press release 




Dublin based international hospitality operator PREM Group* has just announced that it has acquired a new location in Edinburgh to add to its PREMIER SUITES portfolio.  The property, currently known as ‘Fountain Court’ will now become the 16th ‘PREMIER SUITES’ location for the PREM Group.

In December 2021, PREM Group secured a major investment from funds managed by affiliates of Fortress Investment Group LLC (“Fortress”). This is the first acquisition by the group following the Fortress investment. The property is in a prime location, just a five-minute walk from the burgeoning Haymarket district and a twenty-minute walk to Princes Street. The location is very attractive for both corporate and leisure guests who will find all the best retail, hospitality, and cultural experiences on their doorstep.


PREM Group envisage a complete renovation and transformation of the property to the highest possible ESG standards. The very latest in green technology will be incorporated into the building. The first phase of the renovation should be completed by January 2023. Following the renovation, the property will join the group’s premium PREMIER SUITES portfolio, comprising 1,300 rooms across the United Kingdom, Ireland, Belgium and the Netherlands.


PREMIER SUITES PLUS properties include one, two, or three-bedroom units and all come with a fully fitted kitchen, living room, bedroom and ensuite bathrooms.  The accommodation is perfectly suited to corporate guests who may be relocating for a medium to long term business contract or for leisure guests who are travelling with children and would like to have a city base with all the conveniences of home. 


Each of the fully equipped kitchens include a combi-oven, microwave, hob, fridge, freezer, laundry facilities and coffee machine. Apartments also include a contemporary living area with a flat screen TV and a luxury hotel bed.  A housekeeping service is offered once a week while an out of hours, on call service is provided to ensure security is offered. 


Jim Murphy, CEO of the PREM Group said, “Our PREMIER SUITES PLUS properties offer medium and long term guests the opportunity to avail of all of the conveniences and luxuries of a hotel but with the conveniences of home.  We are excited to add Edinburgh to our growing portfolio of PREMIER SUITES properties and are committed to growing and strengthening the PREMIER SUITES brand in Europe.  We are also very conscious of our carbon footprint and have engaged with various environmental advisors and specialists to ensure the renovation is in line with the highest possible international Environmental and Social Governance policies.”

PREM Group owned properties include Tulfarris Hotel & Golf Resort Wicklow, Osprey Hotel Naas, Cahernane House Hotel Killarney, Hoban Hotel Kilkenny, Leopold Hotel Sheffield and PREMIER SUITES Dublin Leeson Street.



Ballymaloe House in East Cork has just completed a major investment by upgrading many of their guestrooms. The hotel, which is famous for having the original ‘farm to fork’ dining experience, is encouraging guests to disconnect from the world this Autumn/Winter. They have just completed a series of room upgrades which have transformed many of their guest bedrooms and suites. 


One of the rooms which has undergone a transformation is “The Green Drawing Room” which was formerly Myrtle Allen’s office, and which is strategically positioned with an ideal view of the front door. In the room, the antique green flock wallpaper, which dates circa 1960 has been lovingly restored by inhouse fine artist Gentian Lulani. 


The Mallard, which is a Classic Garden Room and Kingfisher, Heritage Room category, are also two new rooms at the top of the house created from the development of The Allen Flat - where Myrtle and Ivan Allen used to live. These rooms can be individually booked but also make a fabulous family suit including a common area housing Myrtle’s impressive bookcase of cookbooks dating back to the 1940s. 


Superior rooms downstairs in the house have their own patio doors and for summer 2022 there will be a basket with rug, lantern, and wine and cheese menu in each of these five rooms for summer evening to be enjoyed privately looking over the back garden and Ballymaloe pond. 


The hotel just launched its ‘Disconnect to Reconnect’; packages. They also recently introduced their Conservatory Lunches which are light lunches available to residents and non-residents alike in their beautiful conservatory from 1pm to 3pm daily. 


General Manager at Ballymaloe House, Laura Behan said: “Ballymaloe House is known internationally as the birthplace of modern Irish Cuisine due to our famous visionary founder Myrtle Allen. Myrtle’s inspiring ethos for serving seasonal, homegrown and locally sourced produce since opening her restaurant in 1964, earned her global recognition and credit for a philosophy that has since been widely adopted by modern chefs. It also earned her Ireland’s first female chef’s Michelin star, in 1975.”


Ballymaloe House is in beautiful East Cork on 300 acres of farmland and country house gardens. It is still owned by the Allen family and Myrtle’s daughter offers residents complimentary house and family history tours. Ballymaloe House continues to offer the very best of Irish hospitality and seasonal locally sourced food and retains its reputation as an original Irish country house experience. 


Ballymaloe House is conveniently located only 35 minutes from Cork city and only 2.5 hours from Dublin. They also have an outdoor heated swimming pool, sandpit by the front terrace, slide, tarmac tennis court, working farm to visit, TV room and Children’s treasure hunt around the gardens and farm. 




Ballymaloe House has reopened its outdoor heated pool for its guests this summer. The pool, which is one of the few outdoor pools operating in Ireland, is available all summer for guests to use. 

The pool dates back to 1957 when it was dug out for the summer by Ivan Allen. He used a small tractor and scoop and it took him two years to complete. They hit three lines of rock at the deep end but luckily they had a German guest staying with them and helping on the farm and it turned out he was an explosives expert and so with his help they blew up the rock. It is shaped in a kidney shape because when he built it, Mr Allen couldn't swim very well and this shape meant the deep end sides were only ever two swim strokes away.

