Extraordinary Glamour at Kilkea Castle: Laura & William

Within seconds of hitting play on this wedding film from the talented team at VowArt Wedding Storytellers, you can tell that the couple in question, Laura and William are an incredibly stylish duo.

Kilkea Castle - Luxury Castle Hotel in Ireland

Ireland is a wonderful place to visit, renowned for its charming villages, vibrant cities, majestic landscapes, and friendly people. Whether you’re roaming around the streets of Dulbin, visiting a typical Irish pub in a rural village, or enjoying a coastal walk and admiring the stunning scenery all around you, you can find a lot to love in this island nation.

RTE star Kathryn Thomas says wedding was 'best weekend of her life'

RTE star Kathryn Thomas said her wedding was "the best weekend of her life" in a touching post on Instagram. The gorgeous blonde took the leap into married life with long-term partner Padraig McLoughlin at Kilkea Castle in Kildare over the weekend. 

All white now: Kathryn Thomas tells of her fairytale wedding day

Newly-wed Kathryn Thomas has revealed the details of her fairytale wedding to restaurateur Pádraig McLoughlin. The happy couple tied the knot in the plush Kilkea Castle, Co Kildare, last month in front of 200 guests.

Kilkea Castle Hotel Resort & Golf Club Opens The Spa, New Luxury Beauty & Wellness Center

The Spa, the luxurious boutique beauty, wellness and fitness center, is the newest offering at Kilkea Castle hotel resort and golf club in Castledermot, Ireland. The 5,000-square foot facility has been designed to create a relaxing, mindful environment that offers clients a unique and enriching experience where they can nurture both the mind and body. 

Kilkea Castle Appoints David McKane As Head Chef & Culinary Director

  • June 11, 2019
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David McKanehas been appointed the new Culinary Director and Head Chef at Kilkea Castlein County Kildare, Ireland.  The talented 34-year old from Mountmellick County Laois is now in charge of the culinary experiences at the luxury hotel and golf resort and has developed a magnificent selection of menus that blend modern Irish cuisine with classic French influences.

5 Tips to Planning Your Destination Wedding Weekend Activities

Destination wedding weekends aren't just about the wedding day itself. Part of the reason you've selected to plan your wedding away from where you live is to experience a special spot with the ones you love most. So, maximize your time on location and plan a weekend that’s worthy of more than a few photo ops—here's how.

Sightseeing Escape: Shamrock Shrift

  • November 11, 2018
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  • Hampton's Magazine
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Dublin may be a well-traveled capital, but Ireland’s County Kildare offers lesser-known nooks and crannies that are at once beautiful, sprawling and eminently haunting.

By Anetta Nowosielska

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Jay Cashman visited his ancestral home of Ireland for the first time when he traveled there with his then-fiancee.

They liked it so much, they bought a castle.

“If you find someplace you’re comfortable with, for whatever reason, it gets in your soul,” the Boston real-estate mogul said. “You say, ‘This is where I want to spend some time.’ ”

Cashman and his now wife, Christy, spend a week a month at Kilkea Castle, a 12th-century fortress and 180-acre estate beside the River Greese in County Kildare that they’ve renovated and reopened into a hotel, resort, and golf club but also as their own second home.

Get Spooked This Halloween at Kilkea Castle

What’s more perfect for Halloween than an ancient castle? According to staff and guests, Kilkea Castle in County Kildare, Ireland, even has a collection of resident ghosts, including a white horse ridden by the Wizard of Earl. While we can neither confirm nor deny any ghostly presence, draw your own conclusions with a stay Oct. 31–Nov. 4.

Adults Only Halloween Getaways

Halloween for Adults

Think Halloween is just for kids? Guess again! From real-life murder mystery dinner parties and ghost hunts in abandoned graveyards to overnight stays in haunted hotels and even an extravagant Harry Potter themed shebang in a country estate, the options to get your thrill on are terrifyingly exciting.

Read on to find out which options for a ghoulishly good getaway is best for you!

How to Experience the Luck of the Irish in Dublin

The Irish are lucky for many reasons, though the Republic of Ireland’s lively and enchanting capital city is undoubtedly a prime example of their good fortune. One visit to Dublin will assure you that this city is the proverbial pot of gold at the end of your travels — across Europe and beyond. We’ve already covered Eastern Europe’s best-kept secret, so now we’re heading across the continent to the island of pints and castles, 12th-century pubs, and 18th-century gaols.

Where to Go to Celebrate Milestone Birthdays

  • September 10, 2018
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  • Shermans Travel
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At 80, you want to go somewhere special, but not taxing; a place where you’ll be stimulated but also catered to. And after all your years of wisdom, you’ve earned the royal treatment. Celebrate at the Kilkea Castle in County Kildare, Ireland. Built in 1880, it’s suited for mature guests, with elevators, onsite dining, spa, golf, fishing, a lazy river, and resplendent surroundings.


Kilkea Castle is hundreds of years old, and it has the ghosts to prove it. Built in the late 12th century, Kilkea remains one of Ireland’s oldest habitable castles. Located an hour’s drive southwest of Dublin, the estate sits on 185 acres of green meadows and thick forests near the Killeshin Hills. Its scenic setting is ideally suited to falconry, horseback riding, archery, golf, and some spirited ghost-hunting for the Wizard of Earl on his white horse in the property’s most hotly haunted places, like courtyard and the abandoned graveyard.

Kilkea Castle; Exploring Ireland Like Royalty

Who has not, at one time or another, dreamed of being royalty?  Though you may not receive an official title, a stay at the majestic Kilkea Castle in Ireland’s Ancient East will leave you feeling like king or queen.  Guests will discover over 800 years of history as the destination holds the title of being Ireland’s oldest continuously inhabited castle. Erected in 1180, it was inhabited by the Fitzgerald family, earls of Kildare, for over 700 years and boasts its very own legend, the Wizard Earl, who is said to visit the castle once every seven years.

4 Types of Wedding Venues That Will Entertain Your Guests (So You Don't Have To)

Planning a wedding is enough work without having to take a few steps back and think about entertaining all your guests even during wedding-weekend downtime. Out-of-town guests might arrive a few days before your big day and be on the hunt for things to do around town. You might even have friends and family that make a vacation out of your wedding and look to you as their camp counselor and itinerary planner for the weekend.

To avoid having to put together scheduled activities for your guests or feel like you’re in charge of making sure they have fun all weekend long, here are four types of wedding venues to pick from that will leave you worry-free about whether or not your guests are having a good time.

These Real Life Castles Make It Possible To Have Your Own Royal Wedding

Chances are you’ll never get a chance to get married at Windsor Castle unless you are marrying into the royal family (and there’s not all that many single princes left unless you wait a few decades). Luckily, there’s a lot of pretty fantastic mansions, castles, and regal homes that are so majestic, the wedding will feel like you are a royal, even when you are not!

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.”

You, Too, Can Marry Like a Royal

When Alyssa Levintov, a dentist from Cleveland, got married two years ago, she decided to make her wedding as regal as possible.

For the location, Mrs. Levintov, 27, chose the ballroom at the Rockleigh Country Club in New Jersey, a grand room with marble dance floors, crystal chandeliers, gold chairs and gilded fireplaces. “It really looked like someone’s palace,” she said. For their first dance she and her husband, Nick Levintov, 30, commissioned a dancer to compose a Cinderella-like waltz.

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.

American couple restore Kilkea Castle to former glory

  • February 27, 2018
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Spending time at the newly refurbished Kilkea castle outside Athy is like looking through a window to the past.

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.

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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.

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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.