News from Killeavy Castle Estate

  • Killeavy Castle Estate plants seeds for growth and sustainability with £500,000 investment

    Officially unveiled by the owners of Killeavy Castle Estate, Sydney-based businessman Mick Boyle and his wife Robin, Killeavy Castle Estate has just launched an Estate Farm Store and Estate Gardens following a further £500,000 investment. Originally from South Armagh, Mick Boyle and Robin acquired Killeavy Castle in 2013, and over the past nine years have restored the 186-year Killeavy Castle, creating a venue that’s now regarded as one of the premier destination hotels in Ireland.

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  • Meet Matthew Hynds, Operations Manager

    My role requires me to be heavily involved in all aspects of the Estate, one day I could be running a wedding, and the next I could be helping in the Walled Garden Café, Bistro or Restaurant, we pride ourselves in customer care and this comes from the owners, through the managers to the staff. I would never ask someone to do a job I wouldn’t do myself and have a very hands-on approach to my job.

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  • Meet The Candlemaker - Olivia

    "Hi, I’m Olivia! I’m one of the Candlemakers" 3 words that describe how I feel when I come to Bolster Community to make Acorn products: Great, Happy and Positive! I always have a laugh with Kathy and Noreen. They always put me in a good mood, and know how to make me smile even when I’m having a bad day. I’ve made some good friends since coming to the workshop and I get on well with the other Candlemakers. We’re like one big family!

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  • From Slieve Gullion to Down Under and back again, Killeavy Castle.

    For Mick Boyle, raised in Australia, when the castle came up for sale, there was an opportunity to reinvest and connect more closely with his deep roots to the area. Indeed, Mick’s mother, Pauline Rice was a proud, skilful, and decorated Killeavy Camog whose picture can still be seen beside the bar in the Killeavy social club today. Though Mick grew up and resides in Australia there was always a tether back to Slieve Gullion and when the opportunity came to renovate Killeavy Castle it must have felt like a calling home.

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  • Meet Susan Quinn, Breakfast Supervisor

    I was fortunate to join the Killeavy team in the early stages of opening and this allowed me to gather great experience and be a part of something new and exciting that this area hasn't seen before. I got to work in the bar, the fine dining restaurant and as part of the banqueting team for our first ever wedding, it was amazing to be part of our Killeavy family then as much as it is today.

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  • Explore the East Coast of Ireland from the luxurious Killeavy Castle Estate

    Closer to home, in County Armagh, where Killeavy Castle Estate is situated, guests can explore the Cathedral City of Armagh or visit the Armagh Orchards, the 250-year-old Robinson Library with its display of rare books or the Armagh Planetarium. Game of Thrones fans can visit the first-ever Game of Thrones tour opened in the world at the Linen Mill Studios, Banbridge, where fans will be treated to a set tour of all things surrounding the series. For the more adventurous, a short drive east takes you to County Down where you can climb the Mountains of Mourne and master Slieve Donard or visit St. Patrick’s grave and Visitor Centre in Downpatrick.

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  • Killeavy Castle Estate Triumphs on Global and Local Stage

    Killeavy Castle Estate has been named winner of the Luxury Castle Hotel (Europe) Award at the prestigious World Luxury Awards 2021, which took place in Mauritius in October.

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  • Meet Terry Kelly, Sales and Marketing Manager

    My position allows me to apply my previous experience and education to develop the brand identity of Killeavy Castle Estate towards the luxury travel markets. I am fortunate to work for owners who truly value the people that make the business function. They provide a strong vision and directive for what the brand represents which infuses all staff with excitement in being part of something great, whilst providing a real sense of belonging and job role fulfilment.

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  • Killeavy Castle Estate 2022 charitable partnership with local community group

    The Board and team at Bolster Community are delighted to announce a new Charity Partnership with the world leading resort Killeavy Castle Estate. This is a very special partnership for Bolster Community after such a difficult time during the pandemic when fundraising opportunities have been at an all-time low. Bolster Community is a charity and social enterprise based in the heart of Newry that offers practical support for individuals and families, helping them to get through and get ahead.

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  • Killeavy Castle Estate named Ireland’s Castle Hotel of the Year

    Killeavy Castle Estate in County Armagh has been crowned Ireland’s Castle Hotel of the Year at the Irish Hotel Awards, 2021 for the second consecutive year.

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  • Meet Michael Sheppard, Trainee Manager

    No two days are the same in Killeavy, the willingness and support from Management to allow staff to learn and grow is what makes us unique. All staff are treated the same irrespective of title which builds the comradery making Killeavy Castle such a great place to work. The standard of service we aim to deliver relies on this comradery particularly in times of COVID which has made things difficult for all of us professionally and personally.

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  • Killeavy Castle Estate invests in a continued sustainable future.

    Our Walking, Riding and Fine Dining Experience will be enhanced over the coming months with the establishment of an additional vegetable garden and farm store. Sowing, tending, picking then preparing the garden produce, along with curing displays of our Estate Longhorn beef and Cheviot lamb will allow our visitors to embrace our farm to fork ethos firsthand. Works will be completed by March 2022.

