Wednesday, October 14, 2020

With Level 3 Covid-19 restrictions currently in place, a historic hotel can only offer rooms to residents from Galway despite its location on the Mayo/Galway border.
With its postal address in Cong, County Mayo, management at the exclusive Ashford Castle were faced with a dilemma after it emerged the castle is actually located in Galway as a result of how the county borders were drawn up.
Using the Cong River as a dividing line, the castle sits in Galway while the rest of the extensive grounds, the tea rooms and its nearby hotel, the Lodge at Ashford Castle, all sit on the Mayo side of the river.
In a Twitter post, Ashford’s general manager, Niall Rochford explained with the castle located on the Galway side of the border, only residents of Galway could stay in the five-star hotel while those from Mayo would be asked to stay at The Lodge.
He explained: “After I posted on Twitter, there were a lot of cross people in Mayo. There are people who have always had a really strong connection with Ashford and that emotional bond was evident. But we have always paid our rates to Galway County Council for the castle and we pay our rates on the Lodge to Mayo County Council.”
Mr Rochford also faced a dilemma when it emerged guests from Galway, Tuam or Oranmore will have to drive through Mayo to get to Ashford.
However, having done his checks he found “People from Galway will be able to come to stay in the castle, but they won’t be able to get out of their cars when they are driving through Mayo!”

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