From: Katie Donohoe [mailto:email@example.com]
Sent: 09 November 2015 21:54
Subject: Attention of Kim and Imelda
We hope everyone in Castle Dargan is keeping well. We are so sorry for the delay in writing this but it took us a while to finally accept that we need to get back to reality!
We don't really know where to start. It's impossible for us to thank you all enough for the fantastic and amazing wedding day that you helped us have at Castle Dargan. Kim from the minute we met with you, you were nothing but a pleasure to deal with. No question was too much and you were always there to solve any query I had and believe me I know how many of them I used to ask you!!!! You helped the lead up to the big day run some smoothly and Imelda from the moment you took over things just continued to run effortlessly.
Everything ran to perfection on the 17th and guests were treated with such individual attention that its no wonder they are still talking about Castle Dargan.
I was hoping you could pass on to Matthew our kindest regards and thanks for all he did for us both. The food was definitely without doubt the best wedding meal we have ever tasted and our guests were blown away by the standard. Guests are still raving about the "fantastic meal". Nobody wanted for anything and everything was timed to perfection. No glasses were ever empty and any requests were happily dealt with. Thank you so much for making this happen.
Chrissie also was an absolute diamond! She blew everyone away with her welcome smile and kind words of greeting. Guests were made feel so special and she helped everyone including myself with anything that they wanted with a constant smile and nothing was ever too much.
It was a pleasure to have chatted and spent time with Bríd the day before the wedding. She really understood the theme we were creating in the function room and helped add to this with her creative flair.
Thank you all so much from the bottom of our hearts. We hope to get down to you guys before Christmas to thank you all in person.
Before then Ive attached some photos of the Hotel and the magnificent grounds that you may like to have!
Thanks again for everything.
Mr & Mrs Ormsby
Kim I just wanted to say a quick thank you for everything you have a done for us over the past year. You made the entire preparation process so easy and enjoyable. The day yesterday was one I will never forget. Matthew and the whole team were incredible. I can't even express how grateful we are for how instrumental the whole Castle Dargan team, especially you, were in giving us the wedding of our dreams. The room was set up in the most beautiful way. The food was, without question, the best I have ever had at a wedding. The rooms were beautiful and so warm and cosy. All the little touches were much appreciated. Especially the champagne and strawberries in our room. Everyone I spoke to was so impressed and many were trying to find excuses to come back to stay. Mum and I are coming for a weekend soon. I couldn't be happier Kim. Thank you for everything, especially your patience. Reference Niamh, email
Niamh & Blain Prendergast
We had the most fantastic wedding at Castle Dargan on 22nd November 2014. From start to finish, Castle Dargan was the perfect venue. We loved the place from our first visit, and throughout the preparations, the staff were extremely helpful, accommodating, friendly and professional. The venue ticked all our many boxes - it was intimate yet spacious, beautifully decorated and comfortable, could accommodate almost all our guests, provides a very special ceremony room for non-Church weddings, offers a variety of accommodation and different function rooms which enabled us to have a whole weekend event, everything was wheelchair accessible for my mother!, and provided comfort and facilities for both our elderly and very young guests, as well as all the inbetweens....and the value for money was out of this world. All of this, combined with the advice from Kim, the Wedding Co-Ordinator, help from Chrissie the Accommodation Manager, the smooth running of the event under Matthew, and the cooking of the Chef & Kitchen team, gave us and our guests, a fantastic and memorable weekend. Our own feedback, and that of all our guests, was this - superb venue, excellent facilities, lovely homely feeling, excellent food, ABSOLUTELY LOVELY STAFF across the board!!!!, and super value for money. All round we could not have wished for more. We were blown away by what we got from Castle Dargan and its team!!!! Thank you so much for making our wedding weekend so special. Claire Shiels & Eoin McCabe. Reference: Claire, Trip Advisor
We got married in Castle Dargan on the 29th of August this year, and had an amazing time. The venue itself is fabulous, we had our civil ceremony there too and the room and the atmosphere was spectacular!
