Wedding Reviews for Glenlo Abbey Hotel

Average Rating: 5 out of 5 - based on 37 reviews

by Catherine & Sean
on Thu, 11th of July, 2019
Destination Wedding Ireland

We had our destination wedding at the Glenlo and it exceeded all expectations. It is a bit nerve wracking having a destination wedding at a venue you have never seen prior, but the team made it seamless!

We have been to Ireland a few times, but never to the Glenlo.

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When we researched venues we feel in love with it online and after our initial call, there was no question about having our wedding there.

They are quick to respond which is important when you are planning from far away. Also the place is so beautiful you really do not need extra decorations which makes you save money and makes your life a lot easier.

The team is wonderful to work with- Valerie, you made a supposedly stressful day absolutely stress free for us. Thank you!

We had our ceremony in the Abbey, dinner in the River Room and our reception in the Dagan room. It worked out perfectly!

The food and drinks were wonderful. My only tip would be to ask the couple what drinks may be popular as our group drinks Jameson like water and unfortunately they ran out of Jameson before the ceremony even started. Was not a big deal as there were other options, but maybe something to do for future weddings.

All in all I have not stopped raving about how amazing this venue and team are. I would get married there again ten times over and cannot wait to be back to visit so we can stay at the Glenlo again!
by Kevin & Bronagh Fitzpatrick
on Wed, 3rd of July, 2019
Good Morning Valerie,

Thank you very much for your email and apologies for not contacting you since the wedding, things have been frantic.

Bronagh and I would also to thank you and your team for all you did on our wedding day. You were instrumental in getting the wedding organised in such a

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short space of time.

We were delighted with how the day went and the service we received at the Glenlo Abbey Hotel. Both you and all your team are an absolute credit to the hotel.

Many thanks once again

Kevin and Bronagh Fitzpatrick
by Keli & Jeremy
on Thu, 16th of May, 2019
My husband and I were married at Glenlo Abbey Hotel and cannot be more impressed with the hotel & staff! They made sure everything was perfect from check-in to check-out. We are American so it was a little dubious planning everything from so far away but the wedding manager, Valerie, was very

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responsive and always put my mind at ease when I had 10000+ questions I needed answered. As an event planner myself it was difficult not to personally check in on every detail on our wedding day so just knowing Valerie was there put me at ease so I could enjoy myself. For any brides considering this venue- the bridal suite was large enough to comfortably get ready with my 6 bridesmaids, hair & make-up artist + photographer; if your party is larger no problem! Mark and his team were also amazing, the food was perfect, bar service superb, there is absolutely nothing I would change. Aside from our perfect wedding, Glenlo Abbey Hotel was fantastic, we loved having a beautiful breakfast each morning. We spent a good amount of time in the Palmer bar which had a great range of whiskeys and cocktails to choose from. We will definitely be back!!
by Máire & Barry
on Thu, 16th of May, 2019
Hi Valerie,
We just wanted to say thank you for all your hard work in the run up to our wedding. The service we received in Glenlo Abbey was amazing and the day ran very smoothly thanks to you and the rest of the staff.
We were blessed with great weather and had an amazing weekend. It was all

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over too quickly!
Thanks again
Maire and Barry
by Ailbhe & Liam
on Thu, 16th of May, 2019
From planning our special day up to checking out as newlyweds, every detail of our experience at Glenlo Abbey was exceptional. I have never felt more welcome and at ease in any hotel before. Front desk staff were extremely friendly, almost as though I was family. I was made to feel so comfortable

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from day 1 and no question was too silly to ask. On our day itself, well where do I begin! Valerie was fantastic, and really took it all in her hands and made sure the day ran smoothly! We were made feel like royalty by waiting staff, who introduced themselves by name and told us they would be looking after everything we need for the evening. The bar staff, in particular Aaron in the downstairs bar, made us feel like close friends and we were able to relax and enjoy our night. Overall an absolutely amazing experience, all of my guests said it was the staff at GlenloAbbey that just made the day! They truly were the cherry on top of what was a beautiful day in a fabulous location! We cannot wait to come back again very soon!
by Joe & Niamh
on Thu, 16th of May, 2019
Dear Valerie Sharon and Team,
Now that the dust has settled after our wedding on the 22nd of December we want to drop you a quick note to say thanks. The day was flawless from start to finish and the team in Glenlo had a huge part to play in that.
The reception, service, food and attention to

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detail surpassed all of our expectations and for that we will be forever grateful! Our guests had an amazing day and we are still getting messages from people complimenting the whole event.

