Wedding Reviews for Ballinacurra House

Average Rating: 5 out of 5 - based on 25 reviews

by Emer Groarke
on Thu, 28th of November, 2019
From the moment we set foot in Ballinacurra House we knew it was the ideal wedding venue for us. The interior of the house is so unique, charming and full of character. We were lucky enough to have our ceremony outside and the grounds are spectacular. All our amazing photos were taken on site. It

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was more that we could have hoped for. All the staff are so attentive and professional and made us feel at home from the beginning. From day one Orela helped us every step of the way. Nothing was a problem and she was always on hand to offer some advice and guidance. She made our lives so stress -free and as a result we enjoyed every second of the day. We trusted her implicitly and she didn’t disappoint! Her attention to detail is second to none. There was huge transparency when it came to the budget which meant no surprises at checkout. The day was tailormade to suit our budget and tweaked to our needs. The food is exceptional, what you would expect of a fine dining restaurant. We had been to a tasting day beforehand so lots of attention went into choosing the menu with advice available from the head chef David. We decided to go for the four-course tasting menu which was delicious! All our guests with dietary requirements were well catered for. We decided to go for midnight pizzas and they went down a treat. The Cuban cocktail bar was a huge hit and the bar staff were fantastic. James is super, such a pleasure to deal with. Our families and friends were hugely complimentary on the whole day which was fantastic to hear. We would definitely recommend Ballinacurra House for your wedding or any special occasion. It’s a hidden gem! Emer and Mark August 201
by Kjersten Evans
on Thu, 28th of November, 2019
Ryan is from sunny southern California and Kjersten is from Utah. We met in Boston where Ryan was working through his PhD and medical school and Kjersten was working as a nurse. Within a few months of meeting, we both knew we would get married. After dating for 2 years, we finally got to take the

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trip we had been talking about since our 1st date, a road trip around Ireland. While there Ryan fulfilled his elaborate plan and proposed to Kjersten In Killarney national park. She was shocked and taken off guard but very much in agreement.

We were trying to decide on the location of our wedding and if we would do it in New York where we now live or out west near all of our family. We were feeling overwhelmed and started thinking of destination ideas. After a quick internet search, we came to realize that Ireland was one of the top places for destination weddings. It felt like a no brainer for us and so we quickly searched out venues that had everything figured out for us. We came across Ballinacurra house on a photographers website, fell in love with the pictures and views of Kinsale and emailed to see if there was availability. Ballinacurra was very quick to respond and had an entire video for the grounds as well as pricing and informational videos from previous couples. In honesty we were hesitant about the cost because we were doing the wedding ourselves and are grad students but after we laid out the cost and places we could cut back on, we decided that a venue where most of our family/friends could stay and the reviews were all glowing must be worth it. We secured with a deposit and thankfully the staff was able to organize a food tasting around the time we were doing our visit to the clerks office for paperwork. After the tasting, seeing the grounds, meeting the staff, we were 110% sold.

I loved getting ready on site with all of my girls, it was chaos but a blast. Everything on site was coordinated and managed in a behind the scenes flawless way, they have this
by Anna Whelton
on Tue, 26th of November, 2019
Absolutely incredible venue! The house itself is beautiful and so unique – the themed rooms became such a talking point amongst our guests and really added to the personal touch we wanted for our day. The food was outstanding – so many guests said it was the best meal they had ever had at a

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wedding. Everything was so beautifully presented and such good quality. What really set Ballinacurra apart for us however was the level of service. The staff are OUT OF THIS WORLD. So professional and friendly to all of our guests – they knew everyone's name and nothing was too much trouble. We've never experienced service like it, they were just unbelievable. We will never forget their kindness.
by James Clive
on Wed, 6th of November, 2019
As Niamh is a local west Cork girl (Ballinascarthy), we were looking for a special unique venue that could entertain friends from abroad as well as local. We wanted a venue with the 'wow' factor, something that was different from your standard hotel wedding package - somewhere that was exclusive and

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intimate. Ballinacurra proved just that - it immediately ticked all the boxes. Also they made organising a wedding from abroad so easy - Mary was a fantastic help.