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  • Killeavy Castle Estate named 4-Star Hotel and Spa of the Year

    Killeavy Castle Estate in County Armagh, has been crowned 4-Star Hotel and Spa of the Year at the Northern Ireland Prestige Awards, 2021. The Prestige Awards recognise and reward excellence in customer experience, facilities and outstanding services offered by independent businesses within the hospitality sector.

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  • Meet James Gibson, Front Office Supervisor

    The natural beauty of the surroundings automatically puts me in a good mood, and get’s me ready to provide top class customer service. Working as part of such a caring and supporting team also makes the job much easier.

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  • Nurturing Nature Retreat with Ann from Xhale

    Rest, reconnect and re-energise during this unique Nurturing Nature retreat.

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  • Killeavy wins Boutique Hotel of the Year at recent Awards

    Killeavy Castle Estate has been awarded Boutique Hotel of the Year at the 30th anniversary of the Golfers Guide to Ireland Awards, fighting off fierce competition to pick up the prestigious award at the recent virtual ceremony, due to the current restrictions around Covid-19.

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  • Meet Dario Percic, Head Chef

    Meet Dario Percic our Head Chef who ensures the efficient day to day running of the Restaurant at Killeavy Castle Estate.

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  • Killeavy makes Indo Fab 50!

    Killeavy makes Indo Fab 50! Killeavy Castle Estate has placed in the Irish Independent’s Best Places to Stay 2020. Conducted by Pól Ó Conghaile, Nicola Brady and Thomas Breathnach, who travelled across Ireland visiting a host of hotels, B&Bs, country houses and campsites, mapped trends before curating their Fab 50 finalists.

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  • Sustainability at the heart of Killeavy Castle Estate

    At Killeavy Castle Estate we are passionate about creating a legacy of sustainability and environmental consciousness. A particular focus for our business is the use of local produce and suppliers. When you enjoy a meal in our award-winning restaurant, the food on your plate will have been harvested from the walled garden on the Estate, farmed on the land or locally sourced.

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  • Meet Janice Lacey, Housekeeping Supervisor

    The people I work with are fantastic, so professional. The buildings of both the Castle and the Hotel are amazing and the setting is just stunningly beautiful. The fact it is a five-minute drive from home, means I am able to work in a job that I love and pick up my youngest daughter from Primary School at 3pm which is the icing on the cake! Lol

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  • Killeavy Castle Estate - Castle Hotel of the Year 2020

    Killeavy Castle Estate named Castle Hotel of the Year by the Irish Hotel Awards. This comes at the same time as the hotel celebrates its first anniversary.

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  • Killeavy Castle Goes Green

    Killeavy Castle in County Armagh is going green for St Patrick’s Day in both a nod to its Irish heritage as well as the business’ environmental strategy. The Castle will be illuminated green for the St Patrick’s Day celebrations on Tuesday 17th March.

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  • Meet Brighdin Thornton, Restaurant Waitress

    Meet Brighdin Thornton from Jonesborough who has been working as a waitress in the Restaurant at Killeavy Castle Estate for 2 years.

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  • A Tale of Two Castles

    We recently welcomed Stephen O’Callaghan and Rachael Crilly to tie the knot at Killeavy Castle. The couple enjoyed a magical start to married life after Stephen proposed to Rachael by one castle in Disneyland Paris and then celebrated his wedding day in the castle on Killeavy Estate. Rachael and Stephen enjoyed an idyllic wedding day at Killeavy surrounded by family and friends with the historic 19th century Castle as a striking backdrop to their wedding photos.

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  • Killeavy Crowned Georgina Campbell’s ‘Newcomer Of The Year’

    Killeavy Castle Estate has been crowned ‘Newcomer Of The Year’ at the Georgina Campbell Awards held in September at the Intercontinental Hotel in Dublin. Celebrating 21 years in their current incarnation, the Georgina Campbell Awards recognise and honour Ireland’s standard-bearers in food and hospitality. The rigorous programme of anonymous assessment visits are a year-round process and winners are nominated solely by an independent assessment team.

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  • Meet Ashleigh Hamilton, Events Manager

    I love having the opportunity to meet different people and to be involved in the planning of such special occasions. It is amazing to be involved in the process from the initial stages of booking right through to the event itself and the great relationship that can be formed with guests throughout this time. Killeavy Castle Estate is a unique and quirky venue with so much history and it is a joy seeing peoples reaction when they walk through the front door of the Castle.

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  • Official opening of Killeavy Castle Estate

    South Armagh couple return for grand opening of Killeavy Castle Estate. The 4-star luxury Killeavy Castle Estate has officially opened. After leaving Killeavy in South Armagh over 50 years ago to settle in Australia, Michael and Pauline Boyle have returned home this month to cut the ribbon at the official opening ceremony of the newly developed Killeavy Castle Estate. The once derelict Estate bought by their son Mick and his wife Robin in 2013 has undergone a comprehensive restoration and building programme creating a world class hospitality destination.

