Dromoland Castle

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Dromoland Castle
Dromoland Castle.jpg
Entrance to Dromoland Castle
Dromoland Castle is located in Ireland
Dromoland Castle
General information
StatusLuxury hotel
Architectural styleGothic Revival
LocationCounty Clare
Estimated completion15th/16th century (original)
1835 (current structure)
Design and construction
ArchitectJames and George Richard Pain (current structure)
Dromoland Castle
Restaurant information
Head chefJean Baptiste Molinari
Rating1 Michelin star Michelin Guide (1995)

Dromoland Castle (Irish: Drom Ólainn) is a castle, located near Newmarket-on-Fergus in County Clare, Ireland. It is operated as a 5-star luxury hotel with a golf course, with its restaurant, the Earl of Thomond, being awarded a Michelin star in 1995, under head chef Jean Baptiste Molinari.[1]


Dromoland Castle was bought by United States citizen Bernard P. McDonough in 1962. It has since then been converted for use as a top-grade luxurious hotel.

Dromoland Castle Hotel is a member of Historic Hotels Worldwide.[2]

Famous guests[edit]

George W. Bush, Bertie Ahern, and Romano Prodi at their joint press conference at the Castle in 2004.

United States President George W. Bush spent the night of Friday, 26 June 2004, at Dromoland Castle to attend the EU-US Summit held at the facility. President Bush was guarded by approximately 7,000 police, military and private security forces during his 16-hour visit.[3]

Over the years, the guests to have stayed at Dromoland Castle have included Bill Clinton, Juan Carlos I of Spain, Nelson Mandela, Muhammad Ali, Richard Branson, Jack Nicholson, Johnny Cash, Michael Flatley, Bono and John Travolta.[4]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ "Michelin Online Republic of Ireland". Michelinonline.co.uk. Archived from the original on 10 October 2011. Retrieved 21 April 2012.
  2. ^ "Dromoland Castle, a Historic Hotels Worldwide member". Historic Hotels Worldwide. Retrieved 3 June 2014. {{cite journal}}: Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  3. ^ Irish Batten Down Hatches for Bush
  4. ^ "Dromoland Castle Hotel is a dreamland for golfers". Coventry Telegraph. Retrieved 21 October 2013.

Coordinates: 52°46′59.71″N 8°54′21.5″W / 52.7832528°N 8.905972°W / 52.7832528; -8.905972