Where to start - everything was the highlight for us! Amazing location, fantastic helpful & friendly staff who went above & beyond, delicious food, fabulous grounds, relaxed atmosphere, home from home & unbelievable sunny weather. Just a magical bubble of happiness that gave us the best weekend of our lives - we really could not have asked for anything more.
by Patricia Browne
on Wed, 6th of November, 2019
Our winter wedding at Ballinacurra House was everything we could have hoped for and more. From our first viewing we knew this was the place for us. The venue is so beautiful and the food outstanding! All this as well as our amazing coordinator Orela, who made sure the day was perfect for us. Even

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living abroad Orela helped plan every detail seamlessly which meant a lot less stress for us
by Sherida Shiwmangal
on Wed, 6th of November, 2019
To say our wedding weekend was perfect is an understatement.
Words cannot express our sincere gratitude to you, Orela. You are AMAZING at your craft as a wedding planner. Thank you for being
So passionate about our day and making us feel so welcomed and cared for.

I wanted to give all our

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guests from NY and Cork an experience..And Ballinacurra did not disappoint. The food was EXQUISITE. David is BRILLIANT.
6weeks later and my guests are still raving about the presentation, the taste, the generous portions that were laid before them on our wedding day.
The midnight snacks were out of this world..My palette savored every bite of the Thai Red Curry and Steak Sandwiches.

The Veuve Clicquot Champagne Cocktail Hour…I can’t say enough about the décor..the tables, chairs, umbrellas, flutes..what an experience you gave
Everyone after our ceremony. People are still talking about the Fish and Chips passed Hors d'oeuvre. It was incredible.

The Cuban bar ..It’s a hidden gem on the property. From Fergus in his Fedora and Tropical print shirt to the Cuban cocktails tasting like it came straight out of Havana ..Everyone
Absolutely LOVED our Caribbean infused BBQ.

As for the staff..SIMPLY THE BEST I’ve ever seen and ever worked with. I’m still amazed how all the staff knew my guests first names. Everyone
was blown away at how personable the staff was. It’s the simple things like knowing a name that makes a lasting impression. Every staff member was
kind and genuinely sincere with the warmest smiles. They made our day special. A big THANK YOU TO ALL OF THEM!!!!

Ballinacurra House is a venue like no other…every room is special … Thank you for creating such a warmth and glowing candlelit room on our wedding day dinner. It was everything
I wanted and envisioned. It is a remarkable property.

What a memorable weekend you created for all of us. Thank You Thank You Thank You SO MUCH Orela, David, and the incredible and unforgettable team at Ballinacurra House.

Thank You for giving us Our Romantic Dream Wedding Weekend.
by Claire Adams
on Wed, 6th of November, 2019
The whole weekend went off superbly & we couldn't have been happier. We were blown away by the level of service & professionalism of every staff member we met.
I always wanted the wedding to have a "house party" feel, laid back but fun, and it certainly was. Rory & I, and indeed all our guests had

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a ball!

But a real thank you to you Mary for all your emails, advice, support & organising in the lead up to the day & on the day itself! You have been really wonderful & made the journey so easy!

Huge appreciation for the impeccable service we reviewed the whole weekend, especially from James, Elaine, Stuart, and the lovely head bar man (slim, Brown hair, very smiley) whose name I can't remember!
by Lyndsey Haynes
on Wed, 6th of November, 2019
If you want your wedding to be completely unforgettable, completely private for just you and your guests , in a stunning property with incredible grounds then book Ballinacurra House.

A wonderful team of hospitality experts will turn your dream wedding into a reality. Wedding food and drinks

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people will be talking about for all the right reasons, an impeccable team staff front and back of house whose care and attention to even the smallest details will blow your guests away.

