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Wild Atlantic Way, Ireland Event Planning

Key Highlights

Hotels 166
Total Sleeping Rooms 8,636
Average Hotel Room Rate EUR 150
Average Daily Meal Cost EUR 96
Average Weekly Car Rental EUR 306

Wild Atlantic Way, Ireland Meeting Planning Overview

The Wild Atlantic Way is the extreme western edge of Ireland; a 1,600-mile stretch of often-wild, always beautiful coast, pummelled by the Atlantic Ocean currents and winds. Divided into 14 sections, the Wild Atlantic Way begins (or ends) in the north in County Donegal and travels through the Irish counties of Leitrim, Sligo, Mayo, Galway, Clare, Limerick, and Kerry (in that order, walking south) to end in County Cork. Wild Atlantic Way MICE venues comprise some of the best beaches and golf courses, friendliest welcomes and atmospheric castles, bars and villages anywhere in Europe.

There is an international airport at both ends. To the north, just across the border from Donegal in Northern Ireland, is City of Derry Airport (LDY), which has service to Liverpool, London, and Glasgow, while at its other end is Cork Airport (ORK), which has far more service to the UK and throughout Europe.

There two largest MICE venues in Wild Atlantic Way are the National University of Ireland Galway Conference & Event Centre, which contains the Bailey Allen Hall for 1,000 persons or 500 for dinners, among other spaces, and The Killarney Convention Centre, a 4,181-square-meter space with a lobby for 700 persons, 15 meeting rooms, several halls and a three-story convention facility that includes an auditorium for 3,200 persons.

Wild Atlantic Way MICE hotels include the 261-room Radisson Hotel & Spa Galway, which has space for up to 1,000 delegates; the 171-room The Malton, which opened in Killarney in 1854, has welcomed numerous celebrities and has a conference center for up to 950 persons; the 169-room Trump International Golf Links & Hotel Ireland, formerly The Lodge at Doonbeg Golf Club, which is 35 miles west of Shannon on the Atlantic Ocean with a wide curve of beach, a spa, Greg Norman-designed, 18-hole golf links, and The Pavilion for up to 260 persons; spectacular, 82-room Ashford Castle, which reopened in 2015 after an extensive renovation, has a history dating to 1228 and contains three meeting rooms, the largest able to host up to 120 persons, and a grand banqueting room; and, just south of Limerick, the 62-room Adare Manor Hotel & Gold Resort, with grand gardens, a river, outdoor activities such as fishing and archery and 510 square meters of meeting space for up to 250 persons.

Unique events can be held at Cloonacauneen Castle, a 15th-century Norman castle a few miles northeast of Galway that has a function room for up to 200 persons, an outdoor area for barbecues that can hold the same number, a restaurant and the Tower Room for private dinners of up to 20; the Blasket Centre, at the very end of the Dingle Peninsula, in the village of Dun Chaoin, which is an interpretive center chronicling the life, literature and traditions of the islanders of Great Blasket (it can be seen out to sea) with a museum, gallery space, a large lawn with views of the site's inspiration and an auditorium; Inishowen Maritime Museum & Planetarium, pretty much the start of the walk in Donegal, which is in a long, low white building with a museum, planetarium, cafe and a pleasant site on Greencastle Harbour; spectacular Kylemore Abbey, in Connemara, which has a Victorian walled garden, other grand gardens, a dining room and restaurant; and Dunguaire Castle, a 16th-century castle on the southern shore of Galway Bay that has a medieval banqueting hall.

Restaurants suitable for groups include the riverside Ard Bia at Nimmos, in Galway, with a traditional, fine-dining menu in a traditional building; Moran's Oyster Cottage, on a small inlet of Galway Bay southeast of Galway, with a delightful home and seaside setting, Galway bay oysters and other seafood and in the seventh generation of ownership by the same family, apparently since 1797; celebrated, award-winning vegetarian restaurant Cafe Paradiso in Cork, which opened in 1993; in County Clare, the Wild Honey Inn, which is close to the Cliffs of Moher and serves fine dining in a bistro-pub environment, and, right across the border from Northern Ireland in Donegal, Harry's, which has a seasonal menu, specializes in seafood and aged beef and grows its own vegetables in the back garden.

 
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