Castle Hotel Blog
With November upon us the Christmas countdown has officially begun and with it the stress of organising all your Christmas shopping! For those who fancy making the experience that little bit easier this year why not enjoy at mid-week break at Fitzpatrick Castle Hotel this November or December, which offers the ideal base for tackling this year’s shopping list.
Fitzpatrick Castle Hotel is ideally situated just a short distance from Dundrum Town Centre and also just a 20 minute journey by car or rail from Dublin’s bustling city centre. Guests can also check out the great selection of pretty gift shops, located in the nearby picturesque village of Dalkey just a short walk away, which offer an array of unique and special Christmas gift options too. After a busy day shopping guests can return to the stunning Castle setting and enjoy a signature cocktail in the Library Cocktail Bar before a delicious dinner in the sophisticated surrounds of our stylish Mapas Restaurant.
Can’t find something for that special someone in the shops?! Then why not treat them to a voucher from Fitzpatrick Castle Hotel. We can tailor the gift voucher to suit your budget and requirements and with great options including Afternoon Tea for two, dinner in Mapas Restaurant, or an overnight or two or three night stay in the Castle available there will be something to make the one you love smile come Christmas morning!
New Year’s Eve plans is also something to start thinking about in the next few weeks and at Fitzpatrick Castle Hotel, we have a fantastic New Year’s Eve Ball taking place that offers an ideal option for ringing in the New Year in style with family or friends. Tickets for our Roaring Twenties Ball are priced at €99 per person and include a prosecco reception on arrival following by a spectacular 5-course dinner before you take to the dance floor to dance 2019 away and welcome 2020! Accommodation packages are also available from €175 per adult sharing for a one night break with full Irish breakfast (including your Ball ticket) or from €240 per adult sharing for a two-night stay with full Irish breakfast (including your Ball ticket); offering an extra special way for you to start the New Year.
The four-star Fitzpatrick Castle Hotel enjoys a fantastic location in South County Dublin with stunning views over Dublin Bay. With 113 luxurious bedrooms and suites, two stylish restaurant & bars and a fully equipped fitness & leisure centre it offers the perfect base for a break with family of friends in Dublin this Christmas or New Year.
These great festive mid-week breaks and New Year acccommodation packages are subject to availability so early booking is recommended to avoid disappointment. For more information or to make your reservation today, log onto www.fitzpatrickcastle.com or call our reservations team on 01 230 5400.
Team Building is a vitally important element for companies of all sizes to help motivate, unify and inspire your team and Fitzpatrick Castle Hotel offers an array of team building activities, both onsite and nearby, that can incorporated into your company event or conference.
We work with The Orchard Centre (www.orchardcentre.com) in offering fun, teambuilding activites on our private grounds including; Irish Farm Olympics (including Welly Throwing and Wheelbarrow Racing!), Bodhran Playing Workshops as well as our famous Castle Treasure Hunt! For those looking for something a bit more challenging we can also arrange Archery and Orienteering minutes from the hotel incorporating the stunning surrounds of Killiney Hill.
Our Paparazzi Challenge, which takes place in Killiney and Dalkey, is another popular option where each ‘newsgroup’ (team of 5 / 6 people) is equipped with a digital camera and a challenge book with the aim of cracking secret codes to find the location of that sought after breaking news story!
Other nearby teambuidling activity options that can be arranged by our team include, an Irish Baking Demonstration at Ballyknocken Cookery School in Wicklow, Sailing around the picturesque Dublin Bay, Kayaying or Paddle Boarding in Dalkey, Sea Safari from Dun Laoghaire Harbour or a round of golf at one of the many Championship golf courses in the area, including Dun Laoghaire Golf Club or Powerscourt Championship Golf Course.
Whatever your requirements, our experienced team will endevour to create the perfect Team Building experience. For more information you can call our experience events team today on 01 230 5443.
With the school holidays just around the corner and the weather hopefully improving in the coming weeks, our thoughts turn to planning a Summer break with family or friends. Fitzpatrick Castle Hotel, Killiney, is delighted to launch its exclusive Summer Sale offering 20% off selected room rates during the Summer months so there really has never been a better time to plan a trip to Dublin!
Dublin City and all that it has to offer is also easily accessible with just a 20-minute train journey from the local DART station. After a full day in the bustling Capital, guests can return to the peaceful setting of Fitzpatrick Caste Hotel and take some time to relax and unwind in the hotel’s leisure centre with 20-metre swimming pool, separate children’s pool, wood sauna and jacuzzi.
