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Wednesday, August 23, 2023


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Featured: Lawlor's of Naas, The Westin, The Ross,Liss Ard, Dunmore House, Strand Hotel, Anantara, Fota Island Resort, The Kingsley, River Lee, Lyrath Estate, Trigon Hotels....



Forbes Street's open kitchen


The Five-Star Anantara Marker Dublin Hotel offers guests the opportunity to enjoy an urban retreat and a refined escape in the heart of Dublin’s Docklands.  The exclusive ‘Urban Retreat & Dining’ offer (€490 for two people sharing) invites guests to unwind and relax through an unforgettable combination of fabulous food, bedrooms, and captivating cityscape views. The package includes one night’s bed and breakfast and dinner at the brand-new destination restaurant, Forbes Street, by Gareth Mullins. Guests will enjoy complimentary valet parking, a signature Anantara Breakfast buffet, a drink on the famous Rooftop Terrace or Marker Bar and for dinner you can choose from a seasonal 3-course menu.


Forbes Street by Gareth Mullins is fast becoming known as the hottest dining destination in the capital and with its open kitchen, dry ageing meat fridge and extensive wine list it’s easy to see why. Serving up the best of land and sea, Executive Head Chef Gareth Mullins has hand selected an elite group of food producers to supply his kitchen with premium ingredients to offer diners an extraordinary culinary experience.  Signature dishes include treats such as Flaggy Shore Oysters, John Stone T-Bone steaks infused with Pearse Lyons Whiskey and Irish artisan cheese selections with figs and Irish lavender.


Anantara The Marker Dublin Hotel is one of the Irish capital's most contemporary and architecturally impressive buildings and is located in the heart of the Docklands, a stylish and innovative part of the city that is home to some of the world’s most famous names in tech.


Previously known as the award-winning The Marker, a significant renovation has now been completed with a multi-million investment at the iconic Dublin hotel which is a member of Leading Hotels of the World. All the 187 bedrooms have now been refurbished while the lobby and bar have been refreshed with the addition of new soft furnishings, bespoke cabinetry, and custom furniture.


Overlooking the Waterfront on Grand Canal Square in the heart of Dublin City, the property is one of Ireland’s most highly regarded hotels. With its slick architecture, design and incredible location, the property oozes luxurious, international cool.  Set in the heart of Silicon Docks, a nod to Silicon Valley on account of the high concentration of multinational high-tech companies located in the area, the hotel is both striking and eye catching. Close to the International Financial Services Centre (IFSC) and the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre, Anantara The Marker Dublin Hotel is a perfect cultural and business epicentre for travellers’ keen to experience classic Irish hospitality at its best.


Anantara The Marker Dublin Hotel is the only five-star hotel in the area, which has recently emerged as one of the most vibrant, dynamic and modern parts of the city for living, working and socialising.


Facilities include the Condé Nast award-winning spa which offers an infinity pool, sauna and eucalyptus-infused steam room, alongside a series of new Signature Anantara Spa treatments inspired by indigenous Irish ingredients. A stylish rooftop terrace with stunning panoramic 360º views across the cityscape stretching to the sea at Dublin Bay is the best rooftop in the city.


Anantara The Dublin Marker hotel is the 8th Anantara in Europe, joining Anantara Vilamoura Algarve Resort in Portugal, the Anantara Villa Padierna Palace in Marbella, Spain, Anantara New York Palace Budapest in Hungary, Anantara Palazzo Naiadi Rome Hotel and Anantara Convento di Amalfi Grand Hotel in Italy, Anantara Plaza Nice Hotel in France and Anantara Grand Hotel Krasnapolsky Amsterdam in Netherlands.  For more information on Anantara Hotels, Resorts & Spas, please visit


For bookings call +353 (01) 687 5130 or email 




The Five-Star Lyrath Estate in Kilkenny has been recognised with the 'Great Place to Work’ certification this month. This coveted accreditation acknowledges businesses that excel in employee wellbeing, recognises great employee experiences and is testament to Lyrath Estates’ postive engagement with their employees. The Great Place to Work Certification is granted to businesses that champion positive and aspirational company cultures. The accolade is recognised in over 60 countries, with more than 7,000 organisations surveyed each year.

Owners of Lyrath Estate, the McAuliffe family said, “This highly respected award recognisesand identifies the great places to work in 2023. We are delighted to have been recognised as a “Great Place to Work”. Our exceptional performance and employee-orientated workplace makes our hotel one of the best places to work in Ireland, this is something we are really proud of. Our employees here in Lyrath Estate are our most valuable asset and to berecognised as a Great Place to Work is a reflection of the positive culture and environment in which we all work. We will continue to strive for excellence all the while maintaining and enhancing our employee experiences.”

General Manager Emma-Jayne Eaton added, “We have a particularly strong focus on training and development and are always working to ensure our employees enjoy an all-important work-life balance. We work tirelessly to ensure all of our employees feel respected, valued and rewarded fairly for their efforts. Our employees are from all over the world which hasrichly added to our culture, goodwill, and mutual understanding. Inclusivity, the creation of community and the provision of equal opportunities is at the cornerstone of Lyrath Estate’scompany culture and ethos.”

For further information or to apply for a career at Lyrath Estate please visit


Indulge in the Timeless Tradition of Afternoon Tea
 at Lawlor’s of Naas

Indulge in the Timeless Tradition of Afternoon Tea at Lawlor’s of Naas  

Afternoon Tea at the Lobby is Available to Book Now starting at €30pp  

Enjoy the delightful selection of sweet and savoury treats

 in a setting of high grandeur and elegance.  

Where old-school hospitality marries modern amenities,

 delivering an utterly unforgettable experience with plenty of quirks  


Lawlor’s of Naas was first opened in 1913 by Brigid Lawlor and began as a humble Tea Room before it was transformed into the landmark it is today. However, over a century later, this rich Lawlor’s tradition continues on as guests lavish the experience of Afternoon Tea in The Lobby at Lawlor's, where luxury meets comfort, providing the ideal backdrop for an unforgettable gathering with friends.  


Indulge in a thoughtfully curated Afternoon Tea menu and enjoy the delightful selection of sweet and savoury accompaniments; from freshly baked scones, with signature Lawlor's fruit jam, to an array of delicious sandwiches to the finest sweet treats. For the modernists at the table, why not ditch the tea entirely and make it a sparkling experience by opting for a "Tipsy Tea" with refreshing prosecco. 



The new summer afternoon tea menu adds a touch of grandeur to the hotel’s already impeccable offerings, further cementing its reputation as a premier destination for discerning travellers and local residents alike.  


Whether celebrating a special occasion, catching up with friends or seeking a serene moment of respite, afternoon tea at Lawlor’s offers the perfect retreat and treat for all occasions.  


Dine in the opulent setting of the Lawlor’s lobby, a room filled with eccentricity with its grand double-height ceiling where you can lose yourself in a multi-layered world of repurposed artefacts and antiques. Lawlor’s combines decadence, historicism, a contemporary approach to sustainability and the hospitality with which the name has become synonymous.  