We will of course sing Glenlos praises to anyone who asks us about it in terms of a wedding venue.

We cannot thank you all enough for your help from start to finish and I hope the powers that be in Glenlo can see this message so they know the fantastic staff they have in place to deal with a wedding like ours.

Best of luck in the future and we can’t wait to visit again soon.
by Larissa & Ben
on Thu, 16th of May, 2019
Hi Valerie
Thank you for your kind words.
The day was just fantastic, the staff were so attentive and helpful. Donnell did a great job, it all went very smoothly!
Finally, Thank you so much to yourself for making the transition from a past colleague so stress free! I was a very relaxed bride due

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to all your help.
by Sarah & David
on Thu, 16th of May, 2019
Hi Valerie,
Just a quick note to thank you so much for our wedding. We couldn’t have had a better time. All of our guests were raving about the staff and the venue.
Also, pass on our thanks to Mark and Lee. Mark has the patience of a saint and tell Lee that Dave said “kya kaha”.
by Hannah & Diarmuid
on Thu, 16th of May, 2019
Hi Jennifer,
Can I just thank you again for an absolutely amazing day. Everybody was blown away at the amazing service we all received and myself and Diarmaid are just so grateful to you and Mark for making our day run so smoothly and for everything ye did.
Thanks again so so much,
by Nikita & Barry
on Thu, 16th of May, 2019
Jenny - massive thanks to yourself, Mark and all the staff. Ye made Friday so easy and we had the best day ever. Everyone was raving about the food and the lovely staff. Absolutely loved the cheesecake as well! Can’t thank you enough!
by Daniel Deakin
on Mon, 16th of April, 2018
Dear Cathy,

This is just a quick thank you from both Laura and myself.

Our wedding day could not have been more perfect and this was largely down to the wonderful work that you and all the glenlo staff put into making our day so special both prior to the day and during.

All our guests

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passed comment on the stunning venue, the delicious food but most importantly the quality of service they received.

Many thanks again!

Dan and Laura
by Michelle Healy
on Mon, 16th of April, 2018
Hi Cathy,

Just wanted to drop you a line to say thanks so much for Ur help over the last few months and Ur part in what was a great day Friday.
We had an absolutely fabulous day and weekend. Glenlo abbey completely exceeded our expectations and everyone I spoke to was blown away by the food, the

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service, the staff, the atmosphere and the venue. The staff were so lovely and friendly and made us feel so special from the lovely blonde haired girl on reception when I locked my keys in the room through to the cleaning staff. Please pass on our sincere thanks, you have a great team there.

Kind regards
Michelle and Kenny

by Elaine Kennedy
on Tue, 28th of November, 2017
In March of this year, we had our wedding reception in Glenlo Abbey Hotel. We would like to thank our wedding coordinator, Cathy Melia, and all the team at Glenlo for our perfect day. From the moment we met Cathy, we knew we were in good hands. She made the planning easy and was so helpful, calm and

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organised. Everything ran so smoothly on the day. The food was absolutely delicious, the guest rooms were fabulous and the venue was just stunning. We cannot praise the team at Glenlo enough. We had the most wonderful day.

Thank you,
Mr & Mrs Kennedy
by Noel & Patrice
on Mon, 13th of November, 2017
We had our reception here last May and it was the most wonderful day. We had a small intimate wedding with just our families and it couldn't have been more perfect from start to finish. Cathy was so wonderful from our first meet right up until the big day, with no request too big or too small! All

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the staff were fantastic, making not only us but our families feel so special. From the moment we arrived, the rooms, the food, the service, we really couldn't have asked for more. Thank you so much Cathy and all the staff for helping to make our special day as wonderful as it was!
by Aisling and Roelof
on Sat, 1st of July, 2017
We both just wanted to say a VERY BIG thanks for an amazing day to everyone at Glenlo!

