Castle steeped in history and legend set for Spring opening

Tuesday, 10 July 2018

Castle steeped in history and legend set for Spring opening thumbnailTHE Killeavy Castle Estate

THE Killeavy Castle Estate is on course for a Spring 2019 opening.
The brainchild of Irish-Australian Mick Boyle, whose Father and Mother hail from Ayallogue and Fathom respectively, and his wife Robin, the castle and old farm buildings are being restored for use as a 45-room, four star hotel and spa.
Behind the castle, a marquee and events centre is being constructed which will be capable of holding 220 people.
The surrounding 150 acres of farmland are also being restored as a working farm.
A wet, cold winter had slowed the project down but the recent spell of fine weather has allowed the work to gather momentum again.
The whole project is being delivered by a company with roots in Australia, Abergeldie Complex Infrastructure, but the majority of workers on site are local and very proud of this Killeavy treasure.
Structural concerns at the castle, the coach house and mill building have all been overcome and internal finishing works have now commenced in parallel with fašade restoration works on all the buildings.
The restoration has been led by local builder John Dowdall and his team from Dowdall Developments. They have been instrumental in first saving, and now restoring, the wonderful listed buildings on the estate.
Mick Boyle took time out from his busy schedule to speak to the Democrat about how plans are taking shape. His excitement and pride were immediately evident.
“You can really get a feel for how special this place is going to be now," said Mick.
“After getting its stonework cleaned Killeavy Castle is starting to look majestic. The mill building and coach house are very special old buildings with lots of character.
“The views from every room in the new hotel are amazing. In fact, this must be the most pleasant construction site in the whole of Ireland to work at. The views are amazing wherever you look."
And speaking of views, Mick also gave an update on how work on the farmlands, and a beautiful walled garden are coming on; work on the former will take 20 years to complete.
“Part of what makes the setting so wonderful is the farmlands and woodlands that make up the Killeavy Castle Estate," he said.
“The restoration work on the farmlands is well and truly underway. Farm manager, James Curran of Hilltown, is working on having the grounds looking idyllic for opening early next year.
“The estate is very quickly returning to its former glory and now has a small but beautiful herd of English Longhorn cattle and a substantial flock of Cheviot sheep."
With the anticipated opening of the hotel fast approaching - a handful of bookings for events in 2019 have already been taken - Mick also explained that a hotel general manager, Jason Foody has been appointed.
“Jason has many years of experience in the hospitality industry in Ireland and will recruit, train and develop a team of over 50 people who will work with him at the estate; this team will look after guests that will come from all over the world," added Mick.
Looking around the construction site, it is not hard to agree with Mick's assertion that Killeavy Castle Estate will be a must see destination for the island of Ireland - a place of luxury in a setting with great physical beauty and steeped in history and legend.


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