Afternoon Tea in The Lobby is available exclusively on Saturdays and Sundays, from 1pm to 3pm, making it the perfect way to spend a leisurely summer afternoon with loved ones. To make a reservation email  


Sean Doyle is new Head Chef at Liss Ard Estate
Sean Doyle

Liss Ard Estate is delighted to announce the appointment of Sean Doyle as the estate’s new Head Chef. 

Originally from Killarney, Sean began his career in 2006 and quickly began working in the highest calibre of kitchens in the country, including the Park Hotel in Kenmare, the Merrion Hotel in Dublin and joining as Chef de Partie at two-Michelin star Restaurant Patrick Guilbaud in 2009, soon promoted to Junior Sous Chef. Sean then decided to move overseas to further his skills in Norway, Sweden and London.

Returning to Ireland, Sean joined the team at the Michelin-starred L’Ecrivain as Sous Chef, and was promoted to Head Chef in 2018. 

Impressed with Liss Ard Estate’s ethos of nurturing new and upcoming chefs, working with local producers and using produce straight from the 163-acre estate, Sean joined the team in February of this year. 

When not in the kitchen, Sean enjoys exploring his new surroundings in West Cork, usually by bike. 

Liss Ard Estate is a magical place, where lakes and winding trails surround a country manor that has recently been carefully refurbished. Garden restaurant focuses on authentic West Cork flavours by using the best local produce as well as fruits, vegetables, leaves and herbs from the estate’s very own walled gardens.



College Suite living room with fireplace

The Westin Dublin has unveiled its impressive College Suite, a sophisticated dual-level space, a light-filled environment featuring high ceilings and a wraparound private balcony with a stunning view of Trinity College, College Green, and Westmoreland Street. 

The design team was tasked to create an elegant environment, a seamless fusion of style and luxury for the Presidential suite, consistent with the overall interiors of this iconic hotel.  Now completed, The College Suite achieves the apotheosis of luxury in a seamless flow of space and aesthetic, classic and contemporary, elegance and functionality.

A spacious drawing room, mezzanine level, luxurious bedroom with an incredibly impressive double height ceiling, a king-size bed, walk-in dressing area, an Italian marble ensuite bathroom, and every modern amenity combine to create a luxurious and palatial suite experience. The crystal chandeliers add a touch of old-world glamour. Fitted with brass finishing, marble, mahogany floors, and the most advanced facilities including automatic foot-of-bed television, transform the concept of the Presidential suite. 

Exquisite room features are now all suitably showcased with a subtle tonal palette of silvers and golds throughout adding to the classic, contemporary elegance. Silver, delicate embossed wall coverings, along with fabrics have added luxury and opulence. The silver and gold bespoke carpet, and rug designs are modern takes on the traditional damask design.  An important consideration for this impressive suite was to create sufficient light levels, with the addition of carefully positioned wall lights, and beautiful Heathfield tabletop lamps, have thoroughly transformed the space.

The sophisticated split-level College Suite includes a wraparound private balcony with iconic views of Trinity College and surrounding areas, complete with outdoor lounge seating so guests can enjoy their morning coffee with a bird’s eye view of the city awakening or sip a cool cocktail at sundown. The suite’s spacious drawing room is a divine space to relax with a classic button-backed sofa, Waterford Chrystal chandelier, mahogany pieces, brass accents, and marble tops, all add to the luxurious ambiance. The mezzanine level, complete with a secret private entrance is the perfect place to host exclusive meetings. 

The most impressive room is undoubtedly the luxurious bedroom, with double height and bright floor-to-ceiling windows, an incredible oversized Waterford Chrystal chandelier illuminating the king-size bed with dramatic oversized mirror framed solid blue headboard with brass surround, adding a glamourous central feature to the room.  Upholstered wall panels with button detail and decorative, classical mouldings create a decadent and impressive backdrop in the bedroom area. The double headboard adds luxury whilst the pop-up” swivel” TV is nicely hidden within a bespoke mahogany console at the end of the bed. 

The bathroom is utterly divine complete with Calacatta marble and porcelain tiles with dramatic veining, a large freestanding bathtub, an antique mirrored wall, with a double vanity unit and Axor brass finish fittings throughout.  It also boasts an invigorating rainfall shower.

Guests of the College Suite can enjoy various services and amenities during their stay including private check-in, champagne upon arrival, along with a bespoke offering from the Executive Chef, daily personalised amenities, twice daily accommodation service, personal concierge services, late check out until 2pm (subject to availability) and dry cleaning (for up to 2 garments) along with shoeshine service.

The College Suite is available to book for €3,500 per night and bookings can be made on their website or by contacting the hotel on 01 645 1149.



-Wellness in the WildAnantara The Marker Dublin Hotel Launches

‘Wild Swimming’ Package Promoting Outdoor Bathing in Beauty Spots-


A sleek, contemporary landmark inspired by the elements, the newly opened Anantara The Marker Dublin Hotel pays tribute to the breath-taking landscapes of Ireland by inviting guests to embrace wild swimming as a form of exploration and therapy. The new ‘Wild Swimming’ experience, led by the hotel’s Wild Swimming Guru, invites saltwater enthusiasts of all levels to enjoy rejuvenating cool dips in the Irish Sea while exploring hidden beaches and little-known beauty spots.

Plunging into the natural waters, with its unbeatable mix of adrenaline and tranquillity, is a popular pastime in Ireland where numerous bathing spots are available for swimmers of all abilities. For holidaymakers and business travellers curious to dip their toe into this thrilling world, Anantara The Marker has curated a customisable Wild Swimming package to promote the many benefits of this refreshing and invigorating activity.

After choosing their preferred swimming spot, guests will set off in a private hotel car accompanied by the hotel’s Wild Swimming Guru, Jessica Lamb, to enjoy a two-hour swimming safari where they can take in stunning views of the cliffs, lush kelp forests and the shimmering bay lined with bobbing fishing boats. A marathon swimmer and Level 2 open water swimming coach, Jessica has spent the last 10 years immersed in Dublin Bay helping others experience the healing, grounding powers of the cold Irish Sea. Back at the hotel, guests may choose to enhance their in-nature experience with a private rooftop Breakfast by Design or a muscle-soothing massage at the award-winning Anantara Spa.

Depending on how comfortable they are with deep water, bathers can chose to picnic and swim either at Vico Bathing Place where they can float under the craggy rocks of Hawk Cliff as porpoises pop their heads above the swell; the iconic Forty Foot in Sandycove that featured in the opening scenes of James Joyce's Ulysses and hosts many an icy Christmas morning swim; or White Rock – a beautiful sugary-white sandy beach offering safe bathing for families who can be seen swimming among diving terns and cormorants.

