General – Westport House https://www.westporthouse.ie Tue, 11 Feb 2020 08:46:00 +0000 en-GB hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.3.2 Job alert: Mechanical Fitter https://www.westporthouse.ie/2020/02/11/job-alert-mechanical-fitter/ https://www.westporthouse.ie/2020/02/11/job-alert-mechanical-fitter/#respond Tue, 11 Feb 2020 08:45:41 +0000 https://www.westporthouse.ie/?p=8148 MECHANICAL FITTER Location: Westport House Estate Reporting to: Estate & Construction Manager Duties & Responsibilities: The position of mechanical supervisor is to aid the Estate & Construction Manager and the Adventure Manager to ensure the smooth and safe operation of the Pirate Adventure Park attractions and the fleet of maintenance machinery.  Ensure all rides and equipment comply with equipment manufacturers’ operating standards and requirements. Perform visual and auditory inspections of […]

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MECHANICAL FITTER

Location: Westport House Estate
Reporting to: Estate & Construction Manager

Duties & Responsibilities:
The position of mechanical supervisor is to aid the Estate & Construction Manager and the Adventure Manager to ensure the smooth and safe operation of the Pirate Adventure Park attractions and the fleet of maintenance machinery.  Ensure all rides and equipment comply with equipment manufacturers’ operating standards and requirements. Perform visual and auditory inspections of rides and attractions and maintain proper records for all inspections, maintenance and repairs. The mechanic will also have the assistance of the estate’s electrician and maintenance team where required.  The position will be of a practical nature and the mechanic will have full responsibility for the recording of all mechanical works and associated paper work. The mechanical supervisor will work closely with the Estate & Construction Manager and Adventure Team, with all necessary support and assistance provided.

 

Duties & Responsibilities;

  • To undertake and oversee that all preventative and reactive maintenance on the mechanical attractions in the Pirate Adventure Park in a safe and efficient manner.
  • Maintain plant and specialised equipment to the highest operational standards. Carry out repairs and modifications in accordance to the manufacture’s specifications.
  • Responsible for maintaining all equipment certifications in line with regulatory standards/relevant codes/statutory requirements, and ensuring documentation is accurate and up to date. All works are to be recorded and managed in accordance with the required Company’s Operational Procedures for the Pirate Adventure Park and the associated Health & Safety procedures.
  • To ensure all the mechanical attractions are safe and fit for purpose. All defects are to be reported and a recorded repairs procedure to be followed.
  • Create and conduct planned maintenance programmes. To undertake year-round preventative maintenance and upgrade of the mechanical attractions in the Pirate Adventure Park in accordance with the manufacture’s specifications.
  • To perform daily, weekly, monthly, annual, and other required inspections of rides and related equipment as assigned; taking corrective actions as issues are identified. Inspections are visual as well as auditory.
  • To ensure and assist the Estate & Construction Manager in the mechanical and safety checks on the fleet of maintenance machinery and plant, tools & equipment. To ensure all the maintenance equipment is safe and fit for propose. All defects are to be reported and a recorded repairs procedure to be followed.
  • Maintains orderly and accurate records of all required inspections, repairs and work performed, and submits required paperwork to supervision in a timely manner.
  • To maintain assigned equipment in a safe and ready condition according to all applicable codes, laws, rules, company policies, and best practices. Works safely and efficiently on all assigned tasks, coordinating with other as necessary to achieve desired results.
  • To undertake preventative maintenance and servicing of the fleet of maintenance machinery.
  • Procure appropriate spare parts and equipment and assist with the purchase of capital items of plant and equipment.
  • Contribute to the setting of annual maintenance budgets.
  • To undertake the CRVT servicing and preparation of the required maintenance vehicles. Capable of liaising with RSA and CVRT company.
  • To aid and supervise any mechanical sub-contractors and ensure all safety and insurance measures are in place.
  • Be able to maximise the impact of budgetary investment in attractions and always strive for the best value for money for the business.
  • Ability to work cooperatively with others in a fast paced and sometimes stressful environment.
  • Ability to perform various physical activities, such as climbing, crawling, and lifting, from various heights on ride structures.
  • The mechanical fitter will be required to work in a flexible manner in order to complete works and ensure the commercial requirements of the Pirate Adventure Park and estate. Most notably during peak periods i.e. Easter, Summer months and Halloween. Ability to work nights, weekends and holiday periods to meet business needs  and to ensure the delivery of an effective and efficient reactive breakdown service within Westport House and related companies.
  • Demonstrate the highest standard of Health and Safety practises, organisation safety, procedures and statutory regulations as appropriate.
  • Ensure a safe working environment and increase safety awareness as appropriate. Report and communicate all accidents, injuries and near misses.
  • Ensure proper use of safety equipment.
  • Ensure necessary records are completed and retained.

