Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Punchestown Irish National Hunt Festival 2014
Tuesday 29th April to Saturday 3rd May

Punchestown Irish National Hunt Festival is one of the main Irish sporting & social event in Kildare. We are Killashee House Hotel are very excited about the week-long events. The hotel has the horse racing buzz with owners, trainers, regular festival attenders, staff & all guests looking for the best tips & fashion for the week. The Glamour & Style is not to be missed!

There is racing each day with the best of the best races including top international jockeys, trainers & horses. The festival is not all about horse racing however with live entertainment- music, fashion shows, children’s entertainment & expert betting panels, the Festival Shopping Village which has over 50 exhibitors, lively bar scene, Doddins Food Hall & The La Touch Café Bar serving an array of top quality dishes & lets not forget the Best Dressed ladies Competition!

We at Killashee House Hotel have both dining options open for the Festival. Turners Fine DiningRestaurant  open Tuesday to Saturday from 7pm with last sitting at 9.30pm. We also have Jacks Bar & Bistro, that is open all day until 9.30pm for Lunch & then dinner.

We will have live music every night of the Festival also from 10pm in Jacks Bar & Bistro so a great atmosphere is guaranteed. The Snug Pub our traditional Irish Pub will be open from 7pm Tuesday to Sunday for the Festival.

And to top off a brilliant week are have a special accommodation offer for the Sunday Night 4th May €60 for 1 Night B&B per person sharing or €79 for 1 Night B&B with 1 Evening Meal in Jacks Bar & Bistro per person sharing. (Sunday the 4th May ONLY) Book Now with our Reservations Department & Quote "Killashee Blog"- 045-879277

This Festival has it all; Atmosphere, Entertainment, Sport & Family Fun, so make sure to pay both Punchestown & Killashee House Hotel on this fantastic week!

Friday, April 18, 2014

The Kid’s Corner for this Summer
On a beautiful summer day today, it makes us think of our Summer outdoor family plan. What to do with the Children this summer? Well here are some of our suggestions of the best things to keep your children entertained outdoors in the fresh air while keeping the costs low.

Killashee House Hotel

Killashee House Hotel is set amidst over 280 acres of historic & intriguing gardens, walk ways & parkland, with magnificent views over the Kildare countryside. A hotel that is timeless, natural & elegant where we understand space, family fun & food. There are so many activities on the beautiful estate of Killashee House Hotel including the woodland walking trails. Estate Maps are available at reception or why not borrow one of our bicycles which are complimentary to all guests. Take a relaxing stroll through the magnificent Fountain Gardens, Emma’sButterfly Garden in association with DEBRA Ireland or the stunning new gated Jack & Jill Foundation Garden.

Caragh Open Farm

Caragh Open Farm, is open April May, June & September at the weekends & Bank Holiday Mondays, but is open 7 days a week in July & August. The farm is situated close to Naas & there is lots to do from meeting rasher the Pot Bellied Pig, Turlough the Turkey & Grumps the Horse, the party area, scenic walks & Windmill play area, it would be a great family day out. For more information email caraghopenfarm@gmail.com or visit their website at www.caraghopenfarm.com

The Curragh Military Museum
The Curragh Military Museum is a great low cost trip with the Children. Exploring the Military Base is exciting for the children while also learning about those who train to defend our country. The opening hours are Monday to Wednesday from 10am-1pm & 3pm-5pm, Thursday from 2pm-8pm & Sundays from 2pm to 5pm (closed on bank holidays). There is free parking & admission. For more information visit the museum website http://www.curragh.info/museum.htm

The Kildare Maze

The KildareMaze is located in Ballinafagh, Prosperous County Kildare. It is Leinster’s largest hedge maze & provides great family fun, fresh air & excitement. The activities available include the Hedge Maze, the Wooden Maze, Crazy Golf, Pet’s Corner, Assault Course, Zip Wire, Pets Corner & a Picnic Area. It is the perfect away to send a sunny day. The opening hours are May & September Weekends only 12pm-6pm & June, July & August 7 days a week from 12pm to 6pm.

Donadea Forest Park

Donadea Forest Park is situated in Northwest Kildare & is approximately 243 hectares of mixed woodland. It is part f the old Aylmer family Estate. The forest contains many historical features which include walled gardens, tower, and remains of a castle, church, boat house, ice house & Lime Tree Avenue. There is a beautiful lake with wild life to sit & watch (don’t for get to bring some bread to feed the ducks!!). There are many walks through the forest & a small café to have a treat in after all the exercise. The admission charge for the car park is €4 & opening times for the summer is 8am to 9pm.

So Let the Summer Planning Begin! 

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Killashee House Hotel  Awards

After a very exciting few weeks with the Irish Restaurant Awards votes & Mrs2Be Awards 2014 nominations being released. Staff are on an all-time high and understandable.

