The Elaine Show on Virgin Media One Looks at Weddings and Party Venues

The Elaine Show on Virgin Media One – Weddings and Party Venues December 1st 2020

There’s no denying that 2021 is going to be very busy year for weddings for people who had to put off having parties. Most will be hoping to have their events next year so I’ve lined up a list of lovely venues that I found in my research on the topic. Along the way I found great websites, especially Weddings-on-line where all your wedding needs are available on their website here

Wedding Venues

Rock Farm Slane

Rock Farm Slane have been running weddings since 2014. Most of their couples opt for a combination of outdoor ceremony using the stretch tent on the Glamping followed by a drinks reception served from Le Shack, with dinner and dancing in the Hay Barn. This allows guests to make the most of all the outdoor and indoor space they have in the Glamping, Lime House and Hay Barn areas.

Lime House (max 60 guests)

The Lime House is suitable for a small wedding up to a maximum of 60 guests. You can seat up to 40 guests inside the houseand you have the option to use this beautiful space for your drinks reception as well for up to 80 guests standing. There is a large veranda to the front of the house and you can hire our 120m² event tent for €650 to create a larger ceremonial and/or dining space for up to 100 guests. Guests can also stay in the Lime House which sleeps up to 22 people sharing.

Hay Barn (max 250 guests)

The Hay Barn is located beside the Lime House and can seat up to 250 guests at long banquet styletables offering a relaxed rustic barn wedding style. The large open space includes a dining hall, dance floor, stage and bar as well as a lounge space and gravelled outdoor areato the front. The Hay Barn like the rest of our venues gives you the opportunity to put your own individual stamp on your wedding. Our Hay Barn – Lime House packages start at €6,950 for high season, weekend packages. We also offer rates for 1 nightmid week packages in both high (June to August) and mid-season (April – May and September – October).

Glamping Wedding (max 120 guests)

Glamping weddings at Rock Farm Slane werea popularoption prior to the Hay Barn. A marquee (or our 120m² stretch tent at €650) can be set up beside Le Shack in the main Glamping area or down on the meadow opposite Slane Castle.

There are noise restrictions after 11pm, so most couples now opt for a Glamping Ceremony and Reception with dinner and dancing in the Hay Barn.

Please note marquee weddings are only available mid-week only (Sunday – Thursday) – Glamping Venue Hire Fee is €2,500.

Bridal Party Accommodation

Swallow’s Nest: Romantic 2-man strawbale cabin overlooking the natural swimming pool provided as part of the above wedding package (FOC)  if the whole farm is taken:

Lime House: 6 ensuite bedrooms sleeping up to 2 – 4 sleepers, max 22 people sharing:

Glamping: 2 x 2-man shepherd huts, 3 x 4-man 16’ yurts and 2 x 6-man 20’yurts: Max 28 people.

Bell Tent Village: 2 x 4-man (5m) bell tents, 1 x joined set of bell tents (2 x 5m) with stretch awning across (max 8 sleepers) and 1 x 6-man (6m) bell tent all on platforms. Max sleepers 22:

River House: House by the river at the foot of the farm. 5-bedroom (3 ensuite) sleeping a max of 10 sleepers:

Guest Facilities

Aside from timeless nomadic dwellings in the form of yurts and shepherd huts which are furnished with warm, comfortable beds dressed in crisp, fresh linen and down or wool pillows. Le Shack (our communal area) boasts piping hot showers from a wood stove, luxurious natural soaps and a naturally furnished communal space where you can kick back or party. Guests can enjoy our two outdoor wood burning hot tubs, one on the glampsite and one at the Lime House. We also have a Natural Swimming Pool with sloping beach accessible to guests throughout their stay during daylight hours (no lifeguard in attendance).

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Romantic Castles of Ireland

Markree Castle County Sligo

It is hard to imagine a destination with more romance, character and elegance than Markree Castle. This historic Irish castle venue is nestled in the stunning North West of Ireland in County Sligo on the route of the world famous Wild Atlantic Way. Markree Castle, with its relaxed atmosphere, picture-perfect 500-acre grounds and luxury accommodation, provides the ideal location for that truly unforgettable getaway you have always dreamed of.

Wander through the castle, enjoying the blazing fire in the Grand Hall, period features and furnishings, and the breath-taking inter-linked dining rooms creating that authentic, old-world charm to instantly transport you back in time. The 500-acre grounds are also all yours to explore with mature trees, meticulously manicured gardens, and even the River Unshin flowing through the castle estate.