 

Preferred Experience, Qualifications & Skills:

  • Mechanical Experience of 5+ years. A recognised mechanical apprenticeship or equivalent.
  • Minimum of five years working in a commercial mechanical setting. Desirably Experience with Hydraulics / agricultural and plant machinery / process plant / mechanical fitter would be preferable.
  • Ability to read and understand electrical and hydraulic diagrams.
  • Full clean drivers’ licence with trailer.
  • Over 25 years of age.
  • Ability to work in Ireland.
  • Excellent IT skills and record keeping.
  • Strong organisation, planning and communication skills.
  • Access to own transport.
  • Flexible with working hours.
  • Experience in recording and reporting of works in coherence with Health and Safety regulations.
  • Required to work flexible working hours during peak season to ensure the smooth-running of the Pirate Adventure Park.

 

To apply, please send your CV and cover letter to jobs@westporthouse.ie 

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CIE Tours Awards of Excellence https://www.westporthouse.ie/2020/01/31/cie-tours-awards-of-excellence-2/ https://www.westporthouse.ie/2020/01/31/cie-tours-awards-of-excellence-2/#respond Fri, 31 Jan 2020 16:36:07 +0000 https://www.westporthouse.ie/?p=8117 Hotel Westport & Westport House Honoured at CIE Tours International 30th Annual Awards of Excellence At a reception in Christchurch Cathedral on Monday night, Elizabeth Crabill, Chief Executive Officer of CIE Tours International, presented Hotel Westport & Westport House each with Merit Awards at their Annual Awards of Excellence. Now in its 30th year, the annual awards of excellence recognise the best hotels and attractions across Ireland and are based […]

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Hotel Westport & Westport House Honoured at CIE Tours International 30th Annual Awards of Excellence

Eithne Cosgrove, Director of Sales & Marketing, Hotel Westport; Declan Heneghan, General Manager, Hotel Westport and Colette Brawn, Assistant Manager, Hotel Westport.

At a reception in Christchurch Cathedral on Monday night, Elizabeth Crabill, Chief Executive Officer of CIE Tours International, presented Hotel Westport & Westport House each with Merit Awards at their Annual Awards of Excellence. Now in its 30th year, the annual awards of excellence recognise the best hotels and attractions across Ireland and are based on customer feedback from over 25,000 customers throughout the year.

Elizabeth Crabill CEO CIE Tours, Biddy Hughes Head of Commercial Development & Kathryn Connolly Westport House Supervisor

Elizabeth Crabill, CEO, CIE Tours; Biddy Hughes, Head of Commercial Development, Westport House; Kathryn Connolly, Supervisor, Westport House.

 

Barry O’Connor, CEO of Hotel Westport & Westport House, was delighted with the honour and said “We really appreciate this endorsement of the top-class accommodation, dining and heritage experience that entire team across both Hotel Westport & Westport House teams provide to visitors from all over the world. We appreciate the support and vision that CIE Tours has had in bringing tours to Westport for over 11 years now – one of the first tour operators to do so. In turn, we re-pay this with a warm welcome and the very best of west of Ireland hospitality, customer care and attention to detail across the Westport House Estate. We look forward to welcoming – and exceeding the expectations of – many more CIE Tours visitors into the future.

Elizabeth Crabill, CEO, CIE Tours; Fiona Ross, Chairperson, CIE Tours; Eithne Cosgrove, Director of Sales & Marketing, Hotel Westport; Dan Murphy, Managing Director, Galway Bay Hotel; Declan Heneghan, General Manager, Hotel Westport; Colette Brawn, Assistant Manager, Hotel Westport.

Speaking at the Awards, Elizabeth Crabill, Chief Executive Officer, CIE Tours International said: ““The Irish holiday experience is unique and continues to grow in popularity, so much so that we’re launching new winter tour holidays to Ireland for the first time in 2020.  This growth is driven in no small part by our tour partners, many of whom are continuously improving their offering. I warmly congratulate the winners from Mayo on their achievements and I thank all our partners who work closely with us throughout the year.”

Ines Guerra, President of the IASI; Sarah Fahy, Accommodation Supervisor, Hotel Westport; Alan Blaney, Bunzl Raffertys, main sponsors of the Awards.

Further, this week the hotel accommodation team were awarded a Gold Standard Award by the Irish Accommodation Services Institute (I.A.S.I.) and the kitchen team were honoured for a seventh year with an A.A. Rosette for culinary excellence.

Set in the lush 400 acre estate, Hotel Westport & Westport House each complement the other to make visitors’ stays in Westport truly unforgettable. Four-star Hotel Westport offers beautiful rooms (129), a luxurious spa and fine dining. In the heart of Westport, it is located on the grounds of Ireland’s most beautiful home: Westport House. The museum house brings visitors back in time to the 18th century with a fascinating story and the opportunity to experience Victorian Tea, Welcome drinks or special occasion dining.

