Wedding Pride: Same-sex couples are set for a warm welcome in County Roscommon
Multi award winning Kilronan Castle Estate & Spa, one of Irelands most exclusive castle venues, offers a picture-perfect wedding setting for everyone
The Roscommon-South Leitrim constituency was the only part of Ireland to vote No in the Marriage Equality referendum.
It resulted in a backlash on social media - and one of the tweets has inspired an award-winning Roscommon hotel to roll out the rainbow-coloured carpet for LGBT couples.
"Shortly after the referendum result was declared one of our team members spotted a tweet saying 'Right. That's Roscommon/South Leitrim off my holiday list so'," says General Manager of Kilronan Castle, Michelle Coghlan.
"It might have been tongue-in-cheek but we thought it was important to get a message out there in case anybody is in any doubt. We want to stress this is a wonderful part of Ireland, the people are friendly and hospitable - we have always welcomed everyone, always will.
"We are famous for our fairy-tale weddings and nobody should be excluded from that."
Michelle is not wrong. Seeing Kilronan Castle for the first time is like seeing your favourite fairy-tale come to life.
Tucked away from the rest of the world, the 200-year-old Castle enjoys a unique location on the shores of Lough Meelagh between Keadue and Ballyfarnon village, Co Roscommon.
Surrounded by over 40 acres of lush green pastures, the castle enjoys breath-taking scenery; ideal for capturing picture-perfect moments.
Your wedding your way
The great thing about Kilronan Castle is that you can have your wedding your way. From the intimate to the extravagant, their team are experts in delivering an unforgettable wedding that is as stress-free as possible.
As one of the few castles in Ireland that can actually be linked to royalty, a wedding at Kilronan Castle is unlike anything you will experience elsewhere. If you want to add a traditional touch to your special day you can spend the morning on separate wings of the castle - just as the royal ancestors did. Then meet in the stunning Palm Court for your ceremony.
The Dungeon Bar is an ideal private setting for your drinks reception. In the summer your guests will gather on the patio sipping on pink champagne whilst overlooking the scenic Lough Meelagh. Alternatively for a winter wedding the roaring open fires make the surroundings comfortable and homely.
Afterwards, a spectacular candle lit corridor will lead you to the Grand Ballroom. With exquisite décor and sparkling chandeliers, a magical scene is set for your celebrations.
A room of one's own
Comprised of 84 unique bedroom and suites, Kilronan Castle offers a wonderful mix of old world elegance and all the modern facilities you would expect from a luxurious hotel. With a reputation built on its unparalleled warm hospitality, guests will instantly understand just what a special experience it is to stay at Kilronan Castle.
The dedicated wedding team at Kilronan Castle believe that all couples should be able to cherish each & every moment of their special day, creating memories that last a lifetime. For this reason attention to detail is of the utmost importance & rest assured, Kilronan Castle will provide you with the most exceptional wedding experience from beginning to end.