Aerial view: Westport House and the Italian Gardens in 1912. Photograph: Westport House/Phocus

On the last day of January, at the historic Westport House, in Co Mayo, there was a press conference to announce the surprise news that, almost a year(...)

Co Mayo hotelier Cathal Hughes has bought historic Westport House in a deal that will see €50 million invested in the 455 acre estate.

The Mayo-based Hotel Westport Ltd has bought historic Westport House in a deal that will see €50 million invested in the 455 acre estate. The selle(...)

 Karen Browne, Biddy Hughes (marketing director) and Sheelyn Browne. Photograph: Michael McLaughlin

Sheelyn Browne’s ancestors, including the legendary Grace O’Malley, survived famines and rebellions at the family estate in Westport, which was once d(...)

Views of Westport, Co Mayo. Photographer: Dara Mac Dónail /The Irish Times

Westport House in Co Mayo generates some €50 million a year in indirect investment in the county and wider western region, according to a consultants’(...)

Sophie Ellis Bextor wows fan at Westport Festival at the weekend. Photograph: Tony Kinlan

Pirate queen Grace O’Malley would “most certainly approve” of the shenanigans in the grounds of historic Westport House over the weekend. That is acco(...)

Westport House, Westport, Co. Mayo. Photograph : Keith Heneghan/Phocus

Sheelyn Browne can’t remember a time when keeping Westport House in the family wasn’t a financial struggle. The house is regarded as a national tre(...)