The pool is heated environmentally via a Biomass Boiler, as is the whole of Ballymaloe House and outhouses.

Tobias, the groundsman at Ballymaloe House spent the last few months getting the pool ready for the summer. He rehomed the many tadpoles to the Ballymaloe pond that had made the pool their home over the colder months. He then carried out an extensive clean of the pool before filling it for the season ahead. 

Laura Behan, General Manager at Ballymaloe House said: “We are delighted to have our pool back open for the summer. Hopefully we can look forward to some fantastic weather this summer and our guests can enjoy lazy days lounging by the pool.”

The outdoor, heated, swimming pool on the grounds of Ballymaloe House is filled each year as soon as the weather gets warm enough - usually sometime in May, and emptied when it gets too chilly to swim - usually in late September. It has a large shallow end and a separate paddling pool making it ideal for children, however, it is possible to do lengths if exercise is what you are after. It is free for residents to use. The deep end is two metres deep but only two strokes to the side. The rest is shallow and therefore safe for kids. 

Ballymaloe House is also now open for ‘Conservatory Lunches’ with an a la carte light menu being served from Monday to Saturday from 1pm to 2.30pm.  





Family room at The Strand

2-night break from € 219 per adult for a family of four 


Offering exceptional value for money and a quality family stay experience, the 4* Limerick Strand Hotel Little Explorers’ package is the perfect choice for those looking for a fun summer break.

This two-night package offers exclusive discounts at some of Limerick City and the Wild Atlantic Way visitor attractions, award-winning breakfast both mornings for all the family including the popular “Pancake Station”, plus children under 12 years dine for FREE! (Complimentary dish with every adult main course purchased).  Children will also receive a welcome "Little Explorers" pack on arrival. For the grown-ups there’s 15% off in the neighbouring Niall Colgan Hairdressing and 10% off Namaste Skin Clinic & Urban Day Spa Also included is a simple family take-out picnic lunch for all to enjoy on an outing day of choice. Residents can enjoy complimentary access to Energize Health Centre, including a 20-metre swimming pool, sauna and jacuzzi and enjoy a late check out on departure day so you can take a final splash before you head home. The two-night experience costs from €219 per adult sharing including family accommodation, breakfast daily, welcome pack and take-out picnic.

Limerick is the perfect base to explore the beauty of the region, plus the hotel is beautifully perched overlooking the majestic River Shannon, blessed with superb facilities, attentive staff and award winning food, making it the perfect place for an urban escape or an ideal base for exploring the incredible surrounds of the Wild Atlantic Way.      The city is packed with historic places of interest, activities, cultural hot spots, and great food stops including the famous Milk Market. 


Hotel guests can easily explore Limerick city on foot or hire a bike and take advantage of the green spaces along the Shannon riverbank or go further afield and explore the beautiful wooden trails and parks which include Curraghchase Forest Park, Ballyhoura Mountain Trails, and the Limerick Greenway. Limerick Strand offers a complimentary range of walking, running, and cycling map routes for hotel guests and are happy to provide suggested driving itineraries if guests fancy venturing a little further for a day trip.  Also, they are at hand to organise a round of golf or the driving range, should you fancy hitting the greens.

Make the most of the obligatory Irish summer staycation 2022 and benefit by staying in the Gateway City to the wild Atlantic way.  With some of the best surfing in the country only an hours’ drive away, and the iconic Cliffs of Moher too, there’s no better base than Limerick Strand for those longing for some Vitamin Sea. Take advantage of a combined city/coastal break enjoying some super Local Attractions Discounts including King John’s Castle The Escape Rooms and The Hunt Museum and for some lovely excursions discounts for Killaloe River Cruises, Scattery IslandBurren Smoke House Aillwee Burren ExperienceCaherconnell Stone Fort Lough Gurr Visitor Centre and Bunratty Castle to name just a few, have been organised for Limerick Strand hotel guests.

Dining at the new look River Bar & Restaurant is a must!  The team, the setting and above all the food ensure that the AA Rosette, restaurant is one of the best dining venues in the city offering a relaxing bright space overlooking the River Shannon. Al fresco dining is available too, so guests can enjoy the splendid views from the wrap around outdoor terrace from morning till night.  The menus demonstrate the hotels’ commitment to support local suppliers and offers incredible value for money, partnering with local farms and dairies where possible to source the finest fresh ingredients which take pride of place in their unique menus.  Children’s menus are carefully considered too and offer a selection of firm favourites with a great balance of healthy meals and special treats. The new River Bar & Restaurant is open daily from 7am-10pm serving breakfast, lunch and dinner plus their famous Limerick Afternoon Tea  served from 2pm-4pm daily from €26.50 per person and €13 per child. And remember KIDS EAT FREE, with every adult main course purchased!

The new bar offers a superb local and international selection of beers, wines and spirits and with daily cocktail specials, it is a superb venue to sit-back, relax and unwind in sophisticated surroundings without spending a small fortune.    Additionally there’s live music on-site every Friday night from 8pm-10pm featuring some superb local entertainers including Sean de BurcaTreble and Bass and David Irwin adding an uplifting atmosphere to this much loved local hotel.

To make a reservation call 061 421800 or for more details please visit