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Construction of 4-star hotel commences on Killeavy Castle estate

September 11, 2017

Construction of a new Hotel and Wellness Centre has commenced on the Killeavy Castle estate, its owners Jaramas Investments NI Ltd., have announced.

Nestled on the slopes of Slieve Gullion, the 45-room, four star boutique hotel will be built on the site of the castle’s former coach-house, mill and farm buildings, and will incorporate many of their historic features.

While construction of the hotel is ongoing, Killeavy Castle itself, a Grade A listed building, will be fully restored to include a three-bedroom suite on the first floor, as well as a basement bar.  The ground floor of the castle will connect to a marquee at the rear, providing entertainment space for functions capable of accommodating up to 240 people.

The recently restored Gate Lodge provides a further three rooms of accommodation.

Australian-based firm, Abergeldie Complex Infrastructure Ltd, has been awarded the contract for construction of the project and preparatory work began on the site in July.  The hotel is expected to open to the public in late 2018.

Mr Mick Boyle of Jaramas Investments NI said initial work will involve stabilizing the castle and its outlying buildings.

“The Killeavy Castle building has deteriorated significantly over the last four years. Much of the structural timber within the building has rotted away. It would not have been much longer before it started to collapse,” he revealed.

“With the contract awarded and the notice to proceed now issued, it is both exciting and a relief to finally be getting this project underway.

“Our first priority has been to make Killeavy Castle, as well as the adjoining old coach house, mill and farm buildings, structurally sound. Once that is done we will work toward turning what was fast becoming a collection of ruins on the slopes of Slieve Gullion, into one of Ireland’s must-see destinations.

Construction of a four-star Hotel and Wellness Centre has commenced on the Killeavy Castle estate.
Andrew Mackin (http://www.andrewmackinphotography.com).

“The setting of Killeavy Castle within the Ring of Gullion is breathtaking. We are certain Killeavy Castle, Hotel and Wellness Centre will become the jewel of South Armagh and be a special destination for people from all over the world,” he added.

With the commencement of building work, the owners respectfully request that members of the public do not encroach the site and heed the ‘keep out’ signs and boundary fences installed.

“The safety of the public and our workers is our number one priority so until construction is complete, we need everyone to comply with the site signage” Mr Boyle said.

Progress updates on the project can be followed at www.killeavycastle.com.

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