Emma & Ricky
""I can't even put into words how thankful I am that we chose to hold the afters of our wedding in the Killeshin.
We only had a little under 7 weeks to plan our whole day from start to finish and they made everything run the exact way we asked them too.
Cavan and his team are absolute pros and every little detail was handled with such precision.
The food was absolutely stunning and looked AMAZING, hats off to the chef and all the kitchen team too.
I also want to mention the care they took of my dad who is not a well man anything we needed for him was gotten and we cannot thank you enough for this
Anyone looking to get married should definitely come here they will make sure you want for nothing on the day and that it runs like clock work
(even if they waited for 2 hours for me and my new hubby to arrive) xxx""
Orla & Brian
""Dear Cavan & Team
We just wanted to thank you for an amazing Wedding Day on Friday 30th June, we both had a fantastic day. Our guests enjoyed the day just as much as we did and we have had nothing but lovely comments on the excellent food, the attention to detail from your team and how fabulous the hotel looks given its recent make over. Cavan thank you for your time, advice and tips in the lead up to our big day, we really do appreciate it, you helped to keep us relaxed and ensured everything ran smoothly on the day as you promised you would. Our wedding day was everything that we had hoped for and more, thank you all so much. We are so happy that we chose the Killeshin Hotel for our wedding and have no hesitation in recommending it to anyone looking for a venue to host their special day.
Brian & Orla Dunne""
Pauline & Brendan
""Our special day happened on June 2nd this year. I wanted somewhere friendly, local and familiar to entertain my guests after the ceremony. I looked at every local hotel around Portlaoise. I was immediately impressed with the professional and amiable approach of the wedding coordinator in the Killeshin Hotel.
It’s an instinct, a bride to be just knows…. Cavan Dunne is a very experienced and totally confident wedding coordinator. Any questions, no matter how random, he answered competently, putting my mind at ease completely. Any niggling worries and concerns were immediately put to rest. He understood everything and welcomed any challenges patiently & enthusiastically.
He made out a plan, and was in regular communication by email. I booked the hotel in January for our reception in June, the short timescale didn’t frighten any of the staff as they are all competent and excellent at customer service. Cavan organised a menu tasting a few weeks beforehand which confirmed our expectations of the high quality food served in The Killeshin Hotel. He embraced our wedding theme, printed the menus to match, added photographs and extra information where required. He took on board all of our own table decor (although the Killeshin have beautiful floral/candelabra arrangements on each table anyway). He arranged for our Tayto crisp sandwich packs to be displayed in a specific area and on a time that was previously decided. The Cake, Bathroom baskets, wedding favours and signage that we had made took over Cavan’s office from the day before & were all perfectly in place for our wedding day. Speaking about ’time’ - we were most impressed with how Cavan made the day happen like clockwork. He orchestrated everything as a conductor instructs his orchestra. Everything from asking what type of car we were to arrive in (so he’d be ready with the champagne on the red carpet) to familiarising himself with the bridal party names & responsibilities. He also arranged the crowd to be seated and ready to welcome the bride & groom and introduced us, asking firstly what we would like him to introduce us as, i.e. Mr. & Mrs. etc. (Another really nice touch).
The dinner was overseen by him so perfectly as he was familiar with the seating location of each person with specific dietary requirements and so on. One can notice this most from the top table, he was quietly orchestrating everything and making sure every guest was looked after so well. The seating plan was vital and Cavan was always available to help out with changes. The children’s table worked perfectly and were catered for efficiently. The staff worked around all the entertainment /art supplies at this very large table.
The room was a perfect size for our wedding party to enjoy a meal & celebrate. It looks exactly the same as is on the Killeshin Hotel wedding brochure. The atmosphere and ambience helped the guests to feel at ease and like one big family. The lighting surrounding the edge of the ceiling was set to match the colour of the bridesmaids; something that I hadn’t even thought about. The table settings, decor, lighting and chair covers were beautiful with the background music at a perfect volume. It looks exactly the same as is on the Killeshin Hotel wedding brochure.
The day went seamlessly without any interruption to the celebrations. Cavan arranged gluten free sandwiches for the evening guests also. The day went by far too fast but was magical. This is one reason why bride /grooms to be should ascertain that their reception venue is close to their ceremony. Guests attending the wedding said it was the best wedding they’ve ever been invited to, from the hotel, food, wine, service & so on. It was so enjoyable that we had our after wedding party in the Killeshin Bar the following evening. That evening, two of the staff in the Killeshin remarked that it was the nicest wedding they’d served at - with the guests expressing genuine happiness, friendliness, respect & contentment.
Thank you to everyone involved, wedding coordinator; Mr. Cavan Dunne, the management & staff of the Killeshin, The Chef and kitchen/waiting staff for making our day so special. It was an all round brilliant day that will remain in our positive memories for many years to come.""
""We wish to express that our wedding day was absolutely perfect in every way, only made possible by you and your team. We honestly can not praise you and the hotel enough, You worked incredibly hard to make our day impeccable with every single guest commenting on how brilliant the whole day was. The food served was quite possibly the best food we have eaten anywhere in the country with each course as good as the last. The customer service we experienced was second to none with every staff member going above and beyond for our guests coupled with the dedication of you and the management team really made us feel special.
We cannot recommend yourself, your team and the hotel highly enough to any couple planning a wedding and we can honestly say if we could go back and do it all again we wouldn't change a thing.""
""To Cavan and all the staff at the Killeshin Hotel , Thank you for a beautiful and perfect wedding day! We wish you the sincerest of thanks for your warm and friendly welcome as well as your exceptional service for the weekend of our wedding.
A big thank you to Cavan, Martin and your team. You were so efficient and professional throughout the planning, the tasting night, and on the day itself you were truly amazing. You looked after every little thing and your attention to detail made it such a wonderful day.
The servers, housekeepers, bar and reception staff in the hotel were so kind, courteous, professional and added to the sense of celebration and excitement of the wedding.
We had the most delicious food that our guests are still raving about, both the meal and the evening buffet.
The ballroom was so beautifully decorated and the gorgeous courtyard and comfortable seating areas made it the perfect place for our gathering.
Our guests' experience was something that was very important to us and we are still getting calls and messages complimenting the Killeshin, I cant thank you enough for looking after us all so well.
We will always treasure our wedding at The Killeshin Hotel.""
""Hi Cavan, Thank you so much for everything. We couldn’t have done it without you and you’re Staff!!!!! We had a great time, thoroughly enjoyed our day and it was exactly how we had wanted it to be. Our guests were extremely complimentary about the organisation, rooms, food and service. We are still meeting people and they say I heard your wedding was a special day, such and such said so. It is rare that an event with such high expectations are exceeded but it’s fair to say that on all fronts this was the case for our wedding.
From the very first time we visited the staff and yourself made it feel so personal to us and that we weren’t just another wedding. The staff were very friendly and so attentive. Thank you so much, to your chef and their team for the incredible food and to your team on the day, for looking after us so well the entire day, evening and night!!!! We really didn’t want for anything more.
Please pass on our sincere appreciation to the team. See you later in the year for our anniversary.
Thanks again, Chris & Leila Dwyer""