We had a truely great experience in the run up to the event in getting everything organised with them. Cathy and her team made things very simple, clear and easy.

We loved every moment of our wedding day.

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The staff, particularly Cathy, David and of course Jenny, were exceptional, including small touches like having tissues to hand for Aisling on the way to our ceremony. We also really appreciated them staying later than you normally would.

Oh, and the food was amazing. We got that compliment from many of our friends too, one of which called the pork belly the ‘best starter he’s ever had!’ The babysitters also got big compliments from our friends and their kids.

In summary, there is NO need to even look anywhere else!
by Kristie McGovern
on Mon, 26th of June, 2017
WOW! We had the most amazing day of our lives at Glenlo Abbey for our wedding on the 31/12/16. From our first visit to the main event all of the staff at the hotel were amazing but one to mention would be Cathy Melia. Cathy walked us through just over a year of planning effortlessly, nothing was too

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much trouble. Not being from the area, Cathy even recommended services the hotel didn't provide ie. flowers, entertainment, solemniser and each one was perfect! The venue was perfect for us as we loved that our ceremony could be held in the Abbey which gave such great atmosphere to the start of the day, the grounds and orient express carriage created lovely backdrops for our memories and pictures of the day and again the service of all the staff during our 3 night stay and especially on our big day was faultless. Finally we need to mention the delicious food we enjoyed on the day, I am still being asked to request the leek & potato soup recipe and on the day my husband asked for a second helping of the Beef Fillet :) Everyone had very full tummies and thoroughly enjoyed every mouthful. What was extra special however, was each guest had a choice of 2 mains plus vegetarian, which they ordered on the day. To cater for a wedding of +100 guests to such a high standard and options be given on the day to each individual was a major factor in us choosing Glenlo.
We will return to Glenlo Abbey as soon as we can to enjoy the Irish hospitality and remember our fantastic day!!
by Caroline & James McSweeney
on Sat, 3rd of December, 2016
Dear Cathy & the Glenlo team,

Thank you so much for our wonderful wedding day in August. From the minute we met Cathy we knew we were in good hands booking Glenlo Abbey for our wedding. We were delighted with the food and wine and all of the staff were wonderful.

All our thanks, Mr & Mrs

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McSweeney xx
by Ross Jenkins
on Thu, 7th of July, 2016
On behalf of the new Mrs Jenkins and myself I just wanted to say a huge thankyou to our Wedding Coordinator Cathy and all of the team at Glenlo for making our wedding such a special occasion.

Throughout the week any questions or problems were handled with such efficiency and finesse and it really

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impressed us. It was a difficult task organising a wedding in Ireland while living in London but Cathy and the team at Glenlo made it stress free by going above and beyond our expectations for the day.

We had the best time, despite me being in a bit of a state early in the morning! We had so many people come up to us and compliment us on what a wonderful venue and occasion it was and that is a testament to Cathy and all the team. We even got the sunshine for the day and It wouldn't surprise me if you had a small hand in that too!

The food was exquisite. The guests were raving about it during and even after the wedding and even my Grandad who is the fussiest eater ever was asking for seconds!!

Special thanks to Seamus as he was superb during the evening reception and really helped us with any issues/questions that we had.
Peter who was helping me during the day was a great person to have around, as whatever I needed he calmed me down and just sorted it without a second thought. I thought he was exceptional and such a help with everything that we needed.

We are really looking forward to coming back to see you all again.

Thanks again for making it such a special day. I'm not trying to gloat (ok maybe I am) but all our friends and family have described it as the best wedding ever and it wouldn't have been possible without yourself and all the wonderful team at Glenlo. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend the Glenlo Abbey to anyone who was looking to get married.

