Christy Cashman's Fairytale Life Includes a Castle

  • May 01, 2018
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Christy Scott Cashman grew up the ninth of 10 kids, and her earliest memories involve riding bareback behind her sister on Shirley the pony. “I was about 3, and we’d go out in a group and ride on the trails and sometimes down the highway, but no saddles or anything. It’s like it’s in my blood. When you’re that little and you smell how the horse smells and look into those big brown eyes, it’s a done deal. You’re hooked.”


Robb Report: Kilkea Castle

Kilkea Castle is a study in contrasts—at once ancient and contemporary, imposingly grand and disarmingly homey. Indeed, there are no signs of dreary draftiness at the 838-year-old estate, but rather a timeless sense of comfort and calm, whether you’re lounging with an Irish coffee in the sun-soaked drawing room or sinking into a crushed-velvet armchair in the cozy Keep bar.


Get Pampered at Ireland's Fabled Kilkea Castle

  • March 29, 2018
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  • Boston Herald

It’s a cool Irish evening and I’m cozied up next to the fire at Kilkea Castle in County Kildare, Ireland. This 12th century masterpiece was recently bought and renovated by Boston businessman Jay Cashman and his wife, Christy, and now non-royals can get an indulgent taste of castle life.


hotel-scoop.com: Best Places to Stay in Ireland

When travelers are asked their bucket lists or favorite places to re-visit, Ireland usually tops the list — and even well-traveled writers agree.  The Emerald Isle is a beloved and enchanting country with breathtaking scenery, filled with history and legends, and the locals are friendly. When planning your vacation, from castles to urban historic hotels, consider the following best places to stay in Ireland.


Country castles and urban boltholes: Our work in hospitality

Once the medieval stomping ground of the Fitzgeralds, earls of Kildare, Kilkea Castle has retained its majestic stature. We were asked to take their carriage bedrooms and clock tower into the 21st century, without taking away from the history or inherent luxury. A colour scheme of thistle, smoke tones, grey and purple felt sophisticated and slick. In the ballroom, we brought the outside (all that rich, lush greenery) inside through vine-leaf patterned rugs and chandeliers. These were all made by hand in our Italian workshops and given a lavish, pewter finish. As for the ballroom entrance? Diamond flooring in a rich oak finish added real drama.


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There’s also a golf course, full restaurant, and bar, however, plus updated rooms that won’t make you feel like you’re in a drafty fortress. Order a dram of Irish whisky and listen to a good story as you sit by the roaring fire.


VIE Magazine

A Love Story: Kilkea Castle Is Restored


Castle, Course and Club in Ireland

  • December 16, 2017
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  • Global Traveler
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Ireland’s newest castle hotel is set to open during the first quarter of 2018 in lovely, green County Kildare. About an hour from Dublin and originally constructed in 1180, Kilkea Castle and its surrounding 180-acre estate were treated to a $30 million makeover that took five years to implement.


Hospedado em um Castelo na Irlanda

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Luxury Life Holiday Edition

How Christy Scott Cashman Transformed History


Kilkea Castle Hotel & Golf Resort - Back to the Future

  • November 27, 2017
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  • To Travel Too
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If only the walls could talk, Kilkea Castle, Ireland’s longest continually inhabited Castle in County Kildare, could tell tales of witchcraft, a monkey saving a baby from a fire as well as the ghost of the Wizard Earl who is reputed to return on the 7th day of the 7th month of the 7th year on his horse with silver hoofs.


Reyne's Luxury Holiday Gift Guide for 2017

Families that play together stay together. Instead of a traditional present under the tree, how about gifting a magical experience for your equestrian family! Kilkea Castle is offering a special package that will make anyone feel like royalty.

Festive fashion: behind the scenes with photographer Aaron Hurley

  • November 22, 2017
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  • The Irish Times
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Fashion photographer Aaron Hurley shoots 2017's festive fashion story for The Irish Times on location at Kilkea Castle in Co Kildare.


Festive remix: Tear up the fashion rule book this Christmas

  • November 22, 2017
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  • The Irish Times
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A little black dress is always good, but who says festive fashion has to be so cut and dry?


Travel deals: Aer Lingus sale to Europe and Zambia bush camp special

  • November 16, 2017
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  • The Washington Post
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Kilkea Castle in Ireland is offering a special package to celebrate its recent $30 million renovation. (nagelestock.com/Alamy Stock Photo)


Gifts for guys and gals who are always on the go – Los Angeles Times

Do you have someone on your gift list who has wanderlust in his or her heart? We’ve got just the gift.


WATCH: Fireworks over Kildare's historic Kilkea Castle at Friday's relaunch party

  • October 28, 2017
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  • Leinster Leader
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Baronial Hall wedding venue reopened at historic South Kildare Castle


Boston developer turns old Irish castle into posh hotel

  • October 12, 2017
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  • Boston Herald

'I'd like to go buy a castle.'

That’s not the usual reaction to a visit to Ireland (at least not that most people
can follow through on), but Boston construction mogul Jay Cashman took the
idea he had in 1999 and turned it into reality — and then some.


Refit complete, Ireland's Kilkea Castle set to welcome guests

Following a five-year renovation, Kilkea Castle plans to open as a five-star property in early 2018.


Top travel bloggers descend on Kilkea Castle

  • October 03, 2017
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  • Leinster Leader
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The world’s top travel bloggers experienced the best of county Kildare during the TBEX Ireland Summit which was held at Kilkea Castle at the weekend.


Social Media Influencers Visiting Ireland

More than 600 social influencers, with a combined reach of 380m travel fans, have arrived in Ireland to attend TBEX Europe, the largest gathering of travel bloggers, writers, content creators and social media-savvy travel industry professionals in Europe.


Kilkea Castle to Reopen as Luxury Hotel in Ireland

Located just an hour outside Dublin is Kilkea Castle, which will soon be the area’s newest five-star hotel. 


Meet the Hollywood actress who has bought herself an Irish castle

With her very own Irish castle to escape to, actress Christy Cashman really is a true Hollywood princess.


Kilkea Castle back open for business

  • September 07, 2017
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  • Leinster Leader
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Kildare’s historic Kilkea Castle will re-open to the public on October 27 after a long hiatus of almost a decade.


You Can Always Get a Tee Time, but Turning a Profit Can Be Tricky

  • August 04, 2017
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  • The New York Times
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Jay Cashman, who runs a marine construction and dredging business in Boston, bought Kilkea Castle outside of Dublin in 2013.


Special Olympics find new sponsors at Kilkea Castle

  • June 14, 2017
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  • Kildare Nationalist
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THE owners of Kilkea Castle which is to re-open in July, have announced a major sponsorship deal for Special Olympics equestrian events in Leinster.