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Saturday 21 October 2017

Podium wins contract to manage Kilkea Castle hotel

The Kilkea Castle hotel in Kildare is to reopen this summer after extensive refurbishment which will be to a five-star standard
The Kilkea Castle hotel in Kildare is to reopen this summer after extensive refurbishment which will be to a five-star standard
Gavin McLoughlin

Gavin McLoughlin

Podium Hospitality, set up by former Powerscourt Hotel general manager David Webster and backed by Bernard Brogan Snr, has won the contract to manage the refurbished Kilkea Castle hotel.

The Kildare hotel, based in a 12th-century Hugh de Lacy castle, will reopen this summer after a refurbishment programme that involved a substantial investment.

Having gone into receivership a number of years ago, it's now owned by American builder Jay Cashman, whose company was one of the major contractors on the massive Boston tunnel project known as the 'Big Dig'.

Webster said the hotel would be finished to a five-star luxury standard.

The property also has a golf course and facilities for fishing and archery. Podium will target the wedding and conference and events markets, among others.

"I'm really excited about the potential of Kilkea Castle. It has all the ingredients to be an absolutely wonderful resort for Ireland," said Webster, who played a key role in turning the struggling Powerscourt around after it was acquired by Brehon Capital Partners and Midwest Holdings. Cashman said: "Kilkea Castle has been part of the Kildare landscape for over 800 years, I feel immense honour and pride to be its current custodian and will take great responsibility and care during my watch."

Other properties in Podium's portfolio include the Dundrum House Hotel in Co Tipperary, the Celbridge Manor Hotel in Co Kildare, the Pillo Hotel in Ashbourne, Co Meath and the Parkview Hotel in Co Wicklow.

The company has also been backed by the Wenning family behind Ohio-based chicken-farming business Wenning Poultry.

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