Lough Eske Castle Weddings

Lough Eske Castle Donegal

The Castle’s experienced wedding team will help you plan every aspect of your special day down to the very last detail. We pride ourselves on our extremely high standards of service and our aim is to create the most memorable day of your life.

An enchanting, majestic, fairytale setting with plenty of opportunities to capture unique wedding photos

Licensed to hold Civil Marriage Ceremonies

Dining facilities that cater for up to 280 guests with food prepared by Donegal’s award winning and Michelin trained Executive Chef, Philipp Ferber

8 treatment rooms in our award winning spa for pre and post wedding pampering

96 luxurious 5 star guestrooms and suites including the two bedroom presidential suite, voted the world’s best Luxury Country Hotel 2009 and 2010

A choice of stunning rooms in which to hold a civil marriage ceremony, each with its own character and beauty

A dedicated wedding planner to guide you through all your requirements

Wedding packages tailored to suit your needs and budget

Please call our team today on +353 (0)7497 25100. We would be delighted to discuss your requirements in more detail and will be fully committed to making your memorable day extra special.

2011, 2010 and 2009 winner of the World’s Best Luxury Country Hotel

Ireland Wedding Venue of the Year 2010 & 2011

Castle Venue of the Year 2009

Click here to view Lough Eske Castle’s Gorgeous Wedding Brochure

Steve and Devon’s Wedding in Ireland

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My wife and I decided right away after I proposed that we wanted to have a destination wedding. After some discussion we decided on Ireland. I can tell you there are not may places with such beautiful landscapes, colorful people, history and romantic settings as Ireland. Once we made the decision to work with Rosemarie, the first thing that she really made me feel good about was our budget. We had a number in our head of what we wanted to spend and were determined to stick to it. Rosemarie was very understanding of that fact and made us feel like we were a real priority to her. Even though our budget was modest. The end result of all Rosemarie’s hard work and time was a wedding in an Irish Castle, a horse drawn carriage through the gardens, a reception overlooking the Irish Sea and a end of the night celebration in a small quaint pub with live music. I still look back in disbelief that our initial dream became such a beautiful moment that we never will forget. None of it would have been possible without the help of Rosemarie. I think she honestly cares about making your moment special. So in short, I can’t imagine there is anyone better that you could plan your wedding with.

Steve and Devon Swanson, Minnesota

(Wedding in Johnstown Castle, Sept 2010)

Venue: Johnstown Castle & Golf Package Wexford, Ireland

Ultimate Job winners looking to break Guinness Record

The Ultimate Job winners, Mark and Denise, also known as The Honeymoon Testers, are in New York to kick off their attempt to break the world record of wedding vow renewals by one couple.

The Ultimate Job, which attracted more than 30,000 applicants from would-be honeymoon testers across the world, began in earnest this week and Tuesday 25th May was Mark and Denise’s first official day as Runaway Bride and Groom’s Honeymoon Testers.

They have 83 vow renewals to beat which must meet a certain criteria set by the Guinness World Records to become the most married couple in the world.

Follow their progress on www.thehoneymoontesters.com

Mark and Denise land Ultimate Job

Celebrities and media gather at Ballinacurra House for International final

Mark and Denise Duffield-Thomas at Ballinacurra House, Kinsale

 Celebrities and international media gathered at Ballinacurra House, Kinsale, where Mark and Denise Duffield-Thomas from the UK and Australia, were chosen the Top couple for the Ultimate Job in Ireland – and probably the world! After a weekend of challenges and beating stiff competition, Mark and Denise Duffield-Thomas have landed the Ultimate dream job: 6 months of luxury travel around the globe for Irish wedding and honeymoon company Runaway Bride and Groom.com.

The Top 10 candidates came from Australia, US, Canada, South Africa,

Brazil, UK, Galway, Wexford, Sligo, Dublin and Cork to enjoy a full Kinsale dining and leisure experience at some of Kinsale’s top class restaurants, clubs and venues, such as Blue Haven, Hamlets Bar, White Lady Nightclub, Trident Hotel and Carlton Hotel.

Organised by RunAwayBrideandGroom.com, the Ultimate Job in Ireland – and probably the world! received 30,000 applications from over 90 countries and global media attention since launching on 19th February.

“It has been an amazing weekend for all people involved. Kinsale has been the Ultimate host town for the Top 10 couples and the judges,” says Runaway Bride and Groom managing director Rosemarie Meleady, also one of the judges. “The Top 10 have all worked incredibly hard not just to get to the final but also throughout this weekend, with all the tasks we have given them. Given the amount of talent displayed by all the contestants, the decision was a very difficult one but we are happy with the final result. We really hope to keep in touch with all the couples and we wish them the very best.”

Denise and Mark will immediately start preparing for their first trip after the announcement and will fly out at the end of May to Zanzibar, Mauritius and private escorted safari in Kenya – a week in each destination – just for starters.

“We have had the most amazing weekend in Kinsale and we hope to make you all proud as ambassadors for Ireland around the globe in the next six months,” they said.

*Picture by Susan Jefferies www.sjpireland.com

Top 10 candidates to Ultimate Job in Ireland revealed!

the ultimate job in IrelandGalway couple David Mottershead, a cameraman from South Africa, and Daniela Gross, a Brazilian journalist, were the first candidates to make it through to the Top 10 candidates to the Ultimate Job in Ireland, thanks to public voting.

