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Press Releases From Blue Book Houses



The New Year heralds changes for everyone and we are no different here in Tankardstown as we bid a fond farewell to Rob Krawczyk and wish him the very best of luck in his future endeavours. During the entire time that Rob was with us, right by his side in the kitchen, beavering away unassumingly, was Chef Adrian Cassidy, Brabazon’ s New Head Chef.

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Transport yourself to the era of one of Scotland’s most loved poets Robert Burns and join in the annual celebration of his life at Ardtara Country House Hotel on Friday 27 January.

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Bushmills Inn Wins Commitment to Local Food (Hotel) Award


The Bushmills Inn is celebrating after being crowned the winner of this year's Hospitality Ulster's Pub of the Year Commitment to Local Food (Hotel) Award, in partnership with Food NI/Taste of Ulster.

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Lots of Treats This Halloween at Hayfield Manor


Why not plan a family break away this October with the little ones and enjoy a relaxing and exciting Halloween getaway at Hayfield Manor. There are lots of treats in store for both adults and kids to ensure that everyone is entertained during a fantastic trip to Cork.

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Castello Banfi Dinner at Brabazon Restaurant


Tankardstown, in association with Febvre Wines, presented guests with a unique evening of fine wine and dining at the recent ‘Castello Banfi Dinner’ held in Brabazon Restaurant. Guests enjoyed a Tuscan influenced menu designed by Chef Rob Krawczyk, which was paired with fine wines from the Castello Banfi Vineyard. The exquisite and extensive array of Castello Banfi wines on the night were sponsored by Febvre Wines.

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Halloween Fun at Killarney Royal


Killarney Royal is the perfect place to enjoy a family break away this Halloween. There is plenty of fun and relaxation in the beautiful Killarney with lots of attractions and activities on offer for all the family to enjoy.

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Taste of the Estate Dinner at Tankardstown


On Thursday evening, 21st July, Tankardstown held its successful ‘Taste of the Estate Dinner’ as part of the Boyne Valley Food Series 2016.

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Introducing Hayfield Manor’s Detox Afternoon Tea


Hayfield Manor have created a delicious and healthy Detox Afternoon Tea which is the perfect dining option should you wish to maintain your clean-eating spell!

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North Mayo Heritage Centre at Enniscoe House traces Vice President Joe Biden’s Roots to Garden Street in Ballina, Co. Mayo.


On the eve of the visit of U.S. Vice President Joe Biden to Ireland, the North Mayo Heritage Centre is delighted to announce that it has traced the origins of the Vice President’s maternal lineage, that of the Blewitts of Co. Mayo, to the area of Garden Street in Ballina.

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The Bushmills Inn Named as Winner of Customer Service Excellence Award at the Northern Ireland Tourism Awards


The Bushmills Inn are thrilled to have been named as the winner of the Customer Service Excellence Award at this year’s Northern Ireland Tourism Awards. Taking place at St Columb’s Hall, Derry, the glittering awards ceremony recognises the outstanding achievements within the Northern Ireland Tourism Industry.

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The Victorian Treatment Rooms at Castle Leslie Estate Introduce Touch Therapy Treatments.


The Victorian Treatment Rooms at Castle Leslie Estate is proud to announce they are now offering Touch Therapy Treatments. Touch Therapy is a thoughtful and innovative series of nurturing spa treatments for anyone who has undergone or is undergoing cancer treatments.

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Forget the dreaded novelty gifts this Father’s Day and treat the first man in your life to a truly memorable experience at Hayfield Manor. Surprise Dad with a delicious lunch with a difference this Father’s Day while supporting Hayfield Manor’s latest charity initiative, which will be launched this Father’s Day, 19th June.

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Summer in the City at Hayfield Manor


Come and stay at Hayfield Manor and dip your toes into the Wild Atlantic Way experience.