 

2019 Awards of Excellence HOTEL MERIT WINNERS
Connacht Hotel Merit

  • Hotel Westport (11th Consecutive Year in a Row)
  • Galway Bay Hotel

 

2019 Awards of Excellence VISIT MERIT WINNERS

Connacht Visit Merit

  • Westport House
  • Kylemore Abbey
  • Dan O’Hara Homestead
  • Ballintubber Abbey
  • Dún Aonghasa
  • Connemara Celtic Crystal

 

Best Three Star Hotel – Clew Bay Hotel

Best Four Star Hotel – The Lodge at Ashford

 

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Its the most wonderful time of the year and no matter who you talk to everyone has their own idea of the perfect Christmas, whether its something instilled in you from your own childhood Christmases or a tradition that is newly formed with your own kids, every family have their own Christmas traditions.

Here are 15 of the most popular family Christmas traditions … don’t forget to leave us a comment below to let us know what’s your’s! 

 

  1. Santa Visit 

Is there anything better than looking at a child’s eyes fill up with the wonder and magic of seeing Santa Claus? It’s an integral part of Christmas and gets everyone, young and old in the spirit of Christmas. We have a magical Santa Experience at Westport House our Winter Wonderland. Its so awesome with real snow, lots of elves and even Mrs Claus is there to tell a few stories. We have roasting marshmallows, a Snowball run slide and our infamous Winter Wonderland Express Train! Remember if your going to do  Santa Visit then do it right! Book your Winter Wonderland experience HERE 

 

2. Family Twixmas

Becoming more popular each year, the period between Christmas and New Years is the perfect time to grab a relaxing break away. While yes Christmas is the most magical and wonderful time of the year, it can be pretty hectic. That’s why families are using those days in between Christmas and New Year to send some real family time together and unwind while some-one else caters for you. Four Star Hotel Westport offers amazing Family Twixmas Offers. spend the days lounging around the hotel, playing in the pool or taking a walk on theor amazing 400 acre Estate. For Children (4-12yrs), their Twixmas offer includes Panda Club Activities and includes Children’s Breakfast & Dinner. They also organise babysitters on request, so you can enjoy some quite time in the hotels Maple Bar or AA Rosette Islands Restaurant.

 

3. Elf on the Shelf®

The Elf on the Shelf® is a fun-filled Christmas tradition that has captured the hearts of children everywhere who welcome home one of Santa’s Elves each holiday season. The magical Elves help Santa manage his nice list by taking note of a family’s Christmas adventures and reporting back to Santa at the North Pole nightly. Each morning, the Scout Elf returns to its family and perches in a new spot, waiting for someone to spot them. Children love to wake up and race around the house looking for their Elf. However some elves are more mischievous than others and can cause a raucous each night!

 

 

4. Christmas Shoe Box Appeal 

Us Irish are a generous lot and this is most definitely a tradition passed down to Irish children too. The Christmas Shoebox Appeal sends thousands of gift-filled shoeboxes to children in Africa and Eastern Europe. during a time pf all the gift exchanges its important for children to know the real meaning of Christmas and that’s to give and be kind to others plus its a really fun activity to help but one of these together! 

 

5.Christmas Tractor Run

Ah yes, the local Christmas Tractor Run. If it moves we will put lights on it! Usually for charity, villages and town around Ireland will hold Tractor runs to start of the local festivities or before turning on their Christmas Lights. But remember they can be fierce competitive! Here’s a list of local festivities taking place around Mayo. 

 

 

6. Cadburys Selections Boxes / Boxes of Tayto/ Roses 

All the Christmas snacks that take us right back to our childhood and they still exist as an important role in every household over Christmas. Whether your tucking into a Tayto Sandwich, stealing a Chomp from the selection box that you weren’t meant to open before Christmas eve or the sheer relief when you open a tin of Roses that’s not a sowing box! Its the little things that make it Christmas. 

 

7. Christmas Movies

Christmas to some families means sitting in your PJs all day and watching Christmas Movies, Elf, Home Alone, A Christmas Carol (disagreements on which one), the list is endless. And once the RTE guide is out you can get circling! 

 

8. Matching Family PJs

Is there anything cuter than matching family PJ’s? they have become a family must have and now you can get some really affordable sets with Pennys, Dunnes and M&S stocking them. For the pictures alone its a must.

 

9. Laying out Santa’s snack and don’t forget the Reindeer! 

Sometimes he likes milk and cookies , sometimes a mince pie and a glass of Guinness. When the time comes to leave out Santa’s snack, it means the wait is almost over and for the kiddos that means weeks of being on their best behavior and probably having a knot of excitement in their stomach all day is finally coming to an end and the event they have been waiting for all year is upon us. The magic of Christmas night is something that cannot be mimicked of changed. Then when all the presents are opening and the house is covered in wrapping paper , the half eaten Carrot that you was almost forgotten about is discovered in the driveway! Ahhhh we love Christmas! 

