.eventbrite.com or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Calling all Brilliant Women to The Ardilaun Hotel for an afternoon tea party in aid of Enable Ireland
Enable Ireland and TV personality Anne Cassin, will host a special Brilliant Women Tea Party on Sunday May 7 from 3pm at The Ardilaun Hotel in Galway. The event is being organised to celebrate women who excel and create positive change in their chosen fields, with all proceeds supporting the work of Enable Ireland Galway services.
Enable Ireland Galway provide services and supports to 700 children and families in the county. Speakers include Marilyn Gaughan Reddan, Head of Programme Development and Legacy, Galway 2020, and MD, RecuitDirect.ie; Evelyn O’Toole, 2016 WMB Business Women of the Year Ireland, 2016 Business Women of the Year Galway and CEO, CLS Medical; and Claire Scanlon, Strengths Based Development Consultant and MD of Canny Futures.
With a prosecco reception, mini-fashion show and trend watch from Design House Barna, music from Bel Canto and advice and support from Nutritional Therapist Helen Flynn, there is something for everyone at this truly unique event.
Anne Cassin says “I’m delighted to host this Brilliant Women Tea Party for Enable Ireland. This event has something for women of all ages and backgrounds from fashion to nutrition and beauty and I personally can’t wait to hear the guest speakers tell their personal stories. There really is something for everyone and Enable Ireland is a wonderful cause – I’m looking forward to seeing everyone in Galway on 7 May.”
Tickets cost just €35 and are available from online at www.eventbrite.ie and for further information, call the Enable Ireland Centre (091) 545800.
Caption: TV Personality Anne Cassin launches the Enable Ireland Galway Brilliant Women Tea Party. The event will take place on Sunday May 7 from 3pm at The Ardilaun Hotel in Galway. Tickets available on www.eventbrite.ie or from Enable Ireland Galway on (091) 545800. See www.enableireland.ie for further information.
Women's Health Awareness Evening at The Ardilaun Hotel in aid of CAIRDE Friends of the Galway Hospital
On Friday the 28th April Cairde Othair na Gaillimhe (Friends of the Galway Patients) will hold their third Health Awareness event in the Ardilaun Hotel at 6pm. The charity was established in 2015 to improve patient experience and wellbeing by providing enhanced/additional supports and facilities Galway’s Hospitals. Essentially the idea is to provide comfort and services for patients and their relatives that aren`t currently available in the hospital.
So far the group has helped complete the playground for the Paediatric Unit and provided 1,000 personal care packs and t-shirts for patients who come to the Emergency Department of GUH. The group this year will fund end-of-life/family rooms and transport for orthopaedic patients in Merlin Park Hospital.
The Women`s Health Awareness Evening will be held Friday, 28th April in the Ardilaun Hotel (reception at 6 pm and dinner at 7 pm). Speakers include personal trainer Jessica Cooke, Consultant Orthopaedic surgeon Ciara Egan and Consultant Gynaecologist Michael O`Leary. There will also be a `Diamond in the Dark` raffle, generously sponsored by Hartmann Jewellers.
Tickets for this event are €60 and are available from the Ardilaun Hotel, Galway. For further information contact the Ardilaun Hotel 091-521433 or Mary 087-6689284.
Pictured at the launch of the Women’s Health Evening in aid of CAIRDE Friends of the Galway Patients are Steven Kearns, Declan Kelly and Mary Lane Heneghan all representing the charity, along with Caithriona Hartman of Hartmann Jewellers and John Ryan The Ardilaun Hotel. Hartmann’s of Galway are kindly sponsoring the “Diamond in the Dark” raffle which takes place at the event on Friday 28th April.
Fifty-Five years of Hospitality with The Ryan Family at The Ardilaun, Galway
The Ardilaun Hotel, Taylor’s Hill, Galway City first opened its doors to guests in 1962 on St. Patrick’s Day (17th March) – making it fifty-five years in the hospitality business for the Ryan family. Marking the occasion, John Ryan, manager and The Ardilaun team will host a special business networking event in association with Galway Chamber on Thursday 23rd March from 6.00-8.00pm in the hotel.
John will be joined by his mother Mrs. Breda Ryan who along with her husband Paddy opened the hotel in 1962. John now manages the business with his wife Maggie and a loyal team of over 150 employees. John and Maggie have four daughters who have worked part-time in the hotel - Eva, Sophie, Stephanie and Georgia.
From an 18 bedroom house hotel in 1962 to 123 rooms and deluxe suites as well as conference and banqueting function rooms currently, the hotel has seen many changes in lifestyle and technology over the years. Mrs. Breda Ryan is well-known for her impeccable taste in fashion, art and interiors. From the very beginning she took responsibility for the interior design and gardens at the hotel keeping the integrity of the ambiance of a house hotel through all the refurbishments. Before the hotel opened she drove to Wicklow to order bespoke ‘crown derby’ patterned delph from Arklow and down to Cork to source garden lanterns, she was involved in every step of the way to maintain the elegance and comfortable surroundings in the hotel. Stroll around the hotel’s landscaped gardens with mature trees and enjoy the beautiful marble fireplaces and original Waterford Crystal chandeliers in the Garden Lounge which were bought in Fallers of Galway.
If the walls could only speak and recount the tales of visits of celebrities like Kate Blanchett, Liam Neeson, Cillian Murphy as well as many political, rugby and sporting personalities who have stayed at The Ardilaun.
What is most remarkable is the wonderful welcome of a family run hotel, which is becoming more and more rare to find, following the downturn, fortunately The Ardilaun has survived several recessions and by all accounts has survived the most recent one.
Marking their 55th Anniversary in the hospitality business at The Ardilaun Hotel, Galway, the Ryan family are offering a special B&B rate of €55 per person per night on selected dates throughout 2017 . The includes full use of The Ardilaun’s exclusive Leisure Club with Grecian style swimming pool, gym, sauna and jacuzzi, complimentary car parking and wifi. The hotel is also listed among the very few ‘dog friendly’ hotels in Ireland.
The Ardilaun Hotel scoops National Award from the Irish Accommodation Services Institute
The Ardilaun Hotel, Galway are delighted to scoop the Bronze Medal Award in the four star hotel category, by the annual Irish Accommodation Services Institute (IASI) who held their National Awards in Wexford recently. The Ardilaun Hotel has achieved a prestigious award every year since 1990 by the IASI, when the hotel first became accredited with it.
IASI is a national body representing the professional interest of the accommodation industry in Ireland and was founded in 1985. Its members include accommodation managers, supervisors and all personnel working in the accommodation field. It is a very active in promoting best practice standards across accommodation, it provides a forum to meet and network with other professionals in our field of work. A record 100 businesses plus entered the IASI awards again this year with nominees from hotels, hospitals, nursing homes, colleges and schools throughout Ireland.
Accommodation Manager Anne Kelly, one of the longest serving members of staff at The Ardilaun Hotel said “the awards scheme is a very useful benchmark for accommodation providers throughout the country. We are delighted and honoured to have secured this prestigious awards programme, considering the significant number of other high profile hotels that have also competed for the awards, and is testament to the hardworking accommodation team at The Ardilaun”.
The Ardilaun Hotel received this worthy accolade on the merit for displaying excellence in accommodation service standards for quality, hygiene and cleanliness of its bedrooms and public areas, which the hotel and their accommodation team achieved.