Ashford Castle, Cong, County Mayo, Ireland
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Ashford Castle – 80 Years of Hospitality | Traveling in Ireland Podcast Episode 74

Jody welcomes returning guest Paula Carroll, Director of Sales and Marketing for Ashford Castle. 80 years of hospitality + an incredible offer for guests in 2019!

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Welcome to Ashford Castle. Cong, County Mayo, Ireland.
Welcom to Ashford Castle

I still have a few spaces available for A Celtic Experience, my guided tour of Ireland this September. Learn more about this luxury guided tour in podcast episode 71 or see the itinerary here.

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80 Years of Hospitality at Ashford Castle

You're invited to Ashford Castle's 80th anniversary celebration!

80 Years of Hospitality at Ashford Castle, Cong, County Mayo, Ireland
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(1:10) Ashford Castle Hotel: 8 centuries in the making

Ashford Castle, formerly Cong Castle, became a hotel on July 6, 1939.

The long and storied history of Ashford Castle began in 1228. The castle once served as a fortress for soldiers before passing, years later, into the hands of the Guinness family, and finally becoming a hotel in 1939.

Red Carnation Hotels purchased Ashford Castle and undertook extensive renovations from 2013- 2015.

(3:50) Ashford Castle as a Resort Destination

Ashford Castle is not a place you stay to venture away from. With 21 estate activities you will find plenty to keep you busy, fed, and even relaxed.

(5:10) Special Anniversary Activities At Ashford Castle

The celebration is designed to highlight the people who have, and do, work at Ashford Castle.

Pipers, music, and historic tours are among the featured activities.

Join the festivities virtually on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

It will be a traditional event with genuine hospitality.

Ashford Castle 80 years of hospitality

(11:00) It is Always a Special Event to Stay at Ashford Castle

“Luxury can be purchased by anybody but genuine hospitality has got to be given.”

Ashford Castle excels at this.

Everything You Need To Plan Your Stay at Ashford Castle

Learn about the Halloween celebrations at Ashford Castle

(13:40) Ashford Castle 80 Years of Hospitality Package

This is an incredible deal! Just € 1939 for 2 people. (View the deal)

  • 2 nights luxury accommodation
  • 3 course dinner in George V Dining Room
  • Full Irish breakfast daily
  • Hawk Walk for 2
  • Horse riding for 2
  • Golf
  • History tour
  • Personalized, signed copy of a book about Ashford Castle
  • Pool, steam, and fitness studio complimentary

Subject to availability and check-in date through December 2019.

(17:15) 3 Places to Add to Your Ireland Itinerary Before or After You Visit Ashford Castle

You will need a car to explore these destinations!
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Connemara- the far west of Galway. Ireland's “wild west”. Beautiful mountains, dramatic coastline, and plenty of traditional Irish music.

The Lost Valley – step back in time to when sheep were more profitable than people. Walk through a famine village and learn the history in this ‘forgotten' spot on Ireland's coast.

Westport– a wonderful town in Mayo along the Wild Atlantic Way. Pirate history, outdoor adventure, and plenty of pubs

(20:00) Thanks for Listening!

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