Now is your opportunity to discover the magic of Markree Castle and experience the epitome of luxury in your very own 17th Century authentic Irish Castle.


Wedding Pricing

Midweek                          Sunday – Thursday €92.00 per person

Weekend                          Friday & Saturday €102 per person


The wedding package includes:

  • Exclusive use of Markree Castle and grounds for you and your guests.
  • Red carpet welcome, including Champagne for the couple
  • Drinks Reception on arrival with selected Markree Castle canapes
  • Personalised menu cards
  • Choice of cake stand and ceremonial sword
  • Five Course Meal and half bottle of house wine per guest
  • Evening food with tea & coffee for half the number of final guests


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Bellingham Castle County Louth

At Bellingham Castle, the welcome is warm, the facilities luxurious and the memories, eternal. Nestled in the medieval village of Castlebellingham in County Louth along Ireland’s Ancient East, Bellingham Castle is an elegant and spacious 17th Century authentic Irish Castle available for exclusive hire, to allow you become King or Queen of your very own castle for a truly memorable experience.

Set at the gateway to the Cooley mountains and on the banks of the glistening River Glyde, Bellingham Castle is the centrepiece of a 17-acre estate that includes a weir and man-made river island where you can create memories that last a lifetime. The opulent 17th Century Irish castle is bursting with rich history, splendour and old-world luxury.

The award-winning Bellingham Castle is a family-owned and operated property. Patrick Corscadden and Ciara Carolan, along with their dedicated team, have made Bellingham Castle the leading exclusive hire wedding venue in the north-east of Ireland since 2013.

Wedding Pricing

Midweek                          Sunday – Thursday €99.00 per person

Weekend                          Friday & Saturday €109 per person

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Ballyseede Castle County Kerry

As Kerry’s only castle hotel, the magnificent Ballyseede Castle offers an authentic castle experience full of Irish charm and personality. The perfect base for touring the south-west of Ireland, Ballyseede Castle is close to Tralee and the famous Ring of Kerry, only 15 minutes from Kerry Airport, 90 minutes from Shannon Airport and not a million miles from anywhere.

Set on 30 acres of ancient woodlands and manicured gardens, Ballyseede Castle Hotel is beautifully placed in secluded grounds and is the perfect choice for weddings, private events, and guests alike. At Ballyseede Castle, you will enjoy old world elegance, combined with modern-day comforts. Recently extended, the castle now offers 45 luxurious en-suite bedrooms – many with four-poster beds and garden views, and all the epitome of luxury ensuring you end your day in decadent comfort and style.

Wedding Pricing

Midweek Weddings       Sunday thru Wednesday from €79.50 per person

Weekend Weddings       Friday & Saturday  from €79.50


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Cabra Castle County Cavan

Castles, with their nooks and crannies and ancient histories are made for exploring, and you will chance upon amazing secrets at the breath-taking Cabra Castle in County Cavan.


Idyllically set amidst sprawling lawns on a 100-acre estate, with the backdrop of the magnificent Dún a Rí Forest Park, Cabra Castle boasts stunning architecture, luxurious furnishings, and phenomenal natural attractions.

The castle has undergone extensive renovations over the last number of years, most recently the Ballroom, Gallerie and Terrace have been completely refurbished. Cabra Castle boasts 105 stunning bedrooms, offering a wide range of luxury accommodation, from authentic medieval style castle suites, complete with four-poster beds, to the more artisan-style courtyard rooms, charming country cottages and the revamped gate lodge.

This 18th Century Castle enjoys spectacular views of the surrounding countryside, with patios and terraces situated perfectly to enhance the majestic scenery. Just over an hour from Dublin and Belfast, Cabra Castle is ideally located for touring Ireland, short breaks, corporate events and weddings

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The Village Barn

The Reception

contact: 087 270 9646 (David)

At The Village Barn you can expect exclusive hire this Family run relaxed venue in the heart of the country but only an hour from Dublin in Tyrellspass. It offers an alternative style venue complete with locals pub, chapel, orangery and large Barn surrounded by cobbled court yard and lush gardens. Dedicated kitchen, bar and service staff ensure that both the couple and guests have a most memorable day.

The Village Barn is a rustic and dramatic wedding venue, offering you an abundance of talking points, intimate spaces and photo opportunities on the happiest of occasions. The sanctuaryOrangeryBarn and grounds are exclusively yours, allowing you to put your own stamp on your big day.