10. Christmas Skype

As a nation of travelers, there’s no way you won’t at some stage have a member of the family or a friend that can’t make it home for Christmas, but thankfully with the power of technology it’s like they are right there with you! Between the kids trying to grab the spotlight to show off their new toys, Granny trying to get in on the action but not quite sure how to hold the phone, and the noise level with all the excitement, sure it would e be Christmas without it! 

 

Happy Christmas Everyone! 

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Sensory Santa at Westport House https://www.westporthouse.ie/2019/10/23/sensory-santa-at-westport-house/ https://www.westporthouse.ie/2019/10/23/sensory-santa-at-westport-house/#respond Wed, 23 Oct 2019 11:28:11 +0000 https://www.westporthouse.ie/?p=7443 For little Christmas fans with autism and sensory disorders, Friday, December 6th sees a special Sensory Santa Visit take place from 3pm to 8pm. The Christmas hustle and bustle is toned down, and families can enjoy individual visits with Santa Claus and all the other Winter Wonderland events, just at a slower pace. Complimentary adult carer ticket available. For bookings contact 098 27766, Sensory Santa is not available to book […]

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For little Christmas fans with autism and sensory disorders, Friday, December 6th sees a special Sensory Santa Visit take place from 3pm to 8pm. The Christmas hustle and bustle is toned down, and families can enjoy individual visits with Santa Claus and all the other Winter Wonderland events, just at a slower pace. Complimentary adult carer ticket available. For bookings contact 098 27766, Sensory Santa is not available to book online.

Check out our Sensory Area New for 2019! 

 

 

 

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SIZZLING HALLOWEEN & SANTA STAYS FROM Westport House and Hotel Westport https://www.westporthouse.ie/2019/10/23/sizzling-halloween-santa-stays-from-westport-house-and-hotel-westport/ https://www.westporthouse.ie/2019/10/23/sizzling-halloween-santa-stays-from-westport-house-and-hotel-westport/#respond Wed, 23 Oct 2019 11:22:19 +0000 https://www.westporthouse.ie/?p=7438 Looking for the perfect place that can offer discerning adults and their children fantastic family fun this Autumn and Winter? Then look no further as Hotel Westport and Westport House are offering some tantalising mid-term and pre-Christmas breaks that will help make magical memories to treasure. Hair-raising family adventures at Halloween Fest, Westport House Scare yourself silly this Halloween at Mayo’s Westport House and Hotel Westport, where ghoulish delights, scary […]

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Looking for the perfect place that can offer discerning adults and their children fantastic family fun this Autumn and Winter? Then look no further as Hotel Westport and Westport House are offering some tantalising mid-term and pre-Christmas breaks that will help make magical memories to treasure.

Hair-raising family adventures at Halloween Fest, Westport House

Scare yourself silly this Halloween at Mayo’s Westport House and Hotel Westport, where ghoulish delights, scary tales and creepy fun awaits for all the family. Head to the Haunted historic house to it’s basement and real-life dungeons for Halloween Fest. Gather ‘round the cauldron for Scary Story Time, with wicked tales from the White Witch of Westport. Carve a creepy pumpkin* and decorate some ghoulish goblin cakes at the Spooky Spoons Workshop. Or get your Michael Jackson zombie moves on at the Thriller Dance Class. After, head over to the Pirate Adventure Park for thrilling rides on the Cannonball Run, the Pirate Queen Swing Ship and the Pirates Plunge! Try one of the new rides for 2019 which include the Mini Ferris Wheel, Jump Around, Vortex Tunnel, Kiddie Zipwire or Tiny Town. Slow it all down with a relaxing lake drift in the Swan Pedalos or hop aboard the Westport House Express. Tickets for Westport House Halloween Fest are €66.50 for a Family Pass for 2 adults and 2 kids. That includes all Halloween activities plus full use of the Pirate Adventure Park. The only additional cost will be €3 per pumpkin in the Pumpkin Carving activity or bring your own pumpkin and no fee will apply.

Spooktacular Specials at Hotel Westport

The luxury four-star Hotel Westport on Westport House Estate are offering some scarily great Halloween deals. 3 Night Ghoulish Getaway, with breakfast each morning and dinner on one night from €439 for a family of four sharing. 2 Night Spooky Special, with breakfast each morning and dinner on one night from €299 for a family of four sharing (available on Monday, October 28th – Sunday, November 3rd, 2019). Hotel Westport guests can avail of a special discounted Family Pass to Westport House Halloween Fest, which is priced at just €52.50 for 2 adults and 2 kids and Hotel Westport guests also get to go back the next day for free. All guests can enjoy the indoor swimming pool, splash pool, jacuzzi, sauna and steam room at Ocean Spirit Leisure while the Grown ups can relax in Senses Spa with gorgeous luxury treatments.

