Ballygarry House Hotel Celebrates 60 Years of Irish Hospitality

The Award-winning Ballygarry House, a luxurious four-star country house hotel in Tralee, is this year celebrating its Diamond Jubilee and 60 years of continuous business under the ownership and guidance of three generations of the McGillicuddy family

The hotel was originally an 18th century landlord’s house that was acquired and extended into a hotel in 1958 by Gene McGillicuddy and two other Tralee business people. The hotel was named the Manhattan Hotel.

During the 1960 and 1970s the Manhattan Hotel was one of the best loved venues in Kerry for weddings, family celebrations, dances and other social occasions.

On his return from training abroad, second generation Owen McGillicuddy took over as General Manager in 1968. The hotel returned to its roots in 1982 when it was renamed Ballygarry House Hotel following extensive investment. Over the decades and under the management and continual reinvestment by the McGillicuddy family, Ballygarry House Hotel has evolved and continued to grow into the luxurious hotel that it is today.

Third generation Padraig McGillicuddy joined Ballygarry House Hotel in 2001 and took over its management in 2003. Between 2005 and 2017, Padraig had the vision and the courage during recessionary years to oversee an investment in the business of €12.9million and tripled the size of the hotel.

Padraig leads and is supported by a team of enthusiastic and dedicated professionals who share his vision and who deliver a seamless experience for guests to ensure that no stone goes unturned, he said: “Every guest is individually and warmly greeted and welcomed by the staff, many of whom are working in Ballygarry since Owen’s tenure.

“60 years of continuous business, through some very tough decades, is a tribute to the investment and reinvestment undertaken by three generations of the McGillicuddy family in the hotel, its facilities and, most importantly, in the staff at Ballygarry.

“Ballygarry House Hotel and Spa is my passion”, Padraig continued. “Hospitality is an integral part of our heritage and is ingrained our DNA. I am very proud of the family commitment over 60 years and our passionate pursuit of excellence. The hotel has evolved through the generations and has really become an institution for all who visit and work here.

“We have a wonderful situation here at the foot of the Slieve Mish Mountains, beside Ballyseedy Wood, in beautiful landscaped gardens. Tralee is the ideal hub for touring around Kerry, is easily accessible by road, rail and air and is a gateway to the Ring of Kerry, Dingle Peninsula and the Wild Atlantic Way with all its wonderful sights,” he added.

Ballygarry House Hotel is within driving distance of five championship golf links courses.

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