Client and Conference Testimonials - Great Southern Killarney
Just want to say a massive thank you from both of us for everything in the build-up in the week before the wedding and over that weekend. We had an amazing time and enjoyed our day so much! Was great to celebrate it in style with all our friends. Fredrick’s was amazing for day 2 and everyone was raving about the place. All the staff we dealt with over the few days were amazing and super helpful and really helped us enjoy it to the best. We really appreciate all the team have done for us.
On behalf of my husband and I, I want to sincerely thank the team at Great Southern for everything on our wedding day, the service, food and set up were all absolutely amazing and all our guests commented on it. We will certainly be recommending your hotel to all our family and friends that are getting married in the future.
Thank you for making the lead up to the wedding so stress free due to your professionalism and advice. We look forward to visiting the Great Southern again very soon.
Mr & Mrs Curran
It can be quite stressful planning awedding when you’re not around the corner or even in the same country. ButChristina has been absolutely amazing. She is a complete asset to the team at Great Southern. You have such afantastic team. Even with how busy they must be, our weddingstill felt so personal and special. How they roll out each wedding, add all therequested personalisations and deliver that on a daily basis is beyondimpressive.
As always with the Great Southern, it’s always the little thingsthat make such a difference. Simple, thoughtful, small things like Christinameeting me upstairs before coming down, checking in on how I was. Before goinginto the ceremony, Jillian came out and calmed us. These small, additionalinteractions have meant so much to us over the last week.
The wedding itself was amazing. We decided to get married in the Garden Room because of how beautiful it is. Although we weren’t at our drinks reception for long due tophotos, our guests had a great time. The Guinness was flowing and everyone hastalked about how amazing the canapes were. The mini Beef and Guinness Pies werespecifically a hit.
One of the main things every guest, and we really mean everyguest, has commented on is the food. Everyone was completely raving about itall. They loved that they had a choice of main on the day - this doesn’t happenat weddings in England. The meat, as always, was beautiful. Our guests wereshocked when the bowls of Potato, Vegetables and Cauliflower Cheese came out.They were even more shocked that they were offered seconds of the meat! A fewof our guests even mentioned that it was the best meal they’ve ever had at awedding - for some of those guests they said it was better than the food attheir own weddings! Thank you so much to your fantastic catering team. They aresimply amazing and we can’t wait to return to eat in the Garden Room.
As the evening rolled in, nothing was too much trouble. Jillian was amazing that evening. She had the early evening shift with us afterworking since before the ceremony too. The evening rolled in and again your staff were amazing. Theevening food, again perfect. Our flowers were taken away and put in water untilwe checked out. Again, the little things that make such a differencehere.
Weddings in England are usually just the one day event but as most of our guests were flying over, we wanted to make sure we had another day ofcelebrations.This was absolutely perfect. A complete mixture of calmness whilstcatching up over events that happened the day and night before. The team thatnight did not stop. We had organised with Christina to have jugs of Pimms. Theymade a Pimms station which was so impressively done. Guests could add their ownfruit to their own preference and the drinks were certainly flowing. Again, the food was absolutely fantastic.
We had the time of our lives from the minute we checked in until we checked out! The Great Southern was outstanding! You made all our dreams come true. You have been so fantastic over the last few months, always so quick to come back to an email and put in place every single request we had.
The amount of people that have talked to us about how stunning the hotel was, the beautiful function room including the set-up, the delicious food ( even seconds offered - wow ) the best sleep and just amazing overall! Thank you so much for everything, wish we could do it all over again next weekend.
Louise & Brian Purcell
We’re on a high after a superb night at Great Southern Killarney for our wedding. The team went above and beyond in every aspect of our day to make sure we were happy. The level of service we received on the day of our wedding (and in the lead up) was second to none and we can’t thank everyone enough. jillian, Erin & the girls who looked after us in the drinks reception were wonderful. The layout of the drinks reception was stunning & ye provided so many things to enhance our ideas (the easels for the signs, the tayto wall etc). Everyone has been commenting on how beautiful the meal was; it was really plentiful and served quickly so we could rock on for the rest of the night.
We flagged a couple of our priorities in the lead up to the day (in particular the meal service and the food). Ye exceeded our expectations in every way and again we can’t thank ye enough.