Why would you want to share your once in a lifetime day with 4 other couples and their guests on a conveyor belt at a cookie-cutter venue when the team here can help you make your special day one for the history books.

It’s as good as it looks in the photos, go and see and book it before someone else does!!
by Victoria Hunt
on Wed, 6th of November, 2019
Tadhg and I looked at a number of different wedding venues, both of us looking for something unique.
When we were greeted by Orela, the wedding planner at Ballinacurra we knew we had found the place we would get married and the lady to plan our wedding.
The location of the house was two mins from

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the town of Kinsale,a picturesque town and a very romantic setting.

Orela and her team made the wedding so easy for us. They made sure everything flowed smoothly on the day. They were very accommodating and happy to endulge in all our creative ideas and requests.
A circular outdoor ceremony, outdoor sparklers, photo bunting...etc They weren’t afraid to try out our new ideas.
We really wanted to say a HUGE thank you to Orela and her team for your superb efforts on our BEAUTIFUL wedding you conducted for us -everything was perfect and the House looked its best as did the weather. I cannot tell you how much our guests complimented the VENUE, FOOD and ATMOSPHERE , so all in all AMAZING!

A massive thanks to the chef DAVID RICE and all his team. The food that we had was quiet simply the BEST food we have ever eaten at a wedding,now that’s coming from two foodies.
Truly unique canapés had our guest oooing and the wood fired pizzas washed down with a cocktail from the CUBAN BAR and munching them by the FIRE PIT really was memorable

I can honestly say that NOTHING seemed too much trouble to the staff at Ballinacurra , the care and attention not just from certain members of the staff but ALL members of staff. Everything was done quietly, efficiently and with the upmost attention to detail.

I personally cannot compliment you enough Orela.You were very clear,listened to us and gave us practical and helpful advice.
You were always contactable and it is a VERY LUCKY couple who will have the pleasure to share their dream with you.

We had an AMAZING day, and it was great to have so much support from the team. Orela, Elaine, James, Paul and All of the family and guests commented on how fantastic the venue was and how friendly and helpful the staff were.

If You’re thinking of a booking Ballinacurra don’t hesitate..You’re making the right choice
by Gillian Condon
on Wed, 6th of November, 2019
We had our wedding reception in Ballinacurra House in April 2018 and we must say it was wonderful from start to finish. From the moment we met Des and were shown around the house we were blown away by this amazing unique venue. The house is kept immaculate and has incredible character, while the

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beautiful grounds are stunning for wedding pictures. All of our guest agreed with us that this is one of the most elegant and original venues you will find.
We were blessed to have magnificent weather on our day and had our drinks reception was held outside which was brilliantly set up by the staff who were so friendly and helpful. They really went above and beyond to keep all of our guests happy. Nothing was too difficult for the team, who were attentive, accommodating, fun and made our wedding day one that we ourselves and our guests will never forget. As for the food we could not fault it in anyway and as a chef myself (Shane) I would be very particular about my food in general but it was the best wedding food I have ever tasted. David and his team are extremely talented, everything was perfect and finished to an incredible standard. Our guests are still talking about
The dining area was beautifully set up by Stuart and he also did an amazing job of putting the finish touches to our wedding cake with his personal flair. Stuart was such a trooper on the day he did not stop, thank you so much to you and all the team. Everyone worked so hard but made it look so effortless.
We organised the wedding with Orela who was a true professional and kept us on track with the various bits and pieces that needed to get done. Thanks again Orela.
You will not get this experience at any hotel. This is a unique and special venue with amazing charter, staff, food and much more. We can’t thank everyone from Ballinacurra House enough for exceeding all of our expectations, they made our day, absolutely amazing!!!!
by Mary Collins
on Wed, 6th of November, 2019
Couldn’t have been happier with our choice of wedding venue. Ballinacurra is a beautiful property, the food was incredible, the location perfect, but what really sets this place apart is the staff. The level of attention and expertise you get at Ballinacurra is second to none, from the planning

