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Seasons Greetings From Thanksgiving to New Year – Christmas time is a special time. It is a time for family, friends and loved ones. We here at Ashford have always understood how important this time of year is and have continuously offered the most inclusive programmes for our guests to enjoy. This year is no exception. Our progammes have been designed taking our guest feedback into consideration, our considerable experience and our legendary welcome. If you have not been with us before over this special time, we would be delighted to welcome you. For our many guests who come year over year, team Ashford are looking forward to sharing this time with you again. All we guarantee is a lifetime of wonderful memories. Our team and I are at your service.

Mr. Niall Rochford General Manager 3


‘ALL

THAT WE BEHOLD IS FULL OF BLESSINGS’

William Wordsworth THUR. 28TH NOV

FRI. 29TH NOV & SAT. 30TH NOV

SUN. 1ST DEC

Thanksgiving Day

TUES. 3RD DEC

To celebrate with our many US visitors who happen to be with us on their Thanksgiving Day we officially launch Christmas at the castle. The Christmas Tree lights are turned on by the Mayor of Cong. Residents and invited guests will enjoy a glass of mulled wine at 6pm this evening.

WED. 4TH DEC

Cullen’s At The Cottage Be it work colleagues, friends or family the cottage is the perfect setting for your Christmas gathering. Festive three course evening meal with DJ entertainment to dance the night away. €29 per guest. Booking is essential. (Maximum number 50 guests)

THUR. 5TH DEC

Lunch & Lyrics From 12.30pm enjoy traditional Sunday Lunch in the George V dining room and listen to seasonal songs and carols performed by a special guest and accompanied by international singer Annette Griffin and pianist Brendan O’Byrne. €39 per guest to include service charge and entertainment. Booking is essential.

FRI. 6TH DEC &

MON. 2ND DEC

Bouchhard Finlayson Wines

SAT. 7TH DEC

At 7pm Sommelier Robert Bowe introduces the wines of Bouchard Finlayson. Our very own vineyard at Hermanus, South Africa and the award winning wines of Peter Finlayson. €20 per guest per tasting, Residents and Non-Residents. Booking is essential.

SUN. 8TH DEC

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Floristry How do you create the perfect Christmas ambiance. Our resident florist TJ Quinn shares his passion and secrets at 3pm today. Residents are complimentary. Non-Residents €10 per guest. Booking is essential.

Christmas Afternoon Tea A selection of specialist teas and coffees, freshly cut sandwiches, delicate pastries, scones and clotted cream, served in the Drawing Room with our resident pianist. €25 per guest inclusive of service charge. Booking is essential.

Ballinrobe Voice Choir Enjoy a unique evening at the castle with the Ballinrobe Voice Choir. A warm glass of Mulled Wine on arrival, before later adjourning to the George V dining room for a three course Table d’hôtel Menu prepared by Chef Stefan Matz. €50 per guest inclusive of service charge. Booking is essential.

Cullen’s At The Cottage Be it work colleagues, friends or family the cottage is the perfect setting for your Christmas gathering. Festive three course evening meal with DJ entertainment to dance the night away. €29 per guest. Booking is essential. (Maximum number 50 guests)

Lunch and Lyrics From 12.30pm enjoy traditional Sunday Lunch in the George V dining room and listen to seasonal songs and carols performed by special guest Red Hurley and accompanied by international singer Annette Griffin and pianist Brendan O’Byrne. €39 per guest to include service charge and entertainment. Booking is essential.


‘Maybe Christmas, he thought, doesn’t come from a store. Maybe Christmas … perhaps … means a little bit more!’

The Grinch by Dr. Seuss WED. 11TH DEC

The Ulimate Kitchen Tips At 3pm Executive Chef, Stefan Matz, shares a few essential culinary tips to help make your Christmas Dinner simply perfect. Residents are complimentary. Non-Residents €10 per guest. Booking is essential.

MON. 9TH DEC

TUES. 10TH DEC

An Introducion To Irish Wines At 7pm this evening allow us to tell you the story of Irish families who have dominated every wine region throughout the world. We introduce you to a real Irish Wine made by Donal O'Dwyer in the Clare Valley, Australia. Residents and Non-Residents €20 per guest tasting. Booking is essential.

THUR. 12TH DEC

The Perfect Decoration

FRI. 13TH DEC

How do you make the perfect seasonal table centre piece? Starting at 3pm TJ Quinn our resident florist once again shares his secrets. A must for any home. Residents complimentary. Non-Residents are welcome €10 per guest. Booking is essential.