Donal & Meig
We just want to say a massive thank you to the team at Great Southern. You made the day run so smoothly and everything went off so well. Our guests were amazed by the food. The timing was perfect and everyone had more than enough. As for us on the top table we were treated like kings and queens. Personally I want to thank Christina for replying to my copious emails so promptly helping dealing with the stresses of the finer details. No job was too big or too small. We wish we could do the day all over again and wouldn't change a thing.
Myself and Padraig just want to say thank you all so much for making our wedding so enjoyable. All of our guests have said it was the best wedding they have been at!
The quality of food, drink and service were of the highest standard and everything was perfect for us and our guests. I can't stress how beautiful the hotel was, all of our guests felt so comfortable and at home. The location was perfect as all our guests traveled and they could come and go over the weekend as they pleased.
Communication with the wedding team, in particular Christina and Julie was so efficient. If we had any queries or concerns they have us reassurance and answered any questions we had immediately. After the ceremony we were handed drinks straight away..which was well needed and appreciated at that stage! On the day itself Jillian was amazing. She had everything under control and even held an umbrella and my dress as it rained and we went out for some photos! Everyone complimented the "girl boss Jillian", as everyone could see how well she did her job and how much she loves her job.
Our guests complimented how smooth everything was ran on the day. They reported that they wanted for nothing as staff were on hand for anything they needed. We couldn't recommend the Great Southern enough for any occasion. We can't thank the staff and the wedding team enough.
It was the best weekend of our lives and they made it so that we could take it all in and not have to stress or think about anything.
Shannon and Padraig
Everything at the hotel was fantastic and even better than the high expectation’s we had of the Great Southern. The service from the staff was brilliant. They were so friendly and always ready to help. All our guests mentioned how good the service and food was. When we entered the hotel the staff were there to clap and greet us as a team and we didn’t expect that. It was a lovely touch. At the top table the team leader that was at our table was in constant communication with myself and Michelle as to what was happening next and what we wished to do.
The choice of food at the wedding tasting was very extensive. The food was delicious and guests were offered extras at each table. The wedding team was so professional and great to work with. Any late changes to our table plan and to our menu was never an issue. Every email was answered quickly and efficiently. We just wish we could do it all again. Top class hotel with a wonderful team.
Kevin and I held our wedding on the 3rd June 2023 at the Great Southern. The hotel was absolutely amazing and everything was perfect from start to finish. To the welcome as we arrived to the care as we left. Christina in the weddings team went above and beyond to make our day everything we wanted it to be and more. She excels in her post and is an amazing person. No matter what request we had or idea she was all ears and made it all happen.
From Jillian to Steve at the reception… Jillian is an expert at her job. The function room looked amazing, just as I had wanted it to look. She was always 5 steps ahead and is such a beautiful lady to deal with and great fun. Steve was the man with the food. All my guests are still talking about how amazing the food was. It was top class and plenty of it. Bellies were full until breakfast.
There was always someone there if u needed anything. We never had to look for anyone to get anything which I thought was just a touch of class. We also had our day 2 in the hotel, in Fredericks. It was such a great day. Again food and service was 5 stars.
I couldn’t recommend the Great Southern Hotel enough. We want to do it all over again. Our two little boys had the ‘best weekend of their lives!’, to quote them.
Thank you for an amazing day and we can’t wait to see you when we’re back again next year.
Kevin & Ciara Roche
Martin and I couldn't be more grateful and thankful to the Wedding team and all the staff at the Great Southern. Everyone was so helpful, friendly and professional, the entire day went so seamlessly. The Wedding team are extremely competent and experienced at what day do. Literally, all I had to do was drop off the decorations, sweets, flip flops etc that I wanted (however, the hotel is already so well decorated and beautifully presented, you really don't need to add much more). After that, it was just a matter of showing up and being whisked along by the Team and Staff with everything taken care of. The hotel looked incredible, and we honestly felt like royalty for the day we were so well taken care of. The wedding suites alone are another reason I would plan my wedding at this hotel, they are absolutely incredible and perfect for getting ready in for the morning of the wedding.
From the morning right up to the late-night resident's bar, the team and staff kept the whole day on schedule like a well-oiled machine. All vendors were well-acquainted with the hotel and worked directly with the hotel staff behind the scenes. I not once had to think what needed to be done next, I may as well have been a guest as well at the wedding, it was amazing! We had endless compliments from the guests about how beautiful the wedding setting was and how good the food was. And another thing to note, there was never a shortage of food either.