Guests can also make the most of the hotel’s stunning location and enjoy a Summer stroll or a picnic in the sunshine in Killiney Hill Park, located just beside the hotel. Children wil also love a visit to the park with its fun playground that will be sure to enjoy. The picturesque village of Dalkey is also worth exploring and is located just a short walk away. Attractions here include Dalkey Castle and Heritage Centre or why not enjoy a boat trip to Dalkey Island!
The four-star Fitzpatrick Castle Hotel enjoys a fantastic location in South County Dublin with stunning views over Dublin Bay. With 113 luxurious bedrooms and suites, two stylish restaurant & bars and a fully equipped fitness & leisure centre it offers the perfect base for a break with family of friends in Dublin this Summer.
The great value Summer sale rates are subject to availability so early booking is recommended to avoid disappointment. For more information or to make your reservation today, log onto www.fitzpatrickcastle.com or call the reservations team on 01 230 5400.
With Mid-Summer Day just a few days away Summer is well and truly here so we are delighted to announce that our popular ‘Bottomless Barbeque’ is back on Friday evenings offering a fantastic way to relax and unwind with family and friends, and best of all enjoy a delicious BBQ spread with no cooking!
Running from 6pm – 8pm every Friday, you can once again enjoy a bottomless barbeque with a selection of delicious meats, salads and desserts, all for just €35pp. Not to mention the bottomless Prosecco too! Or you can also enjoy a non-alcoholic drink option. Children will love our BBQ too available for just €20 per child. The ‘Bottomless Barbeque’ offers the ideal way to kick start your weekends this Summer season with live music to enjoy while you dine al fresco.
Pre-bookings and group bookings for the Bottomless Barbeque can be made by contacting us on (01) 2305400 or walk-ins on the night, subject to availability, are also welcome!
For more information log onto www.fitzpatrickcastle.com
Looking for the perfect party venue for your office Christmas get-together this festive season? Just a stone’s throw from Dun Laoghaire, Dalkey, Sandyford and the M50, Fitzpatrick Castle Hotel has launched its fantastic line-up for Christmas while on parties 2018.
On Friday, 7th December 2018 the castle will host the first of its joiner group party nights, with the incredible Mack Fleetwood performing. While on Saturday, 15th December the second joiner party will take place with Beatles for Sale taking to the stage. Both nights set to be filled with Christmas cheer, with a festive cocktail reception on arrival, followed by a delicious 4-course meal, including DJ and late bar until 2am. And, at just 59eu per person, the night is superb value in a truly magical setting.
With its ample event spaces, Fitzpatrick Castle Hotel also has a host of options available of private party nights in its extensive banqueting spaces, with prices starting from just 49eu per person.
The hotel is also offering special party night accommodation prices, starting at 99eu Single B&B mid-week and 120eu Single B&B Friday and Saturday evenings, while Double occupancy is 125eu mid-week and 150eu on Friday and Saturday.
For more information, simply contact the events team directly on 01 2305 461
Fancy being King or Queen of the Castle on your Wedding Day? Fitzpatrick Castle Hotel offers the perfect wedding venue for an elegant and romantic Big Day
Your wedding day is one of the more important days of your life and choosing the perfect wedding venue is often a bride and groom’s first major decision. At Fitzpatrick Castle Hotel our wedding team is here to make this decision as easy as possible and we’ll work with you to create your perfect wedding day; be that a banquet dinner for 100’s or a smaller, more intimate celebration!
With over 40 years’ experience of tradition and excellence, Fitzpatrick Castle Hotel will ensure that your big day is one to remember. Our luxury, four-star Castle Hotel has the ideal combination of inspiring wedding reception and ceremony spaces available as well as scenic, picturesque landscaped gardens and breathtaking views - perfect for your wedding photography.
Our majestic 18th century castle will be available exclusively to you and your family & friends on your wedding day. Featuring gold damask fabric, glided Queen Anne Chairs, stand-alone baths, blazing fireplaces and the perfect blend of classic charm and contemporary elegance the Castle’s décor oozes style and sophistication!
There is a wide array of wedding packages available and each option can be personally tailored to suit your own wedding style, size and preferences. We have two magnificent banqueting suites, the Prince Regent Suite and the Albert & Behan Suite, as well as other smaller private dining spaces that would suitable for your wedding day celebrations.
Couples can also look forward to lots of little extras including a red-carpet welcome, elegant floral centerpieces, candelabras, and a carefully crafted personalised menu from head chef, Sean Dempsey, which will combine to create an unforgettable wedding day experience.
After the celebrations the bride & groom can experience true indulgence as they escape to the luxurious haven of our beautiful bridal suite. Comfort and elegance is key and every attention to detail has been made to combine original features with a touch of modern flair. The next morning the newlyweds will enjoy a champagne breakfast in their suite as they start their first full day of married life together.