You all made our day perfect

kind regards

The new Mr and Mrs Jenkins
Ross & Michaela
by Brooke MacKenzie
on Tue, 19th of April, 2016

On behalf of Thomas and I, we wanted to extend a sincere thank you to you for our special day. Everything--the food, the staff, and even down to every last detail and moment, was perfect. It was truly a fairytale wedding. We had the BEST day.

The service was top notch. We felt like

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the king and queen. The bridal suite was fantastic. Every guest thoroughly enjoyed all courses of the dinner, and especially the late night bites! It was such a pleasure working with you. You were calm and it helped me to stay calm. I would not have changed a thing about my wedding day.

Sorry we missed you before we left. We will definitely stop into Glenlo the next time we are in Galway. We already plan on spending a few nights there for our anniversary! Thank you so very much, Cathy!


Brooke & Thomas
by Iris and Stefan
on Tue, 5th of April, 2016
Hello Cathy,

We both wanted to thank you again for the excellent experience we had with the Glenlo Abbey!
Our wedding was absolutely fantastic and it was exactly how we imagined it. The team at the Glenlo Abbey is truly great, we had to worry about nothing on the day. And even before we felt

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like we're in good hands and that everything is taken care of.

It was an absolute blast and we can't thank you enough! I really hope you enjoy your days off, they're fully earned.

Thank you so much for making our day so great :)
Kind regards,
Iris & Stefan
1st April 2016
by Aoife and Patrick
on Tue, 24th of November, 2015
Dear Cathy and all at Glenlo Abbey
Thank you so much to all at Glenlo for the fabulous wedding we had on 30th May. From the moment we arrived on the Friday to leaving on the Monday, the service you provided was impeccable. The food was fantastic and all our guests had such a great time.

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looking forward to going back for our anniversary!
by Sue
on Mon, 16th of November, 2015
Our wedding day was very private with only a few guests. Cathy and all the staff at Glenlo were wonderful. From the moment we arrived until when we left the following day, all of the staff were so attentive. The wedding meal was incredible and a huge hit with our guests. We had our own private

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room for the ceremony, the staff were waiting outside with glasses of champagne at the ready. What was lovely was the staff were always on hand whilst being unobtrusive. We had the most wonderful day, no stress, we felt as if we were the only people in the hotel.
by Anne-Marie and Yoann
on Fri, 6th of November, 2015
Cathy was super helpful and extremely flexible. Organised and arranged everything we needed and wanted. Venue was amazing, staff were super and food and drinks were amazing. Accommodation was fabulous. We and our guests had a fabulous day.
by Brenda and Dan
on Fri, 6th of November, 2015
From the moment we considered booking the hotel until the day itself the staff at Glenlo were amazing to deal with. All of our guests raved about the hotel. The choice of food and the quality was exceptional. Our photos are gorgeous all taken in the grounds. On the day itself we were treated like

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royalty. It was everything we wanted and more.
by Treasa & Rob
on Thu, 5th of November, 2015
Our recent wedding at Glenlo could not have been any better. The entire team there were fantastic and their attention to detail was second to none. We live in the UK and had many guests travelling and staying for the weekend. The entire wedding party could not praise the hotel enough. The guest

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rooms are immaculate and spacious, food was excellent from casual bar bites to the wedding breakfast itself. The entire team are warm and friendly, service has a personal, friendly touch yet keeping professional at all times. I work in the service industry myself and had high expectations and standards, these were superceded in all areas. I couldn't recommend it highly enough.
by Anne-Marie and Yoann
on Thu, 5th of November, 2015
We had an intimate reception with family and close friends, and the Glenlo was perfect for us. Cathy was super organised, cool, helpful and flexible. Whatever we asked we got with no hassle.

The venue was gorgeous, staff so friendly and helful, food was amazing and accommodation was fabulous.

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We and our guests had a fabulous day.

