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Ballinacurra Scoops Award as Ireland’s No 1 Wedding Venue

Ballinacurra House, Kinsale picked up the top prize at the prestigious Weddings Online Awards at Clontarf Castle (Monday, February 20, 2017) – last night. Not only were they voted Best Exclusive Wedding Venue In Ireland but also won Overall Venue of the year, beating off stiff competition from over 600 finalists from across the country.

Since its inauguration in 2008, this event has become a permanent fixture in the diaries of Ireland’s wedding industry professionals and brides and grooms-to-be alike. The weddingsonline Awards recognise the success, dedication and extremely high levels of quality and service given by the Irish wedding industry and is the awards benchmark for the industry – with the Kinsale spot taking the top accolade of the industry.

Family-run Ballinacurra House, Kinsale is an acknowledged innovator in the Irish Wedding Business, having pioneered the exclusive use concept. It  was the first property to feature on the Weddings Online website as a sole use private estate. Private rentals are now the fastest growing sector  in the market, as an alternative to more traditional hotel offerings – which has been the more traditional choice of couples in the past.

The Overall Venue of the Year Ballinacurra House, Pictured l-r: Jonathan Bryans (Commercial Director Virgina Foley, Finn, Lisa and Des McGahan, Aoibhin Garrihy. Picture Credit: JDM

The awards involved an exhaustive vetting process involved over 28,000 brides and grooms nationwide voted the  Best Wedding Venues in a wide range of categories, who were then judged by a panel of expert industry specialists.

Judge Caoimh McRory said on the night

“As we were going through the finalist for Exclusive Venue of the Year, it was clear that Ballinacurra was also a contendor for the Overall Venue of the Year. The personality and genuine passion for the wedding industry came through, as well as the different approach that they take. If I was getting married I would chose Ballinacurra House. In fact, I’d be willing to go find a groom, just so that I could choose Ballinacurra!”

The winning formula was  based on quality of work, testimonials and a real wedding experience – that stand out from the norm. Ballinacurrra House’s focus on total privacy mixed with the spectacular backdrop of Kinsale, unique product offering with themed styling, Michelin standard bespoke menus by award winning chef David Rice and  personalised service that got the property the winners gong as overall winner – facing off against the cream of Ireland’s talent.

David Rice, Head Chef at Ballinacurra House Private Estate, Kinsale

“We are honoured of course to be recognised by our peers – given the quality of the Irish wedding business. There are other awards ceremonies but this is like the ‘Oscars’ of the industry – being credible and recognised both in Ireland and abroad. We not only were recognised in our category but thrilled to be crowned the best overall venue in the country as well,” said owner Des McGahan.

“We have focused solely on the  ‘exclusive use estate concept.’ Our philosophy is to mix the attributes and benefits of a private venue against the spectacular backdrop of Kinsale with individually designed weddings; to include a bespoke food offering from Award Winning Chef David Rice and give what 90% of couples want – something different, fun and magical,” he added.

Dining Room at Ballinacurra Private Estate, Kinsale

The Awards were held in the super stylish settings of Clontarf Castle, with host  for the evening Aoibhín Garrihy from Love Hate, Fair City and Dancing with the Stars where the top wedding suppliers in the country were be recognised for their success, dedication and quality of their amazing work within the wedding industry.

This prestigious award coincides with the country’s other top site – ‘One Fab Day’ – also nominating Ballinacurra House as one of Ireland’s top 100 Wedding Venues – describing the venue as “an oasis of complete privacy, with each room individually designed and decorated in fantastical fashion with a surprise around every corner.

Ballinacurra House, Kinsale – Overview

  • Premium & Prestige 40 acre Private Venue 2 minutes Kinsale – the Gourmet Capital
  • Individually Designed & Themed Rooms through-out the House
  • Location – close to Kinsale, West Cork and Cork Airport
  • Totally Private
  • Totally Secure
  • Staffed 24/7
  • Tailored & Flexible Approach to specific needs of the clients
  • Perfect for Activities – both on & off-site
  • Flexible Configuration of House Set-up
  • High Profile Client List
  • 3 In House-Chefs – to suit individual dietary requirements of the Group and personalised menus
  • Des & Lisa McGahan – previously owned Asia’s Largest Event Management Company PRISM –very experienced planners



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