CEL­E­BRA­TORY LUNCH TO MARK 40TH AN­NIVER­SARY OF MARL­FIELD

GE­ORGE HOOK AND FRAN­CIS BRENNAN AMONG SPE­CIAL GUESTS AT CEL­E­BRA­TORY LUNCH

Gorey Guardian - - FRONT PAGE - By SARA GA­HAN

WELL-KNOWN broad­caster and rugby pun­dit Ge­orge Hook and hote­lier/TV per­son­al­ity Fran­cis Brennan were among the spe­cial guests to grace Marl­field House in Gorey for 40th an­niver­sary cel­e­bra­tions.

To mark the oc­ca­sion, Marl­field hosted a cel­e­bra­tory lunch that fea­tured cham­pagne, cock­tails, canapés and dishes to those on their menu in 1978.

Fran­cis Brennan, who was MC on the day, said: ‘The [Bowe] fam­ily have been friends and col­leagues of mine in the in­dus­try for so many years and it’s in­cred­i­ble to wit­ness the changes and evo­lu­tion of the prop­erty since Mary and Ray first opened in the 70s. I am im­mensely proud to be part of their jour­ney and suc­cess.’

Sit­u­ated off the Cour­town Road, Marl­field House is one of five Ir­ish mem­bers of the Re­lais and Chateaux group of lux­ury ho­tels and restau­rants and is a long-stand­ing mem­ber of Ire­land’s Blue Book.

Mar­garet Bowe, daugh­ter of Mary and Ray, said cel­e­brat­ing 40 years in busi­ness marks a key mile­stone in the his­tory of Marl­field and their fam­ily.

‘Marl­field is now an in­te­gral part of the colour­ful his­tory of Gorey and the hos­pi­tal­ity in­dus­try in the area,’ said Mar­garet. ‘This is an ex­cit­ing year as we cel­e­brate a his­toric past and look for­ward to some great changes in the fu­ture.’

Since open­ing, Marl­field House has wel­comed many fa­mous peo­ple, from Ir­ish pres­i­dents to Hol­ly­wood stars such as Stephen Spiel­berg and Tom Hanks. The mem­bers of U2, The Cran­ber­ries, Robert Red­ford, Pierce Bros­nan and Roger Moore have also stayed in the coun­try house.

‘Strate­gi­cally lo­cated an hour away from Dublin, the ho­tel has many loyal guests who cel­e­brate wed­dings and birth­days with us each year,’ said Mar­garet’s sis­ter Laura Bowe. ‘The longevity and suc­cess of the ho­tel is pos­si­bly due to the amaz­ing com­mit­ment of our team over the past four decades and we look for­ward to con­tin­u­ing that over the com­ing years.’

Laura added they have great plans, in­clud­ing the de­vel­op­ment of ‘ro­man­tic pods’ in the gar­den.

Marl­field House was built in 1830 and was the res­i­dence of the Earls of Cour­town for gen­er­a­tions. Mary and Ray Bowe pur­chased the prop­erty and May 1977 and car­ried out ren­o­va­tions be­fore open­ing with eleven bed-

rooms in 1978. The mag­nif­i­cent con­ser­va­tory was added in 1982 and an ad­di­tional six state bed­rooms in 1989.

Sis­ters Mar­garet and Laura took over the run­ning of the ho­tel in 2009 and six years later they con­verted the court­yard build­ings into the hugely suc- cess­ful Duck Ter­race Restau­rant. Last year, ‘Duck Lodge’, an orig­i­nal dwelling on the grounds, was ren­o­vated into a lux­u­ri­ous two-bed cot­tage over­look­ing the gar­dens.

Pa­tri­cia Doyle, Ge­orge Hook and Pa­tri­cia Mur­phy.

Ray and Mary Bowe.

Mar­garet Bowe, Ava Dow­ley, Mary and Ray Bowe, Han­nah Wil­lis, Fran­cis Brennan and Laura Bowe. Rory Allen, Maeve Breen and Ray Bowe. Fr. Richard Law­less, Jimmy Leni­han and Ge­orge Hook.

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