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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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