The Categories which we were short listed for in the Irish Restaurant Awards were;
- Best Restaurant Manager: Marion Kirwan for Turners Restaurant
- Best Chef- Phillip Gleeson
- Best Hotel Restaurant- Turners Restaurant
- Best Customer Service- Turners Restaurant
- Best Wine Experience - Turners Restaurant
- Best Restaurant Manager: Nigel Gray for Jacks Bar & Bistro
- Best Casual Dining- Jacks Bar & Bistro
- Best Customer Service- Jacks Bar & Bistro
- Best Gastro Pub-Jacks Bar & Bistro
Best Kids Size Me -Jacks Bar & Bistro

Mrs2Be Brides' Choice Awards 2014! The three categories which we have been nominated in are;
- Best Wedding Venue - Hotel
- Best Wedding venue Co-Ordinator (Katie Byrne)
- Best Wedding Venue in Leinster

Katie Byrne has vast experience across many industries. Katie started in Killashee House Hotel over two years ago. Having worked previously in The Naas Court Hotel, Armada Hotel, Bank of Ireland, The County Council & the Red Carpet Events.

Katie spent her time in Bank of Ireland working as a Credit Controller gaining invaluable experience & left this position to follow her passion in New York City. In New York Katie started in a company called The Red Carpet Events & this is where Katie’s attention to detail & organization allowed her to excel at every task she was set.

We at Killashee are delighted to now have Katie working in our Wedding Department. She is an asset to the team! We here think she deserves the title Best Wedding Venue Co-Ordinator whether she wins the vote or not!

Vote now for Killashee House Hotel!

Friday, March 15, 2013

Saint Patrick and his Killashee Connection

The team here are always particularly excited for the 17th March to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day due to Killashee’s strong ties to St. Patrick. Killashee derives it’s name from St. Auxillius who is said to be the nephew of St. Patrick. It is widely debated in Co. Kildare whether it was St. Patrick himself or his nephew St. Auxillius who founded the church at Killashee. Sadly the church closed in 1965, and all that remains are the ruins and the Holy Well which is dedicated to St. Patrick. Ask at our reception for a map of our grounds and take a true exploration into Ireland’s history*.

Read more here 
or on our own website here 

*Certain parts of some walks are not buggy friendly

Friday, December 7, 2012

Pinterest & Wedding Planning

We are very excited to launch our latest foray into social media with our Pinterest account - http://pinterest.com/killashee/ . Pinterest is a great social media platform for sharing, enjoying and keeping all your favorite images online. We are absolutely delighting in pinning new ideas, quirky images and anything that's pretty on all our new Pinterest boards. What’s more is that it is such a fun & useful new tool in planning your wedding. Every time you see an image or photo of an idea you like online, just pin it to your wedding board and it's there for you when you are ready to start making final decisions on themes for your special day.

Here at Killashee we are wedding fanatics and love everything wedding related and that is why we are not just enjoying creating our own wedding boards but we are also loving checking out other wedding related Pinterest accounts. Some of our favourites at the moment are 

Follow us on http://pinterest.com/killashee/ and get pinning!

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Killashee presents Keith Barry

Keith’s new show will be his most controversial to date as he explores everything that encompasses 'The Dark Side'. Keith will take the audience on a theatrical rollercoaster ride where they will participate in astounding feats based around the occult, ouija boards, remote viewing, past life regression, and unspeakable acts. Tickets can be purchased on ticketmaster or why not buy the ultimate Christmas treat:

Embrace a magical and hypnotic night in Killashee with Keith Barry live. This one night only offer includes an overnight stay in a luxurious double deluxe room, three course dinner in Jacks Bar Bistro, tickets to the amazing and unbelievable Keith Barry and a sumptuous full Irish breakfast for only €110 per person sharing. Click here to buy online now before we sell out!

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Emma's Butterfly Garden

 DEBRA Ireland has opened a new butterfly garden in Killashee House, Naas, Co. Kildare.
This stunning creation of a butterfly garden was the brainchild of Emma Fogarty, Patient Ambassador with DEBRA Ireland. It was her dream to have a butterfly garden in a location where those affected by EB can go to enjoy peace and tranquility. This striking garden is complete with a fountain, butterfly houses and gazebo. This beautiful garden will be a place where all people can come to reflect and get away from the stresses they face in their everyday life. Please come and visit the next time you are passing by, dining or staying in Killashee House Hotel & Villa Spa.

Welcome to the Butterfly Garden,
Let your heart and soul float free,
Lift your face to the light and beauty,
And whisper, Let peace come to me.
Then quietly wander the pathways,
Or sit in tranquility,
In a flitter of delicate beauty,
You reveal yourself to me.