Everyone we encountered was a pleasure to deal with from start to finish during the wedding planning process, the girls on reception had great patience and were so helpful with any queries ourselves or our guests had. The food at the tasting and on the day was beautiful, with brilliant attention to all the small details. Two months later, we're still getting told how good the food was and how excellent all the waiting staff were - I've lost count of how many of our guests said how friendly the waiting staff were and how they made sure every person at their table was happy with every single dish that went out.
From start to finish we had a brilliant experience with Castle Dargan, and Kim was always happy to help with our (many!) queries, no matter how big or small, thought of all the small things, and was a great source of reassurance that all was okay. She did as much as she could to ensure we'd have nothing to worry about on the day and to minimise our stress, I think I may have been one of the most relaxed brides ever. So we want to say a big thank you to all the staff, especially Chrissie, Stephen, Matthew and Kim; ye all made our wedding so perfect and ensured we had an amazing day - we'd do it all again tomorrow and wouldn't change a thing! Reference: Debbie Trip Advsior
Thanks again from Debbie and Darragh
My husband and I felt compelled to write this review after our AMAZING wedding reception in Castle Dargan on 21/4/14. From the minute we met with Kim, the wedding co-ordinator, to discuss the possibility of having our reception in Castle Dargan to the moment we checked out and headed off on our honeymoon we were treated like royalty. All of our guests have nothing but good reports to say regarding the fabulous food and the incredible hospitality from all the staff on the day of our wedding. Everything ran smoothly and with regular contact with Kim, no request was too much. I had a lot of personal touches which I wanted to include and these were all dealt with efficiently. The next day I booked myself and my bridesmaids and my mother into the spa, which was well needed. Sophia and the rest of the girls did an amazing job leaving us feeling relaxed and refreshed. I could not stress enough how much I would recommend Castle Dargan to couples for a potential wedding reception. Everything went perfect and I would like to thank Kim, Matthew and all the staff for making our Wedding day the best day of our lives. Reference: Anita, Trip Advisor
Anita & James Mc Ginley
Hope you have been well and busy since we last spoke! Just wanted to drop you a line now that the dust has settled and life has resumed to its normal pace! Thank You Thank You Thank You for everything you did for me and James for our Wedding day 28th March 14. The whole day was completely seamless end to end, and yourself and the restaurant staff are to thank for that. I am such a major control freak, so to pass jobs and directions on to you, and trust that they will be done to my liking on the day was a big concern for me, but everything was done exactly as we discussed and there was not one remaining concern left in my mind on the day! We were made feel so welcome by Matthew, he is such a gent, and treated ourselves and our family/bridal party like hollywood royalty on the day!
Everything that was asked of the waiting staff was attended to immediately with a smile and a wink, and I cannot tell you how much they put everyone at ease. My brother in law was stuck upstairs with a screaming baby for the majority of the day, but Matthew ensured that his dinner was sent up, and these are the things that really are noted on the day, as its something that was out of our control, but was taken care of on our behalf. Now, I know that my family and friends are probably biast, but they have been raving at every opportunity since the day about the hotel, the staff, the food and the drinks reception. I have no idea how much Processo you fed out to our guests, but everyone has commented on how generous the drinks reception was, creating a completely relaxed and inclusive feel right from the start of the day. Also in all our planning, we never gave much thought to the day after, and how we were gonna remove our heap of crap from the hotel!! Chrissy and yourself were so good to us in our delicate and hungover state to allow us to clutter up your back office until we got a chance to return a shameful 3 days later! And lastly, there were no shock surprised on the bill! We had heard some horror stories in the past of couples getting the bills for 100's & 1000's more than they anticipated, so it was nice to get one for the ball park that we had aimed for, and I think that shows real honesty of a business as it's a day that little add on's could easily be forgotten, so thank you.
Now, will bore you no more! I hope to get down to the spa sometime over the summer for a little R'nR as I still have to avail of the complimentary treatment for myself and friend, my last grasp on wedding perks!! Waiting for my MOH to have her baby and will sneak down one of the days then! I wish yourself and the hotel continued success Kim, and will be forceful in my recommendation to family and friends upcoming nuptials!