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Ballinrobe Voice Choir

Enjoy a unique evening at the castle with the Ballinrobe Voice Choir. A warm glass of Mulled Wine on arrival, before later adjourning to the George V dining room for a three course Table d’hôtel Menu prepared by Chef Stefan Matz. €50 per guest inclusive of service charge. Booking is essential.

Cullen’s At The Cottage Suspend Superstition! Be it work colleagues, friends or family the cottage is the perfect setting for your Christmas gathering. Festive three course evening meal with DJ entertainment to dance the night away. €29 per guest. Booking is essential. (Maximum number 50 guests).

Cullen’s At The Cottage


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The Christmas Party Night SAT. 14TH DEC

Your colleagues or family members can join others at the castle to celebrate the festive season at our Gala Christmas party night. Any numbers – 2, 4, 10, 20, 40 plus, may book. • 2pm arrival with minced pies & mulled wine. • 8pm Gala four course banquet dinner in the George V dining room. Jacket and tie is required attire for gentlemen • 10pm dance the night away to Keith McDonald & the Show band Show. • Overnight accommodation with Full Irish Breakfast. Residents €300 per couple per night. Non-resident guests €80 per person inclusive of service charge.

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The Ashford Castle Christmas Tree Designed and Launched by PETER O’BREIN IRISH COUTURIER 8


“I think after Christmas would be better for publication: I am hardly a Christmas present.”

Oscar Wilde, The Complete Letters of Oscar Wilde SUN. 15TH DEC

MON. 16TH DEC

TUE. 17TH DEC

WED. 18TH DEC

Family Festive Treasure Trail

THUR. 19TH DEC

Both Residents and Non-Residents are welcome to join this family day out. Commencing at 2pm why don’t you and your little ones gather your clues and follow the trail leading to the Guinness Walled Garden. A warm treat for all the family and a children’s gift await. Residents and NonResidents €10 per child. Booking is essential.

Ballinrobe Voice Choir

FRI. 20TH DEC

Enjoy a unique evening at the castle with the Ballinrobe Voice Choir. A warm glass of Mulled Wine on arrival, before later adjourning to the George V dining room for a three course Table d’hôtel Menu prepared by Chef Stefan Matz. €50 per guest inclusive of service charge. Booking is essential.

& SAT. 21ST DEC

Seasonal Flower Arranging

What is All the Fizz About? At 7pm this evening let us help you to decide, is it Cava, Prosecco or Champagne? Just in time to celebrate Christmas with some Festive Bubbles. Our award winning Sommelier will host this event. Residents and Non-Residents €30 per guest tasting. Booking is essential.

Cullen’s At the Cottage Be it work colleagues, friends or family the cottage is the perfect setting for your Christmas gathering. Festive three course evening meal with DJ entertainment to dance the night away. €29 per guest. Booking is essential. (Maximum number 50 guests)

Family Festive Treasure Trail

Today at 3pm, begin final preparation countdown with our resident florist TJ Quinn. Tips to create the perfect ambiance for your home this Christmas. Residents are complimentary. Non-Residents €10 per guest. Booking is essential. SUN. 22TH DEC

Ashford Castle & North Galway Hunt

It’s the land of mad gallops across damp turk, of hot whiskeys to ward off the Atlantic mist and mornings meets. Ashford Castle is surrounded by North Galway Hunt country which is quiet extensive. Originally known as the Bermingham and North Galway Hounds. Founded by Sir Dermot and Lady Molly Cusack-Smith in 1946, the North Galway Foxhounds are a friendly pack hunting twice a week on Wednesdays, Sundays and occasional by-days.Full days hunting including horse hire, horse turout and tack, €300 per person. Booking is essential

MON. 23TH DEC

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Both Residents and Non-Residents are welcome to join this family day out. Commencing at 2pm why don’t you and your little ones gather your clues and follow the trail leading to the Guinness Walled Garden. A warm treat for all the family and a children’s gift await. Residents and NonResidents €10 per child. Booking is essential.

Christmas Afternoon Tea A selection of specialist teas and coffees, freshly cut sandwiches, delicate pastries, scones and clotted cream, served in the Drawing Room with our resident pianist. €25 per guest inclusive of service charge. Booking is essential.


“The silent snow possess the earth and calmly fell our Christmas Eve�

Alfred Lord Tennyson 10


Christmas Programme 2013 Christmas is a time for families to be together, to celebrate and rejoice, to give and receive and more importantly to relax and be pampered. This Christmas let the team at Ashford Castle take the responsibility of serving the best Irish fare. Enjoy inspiring company, fine pressed linen, cozy beds, plumped up cushions and roaring fires. All this delivered with the professionalism and care that is synonymous with Ashford. Let us ease you through the festive season and ensure a truly memorable Christmas.