It was so easy working with the wedding team during the planning stages and they were always so quick and responsive to any questions I had. We would without a doubt recommend the Great Southern to anyone who was planning a wedding, you are guaranteed to be in safe hands. Thanks so much again Julie and Christina for everything, we had the most incredible day because of all of them and the staff's hard work!
Siobhan & Martin Pembroke
It sounds so cliché, but our wedding day was truly the most perfect day, the best day of our lives for sure! From everything from the lead up, to the day, the team at the Great Southern were just fantastic.
We knew from the first zoom call, to do a tour that we found our dream venue, and that we would be well looked after. Then after securing the date, and organising all of our suppliers we were so relieved and encouraged that every single one of our suppliers knew the hotel and only had amazing things to say too!
The menu tasting was a highlight in the wedding planning, Stephen was fantastic and our family still talk about him! We genuinely felt like royalty. When people were asking me how wedding planning was going I could only say back “I have no idea why anyone thinks organising a wedding is stressful, it’s been so easy” and upon reflection, it was that easy because we had a team of incredible people who know exactly what’s what, to help plan and create this day for us.
The day itself was just amazing. So many of my guests said it was the best wedding they had ever been to. Including my dad who is notoriously the hardest person in the world to please, he did not have a single criticism all day. I’ve never seen him so happy- so thank you for that!! My uncle Dave had shot many weddings at your venue and he kept telling me how looked after we would be but also couldn’t stop saying how incredible it was to be a guest at a wedding there. Everything just went flawlessly.
Julie was incredible to work with. She made sure our vision was executed to perfection. She kept me up to date on bits and pieces that needed our attention and above all of that, she was such a relaxing and encouraging presence on the day too. There was no moment at all during the day I felt I had to worry about anything. I had full trust that you would deliver, and deliver you did!!!
Special thanks to Jillian as well, she was a Rockstar, always made sure we were comfortable and “hydrated”, and kept up to date throughout the day too. I cannot recommend the Great Southern enough!
The wedding team at the Great Southern were extremely helpful, accommodating and kind to us on our wedding day. The hotel and venue are simply stunning and we were extra blessed to have excellent weather that day in Killarney. Which meant our guests not only got to enjoy the comfortable, beautiful venue but also enjoy the hotel's stunning grounds and gardens. The food was absolutely delicious and many of our guests remarked at how generous the portions were too! Which as we all know at an Irish wedding is very important!! We loved our wedding day at The Great Southern Hotel. We chose to get married in the Garden Room which by itself is an experience. Overall the hotel gave us great service, friendly faces and staff and a relaxed atmosphere which was exactly what we wanted for our day!
Thank you to all of the team for helping us celebrate such a special day with our loved ones. We will never forget it and the hotel will always have a special place in our hearts.
Just wanted to say a huge thank you for everything in the lead up to the wedding and on the day itself - we knew it would be a great day, but it exceeded our expectations and we were so thrilled with everything.
Every member of the Great Southern staff were fantastic as well, Stephen & his colleague who helped sheppard us to our seats during dinner, Sean, the reception & housekeeping, the bartenders & servers on the day and the kitchen staff. We've been told by plenty of people it was the best food they've had at a wedding and we agree.
We really appreciate all of Christina's efforts coordinating things and ensuring they went off without a hitch on the day. Christina & the team truly pulled out of all of the stops and made it very easy for us to relax and enjoy the day.
We're already excited to be back for our anniversary stay!
Thank you both so much for your help and for ensuring we had the best day. I can’t tell you how please we and everyone was with the service at the Great Southern. The staff were absolutely excellent. I personally found all the staff so kind and so helpful from start to finish! They even collected my shoes when I abandoned them in the middle of the night! Every time there was a change of staff we were introduced to them and welcomed by them. We were very impressed.
The service was wonderful - the food was excellent. Everyone is still talking about how delicious their food was, how much food they had and how their wine glasses were constantly being filled.
Our experience of everything related to the hotel on our wedding day was just excellent.. It was so helpful meeting Julie as helped us get everything in check and was so down to earth and honest.
We would recommend your hotel to everyone.
