• Sarah Gallagher


The Fitzgeralds Woodlands House Hotel and Spa has unveiled its new ballroom and grand exterior entrance which marks the final stage of a €1m refurbishment programme of the mid-west’s finest wedding venue.

Over the last 35 years the Fitzgerald Family has hosted more than 5,000 marriage celebrations at their Adare-based hotel and, today, weddings account for 40% of overall turnover.

The new ballroom is the final milestone in what is a three-year refurbishment programme, inspired by some of the most prestigious wedding venues in London and New York.

The ballroom’s bespoke design features an extension with a gilted dome, double height top table and stage area, new intricate ceiling complete with custom-made moulding and crystal chandeliers, along with elegant pillars, panelling and mirrored walls, beautifully illuminated by a highly-sophisticated mood lighting system. As well as the interior works, a beautiful new outdoor garden has been created with feature waterfalls, perfect for summer ceremonies, drinks receptions and family photographs.

As well as completely re-designing the hotel’s ballroom, the Fitzgerald Family have also created a new-look entrance for couples arriving on their big day. This is the second €1m refurbishment project undertaken by the Fitzgerald Family in the last 6 years, the first of which led to the hotel gaining four-star status.

All of the furniture, fixtures and fittings used on this project have either been sourced on an exclusive basis from leading European design houses or have been hand-made by local craftspeople. Fitzgerald family heirlooms also feature in the form of antique china tea cups offered to couples for use at their arrival reception. Couples also have a choice of opulent gold or silver look table décor as standard.

Proprietor of Fitzgeralds Woodlands House Hotel and Spa, Mary Fitzgerald, said that right from the very first wedding the family hosted some 35 years ago, they quickly realised that each celebration should reflect the uniqueness of the couple and their families.

“We have always tried to do things differently and distinctively,” she said. “For us, weddings were a natural progression from the ‘dinners’ we served back when the property was a bed and breakfast. And, right from day one, we decided to do what nobody else was doing. We offered a choice of main course and what became my famous dessert trolley, for example, both of which were unheard of 35 years ago! Today, we have a strict one wedding per day policy, ensure that every celebration is co-ordinated by a member of the Fitzgerald family from start to finish and have worked hard to become Limerick’s only Guaranteed Irish hotel.”

“We are now at a stage where we are hosting couples whose parents celebrat­ed their own marriage at the hotel and our desire to create something special and unique is just as strong as it was at the very beginning. We are constantly looking for new ideas when it comes to hosting weddings, not least to ensure that we are able to reflect current and emerging trends. Our new ballroom is the result of months of international research and has been designed to ensure that it provides a unique space that can easily reflect any trend or theme a couple might want to follow on their big day which will ensure that no two weddings will ever be the same.”

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