WED. 25TH DEC

TUES. 24TH DEC

Christmas Eve

• Check in from 12 noon Mulled Wine and Mince Pies served on your arrival to the Castle. • 3.30pm, Afternoon Tea Service in the Drawing Room. • 7.15pm, Welcome Cocktail Reception with Chamber Music, in the Drawing Room hosted by Niall Rochford, General Manager. • 7.45pm, Christmas Eve Dinner in the George V Dining Room. • 10.00pm, Santa Claus arrives with gifts for all guests. • 10.30pm, Carol Singing by St. Mary’s Church Children’s Choir. • 10.45pm, Seasonal songs & music.

FRI. 27TH DEC

Christmas Day

• 8.00am - 10.00am, Breakfast in the George V Dining Room. • 10.00am, Golf Competition over 9 holes. • 11am, Christmas morning Cruise on Lough Corrib with traditional music and hot whiskeys on board. • 1.00pm, Festive Buffet lunch in the George V Dining Room. • 2.00pm, Treasure Hunt on the Grounds. • 4-5pm, Tea and Christmas cake in the Drawing Room. • 7.30pm, Cocktails in the Drawing Room with Chamber Music. • 8.00pm, Gala Black Tie dinner in the George V Dining Room. • 10.00pm, Dance the night away to Keith McDonald. • 12 midnight Mulled Wine and mince pies before bed.

THURS. 26TH DEC

St. Stephen’s Day

• 9.00am - 1.00pm, Brunch in the George V Dining Room. • 11.00am, Guided Walk with Mick Maye. • 1.00pm, Cruise on Lough Corrib with Irish music on board. • From 2.30pm Sign-up for a range of afternoon activities, Clay Pigeon Shooting, Falconry, Archery, Cookery demonstration in the Castle Kitchen. • 3-5pm, Afternoon Tea in the Drawing Room. • 7.30pm, St. Stephen’s Day dinner in the George V Dining Room. • 8.30pm The Molloy Brothers will entertain during dinner. • 10.00pm, Join our resident entertainers in the Dungeon Bar.

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“God bless us, everyone!” Tiny Tim”

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

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DAYS

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Two Day Programme

Three Day Programme

24th & 25th Or 25th & 26th

24th & 25th & 26th

DOUBLE / TWIN RATES:

DOUBLE / TWIN RATES:

Corrib Room €1150 per person sharing

Corrib Room €1600 per person sharing

Deluxe Room €1300.00 per person sharing

Deluxe Room €1750.00 per person sharing

Stateroom €1500.00 per person sharing

Stateroom €1950.00 per person sharing

Suite €1700.00 per person sharing

Suite €2150.00 per person sharing

Single Occupancy Rates are as follows: Corrib Room - €1800 Deluxe - €1950 Stateroom - €2150 Suite - €2300

Single Occupancy Rates are as follows: Corrib Room €2650 Deluxe - €2800 Stateroom - €3000 Suite - €3200

WED. 25TH DEC

NON-RESIDENT

Christmas Day Lunch

11am Board the HMV Isle of Inisfree, experience the beauty of Lough Corrib with Irish Music and Hot Whiskey. 1 p.m. Stroll back to the Castle for Christmas buffet lunch served in the George V dining room. €95 per person inclusive of service charge for non-resident guests. Booking is essential.

Christmas Night Dinner

7.30 pm Accompany us for a pre-dinner cocktail reception in the Castle Drawing Room with the sounds of chamber music. 8 pm Our Black Tie Gala dinner is a five course festive feast. Dance the evening away to Keith McDonald and the Showband Show. €150 per person inclusive of service charge for non-resident guests. Booking is essential.

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“Christmas isn’t just a day; it’s a frame of mind”

Kris Kringle, Miracle on 34th Street

Amazing things can happen when a family shares. Simply sitting and watching a movie puts things in perspective in this, at times crazy world. Let us introduce Christmas Movies at Ashford.

FRI. 27TH DEC

FRIDAY 27TH DECEMBER 9.30pm Welcome to The Connaught Room Picture House. Movie: It’s a Wonderful Life.