Thank you so much again,
Laura and Conor
Kevin and I would like to thank Julie and all the weddings team at Great Southern sincerely for all your hard work and guidance in the build up to our special day! It would not have happened without your super-efficient help and support. You created such an amazing day for us. Also, thank you for looking after us so well on the day of our wedding and you ensured a very smooth running of the day. We had such a beautiful day for start to finish and wish we could do it all over again.
The hotel was stunning, the drinks reception was outstanding. We would also like to sincerely thank Jillian for her outstanding support throughout our wedding drink’s reception and evening of wedding. She made us feel so relaxed and ensured everything ran smooth and seamless throughout the meal. She even came to greet our guests at breakfast the following morning and they were all very appreciative of that.
The meal was superb and we had more than enough delicious food served to us. All the staff were outstanding and we could not find fault with anything. We would also like to thank Sean at the front door who was very helpful and welcoming to everyone. All of our guests commented on how great the hotel staff were and how welcomed we all felt. Everyone had such a great day.
I just want to say thank you to everyone at Great Southern Killarney for making our Wedding day so perfect. We had the best weekend. From start to finish everything was perfect. Guests are still contacting us thanking them for such a great weekend and raving about the hotel. The Galway gang were so impressed with everything. The food, the guest rooms and day 2 was a huge hit. Fredericks was absolutely amazing. We hadn't seen the court yard on the day we first viewed but was so worth the wait. We got to have the BBQ outside which made day 2 even more relaxing. It was so chilled and everyone just mingled. Christina was a pleasure to deal with and made planning our wedding a lot easier.
Thanks to Julie as well for always following up with us. It put myself and Ferdia so at ease. Oh and everyone is talking about the amazing Pizzas at our wedding! Apparently 'best wedding ever! I knew everything would be perfect on the day, it was lovely to hear our guests say how relaxed myself and Ferdia were on the day but we knew ye had everything covered and nothing to stress. The staff...everyone was just amazing, the porters, Jillian, Sean..the waiters, everyone we dealt with were so friendly, helpful and professionally all at once. Thanks again for everything,
Myself and Andrew cannot put into words how grateful we are for each and every one at the Great Southern, what we expected our day to be they made it so much more. It was magical not just for myself and Andrew but for each and every one of our guests. To this day they are still taking about it from the warm welcome, to the beautiful staff, the drinks, the food, the whole flow of the day and evening. Even for our day two the whole experience was phenomenal. If we were to redo our wedding day again we wouldn’t change one single thing. Thank you so much for making our day the best of our lives.
I was so impressed by the weddings team at Great Southern. Everyone was so responsive and communicative and overall it seemed like a very organised process. The team were all accommodating and it was such a highlight to be able to have Sri Lankan food at the wedding. Ajith and the team were fantastic, we had so many compliments about the food (all dishes) and thanks for being so helpful around the time of the tasting. The tasting itself and the restaurant staff were really good on the evening of the tasting. The ceremony spaces and flowers all came out so well and overall the day was just as we would have liked. Overall a great experience and I am very thankful to the weddings team and Ajith for making it happen.
The wedding tasting experience- the food was great, anysmall comment/adjustment we had was catered for. No stress/ no hassle. All the staff at the hotel are great. From helping us withour bags to unloading the drinks reception items. To the general chit chatin the lobby area. The wedding team were brilliant. Againeverything was stress free, all the little adjustments on rooms/ package werehandled smoothly. Also the pre wedding call and checklist was great. It reallyput us at ease, when people asked us "have you everything ready for thewedding :)". The staff on the day of the wedding were superb. Having thewaitress assigned to the table was great. And then there was always someone on hand for those specialrequests, like a brush for the brush dance. The food on the night was amazing. The amount of people thatcommented on the quality of the steak and fish, wondering how they could do itto that standard for all the crowd. Thanks for making our wedding day seamless. We reallygot to relax and enjoy it.
Words cannot thank Christina enough for the hard work the team and you put into making our wedding day so special. From start to finish when we booked our wedding in May to the actual day everything done, did not go unnoticed. Nothing was too difficult a problem and you guys made it all so seamless even though we live on the opposite sides of the world. The attention to detail from all staff and the professionalism was outstanding. Everybody was talking about how amazing the food and service was on the day. We didn't have to worry about a single thing and for that I thank you so much.