Thanks again for everything, you really did make it a better day that we could have ever hoped for! And Fyi - We booked the hotel not because of the package or even the premises, but solely on your easy going relaxed and friendly personality (and the butter cookies, I'm not even lying), you were heads and shoulders above any other wedding rep we had met with, and I have no time for crazy and fake BS, so I hope the hotel know what an asset you are to have with them!
Many thanks Laura & James Hannigan (Aka - The Doohannigns!)
Just a quick email to thank you and all the staff at Castle Dargan for what was the best day of our lives.
Everything was perfect from beginning to end.
All of our guests were raving about the food and excellent service.
Cant believe it is all over now :(
We will defo be back for our anniversary dinner next year so hope to see you all then.
Many Thanks again.
Anita & James.
Mr & Mrs Mc Ginley :)
“We had our wedding in Castle Dargan last weekend and we truly could not fault it at all. Everything ran so smoothly, the staff were so friendly and helpful to us and all our guests. On the run up to the wedding Kim the wedding co-ordinater was super helpful with all our queries and ideas and really put us at ease.
We had a civil ceremony so everything was in the one place and it really worked well. We wanted to bring a few personal touches and there was no problem with this at all. All the guests thought the food was fabulous and service was really efficient. The food looked beautiful and tasted amazing. Many guests who don't eat desserts practically licked their plates. They catered well to all the different dietary requirements we had.
The bridal suite was lovely, we could have easily slept there for days :) Beautiful and appreciated touches of somebody decorating it with some of our personal wedding items from the reception. All the families staying said the staff were super helpful with any requests they had. The staff were amazing, very nice and made the day run perfect. Thank you. We would have no hesitation in recommending Castle Dargan as a wedding venue. They really made our day so special”. Reference: Laura, Trip Advisor
Laura & John Clarke
16th of August 2013
“On behalf of myself and Chris we would whole heartedly like to thank the Castle Dargan hotel for our amazing wedding day on June 1st!! The venue is just gorgeous and the staff and food were out of this world!!!
A huge thanks to Kim Monaghan for being such a great wedding coordinator and always there to answer any questions we had!!!!
The ballroom and drinks reception looked amazing too... Wish we could do it all over again!!!" Reference: Lorraine, Email
Lorraine & Chris Kelly
1st of June 2013
“We had our Wedding here October 2013, what a fabulous venue. The staff were so nice, food was excellent and rooms spotless. All planning was very competently and meticulously carried out. The service was excellent, from the reception staff, the bar staff and the staff serving at our wedding. The original Old House which we had reserved is charming and elegant, containing four suites very tastefully decorated. Our function room was so beautifully decorated with candles and flowers, a really romantic feel. The views are wonderful and the surroundings very peaceful”. Reference: Aisling, Trip Advisor
“The wedding planner Kim and Manager Matt really made us feel that nothing was too much trouble. We would recommend you check out Castle Dargan if you are planning a wedding”. Reference: Joe, Trip Advisor
Aisling & Joe Kelly
18th of October 2013
"Hi Kim, We are on our way back to London so I wanted send you an email to say again how blown away we were with yourself and castle dargan. You really embraced all our little extras and the whole hotel looked stunning. Thank you!!! Every guest went out of their way to express how brilliant the service was, how tasty the food was and generally what a nice atmosphere there was around. I'm sure you will be getting more weddings and at least a lot of weekend trips out of it. I am going to book the Brendan grace package for my parents over the next few days"
Michelle & Andy
"On behalf of myself and Chris we would whole heartedly like to thank the castle dargan hotel for our amazing wedding day on June 1st !! The venue is just gorgeous and the staff and food were out of this world !!!
A huge thanks to Kim Monaghan for being such a great wedding coordinator and always there to answer any questions we had !!!!
The ballroom and drinks reception looked amazing too... Wish we could do it all over again !!!"
Lorraine & Chris Kelly