After your ceremony, guests cross the gardens to The Orangery where they can choose a drink and relax for the afternoon, enjoying the views, the company and the canapes.  As the evening sets in, guests are invited into the cosy setting of The Barn for the main meal and the speeches.


The Orangery

Following the ceremony, your guests will cross the apple tree lawn to enjoy pre-dinner drinks and canapés in The Orangery – our charming reception room with its own outdoor patio area. With its glasshouse-like appearance, quirky mismatched soft furnishings and a roaring fire in the colder months, The Orangery will keep your guests comfortable and toasty. A fully stocked bar and self-service tea and coffee station will keep the afternoon thirst at bay. Food options start at €50pp for just a meal and rise to €80 for the bells and whistles package of Canapés and drinks reception of Prosecco/G+T/Beer on arrival back in the orangery,

The Sanctuary
The Village Barn has its own private chapel – “ The Sanctuary” – located within the grounds. Alternatively, you may choose to have an outdoor ceremony in our beautiful walled gardens.

Whatever your decision, we are pleased to include a list of useful contacts, churches and celebrants to help you plan your special day  here.

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Clare Island Lighthouse

Clare Lighthouse is a unique property and member of Ireland’s Blue Book.

They’ve had several “micro” weddings at the lighthouse and one booked for 2021 . Its very low key with no bells and whistles! So 10 people max as we only have 5 rooms. A minimum 2 night stay and the usual BB and dinner both evenings. We can tailor the menu for the wedding party. They are usually with a celebrant. We have a terrific local celebrant Tricia Hudson of Weather permitting they generally opt to have the ceremony outside looking across the sea to Achill Island and Boston beyond . The approx cost for 10 people x 2 nights BB/dinner, drink before and after meal plus a bottle of house wine each evening per room €6500. Of course there’s always bubbly …..

It’s really lovely because it’s nice and relaxed and they have the whole lighthouse to themselves for 2 whole days and of course amazing venue for the photographs.

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Druids Glen Hotel & Golf Resort and Spa

The five-star Druids Glen Hotel & Golf Resort is set in an idyllic location in the heart of Wicklow providing a beautiful backdrop for your wedding day. Just a thirty-minute drive from Dublin and fifteen minutes from the M50, allowing convenient access to Druids Glen.


Whether an extravagant celebration in the hotel’s elegant ballroom, an intimate gathering with friends, a civil ceremony or civil partnership, their wedding packages offer choices to suit all budgets and tastes with those magical finishing touches that set it all apart. The attention is all yours, as it should be, as they cater for one wedding per day in the chandelier lit James Joyce Ballroom.


You will be spoilt for choice with picturesque scenery for memorable photos and appetising menu choices of exceptional quality, delivered with a professional and friendly service which is second to none. Your wedding day is made extra special at Druids Glen because they understand that every couple’s wish list is different.


View their wedding package here from €95 per person


For more information or to arrange a show around, please contact their Wedding Co-ordinator Nessa Kearney who will be delighted to assist you, on +353 1 287 0811 or 


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The Station House Hotel – Kilmessan County Meath

Only 35 minutes from Dublin, the Station House Hotel in Kilmessan, County Meath, is a beautiful country house which boasts all the amenities of a hotel with the personality of a family-run, exclusive venue.

The hotel itself is a charming converted railway station, dating back to 1862 when the first Dublin bound trains ran through Kilmessan in County Meath. Chris and Thelma Slattery later bought the converted property in 1981 and first opened its doors as a warm and welcoming country house hotel in 1984. Now into its 2nd generation, the Slattery family and their team have been hosting weddings and events for over 36 years, with a un-waivered commitment to excellence and every detail covered. Prices starting at €80 per person

The multi award winning venue, has recently undergone a complete refurbishment. The refurbishment draws inspiration from travels across the globe, where Irish country chic meets with eclectic influences from India, Istanbul, Middle East and beyond. The blend of local Irish made furniture and hand-made accessories from international artisans, combined with original antiques from The Station House and it’s history as a busy railway junction, all combine to give the venue its unique feel.

Holding on to the charm and magic of the past, the Station House Hotel is known for its warmth and superior service. Over the years, The Station House has won numerous awards and accolades for its food and service, The Station House prides itself on using the freshest ingredients, sourced locally as much as possible, home-made to perfection.