Where to start, the whole experience was seamless! TheWeddings Team at the Great Southern are consummate professionals! We werereally looked after from day 1, they made all of the planning easy and took thestress out of it all. Our wedding co-ordinator Christina in particular wasexcellent, she was always available for a question and thought of everything,helping us to relax and enjoy it all on the day! We were made to feel like VIPsfrom the moment we got to the hotel the day before and looked after by all ofthe staff throughout. All of our guests were praising the hotel and rooms, thestaff, the service and the food. We couldn't have asked for more, it really wasperfect and the perfect wedding venue.
We got married in December and I would recommend the Great Southern to anyone for their big day. We unfortunately had to reschedule our wedding due to Covid and the Great Southern were a pleasure to deal with and so accommodating. On the day, the service and attention to detail was outstanding, the decor was beautiful and the food was phenomenal with several of our guests commenting that it was "the best wedding meal they have ever had". Christina our coordinator was amazing in the lead up to and including the day.
We genuinely hadthe most amazing day everything was just exceptional from the gorgeous feastthat was delivered to the room on the morning when we were getting ready to theabsolutely stunning meal. Numerous people have said the steak was the nicestthey have ever tasted. Everybody had the most amazing day. Christina was justamazing and nothing was an issue, the decor was amazing genuinely we could notrate the whole day high enough. As my dad said in his speech the waiting staffwere like his mother he was so well looked after, Thank you all so much for the most amazing day it was an absolute dream.
Just wanted to say a massive THANK YOU to you and all of the team at the Great Southern for making our Wedding day so special. Everything went so smoothly and the attention to detail was phenomenal. From the moment we arrived on Wednesday to when we checked out Saturday everything from start to finish was incredible and the staff and service was amazing!
The meal was was absolutely superb, all of our guests were raving about the food and wine (big thanks to the amazing chefs) especially the striploin which was cooked to perfection and so tender, so many of our guests mentioned this and how beautiful the hotel was and of course how amazing the staff and service was. The Christmas decor was stunning. Just absolutely everything was incredible - it was everything we could have asked for and more.
John & I can’t thank you and all at the Great Southern enough we had the time of our lives! Julie was so great to deal with throughout the few months and leading up to the wedding and everything we had requested leading up to the big day - everything was AMAZING. Thank you thank you thank you!
A few special mentions & thank you to Seanie who took such good care of us and gave us a warm greeting every time we entered/left the hotel over the few days. And also a massive thank you to Jillian who made sure everything ran smoothly throughout the meal, she was fantastic.
Thank you so much again! We can’t wait to visit again and so many of our guests are planning to stay at the hotel next year!
Claire & John
We got married in the Great Southern on the 28th of October 2022. Having attended several weddings here in the past we looked at no other options when booking our own. From start to finish the wedding team exceeded all our expectations.Their calm, efficient manner made the planning process hassle and stress free.Christina was a dream to work with and no request was too big or small for her to accommodate. Their timely prompts for guest lists, table plans etc is done with such precision that you don’t even realise you are getting some of the hardest work done.
The exceptional quality of food and service is a credit to everyone involved. Food was served piping hot and a ta standard which is most challenging to achieve with a large crowd. Waiting staff were exceptional and there was no delays between courses. Our guests with dietary requirements were blown away by the attention to their needs. We danced the night away and into the early hours of the morning in the residents bar until 4am. We stayed 2 nights and were made feel so special by staff from the check in desk to porters to breakfast staff to cleaning staff and so on!
Our guests had the most amazing day and we will be forever grateful for the staff of the Great Southern for making our day so special.
We just wanted to say thank you so very much for being sucha wonderful part of our big day. The whole team has been a delight to work with from theget-go and the whole day (week, even) was perfect. We couldn't ask for more. The venue was stunning, evenbetter than we could have imagined and all the staff were so kind andefficient. Shoutout especially to Julie, Liam, Jillian and Caitlyn. We were sowell minded. Thank you all. The accommodation (the Railway Cottage, in particular) wastop class. The perfect base to visit Killarney and an excellent spot to getready for a wedding. It was a stunning location for 1st looks, as the weatherdid not particularly permit for us to do too many outdoor photos. We will most definitely be back.
