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Iconic Ard Rí hotel site “offers enormous potential” - Seamus Walsh

John Rohan, of John Rohan Auctioneers has announced that the iconic Ard Ri Hotel has been purchased by Mr. Seamus Walsh, owner of the Waterford Castle Hotel. “We are delighted to confirm the completion of the successful sale of The Ard Ri Hotel in Waterford city. The iconic building which dominates the skyline immediately north of the River Suir had been closed for a number of years and fallen into significant disrepair. In its earlier days the hotel had operated as one of the most successful in the city offering a wedding venue, conference centre, holiday accommodation and a leisure centre”.

Mr Seamus Walsh a Mullinavat man has invested in the Iconic Hotel the Ard Rí. This iconic building has always dominated the skyline north of the River Suir at Waterford.

Seamus's vision is to revive the hotel to it's former glory as a popular wedding venue, 21st birthday's venue, anniversaries, conference centre and local gathering spot and for a holiday destination.

His plan is for a modern structure with unique features to make this a recognised Hotel in Ireland as the "Modern architecture stylish hotel" in the South East.

He said: "I see huge opportunity for development in this area and look forward to this challenge". "Ireland's oldest City has sometimes been overlooked and I plan to work with the local business community, and tourism to help Waterford to have a stronger presence. We have so much to offer visitors, from history, the Viking triangle, Waterford Crystal, beautiful beaches, stunning coastline and the greenway, " says Mr. Walsh. With the opening of the Ard Ri will bring 150 jobs, and for all those with great memories from the old days of the Ard Ri, can now be relived with their families.

Mr Walsh purchased Waterford Castle Hotel & Golf Resort in 2015 and he has put a lot of his and his team's energy into a rebrand of the Island Resort, promoting tourism, not just for the Castle but for Ireland as a destination and the South East as the place to visit.

As another way to bring national and international attention Mr Walsh will be hosting the 1st Annual Golf Pro-Am on July 1st at Waterford Castle Golf Club. "This will be a spectacular event with our Golf members, local teams and international teams from Australia, The Bahamas and the UK." Join us to celebrate 25 years of the Waterford Castle Golf Club.

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