Breaffy House Hotel

  • Breaffy House Resort has been awarded the Failte Ireland Business award for Customer Service Excellence.

    The four-star resort on the outskirts of Castlebar received the award after 70% of their staff completed Failte Ireland's training programme.

    The hotel is a major employer in Mayo and it took less than six months to get the majority of their 220 staff certified on the Failte Ireland programme.

    Operations manager of Breaffy House Resort, Una Kilbane says the programme has made staff in the hotel more 'customer focused.'

    She said that the award is one part of improvements the hotel makes to meet the expectations of their guests.

  • Fáilte Ireland will invest €150million into developing major new visitor attractions of scale across the country.

    The Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Shane Ross today launched Fáilte Ireland’s new Platforms for Growth initiative which will “transform the tourism landscape across the country” according to CEO Paul Kelly.

    The programme of investment is Fáilte Ireland’s largest yet, and forms part of its Grants Scheme for Large Tourism Projects which runs up to 2022.

    Major new visitor attractions of scale will be developed and existing attractions greatly enhanced through Platforms for Growth, with Fáilte Ireland making individual grants available for large-scale visitor attractions of €2.5million upwards.

    A series of workshops will be held around the country including in Mayo to guide organisations and businesses on the application process.

    Breaffy House Hotel will host a workshop on Tuesday June 18th from 10am until 1pm.

  • Ashford Castle in Cong took two national awards last night at the annual Gold Medal Awards.

    While Breaffy House Hotel and Resort in Castlebar won Ireland’s Family Friendly Award, and Aramark at Mayo University Hospital scooped the title of Ireland’s Healthcare Caterer

    Now in their 31st year, the Gold Medal Awards are recognised as the leading independent awards programme for the Irish hospitality industry.
    Judged by industry experts, the Hotel & Catering Review Gold Medal Awards recognise and reward excellence in hospitality and catering operations across the island of Ireland.

    The awards were presented at a black-tie gala dinner last night at the Lyrath Estate Hotel, Kilkenny.

    Ashford Castle took the national titles in the categories Ireland’s 5 Star Resorts and Ireland’s Wine Experience.

    Markree Castle in Sligo took the Connaught regional award as Ireland’s Favourite Place to Stay

  • Older drivers, as well as cyclists and pedestrians, need to be aware of changes in road traffic laws and how to stay safe on roads.

    That's according to Mayo County Council's Road Safety Office, which is hosting an Older Road Users Conference in Breaffy House Hotel, Castlebar next week.

    The free event takes place on Thursday 14th March from 9.30am to 1pm, and its aim is to help improve the experience for older road users, and increase their awareness and knowledge of current road systems and road traffic laws.

    With some older people choosing to use mobility scooters to maintain their independence, information provided on the day will assist these people to use the road and footpaths safely.

    The Older Road User conference is being organised by Mayo's Older Persons Council, the Road Safety Office and the Community Section and will cover a range of topics, including changes in road traffic law, road layouts and traffic signs, how vehicles have changed over the years and how driving skills and habits have evolved.

    Special guests on the day will include former RTE newsreader, Castlebar native Michael Murphy, and Mayo footballer Andy Moran.


    The number to book a place at the conference is 094 - 9064336 or 094 - 9064348.


  • Teams from Ballinrobe Community School and Davitt College in Castlebar will represent Mayo in the Bank of Ireland Money Smarts Challenge grand final in Dublin next April.

    The Ballinrobe and Castlebar students won the Mayo final in Breaffy House Hotel earlier this week, where 140 students from 15 schools across Mayo took part in the competition, which comprised of 8 rounds of money-related questions and puzzles.

    The aim of the Money Smarts Challenge is to increase financial awareness among teenagers.

    The students from Davitt College and Ballinrobe Community School will go forward to the grand final in Citywest next April, where they will compete for a €25,000 top prize for their school.