Fairways Hotel re-opens its doors with the creation of 110 new jobs

The Fairways Hotel re-opened its doors this afternoon with an invited audience coming along to check out the new offering.

Talk of the Town was there to get a first look at the revamped €12 million hotel on the Dublin Road and you can see some of what it has to offer in our short video clip below…

While a preview took place today, the official launch of the hotel is scheduled for 11am tomorrow (Friday) morning.

The new hotel is a four star facility and will create 110 jobs for the town.

The Fairways has been closed since January 2015 with a new retail development anchored by SuperValu opening on its site in October 2017.

The new €12 million hotel includes 113 spacious bedrooms, excellent extensive conference and banqueting facilities with four large meeting rooms, a newly redesigned reception, bar and restaurant.

Crowds mingling at The Fairways Hotel today

First opened in the 1960s, the original Fairways Hotel was for many decades a cherished destination in the north-east of Ireland. In November 2015, the site of the former Fairways Hotel was purchased by successful businessman and former hotelier, Pat O’Callaghan, who committed to bringing new life to hospitality in his hometown region. The rebuild of the Fairways Hotel was carried out by East Coast Catering, led by owner and Dundalk-native, Pat O’Callaghan, together with company directors, Denis Williams and Brian Byrne.

At the official opening of the Fairways Hotel were from left: Chris Austin, Group Director of Operations at iNua, Sean O’Driscoll, CEO iNua, Andrew Walker Hotel General Manager, Cllr John McGahon, Paula Bouchier, Pat O’Callaghan Owner, Stephen Kenny Republic of Ireland U21 manager, Denis Williams Company Director, Paul Fitzgerald Chief Financial Officer of iNua, Brian Byrne Company Director and Siobhan Mc Tigue Director of Sales. Photograph by Jimmy Weldon

Speaking at the private launch event to an audience of over 300 guests on Thursday 7th November, owner and director, Pat O’Callaghan said: It is an honour to return to my hometown of Dundalk, to build a brand new hotel on the Fairways Hotel site from the ground up and revive this iconic property together with iNUA Hospitality. With our investment in Dundalk and the creation of 110 employment opportunities at the Fairways Hotel, we hope to refresh hospitality in the north-east, at this particularly crucial time for our region.”

The Fairways Hotel will be managed by Ireland’s leading regional hotel group, iNUA Hospitality, who have also supported the owners with the opening of the hotel. With an ever-growing collection of four and five-star properties across Ireland, hotels owned by iNUA Hospitality include Muckross Park Hotel & Spa, Killarney, The Hillgrove Hotel & Spa, Monaghan, The Tullamore Court Hotel, The Kilkenny Hibernian Hotel, and the Radisson Blu hotels in Athlone, Cork, Limerick and Sligo. 

Sean O’Driscoll, Chief Operating Officer, of iNUA Hospitality said: “As an established and expanding leader in hotels in Ireland, iNUA Hospitality are delighted to offer our expertise to Pat O’Callaghan for the opening and management of the new Fairways Hotel Dundalk. Our vision for the Fairways, as with our own iNUA Collection hotels, is to continue driving and innovating hospitality offering across Ireland.”

The Fairways Hotel Dundalk has been reimagined to embrace the needs of today’s leisure and business guests, as well as the local community. The hotel boasts 113 rooms and suites, wedding venue facilities, and a conference centre with capacity for 900 attendees. Multiple dining experiences will be offered on-site at The Brasserie restaurant, including daily brunch, lunch and dinner, evening entertainment on Fridays and Saturdays, as well as Sunday Lunch. State-of-the-art technology and modern design feature through-out, with unique features such as Terabyte WiFi, key-card technology enabling guests to check-in on their mobile in advance of arrival, Chromecast TVs and e-car charging spaces.

Fairways Hotel General Manager, Andrew Walker said: “For more than 50 years, the Fairways Hotel has been a place of precious memories for our local community and former guests.  We are overjoyed to open the doors of the newly built Fairways Hotel today and along with my entire team, we look forward to welcoming return guests, new guests, friends and neighbours to the Fairways Hotel over the coming weeks.”

You can find out more or even book a stay now at www.fairwayshotel.ie

Inside The Fairways Hotel