From the moment we had our initial meeting in the Great Southern in 2019, we just knew that it was the perfect venue for us. We unfortunately had to postpone from 2021 to 2022 due to covid and the Great Southern were a dream to work with even through that period of uncertainty. We had the most amazing experience the morning of the wedding in the Kennedy suite and captured some stunning pictures throughout the hotel. It was the perfect location in the centre of Killarney for our guests, we got married in St.Mary's cathedral which is a stone's throw away from the hotel which made everything so seamless and easy for us on the day. The service is exceptional and we can't recommend celebrating your wedding here enough. Every member of staff we spoke with were so kind and considerate which is exactly what you want during the lead up to your wedding. We can't wait to come back and visit the Great Southern again as it will always hold a special place in our hearts.
We first met with Denise back in Sept'19and we absolutely LOVED the venue and how accommodating Denise was. We had previouslybeen to two weddings in the hotel and loved it but fell in love with the hoteleven more after viewing it. It was the first hotel we looked at and when wewere leaving we joked "will we just go back and book now" We werenewly engaged so viewed another hotel after the Great Southern and we weresurprised at how unorganised and unprofessional the other hotel was, we rangDenise later that evening and she held a date provisionally for us
Unfortunately covid hit and while we thought during 2020 wewould be ok to go ahead in May 21, however we realised in Jan'21 that we mayneed to start looking at other options. We asked Denise for a list of dates andwe changed to Aug'22. Everything was so easy and effortless when changing thedate. We had some suppliers who made postponing difficult but the hotel reallymade it as effortless as possible.
Fast forward to Mar'22 and we took a mid week break to theGreat Southern, we were leaving breakfast and bumped into Denise and arranged aquick catch up with her. Unfortunately we were after quite a difficult fewmonths and explained to Denise that wedding planning was the furthest thingfrom our minds but intended on going ahead with Aug'22. Denise couldn't havebeen more understanding or sensitive to our situation.
As Aug'22 grew closer and closer, wedding plans ramped up atour side and the hotel couldnt have been more accommodating. The room list wasreally important to us and I had several phone calls with the accommodationdept arranging rooms / changing rooms etc and no request was ever an issue.None of the guests knew the effort that went into the room list but there wasseveral compliments over the wedding weekend at how nice the rooms were, howmuch people loved having a balcony, how big the beds were etc so we weredelighted to hear this. We really appreciate the effort the hotel put in here.I also requested that wedding cake would be put in the rooms for the bridalparty and this really went down a treat so thank you.
We really cant emphasise enough how amazing Denise was inthe lead up to the wedding, one example was we found it hard to get a date forthe final details meeting but Denise was so understanding and met us at 7pm inthe evening which meant a later shift for Denise which we really appreciated.
Our meal tasting was absolutely divine, we really enjoyedit. I'd nearly get married again (to the same groom!) just so we could do ourmeal tasting again. It really was such a lovely experience, we both thoroughlyenjoyed it. We struggled to find feedback being honest, Everything was perfectand so gorgeous, any of our feedback was only small things. On the day the mealwas absolutely gorgeous. For weeks after the wedding we were still gettingcompliments about how nice the meal was!
The day after the wedding, we had the BBQ in the hotel andwe were so lucky with the weather that everyone was able to enjoy being outsidein the gardens for it. The BBQ was absolutely divine, so so tasty. Again Denisewas amazing here and a huge help with giving us names of a musician (who wentdown an absolute treat with guests) and also helping with a last minute rush toget a marquee when we realised our numbers were going so high.
From the moment we chose to view The Great Southern as a potential wedding venue, no other place could come close. From start to finish each and every member of the team and staff in the hotel went above and beyond to ensure every moment was as we wished and more. The experience the team has is second to none and we were so grateful for the advice given. Your team went out of their way to make ourselves and our parents feel welcome on our tasting evening and it was so appreciated.
Our wedding day was so smooth as a result of the incredibly impressive attention to detail you planned. We were able to sit back and enjoy each moment, secure in the knowledge that your team were making every guest feel welcome and cared for. There is not a single thing I would change about how you set the venue up and ran the evening, a sheer sign of your professionalism and care. The food was impeccable and despite it being months since the day people we bump into still tell us it’s the best meal they have ever had! Although writing this I appreciate words cannot do how professional, caring and welcoming your staff are. Connor and I will forever hold The Great Southern in our hearts and will forever be grateful to you for making our wedding day a dream.
