Bellingham Castle held a very successful open day just before Christmas to show the people of Castlebellingham all that has been done to put their historic manor house back in business.
After a solid year of renovations and a €5m investment by the Cavan based Corscadden family, the Castle is ready to open up for weddings, events and conferences.
“In the first year alone we hope to create 40 jobs and expand on this in 2015,” a spokseperson said. “The open day was to show the local people of Louth what we have completed so far as they would be very familiar with the Castle throughout the years.
A €5 entrance donation was divided among three local organisations: St vincent de Paul, the Tidy Towns committee and the local Festive Lights Committee
The Corscadden Family, owners of well known luxury castle hotels including Cabra Castle Kingscourt, and Ballyseede Castle Tralee are re-opening Bellingham Castle Hotel in February.
The castle will open its’ doors following an extensive multi-million euro refurbishment, and will operate as an exclusive luxury venue.
The official opening scheduled for February of 2014, will create 40 new jobs for the area.
Recruitment for these positions will begin shortly.
Bellingham Castle has two large banqueting halls, two conference rooms a large bar and lounge and 21 bedroom suites.
It is envisaged a further 40 bedrooms will be added in the next four years with the hope of creating further employment for the area.
Bellingham Castle was the location for the hit RTE TV series Fáilte Towers in 2009 starring 12 celebrity contestants, including former MEP Patricia McKenna and celebrity Big Brother star Michelle Heaton. The show was a massive ratings hit for RTE. The Runaway Bride series for TG4 was also filmed at Bellingham Castle prior to this.
In 1905, Bellingham Castle was the venue for the weddding of Augusta Bellingham to the 4th Marquis of Bute John Crichton-Stuart.
The Marquis, who was one of the wealthiest men in the British Isles at the time and was also into new inventions including cinematography. A remarkable film of the wedding can be seen on the castle’s website.