Green light expected for Killeavy Glasshouse plans

May 22, 2017

Plans for a new glasshouse and external facilities at the new four star Killeavy Castle Hotel are expected to be approved when they come before the Council’s Planning Committee on Wednesday.

In February 2015, planning permission was granted to owner Mick Boyle of Jarasmas Investments Ltd to convert the historic castle into a 40 bed boutique hotel and spa which will also feature a spa and wellness centre.  In March this year Invest NI pledged almost £1m to the “exciting south Armagh investment” which it said would provide “a valuable boost to the tourism infrastructure in the region.”

The development of the castle is expected to create around 80 jobs in addition to generating  a raft of construction jobs during the two year building phase.

Mr Boyle, who owns a construction company in Australia, said he wants to create  “a distinct visitor attraction that maximises the heritage and beauty of the Killeavy Castle Estate and makes a positive contribution to the local community.

“Support from Invest NI and Newry, Mourne and Down District will make a vital contribution in enabling us to undertake the extensive building and restoration works,” he added.

Mick Boyle with Alastair Hamilton of Invest NI and Mark Donohoe, project manager for the planned hotel.

“Progress on the project is well under way and the hotel, spa and wellness centre is on track to be operational by late 2018.”

The project will involve restoring the Grade A-listed castle and converting it into a guest house and meeting venue. It will also feature outbuildings, a permanent marquee and a walled garden.  Mr Boyle will use the castle’s close proximity to Slieve Gullion Forest Park to offer nature treks and walks to guests.