“Anchored by a vision of integrated wellness, I am keen on opening new avenues for wellness tourism where hotels can achieve a balance by creating personalised experiences and adventures for our guests that have a direct, positive impact on their personal well-being,” said Bodina Quereshi, Spa and Wellness Director at Anantara The Marker Dublin Hotel. “The new Wild Swimming package is the first step towards helping guests embrace a healthy lifestyle while travelling, and I look forward to enhancing our current offering combining technology, science and ho

listic experiences to drive the vision and meet fast-evolving consumer expectations.”

In addition to being a wonderful way to enjoy the outdoors and experience the beauty of nature, swimming in natural bodies of water offers numerous mental and physical benefitssuch as boosting mood, immunity and circulation, as well as connecting people with nature and each other – a refreshingly different way to start the day whether you are in town for leisure or business.


The Wild Swimming package is priced at €295 per person. For more information about Anantara The Marker Dublin Hotel, visit To book the Wild Swimming Package, email the team at




The Ross, Killarney has created some deliciously decadent summer stay experiences that will ‘capture’ your heart and make for a picture-perfect escape to the enchanting town and environs.  


Say Cheeeese! Is a fun and engaging overnight experience for two from €149 per person sharing that includes: Overnight accommodation, local cheeseboard and bottle of organic wine served in The Lane, complimentary Polaroid Cameras to use for the duration of your stay, complete with a list of Killarney’s most Instagrammable locations, full Irish breakfast and late check-out, ‘till 1pm and a parting gift of The Ross Box, filled with fun goodies to keep the good times going on your way home. 

Check in to your cool and comfortable accommodation and take a wander through the lively town where you will be ‘snap’ happy making your followers envious with your inspiring content. Savour the most delicious cheese board with organic wine at The Lane, one of Killarney’s most popular dining destinations and a mecca for those who love to people watch. 

After a delicious breakfast, take advantage of the late check-out and have a stroll through the nearby Killarney National Park before returning to the hotel to pick up your Ross Box, packed with tasty treats and wholesome goodies and they’ve gone to extra lengths to make sure it’s gentle on the environment too. All packaging is sustainably sourced and compostable offering a little taste of the locality to keep you replenished and refreshed for the journey home.

Make it a TWO night break and book the Picture Us Here package from €285 per person sharing including: Two nights’ accommodation with breakfast daily, local cheeseboard and a bottle of organic wine served in The Lane, complimentary use of a Polaroid Camera during the stay, LUNA picnic for two, late check-out until 1pm and The Ross Box on departure.

Savour a sneaky Sunday escape and book their Hello Sunday package from €147 per person sharing including overnight accommodation with breakfast, brunch and bubbles at The Lane, tickets to the Cinema, late checkout to 1pm and The Ross Box on departure.

You’ll also get to know your way around their five-star sister hotel, The Killarney Park, just across the road from The Ross as guests have full use of the hotels superb pool and leisure facilities. This includes the indoor heated pool, whirlpool, sauna, steam room and outdoor hot tub. You also have complimentary use of the off-street parking and electric car charging points.

The Ross itself is ‘Instagram worthy’, with it’s  Pink Lounge Gin and Champagne Bar a stylishly fun venue and the place to be seen in Killarney boasting a selection of over 60 global gins with a variety of refreshing tonics and tasty garnishes to choose from. 

The Lane  the culinary heartbeat of The Ross, offering the perfect combo of fun food and awesome cocktails.  Dinner in The Lane is always a treat. The cool music, ambient lighting and sounds of cocktail shakers set the vibe and the restaurant is a local hotspot, which is always a good thing! Wherever possible, food is sourced locally, and the menu is full of surprises and interesting taste combinations. 

To book your break please call 064 6631855, email or visit

Every Dad Deserves the Best on Father’s Day

Celebrate on Sunday, 18th June, 2023

The countdown to Father’s Day has begun and what better way to show the number one man
in your life how much he means to you than with a trip to the beautiful Lyrath Estate in
Kilkenny. Create amazing memories by enjoying the 170 acres of mature parkland followed
by a sizzling barbecue at Lyrath Estate’s charming Pavilion.

A special Father’s Day meal will be served from 2pm to 6pm at the Pavilion on Sunday the
18 th of June 2023. Enjoy an array of freshly barbecued meats and vegetables, summer
inspired garden salads, and stone oven pizzas. Priced from €45.00 per adult, with a beer
included for Dad, and €22.50 for children aged 12 and under.

There are some great outdoor pursuits that can be added to make your Dad’s day really
special like falconry at the onsite Hawkeye School of Falconry where all kinds of birds of
prey can be found including owls, hawks and even eagles, so why not treat Dad to an
afternoon of enjoyment! Booking for the Falconry experience can be made by emailing or calling +353 86 4580601.

Or why not enjoy Kilkenny city after the delicious barbecue at the Pavilion at Lyrath Estate
which is located just 1.2 kms from the city itself and is rich in cultural spots such as Kilkenny
Castle, Park & Gardens, St. Canice’s Cathedral and Butler Gallery, or you could step out on Ireland’s Medieval Mile and discover the rich history of Kilkenny. Lyrath Estate and
Kilkenny has plenty to offer ensuring your Dad gets the best this Father’s Day.

For reservations call +353 (0) 56 776 0088. Visit for more information.

Summer on the Estate - and the Livin' is easy!!! 
Escape to the Lyrath Estate Kilkenny

Linger for longer at Lyrath Estate in beautiful Kilkenny this summer and experience emerald woodland walks, complimentary bike hire, lustrous lakes and streams, or indulge in a picturesque picnic on the estate.

Book a 2-night midweek stay with dinner included on one evening from €245 per person sharing and enjoy a Summer Estate Experience like no other!  

An impressive Irish family-owned resort, Lyrath Estate is set on over 170 acres of mature parkland. The estate enjoys a peaceful, rural setting yet is in easy reach of the famous medieval city with its many shops, historic castle, and cultural attractions. 


Facilities include the Oasis Spa, with 10 treatment rooms, offering an array of treatments for all.  The thermal suite in the spa features heating and cooling experiences including an outdoor hydrotherapy pool which overlooks the vast private gardens of the Estate.


There are several dining outlets on the estate such as Yew Restaurant which serves modern Irish and European cuisine, The Grill & Bar famous for its steak, lobster, pasta, and great cocktails and Tupper’s Bar, a traditional pub where you can relax with a drink or enjoy a casual bite to eat. Lady Charlotte’s Drawing Rooms is a fabulous retreat that serves delectable sweet and savoury afternoon tea in an elegant and stylish setting.


If you are looking for a luxurious breakaway this summer then check out what Lyrath Estate has to offer. 

For reservations call +353 (0) 56 776 0088.  Visit for more information.





Gorgeous terraces to enjoy this weekend in Cork

River Lee Hotel

The terrace at The River Club has been transformed into a floral oasis of tranquillity just in time for the warmer months. Continuing in its series of thought provoking and visually stunning transformations, Sanctuary at The River Club is the creative and calming new installation on the riverside terrace at The River Lee, in partnership with Cork’s seminal florist and long-time collaborator with the hotel team, Fox Flowers. 