Anne-Marie and Yoann
by Treasa & Rob
on Tue, 3rd of November, 2015
Our recent wedding at Glenlo could not have been any better. The entire team there were fantastic and their attention to detail was second to none. We live in the UK and had many guests travelling and staying for the weekend. The entire wedding party could not praise the hotel enough. The guest

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rooms are immaculate and spacious, food was excellent from casual bar bites to the wedding breakfast itself. The entire team are warm and friendly, service has a personal, friendly touch yet keeping professional at all times. I work in the service industry myself and had high expectations and standards, these were superceded in all areas. I couldn't recommend it highly enough.
by Stephanie and Vincent
on Tue, 3rd of November, 2015
Thanks Cathy, Alex, Francis, George and all at Glenlo Abbey for the best day ever last Saturday. Nothing was too much trouble. All the staff treated us like royalty. You made planning a wedding easy. I can't imagine having a wedding anywhere else. Love Stephanie and Vinny xx
by Nataliya Duffy
on Fri, 31st of July, 2015
We had our wedding here in June 20th 2015
From start to finish it was amazing! The suppliers were friendly, easy to deal with but most of all the quality was outstanding.
From menu tasting to just having a coffee with Cathy ( wedding coordinator, life saver ) we were treated like royalty.

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had a fantastic magical day from the moment we arrived till the end of the night everything was perfect from every little detail, the food was fabulous, the room its self is breathtaking, elegant and modern.
We would like to thank Cathy and all the staff at Glenlo Abbey Hotel for making our day so perfect and magical, the day we will never forget xxx
by Fiona Campbell
on Fri, 31st of July, 2015
We got married a month ago and had our wedding reception at Glenlo Abbey. The staff at Glenlo Abbey were amazing from the moment we booked our wedding there. They couldn't do enough for us and everyone there is so easy going - just lovely people through and through. Early on in the process we were

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guided though the meal selection, the wines and the room decor. Cathy and her team were always available to answer our queries and always very responsive to any contact we made. The level of professionalism has yet to be matched at any other establishment I go to.

The day went off without a hitch, thanks to and due to the military precision of the delivery of each component of the event. We had the champagne / prosecco reception in the Abbey and in the Ffrench room. The wedding meal was delicious, and the timings between the courses was precise and perfect. My cousin is a Michelin Star chef and he gave the food as many thumbs up as he could, so that's saying something.

Cathy Melia should be running armies - she overlooked everything from start to finish and it was all carried out perfectly. Seamus, Frances, and Ronan were all excellent too and we had such an amazing time with them all. It's rare to find a place with such a high standard to be staffed with such warm, lovely, professional, and nice people - it's a level of excellence that's only found in the best of places. I don't want to fault the place, but even if I did, I couldn't... Well done, Glenlo.
by Linda & Darren Weldon
on Wed, 17th of September, 2014
We got married at the Glenlo Abbey in March 2014 and it was the beat day of our lives!! The staff were amazing. And the whole day went off without a hitch. Christine the wedding coordinator was so helpful and gave us loads of advice and tips. Without her I don't think the day would have been as

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fantastic as it was. The abbey is beautiful and is perfect for a small intimate ceremony. The grounds are ideal for all the photo shoots! And the function room is perfect for most party sizes. Of course I have to make a special mention to Erno, our wine guru. He helped us pick our wine during the dinner tasting and it went down perfectly with no complaints from anyone. Overall the day went perfectly and without the expertise of the Glenlo Abbey staff, I don't think it would have been as perfect as it was. Thanks to everyone who helped make our day the best day of out lives.
by Carol
on Tue, 29th of July, 2014
My husband and I chose to have an intimate wedding with fewer than 25 people. We also decided to have a civil ceremony and therefore we were looking for a venue suitable for both our ceremony and our reception. Even though, we weren't getting married in a church, I wanted some place that had both a