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New to Mount Juliet for 2016


Mount Juliet is Ireland's leading country estate and one of the most luxurious Hotels in Kilkenny. We pride ourselves on our family culture, whilst maintaining our 5 star service and hospitality for which Mount Juliet is internationally renowned.

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In March 1996, Hayfield Manor opened its doors as Cork city’s first 5 star hotel, and from that day to this, the Scally family and their outstanding team have embraced and enjoyed the challenge of running Cork’s premier hotel. They have had the honour of welcoming dignitaries and celebrities from across the globe; however, it is the core following of loyal guests, who have supported Hayfield Manor over the years, that they especially look forward to welcoming back.

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Dunbrody Country House Hotel is named best Luxury Country House Hotel in the World


Dunbrody Country House Hotel in Co. Wexford has been voted the world's number one Luxury Country House Hotel by the online travel bible, Luxury Travel Guide. Owned and operated by husband and wife team, Kevin and Catherine Dundon, Dunbrody Country House Hotel has scooped this international accolade for its "authentic charm, relaxed ambience and top class dining experience".

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The team at Hayfield Manor is delighted to introduce their new Hayfield Manor White-Glove Afternoon Tea Experience, which will be hosted 7 days a week within the beautiful surrounds of Orchids Restaurant, accompanied by light musical entertainment.

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The Bushmills Inn has announced that it has been recognised as one of the winners in the UK category of the 2016 TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice™ awards for Hotels, ranking 12th in their list. For the 14th year, TripAdvisor has highlighted the world’s top properties based on the millions of reviews and opinions collected in a single year from travellers around the globe. The hallmarks of Travellers’ Choice winners are remarkable service, quality and value.

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Castle Durrow celebrates its 300th birthday


This year marks the 300 year Birthday of Castle Durrow, one of the finest and most luxurious country mansions in the heart of Ireland. To mark this very special occasion Castle Durrow will be hosting many events throughout the year to celebrate. Kicking off the festivities and to welcome the start of summer (fingers crossed!) we will be hosting a lavish garden party filled with entertainment, great food and market stalls… fun for all the family.

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Castle Leslie Estate announced that it has been recognised as a winner in the Top 25 Luxury Hotels in Ireland category of the 2016 TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice™ awards for Hotels. For the 14th year, TripAdvisor has highlighted the world’s top properties based on the millions of reviews and opinions collected in a single year from travellers around the globe. These accolades, which honour hospitality excellence, are given only to establishments that consistently achieve outstanding traveller reviews on TripAdvisor. Only the top-performing 10 per cent of businesses listed on TripAdvisor receive this prestigious award.

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Pancake Tuesday Charity Afternoon Tea at Hayfield Manor


This Pancake Tuesday, 9th February, Hayfield Manor will be hosting a white glove service Afternoon Tea event in support of Cork Simon Community.

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Celebrate Easter in style at 5* Hayfield Manor, Cork.


Couples are invited to enjoy a two-night Easter Break including chocolates and sparkles on arrival, breakfast daily and dinner for two in Orchids, Hayfield’s signature restaurant or Perrotts Garden Bistro on one evening. Also, those staying over Easter Weekend can partake in the popular Easter Egg Hunt on Easter Sunday.

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Kerry’s romantic charms are renowned worldwide so for the ultimate romantic Valentine’s Break it has to be Killarney!

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Leap Into The New Year at 5* Hayfield Manor Cork


The Leap Year Proposal is an Irish tradition going back to the 5th century. According to an old Irish Legend, St Brigit struck a deal with St. Patrick to allow women to propose to men, every four years, to readdress the balance and inevitably ‘speed-up’ the process.

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Hayfield Manor offers the perfect venue for the ultimate, indulgent romantic escape


Escape the stresses and strains of life this Valentine’s Day and treat the love of your life, to the time of their life! For a Valentine’s experience that’s as individual and unique as you are, Hayfield Manor offers the perfect venue for the ultimate, indulgent romantic escape.

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