Kylemore Abbey firm records profits of €1.6m
Visitor numbers to Kylemore Abbey in Connemara, which is home to 11 Benedictine nuns, last year increased by 15pc to 300,000.
The Abbey and its Walled Gardens is one of the most popular tourist attractions in the country and new figures show that the operation at Kylemore, in Co Galway, is a lucrative one.
Accounts for a management firm that ran the tourist operation at Kylemore Abbey retained profits of €1.6m last year.
Hotelier John Lally's Kylemore Tourism Ltd's contract to operate the historic Kylemore Abbey ended at the beginning of last year with the Kylemore Trust, controlled by the Benedictine nuns, reassuming direct control of the tourist operation at the Abbey.
The figures filed by Mr Lally's Kylemore Tourism Ltd show that the firm's accumulated profits jumped from €2.25m to €3.89m in the 12 months to the end of March 2015. The accounts show that during the year, John Lally provided management services to Kylemore Tourism Ltd amounting to €357,954.
At peak season, the Kylemore operation employs 140 people, and chief executive of the Kylemore Trust Pat Lavelle said yesterday that last year "was a good year for Kylemore and it benefited from it being just off the Wild Atlantic Way and the exchange rates. This increased the spending power of visitors coming here."