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  • Killeavy Castle Achieves 4 Star Grading From Tourism NI

    Congratulations to our member, Killeavy Castle Estate who have achieved a 4 Star Grading from Tourism NI. Recently awarded the National Winner Newcomer of the Year 2020 at the Georgina Campbell Irish Food and Hospitality Awards, the luxury four-star boutique hotel, spa and wellness centre, located at the foot of Slieve Gullion in Co. Armagh, opened to the public in April 2020, following a £12m investment.

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  • Meet Vanessa Gillanders, Restaurant Manager

    I am very proud to hold the Restaurant Manager position at Killeavy Castle Estate. We have very talented chefs here and some of the best local produce you can find. It is my job to ensure our guests that come here have the best memorable experience of our offerings in this wonderful magical setting.

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  • Killeavy King of the Castle at NI Hotel Awards

    Killeavy Castle Estate, County Armagh, brought home the silverware at the Northern Ireland Hotel Awards lifting five awards on the evening including Romantic Getaway of the Year and Hotel Restaurant of the Year. The Estate was also highly commended in the 4 Star Hotel of the Year category. Three staff members were also crowned winners for their respective roles including; Darragh Dooley, Head Chef of the Year, John Mathews, Deputy General Manager of the Year, and Seamus Morgan, Bar Manager of the Year. The Estate, which was recently awarded its four-star rating from Tourism NI, fought off fierce competition to pick up the prestigious awards at a gala ceremony in Belfast last night. The NI Hotel Awards recognise excellence in the hospitality industry with a panel of judges assessing customer experience, outstanding team members, facilities and services. Killeavy Castle Estate opened just seven months ago in County Armagh on the Eastern base of Slieve Gullion. The Grade A listed building, derelict for over a decade, was transformed following a £12million investment. The 45-bed boutique, luxury hotel, was shortlisted in eleven categories at the awards receiving a total number of five top awards and high commended in six categories. Jason Foody, General Manager of Killeavy Castle Estate, said; “We are delighted to have been awarded five NI Hotel Awards at the gala in Belfast acknowledging our commitment to exceptional customer service, our stunning facilities, but most of all our people. We are incredibly proud of our team who strive for the best results possible in every area of the Estate and it was great to see Darragh, John and Seamus rewarded for their outstanding contribution. “It is particularly special for us to have been awarded Romantic Getaway of the Year. Our goal is to provide a stunning setting for couples to get closer to what is important - be that the beautiful surroundings, or themselves. We take great pride in our provenance and heritage, especially when it comes to our food which is all grown on the estate or locally sourced, so we are thrilled to be named Hotel Restaurant of the Year.” David Perry, Event Director of the 2019 Northern Ireland Hotel Awards, added: "It was fantastic to have the Killeavy Castle Estate team at the Northern Ireland Hotel Awards and a huge congratulations for picking up so many awards. It's great to celebrate the success of the Killeavy team who are making a massive impact in the hospitality sector - having only been open a few months!"

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  • Taste the Island comes to Killeavy Castle Estate

    The newly opened Killeavy Castle Estate is hosting a Food Festival in celebration of all things local in conjunction with Newry, Mourne and Down District Council, on Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th September from 11am to 5pm. Taste the Island is coming to Killeavy Castle Estate with a weekend of local food, drink music, family entertainment, chef masterclasses, producer stories, sale of produce and much more all in the walled garden of Killeavy Castle Estate.

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  • Meet Katie Brandon, Spa Treatment Manager

    Meet Katie Brandon our Spa Treatment Manager who ensures the efficient day to day running of treatments by all Spa Therapists at Killeavy Castle Estate.

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  • King of the Castle - Armagh native returns to open new hotel, creating 85 jobs - Killeavy Castle’s 45-bed hotel opens doors on Easter Monday

    Killeavy Castle, nestled in the woodland at the foot of Slieve Gullion, is set to unveil its newly refurbished premises following a £12 million investment with support from First Trust Bank. The Grade 1 listed building, derelict for over a decade, has been given a new lease of life after being bought by Armagh native Mick Boyle and his wife Robin, for £1.2 million in 2013. The Castle will create 85 new jobs for the local area from part-time to full-time staff under the management of new General Manager, Jason Foody.

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  • The Descendants of Original Castle Owners 'Come Home'

    Descendants of the Foxall family - the original owners of Killeavy Castle - arrived at the newly refurbished premises last week to pay respect to their spectacular heritage. Formerly known as Killeavy Lodge, it was the residence of the Foxall family, whose vault is situated nearby, at St Luke’s parish Church. In 1836, Powell Foxall, a banker from Newry, commissioned an architect to enlarge his modest farmhouse. It was subsequently transformed into the small Gothic castle existing today. In the late 17th century the Bell family took ownership of the castle and estate until the death of Maureen Bell in 2000.

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  • Meet Danielle Logue, Events Coordinator

    I love the social and personal aspect of this job, being able to meet new people and being involved in the planning of such special occasions from the beginning right through to the event itself. It is very rewarding to watch events take place that I have assisted in planning and receiving such positive feedback from the guests.

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