With cocktails priced between €10 and €14, €1 from each cocktail will go to the Green Spaces for Health Togher Community Garden project. 

Liss Ard Estate

The newly renovated Liss Ard Estate is set on 163 acres of woodland and a pristine 40-acre private lake. The outdoor terrace overlooks the manicured gardens, the perfect place to enjoy a bit of lunch or a sundowner after dining in the 2AA Rosette awarded Garden restaurant. 

The Sea Terrace at Dunmore House

This is hands down one of the best dining options in the country. Family owned and run, Carol and the team at Dunmore House take their food very seriously. The terrace at Dunmore is perched on the coast overlooking Clonakilty Bay and the menu reflects where you are with fish from Union Hall and greens from the Ocean Garden at Dunmore, with new additions from Boat Shed Pizzas. It's dog-friendly too. 


The River Club scoops two awards at the YesChef Awards 2023

The team at The River Lee, part of the family-owned luxury hotel group The Doyle Collection, are delighted to have picked up not one but two awards at the YesChef Awards 2023, with The River Club winning Luxury Hotel Restaurant of the Year in Munster and Tom Murphy, GM of The River Club winning Front of House Manager in Munster and in Ireland.

The ceremony, which took place at The Blackwater Suite at the Fairways Hotel in Dundalk on Monday 8th May saw 500 guests across the hospitality industry come together to celebrate the achievements of their friends and colleagues.

Shane Smith, Managing Director of NI Media who run the awards said, “The YesChef Awards represent the diversity of the industry on the island and showcase the commitment to delivering the highest standards in Irish Hospitality. We are the only programme on the island who inspect every entrant and we would like to thank our panel of dedicated researchers who travel the country visiting each venue.”

Vibrant and elegant, with a sure sense of modern ease and relaxed glamour – and a distinctive Cork accent – The River Club is the ultimate all-day destination to eat, drink and be social.


Delight Your Dad -  treat him to a Jazzy Father's Day

Make it a Father’s Day to remember and treat your Dad to the ultimate Father’s Day Jazz Buffet Lunch at the multi-award winning Limerick Strand Hotel.

On Sunday, June 18th from 1pm-3pm Executive Chef, Paddy Anslow and his team will create an amazing buffet display for all the family to enjoy. It’s an “all you can eat” four course offering, so arrive hungry and ready to savour some very special dishes including, starters, mains- which includes a live station where the Chefs will freshly prepare minute steaks, exactly to your liking and for the sweet-toothed there’s a decadent dessert display lovingly made by the in-house pastry team. For sample buffet menu please see HERE

On arrival each Dad will be offered a complimentary bottled beer and entertainment throughout, courtesy of a live Jazz Band. Why not make a day of it and book an overnight stay from €160 room only for two sharing?

Child-friendly menus are also available, and kiddies under 3 eat free and also 3 hours on-site underground Car Parking to make the Father’s Day experience as stress-free as possible! The Father’s Day Sunday Jazz Buffet Lunch costs €34.95 per Adult and €16.50 per Child (under 12’s) with sittings from 1.00pm to 3.00pm.   Pre-booking is recommended so call Call 061 421800 or Book Online, to avoid disappointment.

The team, the setting and above all the food ensure that the AA Rosette, River Bar & Restaurant is one of the best restaurants in Limerick City. A relaxing bright space overlooking the River Shannon in the heart of the City is a popular meeting point throughout the day.  Al fresco dining has never been so popular, so guests can enjoy the wrap around outdoor terrace from morning till night.  

The menus demonstrate Limerick Strand’s 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.

For details on Limerick Strand visit


The Kingsley wins the Best Learning and Development Award at the Irish Restaurant Awards 2023

The Kingsley were awarded the Best Learning and Development Award at the 2023 Irish Restaurant Awards that took place in the Clayton Hotel, Burlington Road, Dublin 4 on Monday, May 15th 2023.  

Almost 1200 industry specialists celebrated their hard work and achievements at the event, which saw many well-known restaurateurs and hospitality businesses in attendance to raise a glass to the winners of the prestigious awards on the night. 

The Learning and Development Award, sponsored by Restaurant & Hospitality Skillnet, highlights establishments that have a strong focus on staff learning and developmental needs, including the delivery of staff training programmes in key areas. The award highlights excellence, best practice and innovation in learning and development within the hospitality industry.

Catriona Sheehan, Head of Learning & Development at The Kingsley, accepted the award on the night noting that, “It’s a great honour to accept this award on behalf of all the team at The Kingsley. We take pride in creating a workplace that is full of potential for our staff with clear paths to progression, with training workshops, graduate programmes, and employee wellness programmes being some examples of what we provide to our employees".




Pictured at the launch are Eoghan Murphy, General Manager and his children Daniel and Aine. Pic: Brian Lougheed

A leading family-friendly hotel is partnering with tourist attractions in Cork this summer to create a special two-night pirate’s adventure package for families. The fun-filled break at the Cork International Hotel features a family pass to one of a number of pirate-themed attractions across Cork city and county. 

The package has been created to allow visitors to experience Cork’s rich maritime heritage. Families can choose from a range of adventures including visiting fortresses like Spike Island and Cork City Gaol.

The package consists of two nights in a family room, with breakfast included on both mornings and an Early Bird family dinner on one of the nights during the stay. The hotel’s family concierge will also look after booking the trip to the tourist attraction of your choice.

Young guests will receive additional treats during their stay including pirate-themed workbooks and storybooks in their room as well as board games. 

Eoghan Murphy, General Manager of the Cork International Hotel said, “There is a fascinating history of piracy along the Cork coast and we hope that our new offer will ignite the imaginations of little ones and inspire an interest in our history. Cork is Ireland’s maritime haven and we have an abundance of water-themed activities for all ages to enjoy.  We know how challenging it can be for parents to keep their ‘little pirates’ entertained which is why we’ve teamed up with some of Cork’s top attractions this summer. Our family concierge team is on hand to take the stress out of booking tickets and has a wealth of knowledge and experience to help you to make the most of your break away.”

The Cork International Hotel is one of Cork’s most popular hotels for families and is just a short 20-minute drive from the county’s main tourist attractions, making it an ideal choice for adults and children alike. The hotel is within easy reach of popular activities like Kinsale and Charles Fort, Cobh and Spike Island, Blarney Castle and Gardens, and Fota Wildlife Park. 

Prices for the two-night package start at €538 for a family of four. Larger families can also be accommodated, please contact reception for a quote. For more information visit





Teresa O'Carroll and four-legged friends at the launch!


Over 200 guests enjoyed a ‘gold-themed’ launch party which celebrated the official opening of Anantara The Marker Dublin Hotel in Dublin’s Docklands last night (10th of May, 2023).  Guests were treated to what was one of Dublin’s glitziest parties which was hosted by Michael Davern, General Manager of Anantara The Marker Dublin Hotel and Executive Chef, Gareth Mullins. 