Connor and Aisleen Campbell
Great Southern is the most amazing hotel to get married in, especially if you are looking for a stress free day. The staff could not do enough for us from start to finish. Special thank you to our wedding planner Christina who could not have done more for us, Stephen & Caitlin. All guests have described it as the best wedding they have ever attended and this was purely due to the competence and courtesy of the staff.
The food was absolutely exceptional and cooked to perfection. Some guests are still telling us it was the best steak they have ever tasted.
No doubt we will be attending many weddings here again as all of our friends have the Great Southern on the top of their list for wedding venues after such an amazing day.
Gillian and David O'Connor
Everything that the Great Southern touched was nothing short of absolute perfection. In speaking to our guests and in what we experienced ourselves- we have not experienced anything like that before. We could not be happier with how the day turned out. The service, accommodating staff, the food, the quality of care, the actionability of the weddings team, and the demeanor of every individual we encountered was unparalleled. Truly, the name the Great Southern has created for itself speaks volumes. Julie- you were an absolute pleasure to work with. Planning abroad was not the easiest but you made it seamless. And thank you for running through everything with us the day before. It put us so at ease. Your evening team is simply fantastic- Liam, Ciaran, Anna (serving top table), and the gentleman that led the head table serve team were just fabulous. Also, Pedro was a lifesaver during the rehearsal dinner and was so unbelievably accommodating.
Myself and Kevin would like to say a huge thank you to all the staff of the Great Southern Hotel. We cannot speak highly enough of how kind and accommodating all the staff were on lead up and on the day of our wedding. No task was too big and nothing was ever a problem.
Everything on the day was just perfect, the drinks reception was beautiful and the piano player provided by the hotel was simply stunning and created a beautiful atmosphere.
After our tasting we knew the meal was going to be incredible but it was so nice to hear all our guests raving about every aspect of the food and service!
The hotel itself is a magnificent setting and we got beautiful photos throughout the day and evening in various parts of the grounds.
I would highly recommend the Great Southern to any couple who are looking for a wedding venue, you are guaranteed a stress free day with every minute detail thought of and taken care of by the amazing wedding team.
Thank you all so much!
When we got engaged in Jan 2022, we researched some hotelsto have as our wedding venue but deep down having had talked about The GreatSouthern, we knew that it was the hotel for us.
From when be booked our wedding to when we checked out twodays after the wedding, we could not have asked for anything more. Everyone onthe wedding team were so kind, friendly and obliging when ever I rang, evenputting me at ease during the stressful periods.
On our wedding weekend, everything from start to finish wasperfect. There was not one thing we could fault. From the staff in the hotel tothe Concierge, nothing seemed to be a problem. The highlight of the day (everyguest is still talking about) is the food. It was simply sublime.
The sublime food carried on into the next day where we had aBBQ in The Chaplin Room. We cannot thank you enough for putting so much effort intomaking our day the most special day. We will never forget what you achieved for us.
Claire and Brian
Our wedding at the Great Southern Hotel was everything we could have dreamed of. We were due to get married in May 2020, and due to covid we had to postpone three times, and luckily, we finally had our big day in April 2022. The wedding coordinators Denise and Katie with whom we worked closely with since we booked our original date could not have been nicer, they honestly did everything they could to help us when stress levels were high when we were faced with the unknown and were always so responsive over the phone or through emails.
Our wedding day was spectacular, every member of staff in the hotel from the door men to the receptionists to the waiters, could not do enough for you. We even had the afternoon lady help us with a small mishap with my mother’s dress on the morning of the wedding. Our reception was magical, the layout of drinks, and canopies was superb. Our guests are still raving about the incredible food and kindness and generosity of the staff before, during and after the meal. The groom had forgotten his paper that had his speech and Denise had it printed off within minutes, super-efficient like always.
Anything we ever asked for was done without any hassle, it made us feel so much at ease. I couldn’t recommend this hotel highly enough for couples planning their wedding day. I would love to do it all over again, and I wouldn’t change one thing. Thank you so much for making our dreams come through!
Samantha and Shane Regan
Thanks to all team at Great Southern for all the work in organising our wedding. We had the best day of our lives. From the first enquiry, your team has been so helpful, responsive & professional. It was a pleasure to deal with Denise and Katie especially. On the day of the wedding it was such a relief to know that everything would run smoothly, Denise especially was so welcoming, friendly and helpful!