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sense of gravitas and luxury in which to say ' I do'. The Glenlo Abbey fitted the bill because the Abbey part was built as a little church in the 18th century (although it was never consecrated as such).
The great thing about the Glenlo Abbey Hotel is the flexibility they have for an intimate wedding. We were offered three potential spaces where we could have our reception and that is not including the main function room which accommodates larger weddings.
We were a little unlucky on our wedding day with the weather, which was overcast, squally and showery. Nevertheless, we went on an adventure down a track with our photographer to get a few energetic shots by the lake, Lough Corrib. We had hoped to get a few photos at the early 20th century Pullman train but unfortunately it was too wet to get out of the car.
The banqueting manager and the wedding co-ordinator were on hand throughout the day and made everything run like clockwork. We had plenty of unconventional requests and they took them all in their stride including;-hoisting a Swedish flag up the flagpole at the entrance to the hotel (groom was Swedish), distributing our wedding party game, wed-libs before the meal and also allowing us to bring Giant Jenga for the groom's nephew (who was the only child at the wedding, although plenty of adults ended up playing too.)
Your wedding day is something you only do once and you want it to be right. The Glenlo Abbey Hotel proved to be a character-filled venue, with splendid food and very welcoming staff. Thank you again for being part of creating my 'drömdag'.
by Laura Brett Duane
on Fri, 25th of July, 2014
We got married in April 2014 in the Glenlo Abbey and it was fabulous from start to finish. We had a civil ceremony in the Abbey followed by a beautiful meal. All of our dealings were with Christine and from our first visit she was amazing...whether it was an email, phone call or a meeting Christine

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was there to help and nothing was a problem. We had some dietary requirements included on our menu and this was taken care of without any fuss. Our guests commented on what a beautiful relaxing setting and everyone enjoyed the day...the sun came out too! We could not praise The Glenlo Abbey enough and all of the staff there. Thanks again. Laura & Gordon xxx
by Mary Connolly
on Thu, 24th of July, 2014
We got married in Glenlo abbey in May of this year. We found the staff in Glenlo so friendly and helpful both leading up to and on the big day. Such a beautiful setting for the wedding. We had a small family wedding,we had the reception in the abbey which was beautiful and perfect setting for a

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smaller wedding. We found the staff really went out of their way to accommodate us.Highly recommend this hotel.
by Rebecca Rocca
on Thu, 24th of July, 2014
We got married at the Gleno Abbey last month and I can honestly say it was the best weekend of our lives!!

From the moment we first went to look at the venue, Christine and the team ( not forgetting little Peadar :)) were truly wonderful! I cant stress that enough!! Nothing was too much trouble

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and every query we had was answered straight away ( even down to sourcing hession wedding chair ties, bound with fresh lavender to match the vintage feel we were going for!!), which was especially important to us as we're based in London so had to do most of our corresponding over email!

Our menu tasting evening, and the big day itself - the team, food, service, atmostphere, accommodation, EVERYTHING - was second to none!! Every one of our guests were made to feel like 'old friends' of the hotel, welcomed with open arms and a huge smile from the moment they checked in!!

The weekend was magicial, and I dont hesitate in saying that the Glenlo Abbey and the team there played a massive role in ensuring that was the case! Could not recommend them highly enough!!
by Niamh Walsh
on Wed, 23rd of July, 2014
We had our wedding reception in Glenlo Abbey on the 30th of August 2014. Everything about the venue was perfect, food, staff. Out wedding co-ordinater Christine was so helpful and genuine and nothing was too much of an ask. I would recommend Glenlo Abbey to any new Bride and Groom that are looking

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for a hotel with a difference. Niamh & Joe
by Emma and Richie
on Wed, 23rd of July, 2014
We held our wedding reception in Glenlo Abbey Hotel on 26/10/2013.
The staff were extremely helpful both in the run up the the day and the wedding day itself. Christine and Alex were always on hand to answer our questions and help us organise special day.

Our guests even commented on how

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friendly and attentive all the hotel staff were to their needs during their whole stay. In addition to the wedding party, many members of our extended families were upgraded on arrival. This just one example of the attention to detail shown by the hotel staff.

Even though the hotel was undergoing extensive renovations around the time of our wedding, the staff made sure that the Pavilion Suite was finished in time for our wedding reception.

We would highly recommend Glenlo Abbey Hotel as a wedding venue.
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