Magical Santa Experience: Winter Wonderland at Westport House

Open selected dates from November 23 – December 23, 2019, enjoy a magical family Christmas experience at Winter Wonderland at the award-winning Westport House, Mayo this year. Winter Wonderland at Westport House is brimming with Christmas cheer. Escape the wintery weather and head for the warmth of open fires, twinkling lights, the aroma of pine and cinnamon and all the tinsel trimmings in the historic Estate House. With story-telling, face painting, a visit with dear old Santa Claus and storytime with Mrs Claus, Winter Wonderland at Westport House is an authentic, old fashioned Christmas experience for all the family to share. New in 2019, experience Tinsel Town which features a miniature Elves play village, a Live Crib, rides, games and chocolate fountains.

Sensory Santa at Westport House

For little Christmas fans with autism and sensory disorders, Friday, December 6th sees a special Sensory Santa Visit take place from 3pm to 8pm. The Christmas hustle and bustle is toned down, and families can enjoy individual visits with Santa Claus and all the other Winter Wonderland events, just at a slower pace. Complimentary adult carer ticket available. For bookings contact 098 27766, Sensory Santa is not available to book online.
Tickets for Winter Wonderland – on sale from October 1st – are €15 for infants (under 2 years) including small gift, €28.50 for children (aged 2+ years) including small gift and €14 for adults. Babies celebrating their First Christmas are welcome free of charge and will receive a complimentary gift. Runs on selected dates November 23rd to December 23rd, 2019. See www.westporthouse.ie to check dates, book tickets, add on items and further information. Group bookings are also available. Contact the Westport House Elves on 098 27766 / info@westporthouse.ie

 

 

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Wedding Planning Guide – 2 Months to go

If you have been following our Wedding planning guides you should be pretty well organised, if not don’t worry catch up here; Wedding Planner Guide 1, Guide 2 & Guide 3 and our latest Guide -3 Months to go!  

Ok, so you’re down to 2 months to go, at this point your probably thinking “Have I forgot something?” … ” I have so much left to do”, well we’re here to assure you you got this! Ok, so let’s get started…

 

Send Invites

Usually, invites are sent between 8- 6 weeks prior to the wedding. Make sure to keep a list of all your attendees on an excel sheet and tick it off as you go to make sure you haven’t forgotten anyone. Make sure to utilise help from friends and family for this one, let them help you drop as many invites around by hand as they can, neighbours, a bunch to family here and there it will save you on postage! there will, of course, be some you need to post, be sure to check with your local Post office to get booklets of “Wedding Stamps” they are the same price but much nice on your invites! For those friends that are the other side of the world, why not send them an e-invite if you think it would be easier, at this stage you will already know if they are coming or not as they would have planned it so be smart and make life easier for yourself. Some suggestions McNamara Printers and All in Design, Castlebar

*Top Tip – Be sure to have a realistic RSVP date on your invites, if you want them all in by the 7th be sure to say the 1st, as with everything us Irish can be a bit Irish! 

Plan your Ceremony Layout

You will want to start thinking about the layout of your ceremony, whether it is a humanist, civil, interfaith or religious ceremony, it is to you probably the most important part of your wedding (I know I know the dress is up there too!😀) So you want to make sure that you are happy with what’s being said and who is saying what. If you have decided to have friends and family do prayers or readings or blessing they need to be asked and given their piece. you also need to decide if you want to print off ceremony Booklets. If you are getting married in a Catholic Church you may need to run your reading/ sing choices by your priest first). If you do decide to get some booklets printed, there are plenty of cheap and cheerful options online from 6-page booklets to 1 fold leaflet of just an a5 piece of paper. You could also get them from the same company as your invites and keep them in the same design.

*Top Tip – If you ask for a priced for your invites, Mass Booklets and Thank you Cards together you have a better chance of being able to bargain a price! 

Gifts for Bridal Party, Parents, Partner 

When it comes to gifts its really down to personal preference. you may want to buy your bridesmaid’s shoes and bag or Jewellery and present it to them as a gift, mabey you and your partner have decided on a surprise gift to leave in each others cases for the night before the wedding or mabey you decide to keep your money and spend it on a killer honeymoon instead, either way do what fits your plan.

*Top Tip – If you don’t want to do the traditional flowers/gifts for the mothers, why not arrange a small Spa Day at a few weeks before the wedding, it will be a great chance for them to bond and a nice thank you for all their help & support. Senses Spa at Hotel Westport do fantastic Girly Spa Days and can also incorporate an amazing Afternoon Tea in the spectacular Westport House too! 

Beauty Trials

ESSENTIAL …we cannot stress enough how important it is to trial, trail, trail. the run-up to your wedding is not the time to test out a new hair colour, waxing experiments or anything out of the norm. If you are planning on getting a spray tan for your wedding and havnt trials it already now is the time. You need to leave yourself time to trial a few if you don’t like the first one! This will also allow you to see how long before your wedding to get your tan done, you may prefer it 2-3 days after application. 