Broadcaster, fashionista and influencer, Lorraine Keane was the MC for the evening and spoke on stage with the various Anantara The Marker Dublin ‘guru’s’ which are the passionate experts in their respective fields.  The gurus she spoke to included the Spa and Wellness Director, Bodina Quereshi, Director of People and Culture, Claire Robert and Chef, Gareth Mullins. Each of the gurus spoke about how they provide authentic, ultra luxurious experiences for their guests including private dining on the rooftop at the famous hotel which is called ‘Breakfast by Design’, ‘Spice Spoons’, a private sailing and cookery lesson with the chef or rooftop yoga and wild swimming with the wellness guru. 

Gareth Mullins and Jim Sheridan


Michael Davern, General Manager said, “We are very excited that Anantara has made its debut in Ireland, it’s an ultra-luxurious brand which celebrates and works with genuine and authentic visitor experiences, people, and places.”


Special guests in attendance included the brother of the Chairman and Founder of Minor Hotels and Anantara Hotels, Resorts & Spas, Skip Heinecke and his wife Kathleen who officially cut the ribbon to launch the hotel alongside Michael Davern and Lorraine Keane.


Michael Davern GM, Anantara the Marker, Dublin Hotel, Skip and Kathleen Heinecke with Lorraine Keane  pictured at the official launch

Irish wolfhounds wearing big gold bows were outside the main door as guests arrived through the brand new, state of the art front entrance. Inside a string quartet played contemporary versions of well-known artists music created a ‘Bridgerton’ inspired vibe. Guests wore gold in homage to the Anantara brand colours and drank Bollinger champagne and gold leaf cocktails.


Inside DJ Mo Kelly and saxophonist, Natalia entertained the guests who feasted on Chef Gareth Mullins culinary creations.  Various grazing stations were set up in the ballroom where guests could sample such delicacies as John Stone Dry Aged Irish Beef aged with Teelings Whiskey, hand shucked Flaggy Shore oysters with lemon, tabasco and champagne and shallot dressing. Various Irish farmhouse cheeses were on offer to guests and handmade sweets and chocolates provided a sweet finish to a wonderful culinary journey.


Melanie Mullan and Nicola Brady
Camilla Coburn Davis, Director of PR for Anantara Europe was on hand to present 13 vouchers to some lucky guests who won weekend breaks in some of the other Anantara exciting destinations on the continent which include Amalfi, Nice, Rome, Budapest, Amsterdam, Vilamoura and Marbella just to mention a few.


Since Anantara has taken over what was previously known as’ The Marker Hotel’, all of the 187 bedrooms have been renovated, the bar and public areas have been reimagined and a brand-new restaurant ‘Forbes Street by Gareth Mullins’ will open in the coming weeks.


Famous faces spotted at the launch included multi-Oscar nominated film maker, Jim Sheridan, broadcasters Pat Kenny and Mia Dunphy, influencers and fashionistas Marietta Doran and Celia Holman Lee, former RTE presenter, Mary Kennedy, Virgin media’s Martin King and Muireann O’Connell, fashion designer Deborah Veale and RTE broadcaster, Sharon Ní Bheoláin.  For more see


Escape to Cork this summer with The Kingsley & Fota Island Resort

A summer of adventure at

Fota Island Resort

The club house at Fota Island


At Fota Island Resort it’s all about choice. While the children enjoy the fantastic facilities on site like Fota Adventure, the leisure centre and walking routes through the 780 acres of lush countryside, the adults can sit back, relax and unwind in Fota Island Spa or experience a game of golf on Fota Island Resort’s magnificent championship golf courses.


For families who love a challenge, Fota Adventure’s two hour adventure course includes activities like target archery and an obstacle course that’s sure to be a fun filled hit for everyone involved, or families can take to the water and enjoy kayaking or stand up paddle boarding. There are plenty of local activities and excursions nearby to enjoy during your stay including Fota Wildlife, Fota House and Gardens, Spike Island, the Titanic Experience in Cobh, Ballymaloe House & Gardens or a visit to the markets at Midleton.

Consistently voted a family favourite, Fota Island Resort’s cosy and comfortable residential Lodges in the magnificent grounds are fantastic for unforgettable family holidays and were awarded a 5-star status last year from Fáilte Ireland. There is plenty to keep everyone entertained in the vicinity, from enjoying Blue Flag beaches to exploring the on-site playgrounds, forests and walks together before memorable dinners in the hotel’s restaurants and bars.


A luxury three-night family retreat in one of Fota Island Resort’s self-catering two bed lodges starts from €890.

Pedals and Picnic at The Kingsley

Escape to The Kingsley on the banks of the River Lee for an overnight stay and a super scenic cycle exploring Cork. 


Take advantage of The Kingsley’s bicycles while you're staying, complete with a chic wicker basket, helmet and bike lock. There are plenty of routes to explore in and around Cork, so whether you plan your route in detail or just take your lovely bike for a wander, you are spoilt for choice. 


With The Kingsley as your base, visit local sights in vibrant Cork city with its many culinary hotspots including the renowned English Market, or head for history and culture with a trip to Blackrock Castle Observatory, the Glucksman Gallery, the Everyman Theatre, Cork City Gaol, Cork Museum, Crawford Gallery and St. Finbarr’s Cathedral as suggestions, each with their own fascinating tale to tell.


Stop off at nearby Fitzgerald’s Park, a quiet retreat from the city, where tree-lined avenues, flower beds and rose gardens make a delightful backdrop to enjoy your delicious freshly prepared picnic, filled with tasty treats from The Kingsley, all neatly packed and ready for you to enjoy your feast, making you the envy of everyone in the park.


Pedals & Picnic at The Kingsley includes a one night stay with breakfast, bicycle day hire and a takeaway picnic for two and is available from €380 for two people sharing.


Curated Weekends in Cork at The River Lee

A Sustainable Weekend in Cork Curated by Jo Linehan

Jo Linehan's guide to Cork

The River Lee, part of the Irish, family-owned luxury hotel group The Doyle Collection, have launched Curated Weekends in Cork, their latest inspired venture that aims to showcase Cork through the eyes of some of the county’s most creative minds. 

Jo Linehan, editor of the CLIMATE supplement with The Sunday Times Ireland and the founder of GAFF Interiors, is a long-time friend of The River Lee and the first Cork native to partner with the hotel on their new Curated Weekends in Cork platform. Jo’s new, comprehensive guide, created through the lens of sustainability, features her hit list for an ideal 48 hour stay in Cork, including a travel and shopping guide with some hidden gems - all based around a low impact stay at The River Lee. 

Speaking about her inspiration behind the weekend, Jo says, “my passion for sustainability is deeply rooted in my upbringing in Cork. As a walkable city, bountiful with local food producers and suppliers, craftspeople and brimming with wildlife, biodiversity and history, to simply be in Cork is to reconnect with nature and ourselves. I hope my guide will do just that; help you experience some of the city's most special places and a few lesser-known gems that never fail to fill my cup”.