Now nine additional couples, selected by the Runaway Bride and Groom judges, will join David and Daniela in the final stage of the selection process:

Kerri Mc Guinness and Matt Chapman – USA/Ireland (Kildare)

Tara Sparling and Mark Kelly – Ireland (Clare/Dublin)

Deirdre Morissey and Rory Moran – Ireland (Waterford/Carlow)

Denise and Mark Duffield Thomas – Australia/UK

Brendan Powell and Melanie Piche – Toronto, Canada

Allan Mulrooney and Niamh O’Connor- Ireland (Sligo)

Tim and Lauren Oliphant – USA

David Gilbert and Nina Cait Twihog – Ireland (Wexford/Cork)

Lizzie Kinross and Ed Sherwood – UK

The successful couple will be announced on Sunday 9th May at a Gala dinner in a secret location in Ireland, following a weekend of tasks where the judges will get to know the final 10 candidates.

Since The Ultimate Job in Ireland (And Probably the World) was launched in February, the website has received over 300,000 visitors and over 30,000 people from all over the globe wanted to become Ireland’s Runaway Bride and Groom.

To follow the Top 10 finalists or book your dream wedding and honeymoon go to www.runawaybrideandgroom.com

Follow the last stages of the Ultimate Job in Ireland on FACEBOOK and Twitter

Top 50 candidates revealed!

The names and countries of the top 50 candidates to the Ultimate Job in Ireland – and probably the world, organised by www.runawaybrideandgroom.com and The Irish Times, have been revealed.

Since The Ultimate Job in Ireland (And Probably the World) was launched in February, the website has received over 250,000 visitors and over 30,000 people from all over the globe wanted to become Ireland’s Runaway Bride and Groom.

The Ultimate Job in Ireland team received applications from Ireland, Moldova, Sudan, Nepal Romania, Kosovo, Serbia, Croatia, Australia, UK, Scotland, USA, Italy, Belgium, Netherlands, Canada, South Africa, China, Korea, Taiwan, Lithuania, Latvia, Russia, Japan, Iceland, Malaysia, Sweden, Mexico, India, Turkey, Brazil, Albania, Macedonia, Greece, Slovenia, India, Saudi Arabia, Montenegro, Bosnia H., Cyprus, Spain, Malta, Cape Verde, Israel, Czech Republic, Norway, France, Dubai, Portugal, Singapore, Denmark, New Zealand, Poland, Ecuador, Jamaica, Malaysia, Columbia, Indonesia, Iceland, Maldives, Pakistan, Luxemburg, Philippines, Bolivia, Trinidad, Jordan, France, Estonia, Hungary, St Martin French West Indie, Bulgaria, Finland, Thailand – all telling the judges why they think Ireland would make a great wedding destination.

“We are amazed by the quality of the entries. Unfortunately, we had to narrow it down to 50, in our quest to find the perfect couple for the Ultimate Job in Ireland,” says Rosemarie Meleady, managing director of Runaway Bride and Groom.

Public voting for the 50 finalists will be open until midnight (Irish time) 17th April 2010.
Go to http://www.runawaybrideandgroom.com to vote for your favourite!

Top 50 Applicants:

Adam West, Ireland
Aisling Keenan, Ireland
Allan Niamh Mulrooney-O’Connor, Ireland
Annie Griswold, USA
Brendan Powell, Canada
Carey Paris, USA
Charlie O’Donoghue, Ireland
Chris Edmed, UK
Ciara McAree, Ireland
Claudia Ma, Italy
Creona O’Connor, Ireland
Daniella Cambouroglou, UK/Greece
Dave Mottershead, South Africa/Brazil
David Gilbert, Ireland
Deborah Waugh, Ireland/New Zealand
Deirdre Cussen, Ireland
Deirdre Morrissey, Ireland
Deirdre Ryan, Ireland
Denise Duffield Thomas, UK/Australia
Denise O Riordan, Ireland
Edith Kwiatkowska, Poland
Elaine Mackenzie-Smith, Ireland
Elizabeth & Ray Maynez, USA
Filly Gaines, USA
Greg and Sarah Amidon, USA
Guo Yi & Jean Gagnon, China/Canada
Ian Taylor, Ireland
Keith Clinansmith, Canada
Kerri Mc Guinnes, USA
Laura Kavanagh, Ireland/UK
Leticia Torgo, Brazil
Lizzie Kinross, UK/Ireland
Lukas Manka, Czech Republic/USA
Luke Owens, Ireland/Germany
Mark & Hazel Esguerra, Philipines
Mary Jane Webberley, Ireland
Oonagh & Danny good/Denton, Ireland
Phylecia Sutherland, USA/UK
Rachel O Connell, Ireland
Rachel Wegner, USA
Sara Schousboe, Germany/Denmark/USA
Scot Witman, USA
Seth & Jenny, USA
Silvia Bonichini, Italy
Sinead Gillett, Ireland
Stephen Fullerton, Northern Ireland
Tara Sparlin, Ireland
Tim Oliphant, USA
Tudor Buzie, Romania
Valerie Hourigan, Ireland