*Top Tip – plan on getting your tan done before a night out or event, make sure to take plenty of pictures on the night and see what they look like, it will give you a good idea as to how it will come out and a great excuse to blow off some wedding prep stress 

Organise Wedding Favours

If you decide to do wedding favours now is the time to start organising them. There are some great Irish websites that do beautiful favours at a reasonable price Favour Lane  and Do Me a Favour

Or maybe you will decide instead of spending money on Favours that you will instead give that money to a charity of your choice. Some charities will even send you out little placemats for you to place on your tables to let your guests know what charity you have chosen. Make A Wish Ireland is an example of one you can find out more HERE

 

Stay Tuned for Next Weeks Guide, We will on the countdown with 4 weeks to go! 

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Westport House Launch New Sensory Area https://www.westporthouse.ie/2019/08/09/westport-house-launch-new-sensory-area/ https://www.westporthouse.ie/2019/08/09/westport-house-launch-new-sensory-area/#respond Fri, 09 Aug 2019 13:55:19 +0000 https://www.westporthouse.ie/?p=6916 The Mayo School Break Club run by Western Care visited Westport House today to launch a Sensory Space for visitors with sensory needs.  Nestled in between the old house bridge and the Grace O’Malley Statue, guests can enjoy some quiet time listening to the bird song, the wind in the trees and the sound of the river if they need a break.  Families with children with sensory processing difficulties are […]

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The Mayo School Break Club run by Western Care visited Westport House today to launch a Sensory Space for visitors with sensory needs.  Nestled in between the old house bridge and the Grace O’Malley Statue, guests can enjoy some quiet time listening to the bird song, the wind in the trees and the sound of the river if they need a break.  Families with children with sensory processing difficulties are also invited to the FREE Sensory Day at the Pirate Adventure Park at Westport House taking place on Sunday, September 1 from 11:00 am – 6:00 pm. 

See here for more information: Westport House Sensory Day 2019

 

 

 

 

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Schools Out for Summer in Westport House https://www.westporthouse.ie/2019/06/20/schools-out-for-summer-in-westport-house/ https://www.westporthouse.ie/2019/06/20/schools-out-for-summer-in-westport-house/#respond Thu, 20 Jun 2019 16:22:48 +0000 https://www.westporthouse.ie/?p=6754 Create precious memories for all the family on the 400-acre historic lands of Westport House. Situated in the heart of Westport town, this 300-year-old heritage destination, the lands of legendary Pirate Queen Grace O’Malley, has a myriad of exciting family adventures in store – and lots of new activities this summer.  Soak up the inspiring heritage of Westport House with a brand-new Audio Tour app now available for all visitors […]

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Create precious memories for all the family on the 400-acre historic lands of Westport House. Situated in the heart of Westport town, this 300-year-old heritage destination, the lands of legendary Pirate Queen Grace O’Malley, has a myriad of exciting family adventures in store – and lots of new activities this summer.  Soak up the inspiring heritage of Westport House with a brand-new Audio Tour app now available for all visitors telling the story of the family behind the house. Check out the dastardly dungeons, meet the characters who have lived in the House throughout the ages and step back in time with a sumptuous Victorian Afternoon Tea; ramble for miles through the gardens, parks and lakes of the Estate.

 

Splash out at the Pirate Adventure Park with the Cannonball Run Slide, the Pirate Queen Swinging Ship and the thrills and spills of the Pirates Plunge log flume ride.  Gear up on the Pedal Karts or wind down on the Swan Pedalo boats. Climb aboard the Westport House Express, a miniature train ride around the lake along with indoor soft play, inflatable castles and obstacle courses. There are hours of fun guaranteed in 2019 as you also get to try out any of the eight new and additional family attractions on site – all included in the one Pirate Adventure Park ticket. 

 

These include The Jump Around, (hop on this ride for a delightful time and you may even hear a ‘Ribbit’), Mini Ferris Wheel, (get comfy in your mini Ferris Wheel pod while you enjoy the views), Vortex Tunnel (an awe-inspiring virtual tunnel experience you won’t forget), Pan for Gem Stones, (when Pirate Queen Gracy was last on the Estate legend has it she lost her treasure chest, leaving behind rare gems and crystals), Hook a Duck, (try and hook a duck to be in with a chance of winning some great prizes), Tiny Town, (located in the indoor Coach House, allowing kids to use their imagination to be whoever they want to be from a shopkeeper, hairdresser to an hotelier, Disc Golf (similar to traditional golf, but rather than using clubs and balls, using a flying disc commonly known as a Frisbee™, the challenge is to complete each hole on the course in the fewest number of strokes) and a new 3.5km parkway walking trail, there’s no better place to be this summer.  And just two weeks ago, a new Kiddie Zipwire was open where everyone’s having a whizz of a time! 