At the Glucksman

Included in this bespoke guide are Nano Nagle Place, The Crawford Art Gallery, fashion store Samui, Vibes & Scribes, a haven for book and stationary lovers and the fantastic Blackrock Castle Observatory.

As part of her guide, Jo has crated a Weekend Curators: Sustainable Cork 2-night offer. This offer includes a very special early access tour of Nano Nagle Place, the historic city location that details the life of education trailblazer, Nano Nagle. An expert guide will lead you through the award-winning museum housed in Georgian convent buildings, the extensive beautiful walled gardens, the mid-nineteenth-century Goldie Chapel and the early twenty-first-century primary school, all spread over 3.5 acres.

The Rooftop Farm

Also included are tickets to Blackrock Castle Observatory, an award-winning science centre and active research observatory, where they aim to have a positive impact on the attitudes towards science, engineering and technology in Ireland. The tickets include access to the Ireland in Space exhibition, a Castle Tour, and a Star Show as well as a donation to Dark Skies Ireland, who raise awareness on the impact of light pollution in Ireland and promote the use of responsible lighting. 

Jo Linehan’s Weekend Curators: Sustainable Cork guide with The River Lee is the perfect way to enjoy a low-impact weekend while taking in all that Cork city has to offer. Enjoy a two-night stay with breakfast each morning, three-course dinner on one evening in The Grill Room, an early access private tour of Nano Nagle Place and tickets to Blackrock Castle Observatory which includes a donation to Dark Skies Ireland from €737. If you can only get away for one night, enjoy an overnight stay and one cocktail per person in The River Club from €268. 

Curated Weekends in Cork

48 Hours in Cork with Jo Linehan


Welcome to Sanctuary at The River Club

— a pause from the hectic pace of modern life

at The River Lee

The terrace at The River Club has been transformed into a floral oasis of tranquillity just in time for the warmer months. Continuing in its series of thought provoking and visually stunning transformations, Sanctuary at The River Club is the creative and calming new installation on the riverside terrace at The River Lee, in partnership with Cork’s seminal florist and long-time collaborator with the hotel team, Fox Flowers. 

Inspired by city parks, planned gardens and Georgian Squares and allied to the acknowledged wellness benefits of plants and herbs - to say nothing of the visual respite these spaces provide to city dwellers - this tranquil terrace is a place to engage with nature while enjoying an evening tipple or a weekend brunch with friends. 

Clusters of blue-lilac wisteria cascade throughout, accompanied by rambling ivy, vines and perfumed rosemary, jasmine and lavender that bring a fragrant welcome to every corner. These vibrant scented blooms are dotted through slate walls and curved wrought iron, bringing the essence of our favourite green city spaces to the terrace, all overlooking the rolling river below. 

Designed as an antidote to the hectic pace of modern city living, be it a space for pause to engage with nature, or a moment of mindfulness, this bountiful terrace will provide calm and inspiration with its contrast of structure meeting nature. The juxtaposition of abundance and verdant planting against the geometric forms of the arches and ironwork on the terrace is a kind of controlled wildness, underlining the idea of the importance of balance, and that both form and freedom are essential to a feeling of comfort and sanctuary.

The team at The River Club have created five new cocktails exclusive to Sanctuary at The River Club, celebrating the calming powers of this handful of particularly potent plants. Jasmine combines its floral tones with pineapple and Havana Club 3-Year-Old Rum to create a divine digestion-aiding tipple, Chamomile incorporates its fragrant and calming flavours with rose, lemon and Belevedere Blackberry & Lemongrass Vodka, and the antioxidant-rich Hibiscus packs a punch with pink grapefruit, orange and Bombay Citron Pressé Gin. Bergamont is a low-alcohol option that enlivens the senses with mint, lemon and Italicus and Elderflower is a refreshing non-alcholic cocktail with anti-inflammatory perks. 

Sanctuary at The River Club has teamed up with ‘Green Spaces for Health, Cork’ who work through government lobbying and outreach programmes to preserve, protect and create green spaces throughout Cork city and county. 

With cocktails priced between €10 and €14, €1 from each cocktail will go to the Green Spaces for Health Togher Community Garden project. 

Sanctuary at The River Club launches on 14th April and is open seven days a week from midday until late. Bookings can be made on or at 021 493 7772. Or why not make a weekend of it? Overnight stays at The River Lee start from €220.

The River Club – Cork’s ultimate destination to eat, drink and be social. 





Spring Into Summer at the five-star Lyrath Estate this April, May and June, where you can find everything you need to enjoy the perfect getaway.


The Spring into Summer experience is priced from €230 per person sharing and includes a two-night B&B midweek stay with a 3-course dinner on one evening of your choice.  Book this package direct with Lyrath Estate and receive a complimentary room upgrade.  The offer is valid during April, May and June.

Lyrath Estate offers a selection of onsite activities for guests to enjoy such as the award-winning Oasis Spa and relaxing thermal suite.


Whilst on the estate, residents can enjoy walking amidst the private grounds, cycling on the verdant hidden trails, or take part in a host of outdoor pursuits including archery and falconry at the onsite Hawkeye School of Falconry.


Lyrath Estate is located on 170 acres of mature parkland complete with exquisite lakes, rustic walkways and historic gardens. The large variety of guestrooms feature understated comfort and minimal style decor offering residents the perfect place for a restful break away.


Lyrath Estate is located on the doorstep of Kilkenny city, a cultural haven rich in heritage with several must see attractions located on and around its world-famous Medieval Mile. Kilkenny Castle, overlooking the banks of the River Nore, has been a significant historic site in Ireland and dates to the 12th Century. Tours of Kilkenny Castle are available all year round. St. Canice’s Cathedral offers visitors a chance to witness the spiritual, cultural, architectural and archaeological wonders that Kilkenny has to offer.


For reservations call +353 (0) 56 776 0088.  Visit for more information.

Ready for tea! Maisy  (8), Brid (5) and Stephanie (10) preparing for the big event. Pic: Brian Lougheed



The Cork International Hotel has launched a special Afternoon Tea menu for children and parents to enjoy over the Easter holidays. Guests will be treated to a feast of sweet and savoury bites from Saturday, April 1st to Saturday, April 15th. 

Easter Afternoon Tea will be served at 3.30pm from Monday to Saturday. Each child will also receive a storybook and there will be an egg hunt at 4.00pm daily hosted by the hotel’s resident Easter Bunny who is dedicated to making the occasion a very special one for the hotel’s youngest customers. 