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process to every little detail on the day itself. Everyone had a ball, thanks Ballinacurra!
by Shannon Sotok
on Wed, 6th of November, 2019
Our experience getting married at Ballinacurra House was nothing short of spectacular. We felt from the start that having our wedding here would be a much more personal and unique experience thanks to the intimacy and utter beauty of the venue. The staff were excellent to work with in organizing

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everything as they were so helpful, responsive, and went above and beyond in order to make sure everything went smoothly. The attention to detail on the day made it so special and allowed us to relax and enjoy every moment. We had many family members and friends attend from abroad, and they all felt the journey was more than worth it due to the wonderful rooms, food, entertainment, and overall experience. They were also raving about how the staff knew everyone by name! We have nothing but good things to say and would not hesitate to recommend this venue to others as it is truly incredible!
by Sharmila Rahman
on Wed, 6th of November, 2019
We got married at Ballinacurra House in February and it was the most magical day, everything was amazing and we can’t fault a single thing - Orela was a tremendous help as we only decided to plan the whole thing within three months! She made sure everything would go according to plan and listened

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to exactly what we wanted. The rest of the staff were so helpful and accommodating. The food was great, the atmosphere was electric and the venue itself was gorgeous. I couldn’t recommend Ballinacurra enough! It’s also a beautiful place to get your wedding photos taken!
by Krisy Neligan
on Wed, 6th of November, 2019
Our wedding weekend in Ballinacurra House was absolutely amazing! Everything was perfect, the venue has so much character, with so many wonderful rooms with different themes, which our guests really enjoyed. The food is incredible, we got nonstop comments about how delicious it was. The staff are

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also top class, so helpful and friendly, every detail is taken care of. They even made breakfast rolls for our guests that missed breakfast. It's those little touches that make a difference. Mary, our planner, was so lovely. She was always available and open to any ideas we had. We were made feel really special the whole weekend. If you are looking for something different and a weekend your guests won't forget, this is the place for you.
by Laura Brannigan
on Wed, 6th of November, 2019
"Ballinacurra House was an exceptional venue for our wedding. The house itself overlooks the Bandon River and the woodland around the house was just perfect for photos. The staff were very friendly, professional and accommodating to our needs. The food was delicious and the many different themed

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rooms were a treat for everyone who stayed there! We would highly recommend this as a wedding venue if you are looking for a wedding experience that you and your guests will not forget too soon!"
by Kate Perrott
on Wed, 6th of November, 2019
Don't know where to start in describing Ballinacurra and just how
magnificent everything about it is!! From the food and drink to the beautiful surroundings and decor, not a single tiny detail has been overlooked and that is down to the fantastic warm, friendly and attentive staff. Our wedding

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coordinator Orela was the loveliest person to deal with and listened to all our little ideas and notions (no matter how minor), was only an email away for any questions, queries or concerns in the run up to the big day. Everything about our day in Ballinacurra was what we dreamed it to be and more! The hardest part of the whole experience is leaving the next day. If you are considering Ballinacurra don't hesitate, just go there and see the fantastic house and gardens, meet with the helpful staff and then book it!!
by Niamh & Greg
on Wed, 12th of October, 2016
Hi Orela and all of the Ballinacurra House Superstar Wedding Team,

We arrived back in New York last weekend and we're still on a high from our amazing wedding weekend at Ballinacurra House. We can't thank you all enough for making it so incredible. From start to finish everything was perfect.

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All of the planning that we did together paid off as everything ran so smoothly. This is probably going to turn into a long email as we don't want to leave a thing out.

If we hadn't come across Ballinacurra House I'm not sure we would have got married in Ireland as we had very clear idea of what we wanted and viewed 8 venues and only Ballinacurra House ticked all the boxes - we wanted exclusive hire for at least two nights (we did three), rooms for our guests onsite, near a nice town for guests who couldn't stay onsite (major bonus that you're near Kinsale, which everyone fell in love with), separate dining area to dancing area so we don't have to move tables to create a dance floor, excellent chef and food, contemporary decor (we're not into the old style houses with walls covered in old creepy portrait paintings)... to name a few.

