A real asset to Clonakilty reopens

Posted on: 7th April, 2014

Category: Food & Wine

Contributor: West Cork People

Christopher and Patricia Byrnes reopened The Clonakilty Hotel, right in the centre of the town, last month. Christopher will be a familiar face to many having been general manager in The Celtic Ross for the past six years; both he and Patricia have over 30 years experience in the hotel industry —they previously spent 23 years at the Lakeside Hotel in Killaloe, County Clare.

“We moved to Clonakilty, with our three children Josephine, Shane and Kevin, when I joined the Celtic Ross and we’ve really fallen in love with West Cork. I want others to come and do the same,” says Christopher. “We saw The Clonakilty Hotel as being an unused asset to the town and relished the challenge of making it a successful and integral part of life in Clon, bringing even more visitors into the area.”

The couple have realised that ambition in little more than a month with their Michael Collins Conference Suite already booked to host conferences for a national bank, a radio station and a major industry-training organisation. The suite has top-notch facilities, including audio-visuals, making it an easy choice for companies.

The Byrnes’ are also concentrating on attracting ‘active retirement’ coach tours to the town and will shortly be welcoming their first group of retirees.

The entire hotel has been refurbished, from the lounge to the very last of its 31 on-suite bedrooms. The lounge is now dotted with nests of deep comfy couches and coffee tables, regularly used for morning coffees and business people meeting clients who value the privacy and wifi that it offers.

It might come as a surprise that The Clonakilty Hotel has 31 rooms, as it appears so neat from the street, but each room is spacious, bright and comfortable. Right now, rooms are from just €35 per person sharing and there are great deals including dinner and B&B; so it’s worth recommending if you have friends or family coming soon. With no taxis or pickups needed, visitors have the independence to discover the town at their leisure.

The Copper Pot Bar is lively throughout the day with bar food from 12.30 to 9pm. Head Chef Robert McCarthy divides his skill between the bar and The Cedarwood Restaurant, which offers a more formal dining atmosphere and is perfect for Sunday Lunch, special occasions or family gatherings. The extensive menu features dishes that show off the quality of produce we have in West Cork and Robert has put a special effort into designing vegetarian and children’s portions that are just as healthy and delicious. All soups and sauces are coeliac friendly too.

In just one month the restaurant has hosted several family gatherings, a lively party for a nursing home and, as we go to press, are busy preparing a surprise party for a lucky Clonakilty resident!

Christopher and Patricia Byrnes

Christopher and Patricia Byrnes

Christopher and Patricia are delighted with the level of bookings and this has spurred them on to the next stage of the renovation plan – the large function room. Once finished, this space will allow Clonakilty Hotel to host weddings and other large occasions with entertainment so there’s no limit to what they can offer customers.

“Patricia and myself want to thank all the people who called in to wish us well over the last month, and look forward to welcoming anybody who wants to pop in and have a look around.”

To make enquiries or bookings please call Christopher or Patricia on 023 8858866.

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This Saturday the 10th March, will see some magically curious activity as local Bandon national schools compete in a Wizarding Harry Potter Quiz. The prize will be the beautiful Bandon Banshee Perpetual Cup.

As any Harry Potter enthusiast knows, Bandon has the unique honour of having a character named after the town. The Bandon Banshee, was referred to as the nemesis of Gilderoy Lockhart in the Chamber of Secrets. The book grossed €60 million in sales and was the 7th highest earning film of all time.

Locals, looking to enhance the town for young people, saw the quiz as an ideal way promote the connection. The universally absorbing book series brings young readers on a huge adventure of magic, adversity and triumph. It is also an exploration of loyalty and friendship, good and evil – so it is not only popular way to engage young people, it is a hugely positive connection.

Zoe Tennyson, one of the organisers said they were delighted with the response from schools who ran a qualifying quiz as part of World Book Day. On Saturday Bandon Town Hall will be transformed into Hogwarts Great Hall, with proceeds going Bandon Playground Group, and to cover costs of the event.

Bandon Books will be rewarding the winning team with vouchers to each of the five members. The Bandon Banshee, or Bean-sidhe na Bandaan Perpetual Cup will be hotly contested – but which school will the Banshee go to??

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