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Rowan Tree Hostel - Ennis - Ireland

Opening on historical site

Ennis, Ireland, 1st March 2009, Rowan Tree Hostel located in the heart of Ennis and on the site of the original Country Club will open its doors on the 17th March 2009, following an extensive 2-year re-development project.

The work involved a major restoration of the 17th century Georgian building; including preservation of the original hand carved wooden staircase, entrance pillars and main fireplace. In addition, an extension featuring 28 purpose-built rooms with ensuite facilities has been built.

The original building overlooking the River Fergus is one of the oldest buildings in Ennis and is of historical significance. Built around 1740 it was the County Club for the lords and gentry of the land and the Bull Hall was used for lavish balls and occasions. In the 1940’s it was used by the Military as barracks. It then became the Club House Hotel and most recently operated as the Abbey Tourist Hostel.

Under the management of experienced hostellers, Brian O’Neill and Marianne Maurer, the hostel has a capacity for 140. With a variety of rooms including double, twin and multi-bedded dorms sleeping up to 14, Rowan Tree will appeal to both groups and individuals.

Guest facilities are brand new and include a fully equipped self-catering kitchen, coffee shop, outdoor patio, recreational lounges, television and free WIFI and Internet access. All rooms are spacious and comfortable with bed linen supplied. A licensed Cafe Bar on the premises will provide a relaxed setting for socialising and meeting guests and locals alike.

“We are excited to be reopening a hostel in Ennis with all new modern facilities”, says Brian O’Neill, Managing Director of Rowan Tree Hostel. “There is a real need for quality budget accommodation in Ennis and we are filling that gap by providing a friendly hostel that will appeal to a wide range of people including; international backpackers, groups, families and the younger business person. Additionally, we will be creating up to 20 jobs for people in the local area”.

Welcoming the new venture, Siobhan King, Shannon Development Tourism Officer for County Clare said, “Shannon Development is delighted to see the reopening of this much needed hostel accommodation in Ennis, the gateway to County Clare. The new hostel will complement the existing variety of accommodation in the County” is a vibrant town rich in Irish culture and tradition. It boasts a good selection of pubs, cafes and restaurants and is home to some of the finest traditional Irish musicians in the country. It is the ideal base to explore Co. Clare, The Burren and the Cliffs of Moher. Ennis is easily accessible by bus, train and air (20 minutes from Shannon Airport).

Beds start at €16.00 per night and include a free light breakfast.

Brian O’Neill & Marianne Maurer are the proprietors of Kinlay House Dublin, one of Dublin’s leading hostels.

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