From the moment we and our guests checked in to Ballinacurra House we felt at home. Everyone is still commenting on how Elaine knew everyones names from the moment they arrived - she is such a wonderful person. All of the staff that greeted us and showed us to our rooms were so friendly, welcoming and professional. Big thanks to James also for making everyone feel so welcome and providing incredible service in the bar.

The food was amazing, and as you know we have high standards ;) - we like to call ourselves foodies. From the wedding day to the recovery day the food was 5 star. The fish, the beef, and the lemon desert were so yummy and on the recovery day the food was equally delicious - we all had seconds of the pork that Dave had slow roasted from the night before. Oh and the late night pizza was yummy!! The food wasn't 'wedding food'
by Aisling & Alex
on Fri, 7th of October, 2016
Hi Orela,

I just wanted to take the time to officially send a thank you to you and everyone at Ballinacurra.

We had high expectations, but boy did ye manage to excel them! From day one of booking you have been absolutely excellent- so easy to deal with-helpful, organised, efficient and

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always friendly. You made what can be an overwhelming experience into one of pure ease.

On arriving to the house on Friday evening, this standard continued- every member of staff we met was polite, helpful, and seemed to have learnt everybody's names in about an hour!! You made us free that our weekend was the most important thing, and made us all feel so special. Ye were constantly attentive without every being invasive, nothing was too much trouble.

The house itself was absolutely perfect- beautiful to look at, intimate enough to allow for a close knit feeling, but with just the right amount of little hide always should people have needed them.

The food was simply amazing- from the Friday night one pots, to canapes and the wedding dinner- even the breakfast was delicious!!

And it wasn't just us who thought this (as admittedly we may have been slightly biased!!)- we had countless compliments from family and friends with praise for the house, staff and food.

Please pass out thanks also onto Diane (who was excellent and so lovely), and all the staff involved over out weekend with you.

We would pick Ballinacurra over and over again if we had the chance!!

Aisling and Alex xx
by Robert & Carol
on Fri, 7th of October, 2016
Dear Mary, and all the team at Ballinacurra,

We are finally getting around to sending (a long overdue) email to thank you
and everybody at Ballinacurra House for the fantastic weekend we had for our
wedding last March.

From Declan and Elaine who were fantastic to the bar and wait staff,

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were all absolutely brilliant. Everybody found the service and attention to
detail absolutely outstanding. In particular, we'd like to thank you, Mary,
for being so helpful in the lead up to the big day and for the help and
assistance you provided to us both prior to the wedding and over the weekend

From arrival, the reception, the meal, breakfast, the rooms which amazed
people, the grounds, having the rugby on the big screen, the recovery
dinner, the cocktail party. Everything about the whole weekend we couldn't
have loved or asked for more. It really is a special place and one we would
not hesitate to recommend to any prospective couple.

The house is WOW and that includes everything and person about it!

It really was a great weekend, one we will always treasure. We are just
hoping that one of our friends chooses to get married in Ballinacurra so
that we can attend as guests and experience it all again without the
spotlight on us.

Thank you again
Robert & Carol
by Roisin & Greg
on Tue, 10th of November, 2015
All our guests commented on how stunning the venue was and also how amazing the staff were. They were so impressed with the welcome they got at the front of the house upon arrival and how helpful everyone was. You were so incredibly easy to deal with and always there to answer my many questions and

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of course, very organised! Declan was also amazing - he kept things running so smoothly and always informed us about how things were going - so many people commented on how fantastic he was and both of you were so happy and enthusiastic about the wedding and seemed genuinely excited for us, which is so lovely especially considering how many weddings you must have. Our guests also mentioned how brilliant Elaine was - how she remembered everyone's names and again, just kept everything running so smoothly.