When the day is done and you’re ready for sustenance, pop in to Gracy’s Pizzeria and Bistro to enjoy a delicious wood-fired pizza or choice from the bistro menu.  Join us on July 5th to meet Connacht Rugby Players to launch Gracy’s Summer Programme.  We have lots to entertain you with Family Bingo Night, Make Your Own Pizza Evening, Open Mic Night, BBQ Night, Thank God Its Friday, Saturdays Live Music from 3pm-5pm & 8pm-10pm as well as Sunday Jazz in the afternoon. 

Visit www.WestportHouse.ie to plan your day out. 

 

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Gardener’s Blog #7 – The Riverside Walk https://www.westporthouse.ie/2019/06/05/gardeners-blog-6-the-riverside-walk/ https://www.westporthouse.ie/2019/06/05/gardeners-blog-6-the-riverside-walk/#respond Wed, 05 Jun 2019 08:52:49 +0000 https://www.westporthouse.ie/?p=6638 Walk of life One of the most striking aspects of the Westport House Estate is the beautiful Carrowbeg River that slides through the grounds down to the sea. Graceful and life-giving, its presence is inextricably bound up in the house’s history. Westport House itself was built in 1730 on the ruins of an old castle belonging to the Pirate Queen, Granuaile, and in the decade that followed, the house’s architect […]

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Walk of life

One of the most striking aspects of the Westport House Estate is the beautiful Carrowbeg River that slides through the grounds down to the sea. Graceful and life-giving, its presence is inextricably bound up in the house’s history.

Westport House itself was built in 1730 on the ruins of an old castle belonging to the Pirate Queen, Granuaile, and in the decade that followed, the house’s architect Richard Cassels also designed the grounds. Westport’s Carrowbeg River was originally a winding waterway, but it was straightened by Cassels, who had a massive interest both in both formal landscaping and in canals. He also added in the elegant cascades as salmon leaps.

The four-arch road bridge over the Carrowbeg River was built in 1734, along with the cascades, and the original avenue followed the river to the House. In the 19th century, thanks to the influence of landscape designer Capability Brown, that avenue was replaced by the grand avenue that runs up to the house today from Hotel Westport. However, the river once again played a central role in this second design, running parallel to the new avenue, creating pleasing sight lines.

Bringing back the balance

A gorgeous 1.5k walk runs east (or inland) from the road bridge, on the north side of the river, and loops around over an enchanting bridge to the other side, running back up to the house. Bright red, the bridge is Chinese in style – possibly to complement the beautiful Chinese room within the house.

Over the past 100 years, the walk and the embankments gradually became overgrown and a little dilapidated. Some TLC was needed to bring the Riverside Walk back to its former glory and so, during the quite weeks of early January, myself and the team set about its restoration.

Studying the original 1800s and 1914 landscape drawings, it became obvious that the original proportions of lawn and river bank had become unbalanced, thanks in large part to ever-encroaching brambles, laurel and scrub. Having devised a design and programme of works with the Westport House team, we set about restoring the river bank back to it original beauty. 

 

Over the next number of weeks, we uncovered the original remains of the garden pathway, embanked with a dry stone wall. We also removed a vast amount of scrub, which had been covering up specimen trees, freeing up these beautiful trees so that they now stand proud once more, no longer lost in a haze of overgrowth. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Turning our attention to the pathway, we re-orientated it so that it flows in a more structurally sensitive manner. We also cleared around the magnificent 1734 cascade, which had become overgrown, restoring the original views from the house bridge. The river banks were cleared too, in order to sharpen up the edges as per the original design intent. 

 

 

 

 

Planting for the future

We also planted lots of specimen trees were planted along the river walk, ensuring its beauty for many future generations to come. We chose beech, evergreen oak, sweat chestnut, western hemlock, and two of my favourites, weeping willow and giant sequoia.

 

The weeping willow has been planted above the cascade, and in time, it will form a magnificent living backdrop that hangs over the waterfall – very fitting for such a romantic setting.

Giant sequoias are also known as giant redwoods, and they are the largest trees in the world. We planted ours in a prime spot, and it now stands proudly to the north-eastern side of Westport House. A tree as majestic as its surroundings, this will eventually be one of the largest trees in Co Mayo. (Giant sequoias grow to 280 feet tall – or more: long-living sequoias can live more than 3,000 years and grow to over 300 feet! These trees thrive in areas where annual rainfall is between 4.5 and 6 inches per year and where the soil is moist but drains well, so it should have no problem here in the west.)