General Manager at the Cork International Hotel, Eoghan Murphy said, “Afternoon Tea is a special occasion and one that the entire family can enjoy together this Easter. We love Easter at the Cork International Hotel and we have prepared a jam-packed schedule of events to keep families entertained over the holidays. For Afternoon Tea, our team of chefs have created a range of delicious treats that children will love including chocolate-dipped bunnies, jelly and cream cups, and banana and peanut butter sandwiches. We can also tailor the menu to suit coeliacs and vegetarians, just let us know when you are booking.”

Each easter menu has three egg-cellent tiers, starting with the kids:

Treat: Chocolate Dipped Bunny, Victoria Sponge with Strawberries, Warm Scone with Cream and Sprinkles. 

Middle: S’mores Chocolate Tartlet, Blueberry Butterfly Buns, Jelly and Cream Cup.

Sandwiches: Banana and Peanut Butter, Ham and Local Cheddar, Chicken and Pesto 

On the adults menu is: 

Treat: Victoria Sponge with Strawberries,Chocolate Macaroon, Lemon Meringue Pie, Homemade Pistachio Choux.

Middle: Homemade Mini Scones, with Irish Fruit Jam, Whipped Cream and Irish Salted Butter; Iced Carrot Cake; White and Dark Chocolate Dipped Strawberries


Savoury: Chicken, Sun Dried Tomato, Rocket Mayonnaise on Focaccia; Poached Salmon and Crab, Chive Cream Cheese on Homemade Brown Soda Bread; Egg Mayonnaise, Cress and Pickle Cucumber on Granary Bread

Easter Afternoon Tea is €27.50 per adult and €15.00 per child. Booking is essential and people can book by calling 021 4549800.


Featured: Trigon Hotels, Lyrath Estate..


Oasis Spa at Lyrath Estate, located on the doorstep of Kilkenny city is a haven of tranquillity offering hotel residents and day spa visitors the chance to unwind, energise and relax. This Mother’s Day, opt for a glorious pamper session at Oasis Spa or select a bespoke, monetary gift voucher which can be used in part payment for a relaxing spa treatment or a luxury gift set. 

 The spa features a Thermal Suite, with both wet and dry areas and cooling and heating body experiences which help detox the body and stimulate circulation. There is also an outdoor hydro pool which has powerful jets and cascading water designed to pummel tight and sore muscles. The Relaxation Room at Oasis Spa takes in picturesque views of Lyrath Estate’s gardens and woodlands. There are several private treatment rooms at the spa for hands on treatments. Access to Oasis Spa thermal suite is complimentary for 1 hour with spa treatments. If you wish to use this facility without having a spa treatment, pre booking is essential. (Two-hour access to the thermal suite, €25)

The award-winning Oasis Spa at Lyrath Estate prides itself on using quality products which offer the ultimate indulgence. One of these products is Scandinavian spa and wellness brand, Kerstin Florian, which is inspired by nature, combining natural ingredients with the best of clean science and technology. The range incorporates advanced vitamin C and hyaluronic acid serums along with the best anti-wrinkle creams. Oasis Spa’s highly trained therapists offer bespoke Kerstin Florian treatments and specific packages customised to help address your specific skincare concerns.

The Kerstin Florian Lavender Dreams is one of the most popular treatments at the spa as the blend of wild lavender is both uplifting and invigorating. This treatment includes a two-step scrub and is followed by a warm wrap and full body massage. (€140. Duration 85 mins)

A new treatment from Kerstin Florian, Nordic Zen has just been introduced to Oasis Spa at Lyrath Estate. Inspired by the land of the Midnight Sun and Northern Lights comes an energy experience inspired by nature. The treatment combines heat, stones, repetitive movement, and healing botanicals, to allow for complete relaxation. It begins with a Turkish Body Scrub then moves onto a stone massage using aromatic Juniper Berry Bath & Body Oil and warm and smooth healing stones. (Price €140. Duration 85 mins)

Innovative skincare range, Elemis, is another product used during treatments at Oasis Spa. It is known internationally for its results driven formulas, which combine aromatherapy with science. The powerful synergies of natural oils and the latest in Elemis skincare technology leaves your skin feeling refreshed and renewed. The Elemis Biotec facial uses a specific cocktail of concentrated serums plus a 5-in 1 facial that offers a combination of ultrasonic, micro-current galvanic, oxygen infusion with light therapy to lift, smooth, brighten or purify your skin. Choose from a deep cleanse resurfacing facial, a radiance facial, an anti-pigment brightening facial, or the ultimate anti-ageing facial. It can be tailored to address specific skin concerns. (Price €130. Duration 50 mins)

Oasis Spa has a great choice of maternity and post-partum treatments with the Basq Maternity Range. This range incorporates powerful plant extracts that boost collagen to prevent stretch marks and improve the skin’s elasticity. Ultra-moisturising ingredients such as shea butter and omega-rich oils nourish stretched skin and relieve that tight feeling and itchiness caused by a growing bump! The formulas are clinically-proven to be safe, non-irritating, and hypoallergenic, and are free of sulphates and artificial scents—so you can put both your mind and your skin at ease.

The spa has developed, maternity treatments with mother’s-to-be in mind, targeting pregnancy induced symptoms. One of the most popular treatments is the Basq maternity leg treatment. This is the perfect remedy for tired heavy, swollen legs as the lymphatic leg massage helps drain the fluid from the lower legs leaving them feeling lighter.

If you would like to gift a mother-to-be with the ultimate treat, choose the ‘Top to Toe Maternity’ package. It includes a soothing back massage, targeting all the areas of tension, a full facial and a leg and feet massage. (Price €135. Duration 80 mins)

The spa also stocks a large selection of home and body gift sets including the indulgent Rituals range as well as skincare products from Elemis and Kerstin Florian. For more information see or call + 353 (0) 56 7760088


Mother's Day Lunches at Trigon Hotels: Metropole and Cork International.

Menus below.


Why not treat your mother to a delicious lunch at The Metropole Hotel in Cork City this Mother’s Day.  Nestled in the heart of the busy VQ, diners can escape the hustle and bustle of the city to the luxurious surroundings of the Riverview Restaurant at the Metropole Hotel, which celebrated its 125th anniversary last year.  The Mother’s Day Lunch Menu uses specially selected ingredients which have been sourced from Irish producers and includes dishes such as Irish Lightly Smoked Salmon, Famous Harley’s Street Beef Tacos, West Cork Duck Breast, Feather Blade of Beef Wellington, Classic Lemon Posset and Warm Chocolate Fondant.  3-course lunch is €45pp and 2-courses is €39pp and bookings can be made online


To Start:

Roasted Butternut Squash and Thyme Soup.

Homemade brown soda bread, Irish salted butter.

Irish Lightly Smoked Salmon.

Lollo Rossa lettuce, house pickles, pink peppercorn, pomegranate & mustard vinaigrette. 

Confit Tomato and Olive Bruschetta.

Macroom buffalo feta, grilled focaccia, garden rocket leaves, balsamic dressing. 

Famous Harley’s Street Beef Tacos.

Blanco Nino organic taco, Pico de Gallo salsa, onion crisps, chipotle sauce. 

