Three New Properties Unveiled at Blue Book Gathering in Virginia Park Lodge

by Gazette Reporter
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A host of Ireland’s foodie and hospitality elite gathered in Virginia Park Lodge, County Cavan recently for the announcement of three new members to Ireland’s Blue Book in 2022. 

Cashel Palace Hotel in Tipperary, Browns Bonds Hill in Derry and private rental property, The Wicklow Escape in Wicklow were added, bringing to 59 the total number of properties in this exquisite collection. 

Amongst the guests in attendance were Catherine and Kevin DundonSallyanne and Derry ClarkeDarina Allen, and Richard Corrigan and his sister Deirdre. CEO of Ireland’s Blue Book, Michelle Maguire was on hand to greet the new members along with incoming chairperson, Joe O’Flynn who commented  “I’m thrilled to welcome these fine new properties to our Blue Book family. I would also  like to sincerely thank our loyal guests for their continued support of the Blue Book this year”.

Emer Corridan and Joanna Doyle (Cahernane House)

The five-star Cashel Palace Hotel, a regal manor dating back to 1732, is a luxury hideaway in the heart of Ireland. Spectacularly located by the Rock of Cashel in Co. Tipperary, Cashel Palace Hotel will offer elegant bedrooms, suites, perfectly pruned gardens, a world class Spa, exceptional dining, and a convivial Guinness Bar. Under meticulous restoration since 2017, Cashel Palace Hotel will proudly open its doors to guests in March 2022.

Hailed as putting the North West on the foodie map, Browns Bonds Hill is known for its fine dining menus and numerous award wins. The restaurant is renowned for its sumptuous food and impeccable service with patron chef Ian Orr at its helm. Overlooking Derry’s Peace Bridge, Browns has a sleek art deco interior while being luxurious and comfortable. 

The Wicklow Escape is an 18th century secluded mountain lodge that has been creatively restored by owner Lisa Wilkinson. Set in the foothills of the West Wicklow Mountains, The Wicklow Escape offers an immersive, culinary experience fronted by head chef Danni Barry. The 7 luxuriously rustic garden rooms step out into an acre of woodlands with mountain views, a perfect escape for lovers of food, nature and hillwalking.

Commenting on the inclusion in the collection, manager of Cashel Palace Hotel, Adriaan Bartels, says “As a previous member of the Blue Book the Cashel Palace is absolutely delighted to have the honour of being a member of this prestigious collection once again”.

Richard and Deirdre served their discerning guests a mouth-watering selection of delicious canapés and fresh oysters served with Gosset Champagne. 

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