We are really proud of the Riverside Walk’s restoration. By clearing away the scrub that was choking the embankments and surrounding land, we’ve let in the air and light, allowing the life that teems within to breathe once more. We hope that you will enjoy strolling along the pathway like the lords and ladies of the past, with the soothing sound of the Carrowbeg’s gentle flow keeping you company while you relish the beautiful plants and trees and savour the glorious views of the stately house.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

—Oisín

 

 

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About Oisín Griffin, Landscape Consultant at Westport House

 

Oisín is a qualified landscape architect with a masters degree in construction project management. He placed in Bloom twice and starred in RTÉ’s Super Garden. For fun, he enjoys surfing, running, biking and all things outdoorsey. Oisín worked his way through college – for five summers – in Westport House and most recently was our Estate Manager.  He is now advising us on the layout of the gardens. 

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Make-A-Wish launches Walk for Wishes – in Memory and in Hope https://www.westporthouse.ie/2019/05/23/make-a-wish-launches-walk-for-wishes-in-memory-and-in-hope/ https://www.westporthouse.ie/2019/05/23/make-a-wish-launches-walk-for-wishes-in-memory-and-in-hope/#respond Thu, 23 May 2019 12:27:40 +0000 https://www.westporthouse.ie/?p=6592 A celebratory walk for Wish Children will take place in Westport House on 15th June 2019   16th May 2019 – In memory of Wish Children, both past and present, Make-A-Wish will be joined by Wish families, friends, volunteers and supporters on 15th June in Westport House for Walk for Wishes. Starting at 2pm, participants will walk to remember all of the 2,400 children whose wishes have been granted across […]

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A celebratory walk for Wish Children will take place in Westport House on
15th June 2019

 

16th May 2019 – In memory of Wish Children, both past and present, Make-A-Wish will be joined by Wish families, friends, volunteers and supporters on 15th June in Westport House for Walk for Wishes. Starting at 2pm, participants will walk to remember all of the 2,400 children whose wishes have been granted across the country over the past 27 years, and to raise funds to grant wishes for those who apply daily to Make-A-Wish Ireland.

 

An estimated 4,000 children in Ireland live with a life-limiting condition[1] and approximately 370 children die each year due to their illnesses. Make-A-Wish, through the generosity of public donations, create incredible memories for children and their families, helping to ensure that the illness or the trauma that they go through is not the memory that lasts, but that smiles, happiness and joy are the images that stay.

 

This June, hundreds of wish families, friends and supporters will join together at multiple locations around Ireland to Walk for Wishes. Susan O’Dwyer, CEO of Make-A-Wish Ireland says, “By joining together to Walk for Wishes we remember each of the wonderful, loving children Make-A-Wish has been able to help over the past 27 years, some of whom are no longer with us. We want to use this weekend to remember each child who has gone before us, to celebrate the happiness they brought and the joy that their short lives emanated and also to celebrate the many wish children who are either living with, or have overcome life-threatening illnesses, as they walk with us.”

 

Sean Mulchrone’s son, Luke, passed away in March 2014. Sean says, “On 25th March 2014, after watching him battle over six years with a brain tumour, we as a family, watched our son Luke draw his last breath and make his journey to his eternal home in Heaven. Ten months earlier, the scene was the complete opposite. Make-A-Wish had granted Luke his wish of visiting Disneyworld, Florida. What we didn’t realise at the time, and couldn’t, was the even greater impact that Wish has on our lives now. At times, when the loss of our son makes living difficult, it is the memories of this joyous time we hold on to.” Sean and his family will support Walk for Wishes in Westport House on 15th June 2019.

 

Also supporting Walk for Wishes are Fiona Quinn and her son Liam, who had his wish granted in 2017. “We are forever grateful for the happy memories Make-A-Wish provided for Liam. In 2017 after many hospitalisations and challenges that present to a child diagnosed with a lifelong illness, Liam got to see Barcelona beat Villarreal at the famous Nou Camp Stadium in Barcelona. The memories of lining out on the pitch for a photo with the team to the booming Barca anthem and seeing the Gods named Messi, Suarez and Neymar up close and in action were spellbinding! The experience of being granted a Wish is truly life changing. We would encourage anyone to help the Make-A-Wish Foundation in any way you can.”

 

Walk for Wishes is a 7km walk around the beautiful gardens of Westport House. The Walk has an interactive Treasure Hunt element to it, encouraging younger family members to get involved and enjoy the day.

 

Make-A-Wish is looking for participants who can sign up at HERE For those unable to attend one of these walks, Make-A-Wish invites anyone interested to organise their own walk this June. Please contact the fundraising team for more information and they will assist you every step of the way. 

 

Biddy Hughes from Westport Houses says, “The grounds of Westport House offer the ideal setting for Walk for Wishes and we are delighted to host this meaningful event.” 

 

Make-A-Wish Ireland has one simple aim – to grant the wishes of children living with life-threatening medical conditions. Research shows children who have wishes granted are more likely to build the physical and emotional strength they need to fight a critical illness. This improves their quality of life and produces better health outcomes.*

 

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