Golden Brie Cheese Crumble.

Garden leaves, ciabatta crisps, home-made Cumberland sauce. Gw,D,E,Sul

Main event:

West Cork Duck Breast cooked medium to well.

Honey glazed carrots and parsnips, Mediterranean black lentil, black berry jus.

Orange and Tomato Crusted Irish Salmon.

New season crusted baby potatoes, baby greens, lemon and caper brown butter sauce. 

Feather Blade of Beef Wellington.

Potato fondant, oyster mushroom, buttered Waterfall Farm kale, red wine jus. 

Spinach and Basil Fresh Rigatoni Pasta.

Spring pea purée, Macroom ricotta, broad bean, Grana Padano shavings. 


Classic Lemon Posset.

Berry compote, pistachio. 

Warm Chocolate Fondant.

Salted caramel ice cream, Oreo crumbs. 

Homemade Raspberry Cheesecake.

Raspberry sorbet, white chocolate crisps.

Authentic Eton Mess.

Crushed pavlova, mixed berries, whipped cream, raspberry sorbet, toasted almonds. 


Make this Mother’s Day a memorable experience with a special treat at the Cork International Hotel where families can enjoy a delicious meal together.  Diners will be treated to a beautifully designed menu using locally sourced food in the bright and airy Atlantic Restaurant while a live pianist will create a relaxing atmosphere in the lobby for the afternoon.  Included on the menu is Slow Cooked Duck Spring Rolls, Smoked Mackerel and West Cork Crab Plate, Sun-dried Tomato and Orange Crusted Cod, Pan Roasted Clonakilty Chicken Supreme, Honeycomb Cheesecake and Apple and Red Berry Crumble.  3-course lunch is €42.50pp and 2-courses is €35pp and bookings can be made online


To Start:

Spring Pea and spinach soup

Served With Murphy’s & treacle Soda Bread & Irish Salted Butter

Slow Cooked Duck Spring Roll

Mango Dipping Sauce & Miso Dressing 

Smoked Mackerel and West Cork Crab Pate

Dill pickled Cucumbers, Horseradish & Chive Cream, Sourdough Crostini’s 

Ardsallagh Goats Cheese Bon Bons

Roasted Beetroots, Beetroot Puree, Dukkha Spice, Rocket – Aged Balsamic 


Duo of West Cork Beef

Roast sirloin, featherblade croquette, Roasted Carrot Spears, Perfect Roast Potato – Roast Gravy 

Sun dried tomato and orange crusted cod

Charred Sprouting Broccolis, Leek and white bean casserole, salsa verde

Saffron Risotto Milanese

Feta, confit courgettes, parmesan tuile & Smoked Almonds 

Pan Roasted Clonakilty Chicken Supreme

Celeriac purée, charred cabbage, fondant potato, thyme jus


Homemade Pavlova

Lemon Curd, Fresh Fruits, Freshly Whipped Cream, Berry Coulis 

Warm Chocolate Brownie

Warm Raspberry Compote, Caramelised White Chocolate & vanilla Ice cream

Honeycomb Cheesecake

Fresh berries, honeycomb bits 

Apple & Red Berry Crumble

Homemade Crème Anglaise, Vanilla Ice Cream 


To celebrate Mother’s Day, spoil your mum with a special treat at Lyrath Estate. The spectacular countryside resort hotel is located on the doorstep of Kilkenny city and is set on 170 acres of mature parkland, complete with emerald woodlands, verdant walkways, and charming gardens. 

Lyrath Estate is built around a 17th century Manor House, which has been delicately preserved, sitting seamlessly alongside a modern hotel wing. The charm and grandeur of the 17th Century period is perfectly aligned with the clean lines of the hotel where 141 guestrooms offer residents a comfortable and relaxing place to unwind and enjoy the picturesque surroundings.

An elegant Afternoon Tea in the Lady Charlotte Drawing Room is a lovely way to spend an afternoon. 

Located in the original Manor House of Lyrath Estate, it is named after Lady Charlotte Wheeler-Cuffe, a famous botanical artist, plant collector, gardener, and former resident of Lyrath Estate. The eclectic drawing room has feature wallpaper depicting vibrant jungle scenes and colourful flowers in a nod to Lady Charlotte’s botanical discoveries and collections.  Deep sofas, elegant high-backed chairs and an interesting art collection all add to the contemporary feel of this room.

Afternoon Tea at Lyrath Estate is a grand affair, with savoury and sweet treats served on fine afternoon tea stands. Sip on your choice of delightful botanical teas from delicate bone china cups or opt for a glass of bubbles! Menu staples include such delicacies as Smoked Chicken and Sundried Tomato on a Brioche Bun and Ardsallagh Goats Cheese Wraps. Not to forget signature home baked classic scones served with cream, butter, and strawberry jam. Afternoon Tea is served daily from 12.30pm to 3.30pm and is priced from €40.00 per person.

For the ultimate Mother’s Day gift, treat mum to a moment of luxury, elegance, and style with a treatment at the award-winning Oasis Spa. Choose from Swedish spa and wellness brand, Kerstin Florian, or the latest in innovative skincare with Elemis. Let’s not forget the Mum’s-To-Be!  Oasis Spa offers the Basq Maternity Massage, a customised full body massage using safe pre-natal techniques, to help relax, reduce fatigue, release tension, aches, and pains.

With days getting longer and spring in the air, why not gift mum a relaxing midweek getaway to Lyrath Estate. The Stepping Into Spring’ midweek package includes two night’s accommodation with breakfast each morning, a delicious 3-course dinner in The Grill & Bar on one evening with a complimentary Cream Tea on a day of your choice. (From €185 per person sharing midweek).

Alternatively, you could choose the Relax & Unwind two-night escape. This pampering package includes two nights bed and breakfast, a three-course dinner on one evening, and a 50-minute spa treatment for each guest followed by complimentary access to the Thermal Suite, with garden views. (From €335 per person sharing).

Lyrath Estate has recently partnered with Irish Craft Perfumery, La Bougie, to create a bespoke candle and linen mist capturing the true essence and history of the estate. The Lyrath Fragrance Collection’, is brimming with notes of lavender, rose, honey, rhubarb, and ivy. Inspired by the delicate blossoms and elegant woodlands of the estate, this delicate fragrance was designed in honour of painter, plant-hunter, and botanist, Lady Charlotte Wheeler-Cuffe, who resided at Lyrath Estate for over 50 years. The Fragrance Collection is available to purchase from hotel reception, and Oasis Spa.  (Candle €25, Linen Mist €25)

If there are too many tempting offers to choose from, you could surprise Mum with a Lyrath Estate Gift Voucher and you can let Mum choose for herself! Monetary Gift Vouchers can be used in part payment for overnight stays, dining experiences at The Lady Charlotte Drawing Room, The Grill & Bar, Yew Restaurant, or any spa treatment or product at Oasis Spa. For more information see or call 00353 (0) 56 7760088