The Station House Hotel also boasts an original two-story railway signal cabin called The Signal Suite, which is perhaps Ireland’s most unusual and charming bridal suite! This unique space, which is the only one of its kind in Ireland, has been converted into a two-storey honeymoon spot separate from the hotel, offering you complete privacy on your wedding day. Featuring its original steel staircase it’s the perfect retreat for your first night as newlyweds.

Set on 12 acres of manicured gardens and woodland, the original railway buildings, now listed, offer lots of gorgeous options for your big day.

  • The Turntable – an original old train turntable set amid the landscaped forest provides a truly magical backdrop for your outdoor ceremony, drinks reception or first dance under the stars.
  • The Carriage Suite – an original granite walled engine room which is ideal for an indoor ceremony or reception seating 180 guests.
  • The Signal Restaurant – set in the original main station hall with its high ceilings, open fire and bright and airy feel is also ideal for indoor ceremonies or can host smaller weddings, seating up to 80 people comfortably.

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Riverside Park Hotel County Wexford

The 4 Star, Riverside Park Hotel overlooks the beautiful River Slaney in the picturesque town of Enniscorthy Co. Wexford. This luxurious hotel offer guests a choice of beautifully appointment bedrooms, family rooms, couples deluxe rooms, suites and balcony rooms.

You can relax in the Leisure Club or enjoy a massage in the Treatment rooms followed with a choice of dining options, The award winning Alamo Steakhouse, Moorings Restaurant or Prom Bar. And less than an Hour from Dublin.

Wow your guests in the stunning ballroom with floor to glass ceiling, looking over the River with a changing mood light ceiling.

The 2 Floor penthouse bridal suite is pure opulent the perfect way to start your new married life.

Wedding Showcase 2nd and 3rd January from 2pm Booking Essential.  Wedding Packages start from €38 per person.

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La Peniche Barge

Fee: Nil due to Covid-19 and people can use that money elsewhere.
They are aware people have extra bills and don’t want to add unnecessary stress.
Capacity 50 People which will allow for social distancing etc
Prices Per Head: 42.00 it includes a 3 course Meal and Champagne Reception.

Looking for that Extra Special Venue for a Wedding? A visit to ‘La Peniche‘ on the Grand Canal while enjoying fine food and wines won’t disappoint. La Peniche restaurant aboard the MV Riasc is available for Exclusive Hire Day Evening or Night with dinner or buffet. The choice is yours.

Hire a DJ, Small Band or Bring your own music. Or have us organise it for you. You are welcome to add that personal touch with your own decorations, flowers etc. You can sit up on Heated Covered Deck and enjoy the sights to the Grand Canal Docks.

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Mount Druid

Are you looking for a unique, wedding venue alternative in Ireland?

Are you dreaming of something a little different for your wedding day? Look no further than the peaceful surroundings of Mount Druid, Castletown Geoghegan, Co. Westmeath, an exquisite parkland within 100 acres, sprinkled with over 200,000 broad leaf trees and with its very own lake and boat house.

At Mount Druid we host wonderful boutique wedding receptions and ceremonies on our grounds and invite you to come and see the surrounds here as the setting for your own unique wedding day.

We have luxury alternative accommodation available for your guests on site as well as a several distinct spaces that will suit a range of requirements.

We are proud to offer several distinctive spaces for your boutique wedding reception for up to 200 guests:
– The Tin Chapel for your ceremony
– The Summer House and new Boat House for drinks reception by the lake
– The Barn for dinner and dancing

The Chapel:
Ceremonies can be carried out in our unconsecrated ‘Chapel’, an alternative, quaint gathering space nestled among the trees on our site. The ‘Tin Chapel’ is perfect for a simple blessing.

Castletown Geoghegans Catholic Church is just across the road from Mount Druid – you can be married at the Church and then stroll across the road to Mount Druid for your wedding reception festivities.

The Summer House and ‘new’ Boat House:
After your ceremony enjoy a short stroll across the hill to the Summer House for your drinks reception. This is a beautiful space overlooking the lake. Our new enclosed ‘Boat House’ gives you the opportunity to have your drinks reception at the lake no matter what the weather – a huge wood burning stove in the centre keeps everyone cosy.

The Barn:
Our converted ‘Barn’ is a boutique function room with a difference – perfect for your meal and dancing. Decorated in a gorgeous combination of shabby chic with antique and restored furniture. We can seat up to 200 guests.

An outdoor BBQ area and fireplace is located at the rear within our walled garden.

Anything is worth discussing with us. Only an hour from Dublin and Galway.

To come and view the property (appointment only) please contact us at


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