We are so delighted that we chose to have our wedding at Ballinacurra and will never forget it. We were so happy to have been able to have the wedding outside as it was so beautiful and a lovely walk to the top of the aisle.

Again, thanks so much for all you have done. This was such a special time for us and it was made better by all you did in the lead up to the wedding and the staff at Ballinacurra did while we and our guests were there. I would recommend Ballinacurra to absolutely everyone as I do not believe there is a better venue out there! The fact that it is in Kinsale which is so stunning and near Cork airport just makes it even better.
by Yvonne & Petrina
on Tue, 10th of November, 2015
We just wanted to drop you a note to say how grateful we were for how special you made our day. Thank you so much for having us so organised in the weeks coming up to the day and on the day itself. You made everything so relaxed and run so smoothly.

We were so impressed with all of the staff

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especially Elaine and Declan and a lot of guests remarked on how excellent the staff were.

We had the best day ever.
by Sara & Eammon
on Tue, 10th of November, 2015
Hi Orela and all in Ballinacurra,

Eamonn and I would like to say thank you very much for all your work with planning and putting together our wedding weekend.

We really had such a fantastic time and enjoyed every minute. Everyone was so friendly and kind and willing to help in any way. All of

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our guests were very impressed and really enjoyed the weekend too.
by Ksenia and David
on Tue, 10th of November, 2015
Let me start by saying we were both so happy with the whole day. It really was perfect for us, we wouldn't change a thing. And that was very much down to your amazing venue and unbelievable staff.

I had experienced this on some level from playing in Ballincura so often but it was only from having

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our wedding there that I truly saw and felt just how good they were.

At no point were we put under pressure throughout the day. All of the calls regarding weather were the right ones, despite my feelings otherwise at the start of the day. Declan, Orela and Lisa managed the whole day perfectly, everyone's experience shone through and the whole outdoor ceremony and drinks reception worked out so well.

All our guests spent the day complimenting the staff, noting how pleasant they all were. We actually have this lovely shot of them standing to the side enjoying our first dance, which really gives the place a personal and relaxed feeling. Throughout dinner and the evening I barely noticed there was any staff, yet everything was happening as we asked, without ever needing to be questioned on anything, the true sign of great service.

As you know the food was exceptional throughout the day. No one was left hungry and everyone has complimented us since on the interactive nature of the planquet's, which was a great suggestion on your end. Most also said they hadn't experienced that quality of food at a wedding before, which was really nice to hear.

We have thanked Orela every time we see her, but just to say it again, she was great. So friendly, welcoming and informed. All her advice was very helpful, and she really kept on top of us to get the things we needed to get done completed. It was great to see her on the day, with a big smile on her face after the ceremony. The fact she was so happy for us again gave it such a lovely personal touch. She genuinely cares that everyone has a great day, and it really shows.

So if we could sum up the whole day in a sentence, Ballinacura
by Claire and Marc
on Tue, 10th of November, 2015
Dear Virginia, dear Orela,

A massive thank you to you and all the staff at Ballinacurra House for making our wedding on 8th August such a wonderful event. We enjoyed every minute and it was in large part due to our complete confidence in the Ballinacurra team. We immediately felt relaxed and at

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home didn't have a single worry the whole weekend. The food was just as good as everyone told us it would be - I am still dreaming about the pannacotta as is Marc about the crackling... thank you to the chef and team.

We would happily recommend Ballinacurra House to others and are sure our guests will do the same!

Warm wishes for the future
by Ben & Brian
on Tue, 10th of November, 2015
Thank you so much for everything you did to help make it such the special day and weekend it was! The little addition to the final bill we gave you was nowhere near enough for your hard work but it was just to express our thanks to you both.
We've been on cloud nine since
We cannot compliment you

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both and all the staff especially Declan and Elaine enough. Please send all the staff our heartfelt thanks for everything they did and for looking after us and our nearest and dearest so very well.
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