Our wedding team have put together their top tips for ensuring your day is just what you dreamed of:
- Forward planning is crucial and will ensure you avoid last minute stresses – our experienced wedding team can assist and advise on all the essentials you need to consider
- Finalise your budget and numbers before you begin your wedding venue search – this will ensure you don’t go way over budget! At the Castle we can tailor our packages to suit your personal needs.
- Delegate – your bridesmaids and groomsmen are there to help so let them lend a hand in the lead up to your big day
- Remember it’s your day so don’t let others influence your decisions
- And most importantly enjoy yourself – your Big Day will pass in a blink of an eye so be sure to enjoy, savour every moment and let us take care of the rest!
We are also delighted to share some of the feedback we received from brides and grooms who have joined us in celebrating their Big Day:
"What can I say. From start to finish the whole day was amazing. The staff were so friendly and very attentive the whole day and night. The food was amazing, the rooms were amazing, everything was just perfect!!"
Amanda & Eoghan 7th of Sept 2017
"The attention to details from everyone was impeccable from the food to the rooms, we loved everything, every single bit of everything….We would do it all over again….best day of our lives."
Francesca & Brian 2nd of Sept 2017
"Best Wedding Venue in Dublin!
We were married here in July of this year, what an amazing day – the attention to detail from the team at Fitzpatrick’s is outstanding – the setting is beautiful, the room stunning…"
Dee & Niall 22nd of July 2017
To learn more about weddings at Fitzpatrick Castle Hotel or to book your wedding today please contact our Wedding Co-ordinator, Jill Monaghan to make an inquiry.
International Women’s Day 2018
This Thursday, 8th March 2018, marks International Women’s Day 2018, a day which celebrates women’s achievements and calls for continued gender equality across the globe – and this year’s theme is #PressforProgress, urging women to press ahead and maintain gender equality.
The day has been celebrated for over a century and brings together women’s groups, businesses, charities and other organisations in celebrating women under the International Women’s Day banner.
Throughout our business we are proud to work with strong, independent women and we are committed to promoting women in the workplace. As a female entrepreneur I know the challenges which have been faced by women in the past and have seen a tide of change over the past decade. It is essential that as a society we continue to seek and maintain change, for equality for women and indeed all people.
There are a number of International Women’s Day events happening across the country today which will raise awareness. To read more on the day, please visit www.internationalwomensday.com
Today we celebrate our colleagues, friends and family and we will press for progress to continue to strive for gender parity.
One of Fitzpatrick Castle Hotel’s favourite seasons is about to commence, the start of the Six Nations Championships 2018.
We are looking forward to welcoming guests and locals to our Dungeon Bar to watch the fixtures live – you can’t beat the atmosphere down there and there’s been many a moment when you could hear a pin drop as it came down to a crucial penalty! With ample seating and large screens, the Dungeon provides the perfect backdrop for match viewing in the Killiney/Dalkey area.
As always, we will be serving delicious light meals and snacks in the Dungeon Bar to enjoy during the match. Pop up and try our delicious combos:
1. Any pint of Draft Beer & Chicken Wings: €10.00
2. Any pint of Draft Beer & Guinness Pie: €15.00
3. Any pint of Draft Beer & Burger: €18.00
Did you know, our Executive Chef Sean Dempsey was the official chef to the IRFU and travelled with the team to a number of overseas locations?
Here is a look at this’s years fixtures, with all times GMT:
France V Ireland Stade de France (Paris) Saturday, February 3, 4.45pm
Wales v Scotland Principality Stadium (Cardiff) Saturday, February 3, 2.15pm
Italy v England Stadio Olimpico (Rome) Sunday, February 4, 3pm
Ireland v Italy Aviva Stadium (Dublin) Saturday, February 10, 2.15pm
England v Wales Twickenham (London) Saturday, February 10, 4.45pm
Scotland v France Murrayfield (Edinburgh) Sunday, February 11, 3pm
France v Italy Orange Velodrome (Marseille) Friday, February 23, 8pm
Ireland v Wales Aviva Stadium (Dublin) Saturday, February 24, 2.15pm
Scotland v England Murrayfield (Edinburgh) Saturday, February 24, 4.45pm
Ireland v Scotland Aviva Stadium (Dublin) Saturday, March 10, 2.15pm
France v England Stade de France (Paris) Saturday, March 10, 4.45pm
Wales v Italy Principality Stadium (Cardiff) Sunday, March 11, 3pm
England v Ireland Twickenham (London) Saturday, March 17, 2.45pm
Italy v Scotland Stadio Olimpico (Rome) Saturday, March 17, 12.30pm
Wales v France Principality Stadium (Cardiff) Saturday, March 17, 5pm