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Ashford Castle's George V Dining Room Earns the AA Notable Wine List Award 2017

Ashford Castle’s George V Dining Room Earns the AA Notable Wine List Award 2017

Ashford Castle has just received a new accolade, this time thanks to its superb wine list. The luxurious five star hotel’s George V Dining Room was given the AA Notable Wine List Award for 2017 after competing with other 238 establishments from Ireland and the UK for the prestigious award. With a centuries old cellar that …

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Ashford Castle’s Fairytale Experience Named Among Top 25 World Travel Experiences

Have you ever wanted a truly magical holiday experience without travelling too far? Well, now you can because Ashford Castle has been listed as one of the 25 best travel experiences in the world. The luxury resort in Cong in Co. Mayo was included amongst the Chad Clark Certified 25, a list of travel experience …

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Pursuing a Career in Wine? This Opening at Ashford Castle is the Dream Job

If you’re passionate about wine and committed to pursue a career in the industry, here’s a life-changing opportunity: multi award-winning Ashford Castle is looking for a Junior Sommelier. The luxurious 5 star hotel is known for its enviable cellars and world class food offer so the right candidate will not only have the opportunity to …

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The Luxurious Ashford Castle Appoints a New Director of Operations

Ashford Castle has announced the appointment of Mr. Alan Valley as Director of Operations at the luxurious property. Alan joins the team of 350 staff at Ashford Castle, where their reputation for impeccable service means “no request is too large, no detail too small.” Speaking about his appointment, he said, “Ashford Castle is internationally regarded …

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Three Irish Hotels Named Among World’s Best for 2017

Two Irish hotels have been named in a new “World’s Best 100 Hotels” list, as part of Travel and Leisure’s 2017 World’s Best Awards. The list features everything from exclusive safari lodges and urban sanctuaries to family-friendly beach resorts. Voted by readers of the magazine, the list features two Irish hotels. Ballyfin Hotel in Laois came in …

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The Luxurious Ashford Castle Wins Big at Irish Tatler Spa Awards

The Spa at Ashford Castle has further cemented its reputation as one of Ireland’s most luxurious destinations after picking up two awards at the 2017 Irish Tatler Spa Awards. Michelle Ryan, Spa Manager at Ashford Castle, collected the coveted titles of Best in Service and Overall Connacht Spa of the Year on behalf of the …

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A Dash of Posh: Here are Some of the Most Luxurious Cocktails to Sip in Ireland

A Dash of Posh: Here are Some of the Most Luxurious Cocktails to Sip in Ireland

The art of crafting luxury goes beyond the simple skill of assembling expensive raw materials. Just as a diamond in the rough yearns for a experienced hand that turns it into a true jewel, a fine spirit will long for a sorcerer worthy or turning it into a potion of real magic and as such, it …

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The Ganache on the Cake for Ashford Castle – Young Chef to Compete for the Junior Chocolate Master Crown

Following Ashford Castle’s Executive Pastry Chef Paula Stakelum taking the Valrhona Patisserie Championship 2017 title, the prestigious pastry kitchen is sending yet another gifted chef to compete with the best. The Cacao Barry Junior Chocolate Master competition will gather some of the UK and Ireland’s top young pastry stars together for a chocolate showdown. Rachel …

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Ashford Castle Lands a Starring Role in Popular Australian TV Show

Stunning images of Ashford Castle and Mayo were beamed into the homes of some 800,000 Australians recently, in an episode of a popular Australian TV show called The Living Room on Network Ten. Filming took place in Cong last autumn and was supported by Tourism Ireland and Fáilte Ireland. Viewers of The Living Room saw …

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Ashford Castle’s Paula Stakelum Crowned Valrhona Pâtisserie Champion 2017

The Valrhona Pâtisserie Championship returned to DIT Cathal Brugha Street last night for the fifth year of the biannual pastry chef competition, with Ashford Castle’s gifted pastry chef Paula Stakelum crowned champion. Paula faced stiff competition against five fellow pastry wizards, Aideen Burke of The Portmarnock Hotel, Alane Lima Santos, Pastry Chef at L’Art Du …

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Luxury Ashford Castle to Host Rory McIlroy’s Wedding this Month

It has been reported that Rory McIlory, the Irish golfing superstar will wed his American Fiancee, Erica Stoll at Ashford Castle in Co. Mayo on Saturday 22 April. Ashford Castle is seemingly booked up on that particular weekend, however, there is no confirmation from the hotel that the couple have rented out the venue. Celebrities …

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Ashford Castle Welcomes Lisa Toomey as New Director of Food and Beverage

Ashford Castle warmly welcomes Ms Lisa Toomey to its five-star team as the newly appointed Director of Food & Beverage. Lisa joins the team of 350 staff at one of Ireland’s most luxurious hotels where “no request is too large, no detail too small”. Ashford Castle is now under the ownership of The Tollman family …

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An Alternative Venison Dinner Recipe by Chef Phillipe Farineau of Ashford Castle

Venison Tasting Plate Recipe by Chef Phillipe Farineau of Ashford Castle

Enjoy a fabulous fine dining experience at home with this beautifully prepared Venison Tasting Plate recipe by Ashford Castle’s Head Chef Phillipe Farineau. This step by step recipe served with Jerusalem artichoke purée, brussels sprout, knotroot, and trumpet mushroom is easy to follow and the end result is worth every minute of effort. Serves 8 …

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Ashford Castle Visits Tourism Ireland in New York City

Representatives from Ashford Castle – including General Manager Niall Rochford and Sales Director Paula Carroll – met with senior executives from Tourism Ireland, during a visit this week to New York. They were briefed on Tourism Ireland’s extensive promotional programme for 2017, which is in full swing right now and aims to build on the …

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Enjoy a Perfect Picnic Afternoon Tea this Spring at the Lodge at Ashford Castle

Whether there be rain or sunshine, The Lodge at Ashford Castle has just created the Perfect Picnic Afternoon Tea in the relaxed surrounding of Wilde’s at The Lodge or if the weather permits, it can be arranged on the lawn. Whether the sun is shining down on the enchanting views of Lough Corrib, or the …

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Philip Dunne, Ashford Castle’s Five Star Sommelier

“I want to continue my education, with my aspiration to be a Master of Wine before my hair turns grey!” The ambitious life goal might sound like wishful thinking in the voice of most young wine-lovers, but at just 25, Philip Dunne is the Head Sommelier of multi award-wining Ashford Castle, an opportunity that has consolidated his knowledge of wine …

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Tripadvisor Travellers’ Choice Awards Winners for 2017 Announced

Tripadvisor has announced it’s 2017 honour roll, with categories including Best Hotel in the World, which was awarded to the Aria Hotel in Budapest. The awards also celebrate the best of the best in each country, based on the millions of traveller reviews posted to the site each year. It seems counties Kerry and Donegal …

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The Frenchman Championing Fantastic Irish Produce – Chef Philippe Farineau of Ashford Castle

The George V dining room is quite literally an Irish culinary destination fit for royalty. Ashford Castle’s grand gastronomic arena was constructed specially for the 1905 visit of the then Prince of Wales, who went on to become the Monarch after whom it is named. Ashford Castle, named Global Winner for Grand Luxury Hotel of …

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