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Five minutes with the Shamrock Lodge Hotel

Five minutes with the Shamrock Lodge Hotel

What time does your venue usually serve dinner at the wedding reception?

We like to call guests by 5.30pm, starting dinner service from 6pm. We liaise with the couple to make sure everyone is happy and also give our advice on what is the best way to proceed depending on the size of the wedding.

We are conscious that couple’s pay a lot of money for photographers and bands so we want to make sure that the day runs smoothly and timely, leaving the couple with no worries.

Does your venue host more than one wedding per day?


We have a strict one wedding per day policy so that our couples have our full attention and personal service.

Is your venue planning any renovations in the near future?


We try to constantly update our offering in order to provide the best service and venue for our couples. We have recently completed the following renovations:

In November 2015, we completely renovated our Princess Grace Honeymoon Suite


In January 2016, we completely renovated our John Broderick Ballroom by opening the space and fitting new carpet, lighting, paint, curtains, the works!

In July 2016, we renovated our stunning gardens which can be seen from our beautiful John Broderick Ballroom.


We now have plans to update our restaurant in late 2016.


Does your venue have liability insurance?


Our venue does have liability insurance.

Can a couple have their wedding in the hotel or grounds?


Couples certainly can have their wedding in the hotel. We are a registered venue for Civil Ceremonies. Couples are more than welcome to use our beautiful grounds for any other type of ceremony they may like.

We offer the entire hotel to couples on their special day and really love when it is fully utilised. As we are located on our own private grounds and gardens, there are many lovely spots around the hotel for celebrating, for photos, for entertainment and for mingling with all their wonderful guests.

There are two suites to choose from for Civil Ceremonies, the Shannon Suite and the John McCormack Suite.

How many people can your venue hold?


Our John Broderick Ballroom can cater for up to 280 guests while our smaller and more intimate Shannon Suite can cater for 120 guests.

In summer 2016, we held a wedding for 380 guests, maximising our ballroom and adding a beautiful small marquee joined by French doors which lead from our John Broderick Ballroom to our private gardens.

What makes the Shamrock Lodge Hotel special as a wedding venue?


The hotel was first established in 1951 and the current owner, Paddy McCaul bought the premises in 1993. The hotel is located about a 5-minute walk from where Paddy was born and his father was a chef here when Princess Grace of Monaco visited in 1961.

The hotel had huge sentimental value to Paddy and when the opportunity came up to buy it, he jumped at the chance. His son Alan has worked alongside him since day 1 and is now the proud General Manager of the hotel.

The hotel is home for the McCaul family and wedding couples become part of the family on their special day. Personal attention is something that makes us stand out from the crowd.

We always strive to give a little extra and are on hand throughout the whole process to support each couple. The hotel has a lot of sentimental value in Athlone with generations of families sharing their special day with us.

On the Bank Holiday weekend in June 2016, Maureen and Patsy Mullin celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary at the hotel. Their reception was held here on was the 6th June 1966 and their son also got married here 8 years ago!

There are a number of examples like this and as well as weddings, our guests have celebrated many milestone events from christenings to graduations and weddings.

Every member of our cross functional team works hard to ensure each wedding is picture perfect. We provide an amazing wedding experience, great value and commitment with every step and our reviews show that our service and food are second to none.

We believe in our brand and always give 100%. Our team are always available to make each couple’s wedding dream a reality. Our Princess Grace Wedding Package was launched in early 2016 and is our most inclusive package to date providing huge value for money and a brilliant choice of items.

Couples are free to mix and match as they please and if they have a certain budget, we work with them to tailor a package that suits them.

There is a strict one wedding per day policy and the hotel and staff are completely at the disposal of the wedding couple and their family on their special day. The team have seen it all when it comes to special requests and are only too happy to see the hotel and grounds being fully utilised.

Two suites are available at The Shamrock Lodge Hotel, The Shannon Suite and the John Broderick Suite, both of which are dosed in natural daylight with views of our beautiful gardens.

Couples can spend an entire fairy tale day with us from their ceremony to dancing the night away at their reception. We do succeed in making couples feel that the hotel is their own for their big day and nothing is ever too big an issue for us.

This is very evident in our reviews from past couples. One recent couple noted that ….’there is a sprinkle of magic poured over the Shamrock when they host a wedding that can never be captured on any website or review’.

Our slogan sums it up - ‘Let Our Family Look After Yours’ at The Shamrock Lodge Hotel!

Contact info for your wedding coordinator and hotel etc


We are a small cross functional team at The Shamrock Lodge Hotel who work hard together to ensure that each couple have the day of their dreams.

There are 4 Managers who coordinate weddings together and each couple get to know each one over the course of their wedding preparations:
Alan McCaul, General Manager – amccaul@shamrocklodgehotel.ie

Paddy McCaul, MD – info@shamrocklodgehotel.ie

Warren Samuels, Duty Manager – wsamuels@shamrocklodgehotel.ie

Mary Glynn, Sales and Marketing Manager – mglynn@shamrocklodgehotel.ie

Paddy, Alan and Warren have over 20 years’ experience combined in managing and organising weddings and can give advice that couples may not have even thought of! Mary adds a lady’s touch and having been a recent bride herself, can offer her own experience and advice.

We are a very flexible team and encourage any and all ideas to show a couple’s personality and want them to fully utilise the hotel and grounds which create a wow factor on that special day.

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