Niall Rochford

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Ashford Castle, Co Mayo. Photograph: iStock

The luxury end of the Irish travel industry is set to rebound strongly in spite of losses racked up during the Covid-19 pandemic, the manager of Ashfo(...)

Ghillie and boatmaker Frank Costello: ‘I used to have a few of my own clients but over the years I have been busier with people from the hotel and when that closed that was pretty much it.’ Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Ashford Castle is known for its service, sprawling grounds and well-heeled guests. But it is more than just a swanky hotel. For almost a century, it h(...)

Niall Rochford, general manager of Ashford Castle in Co Mayo: ‘Give us a plan or a target so I can give my team, guests, suppliers and owners some hope.’  Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

For a decade, Niall Rochford has been in charge at Ashford Castle, dealing with countless tricky situations with the grace and mild-mannered diplomacy(...)

Ashford Castle

One of the most exclusive hotels in Ireland is hoping a long standing conflict between its postal address and its actual location will help it keep it(...)

A picture of the five-star Ashford Castle, located by the village of  Cong in Co Mayo.

The impact of Covid-19 on the hospitality is “now biting” on the five-star Ashford Castle hotel, its general manager Niall Rochford has confirmed. “(...)

The boat with its engine which was stolen. Photograph: Ray Ryan

One of the largest lakes in Ireland has been left without a search and rescue service after the engine and navigation gear on the volunteer unit’s boa(...)

Ashford Castle double act: A warm welcome to one of Ireland’s premier destinations. Photograph: Elizabeth Toher

“The juice sommelier will be with you shortly,” says Ashford Castle’s restaurant manager Robert Bowe as he seats me by a window in the dining room. A(...)

Ashford Castle: The original castle dates back to 1228, when it was built as a stronghold for the Anglo Norman de Burgo family.

A number of years ago I had an American boyfriend who was keen to see Cong, home of the 1952 film The Quiet Man, and Ashford Castle. Americans tend to(...)

Ashford Castle in Cong, Co Mayo.

Revenue at the five-star Ashford Castle Hotel grew more than 9 per cent last year to €22.9 million, “driven by an increase in average room rates from (...)

Service please. Photograph: Getty

Ireland’s carefully cultivated tourism image as the land of a hundred thousand welcomes took a hit this week when one of the big names in the hospital(...)

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