Thursday, August 8, 2013

Waterford Castle Hotel's 25th Birthday Celebrations

For this week's blog we will be commemorating Waterford Castle Hotel’s 25th anniversary through a brief exploration of the hotel’s history. Additionally, we will be taking a look at the upcoming festivities which will take place on the Island on the 11th August to celebrate this milestone birthday.

This year marks a momentous landmark in Waterford Castle’s extensive and fascinating history. Waterford Castle was first opened as a hotel in 1988, with the official launch taking place on Saturday 14TH May of that year. The hotel was officially launched by the Taoiseach of the day, Charles J. Haughey. Launching the 16th century Castle as a hotel was the culmination of a long crusade in the 20th century to ensure the preservation and the viability of the Island and Castle. In 1958, the property was bought by the Igo family, who installed a five-acre complex of glasshouses from which they produced fruits and flowers. The chain link ferry was also commissioned at this time to improve access and trade links. Their interest in the venture and the island passed to the Farren Brothers who concentrated on tomato growing and updating the roads and fencing throughout the island. In 1978 the Island was rented to Roger Shipsey, a Waterford Pedigree Dairy Farmer, who later bought the island outright. The Island and Castle’s full potential was identified by Eddie Kearn’s, who purchased the island in 1987, subsequently launch the hotel in 1988. Since then, our island based hotel and golf resort has attained a renowned international reputation as we a unique, luxurious and truly intimate Irish experience.

Waterford Castle’s 25th birthday celebrations coincide with the 5th annual Island Run, in association with Balance Fitness. It you wish to register for the Island Run or would like more information, please see Additionally, proceeds from the day are being raised for the Waterford branch of the Irish Red Cross. This fantastic organisation works with Irish communities to help the most vulnerable and they work internationally, providing aid to countries which have been subjected to war, famine or natural disasters.

There will be lots of fun and games on the day for all the family. There will be a great BBQ, food and drink stalls and music on the day will be provided by the Waterford Music Academy. The Waterford Living History Vikings will be giving a medieval cookery demonstration and will be painting shields.  Bible School of Irish dance will be there on the day and celebrity chef, Edward Hayden will be giving a cookery demo. Additionally,  there will be many activities on the day such as archery, trampolining, an inflatable dragon maze, bouncy castle and children’s games. Furthermore, there will be lots of surprises on the day, and you will have the chance to win a break away to the Royal Marine Hotel in Dun Laoghaire for Two with Dinner.

So if you a looking for the perfect family day out this Sunday, do not miss out on our birthday celebrations. 
Please note that the ferry to and from the Island will be closed from 12.30pm to facilitate the Island Run, so make sure your here in good time to avoid missing out on a fun filled day.

If you a planning a trip to Waterford Castle Hotel, why not view our ‘101 things to do’, which contains a variety of activities which can be enjoyed during your trip. To view the list, please visit . Additionally, if you are planning to visit Waterford Castle Hotel & Golf Resort or if you have recently stayed with us, why not visit our Tripadvisor page .


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