SUN. 29TH DEC

SUNDAY 29TH DECEMBER 9.30pm Welcome to The Connaught Room Picture House. Movie: Miracle on 34TH Street

SAT. 28TH DEC

SATURDAY 28TH DECEMBER 9.30pm Welcome to The Connaught Room Picture House. Movie: A White Christmas

MON. 30TH DEC

MONDAY 30TH DECEMBER 9.30pm Welcome to The Connaught Room Picture House Movie: A Christmas Carol

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New Year’s 2013 Ashford Castle is legendary for the style of it’s New Year celebrations, so let us make this special occasion truly unbelievable. TUES. 31ST DEC

WED. 1ST JAN

New Year’s Eve

New Year’s Day

• Check-in from 12 noon with Mulled Wine on arrival • 2.00pm, Treasure Hunt • 3.30pm, Afternoon Tea • 7.00pm, Welcome Cocktail Party with chamber music in the Drawing Room hosted by Niall Rochford, General Manager. • 8.00pm, Gala Banquet Black Tie Dinner in the George V Dining Room. • 12 midnight New Year’s Eve Midnight celebrations with champagne & liqueurs & dancing.

• 9.00 – 10.00am Breakfast • 10.00am – 2.00pm Brunch with Bucks Fizz • 2.00pm, Golf competition – Stableford over 9 holes • 2.00 – 3.00pm, Falconry demonstration • 3.00 – 4.00pm, Boat trip on the Corrib Cruise with local musician • 3.00 – 4.00pm, Clay pigeon shooting competition • 4.00 – 5.00pm, Afternoon Tea in the Drawing room • 7.30pm, Dinner at leisure, music during dinner by the Molloy brothers. • 10.00pm, Sing-a-long & entertainment in the Drawing Room

THUR. 2ND JAN

8.00 – 10.00am, Enjoy a leisurely Breakfast, followed by a fond farewell.

“Of all sound of all bells … most solemn and touching is the peal which rings out the Old Year”

Charles Lamb

One Night Programme 31ST. DECEMBER 2013 Corrib Room Deluxe Room Stateroom Suite

€447.50 p.p.s €487.50 p.p.s €527.50 p.p.s €567.50 p.p.s

Two Night Programme

31ST. DEC. 2013 & 1ST. JAN 2014 Corrib Room Deluxe Room Stateroom Suite

€750 p.p.s €830 p.p.s €910 p.p.s €990 p.p.s

p.p.s. = per person sharing

TUES. 31ST DEC

NON-RESIDENT

New Year’s Eve Dinner Rejoice in the New Year at Ashford Castle. 7pm Celebrations begin with a pre-dinner cocktail party. 8pm Gala Black Tie dinner is served in the elegant George V dining room. 12 Midnight Champagne toast and fireworks ring in the New Year. Dance the evening away to the sounds of Keith McDonald and the Show band Show. €185 per person inclusive of service charge.

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“The best is yet to be” Robert Browning THUR. 2ND JAN

FRI. 3RD JAN &

SAT. 4TH JAN

Ramble The Estate 2pm begin at the castle. Cycle the Ashford Estate with guide Jonathan Devereux and local historian, Mick Maye. Then return to the castle for a well deserved Hot Toddy. €20 per guest. Booking is essential.

The Ashford & Guinness Estate Shoot

For Reservations:

Please contact our Sales Office. Telephone: + 353 (0)94 95 46003. Email: ashford@ashford.ie Web: www.ashford.ie USA Call: 1 800 346 7007

David Ryan grew up in Cong and has maintained the family tradition of Woodcock and Snipe shooting on the Ashford and Guinness Estate. The scenery and landscape lends itself well to a memorable day out on the shoot. David will tailor a package to suit each booking. Booking in advance is essential.

Gift Vouchers

Having difficu lty deciding on a gift for a family m ember, friend or loved one? An Ashfor d Castle gift voucher is the perfect gift solution to your dilemma. You can chose from creative gift ideas to vo uchers of any value. Please vi sit our website www.ashford.ie and let us take the stress out of searchin g for that perfe ct gift!

The Society of St. Vincent de Paul (SVP) charity is a Christian voluntary organisation, working with poor and disadvantaged people. Through person-to-person contact, SVP is committed to respecting the dignity of those they assist and fostering self-respect. Ashford Castle would like to assist SVP with their marvellous work. If you book any of the programmes featured in our Diamond December brochure Ashford Castle will donate 5% of all proceeds to the local SVP agency in recognition of their invaluable work. Please note that all offers featured in this brochure are subject to availability. Programme contents may vary slightly. Dress Code for Gentlemen in the George V Dining Room: Jacket required, Tie requested. 15


Ashford Castle, Hotel & Country Estate Cong, County Mayo, Ireland, Telephone: + 353 (0)94 95 46003. Email: ashford@ashford.ie Web: www.ashford.ie USA Call: 1 800 346 7007


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