Celebrating 60 Years as a Hotel in the McGillicuddy Family
1958 - 2018
We have come a long way at Ballygarry House and shared a lot of great memories with hundreds of thousands of people over the years, from all over Kerry, Ireland and beyond. We are celebrating our 60th anniversary as a hotel this year, but Ballygarry House itself goes much further back - all the way to the 18th century origins as a family dwelling. It is entirely appropriate that the hotel began its life as a family home, because family has always been at the heart of its success. When the property was purchased and developed as the Manhattan Hotel in 1958, local businessman Gene McGillicuddy was one of the new owners, along wth Mick Allen and Ted Keane, of the Brass Rail Restaurant. Gene was synonymous with the Manhattan, and his son Owen McGillicuddy, went on to help create a hotel with a reputation for the highest of standards. Today, Ballygarry House is operated by long-serving staff members and Padraig McGillicuddy, the third generation of the family to lead the business.