Hotel bids to meet demand in wedding capital

ADARE is adding new icing to the multi-million euro business which makes it the wedding capital of the country.

A new hotel is being built to try and cope with the huge demand for wedding receptions in the heritage village.

Adare’s three existing hotels will host more than 230 weddings this year, generating an estimated €20 million for hotels, pubs, restaurants and guest houses. More than 40,000 guests attended weddings in Adare last year.

Wedding business is so strong, couples have to book years in advance to have their reception in the picture postcard village on the banks of the River Maigue.

The Fitzgerald family who own the Woodlands House Hotel, have sought planning for a new e15m hotel, primarily to cater for the growing wedding market. Its conference/banqueting centre will be able to cater for weddings of up to 500 guests.

David Fitzgerald, general manager of the Woodlands House Hotel, said the level of wedding business had prompted the move to press ahead with a new hotel.

Mr Fitzgerald said: “At present we are turning away about ten possible wedding bookings each day at this time of year. More and more couples just want to come to Adare for their wedding day.

“This year alone we will host 135 weddings and at present we are in the middle of 11 days when we have consecutive weddings. We can cater for up to 350 at a wedding and we only have one wedding on any one day, irrespective of how small it is.”

He said the hotel has a record of hosting 30 weddings on 30 consecutive days.

Mr Fitzgerald said: “We hope the new hotel will be ready by next year. As well as the conference/banqueting centre, it will have 50 rooms, 14 suites, health spa and artificial lake. Weddings are huge in Adare and the new hotel will greatly expand our ability to cater for more weddings.”

Tom Kane of Adare Manor said the hotel will host about 35 weddings this year.

He said Adare Manor will host and accommodate more than 4,000 wedding party guests this year.

Brian Murphy of the Dunraven Arms said the hotel dedicates Fridays and Saturdays to weddings and will do about 50 weddings this year.

He said: “We are getting an increasing number of Dublin weddings with guest coming to stay on over the weekend in Adare. We just do two weddings a week to ensure we do it with the speciality we like to give this special day. The hotel is just alongside the magnificent Holy Trinity Church. We can cater for wedding parties of up to 250, but weddings usually average around 170.”

Local curate, Fr Sean Sweeney said the Holy Trinity was a hugely popular for weddings.

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