So many of our guests commented on the fantastic food, brilliant staff and fantastic atmosphere at our wedding and I am so glad we were able to celebrate at your hotel. A couple of other key call outs were the late night staff who had to listen to us butcher many a song late into the night, they were so nice to us even at 4am! The night porter who kindly dropped us up extra water to our room, and also my Mom had help from a lovely brazilian staff member (so sorry I never got his name) who helped her cut up some of the wedding cake the next day for our second day event, he was so so lovely & helpful.
I would 100% recommend the Great Southern to others and look forward to visiting again very soon!
All the best,
Aoife & Rory
Firstly can I start off by saying Julie was amazing to us on the day and in the weeks leading up to the wedding. She was very helpful at providing information and advice. Nothing we asked of her was too much and she is a credit to the Hotel. Katie was phenomenal in the lead up to the wedding also.
Secondly, the other staff of the hotel were amazing from start to finish. The wait staff in the ballroom were brilliant and the service was expertly managed. The feedback we have received about the food has been excellent. Even the staff in the restaurant for breakfast were lovely, the person who greeted me Tuesday morning even told the person seating me that I was the bride from Sunday so I continued to feel very special.
The food, the service and the atmosphere of the hotel is what makes the Great Southern so special and head and shoulders above the competition.
Thank you so much for all the help and guidance you have given us since we met at our first viewing. The whole process was made as stress free as possible. The list of suppliers you recommended couldn’t have been better! To all the other staff at the Great Southern; Stephen, Kieran and Johnny to name a few were a big part of the weekend and no ask was too much.
Our guests are still raving about the food, the extra portions that were brought out was a lovely touch. We had the best day and didn’t take the smiles off our faces!
Ciara & Dave
Words cannot thank the staff at the Great Southern Hotel enough for their generosity and hospitality during our wedding in February 2022. Throughout the 18th months of planning there was never an issue and the wedding planners went above and beyond their duty to ensure that everything was as we wished on the day. From the menu tasting, to the many visits to confirm details, everything was so enjoyable in the lead up to the day. And this experience only surpassed itself on the wedding day itself! All of our guests commented on the level of service, the friendly staff, the beautiful food and surroundings. As a couple on the day we felt completely looked after which allowed us to thoroughly enjoy ourselves throughout the day and night.
We would not hesitate in recommending this venue to any Bride & Groom, the Great Southern provides a touch of class which is just hard to find anywhere else!
We just want to say a huge huge thank you to the whole team for everything over the weekend of our wedding.
Everything went off so well on both the day of the wedding and the day after. We were so happy with everything from the reception, the food, the staff everything was just amazing!!!
Special mention to Stephen and Jillian who were fantastic and were always on hand!!
Thanks so much for everything, you all really made it so easy for us and there was never any complaints from you as a team, anything we asked you for it was never a problem!
Thanks so much again!
Ciara & Kevin
Tony and I first laid eyes on Great Southern Killarney during a trip to Ireland in 2017 when Tony said "that would be an amazing place to get married." This statement couldn't have been closer to the truth. From our first enquiry, Denise was kind, professional, and accommodating helping us plan a wedding that fit us as a couple. Denise and the wedding team were always available in a timely manner by email, phone, or zoom and constantly went above and beyond to help in any way possible. Planning a wedding abroad during new covid variants was challenging, but Denise's understanding, reassurance, and assistance made the process as smooth as possible. During our stay the entire wedding team and hotel staff were all extremely gracious to our family and friends. We were able to enjoy our time, confident that everything was taken care of. The wedding day itself went perfectly and Katie was there checking in to make sure every detail was how we pictured it. From the decorations, to the food, to the service every single aspect of our day far exceeded expectations. We are so thankful to the entire wedding team for everything that went into making our day perfect.
We celebrated our wedding in the Great Southern Hotel in December last and to be quite honest there are no words that we can write here that would give it enough praise or justice. We have made several attempts to sit down and compose this message but each time we were lost for words as the day absolutely swept us off our feet. We had the most amazing few days in this wonderful hotel and we made a lifetime of memories along the way. The care and attention that we received from the wedding team and everybody here was second to none and we and all our guests were made feel so special from start to finish. This hotel oozes with class in every corner of its magnificent interior. Our special day was so magical for us and we both know that this was down to the exceptional care and expertise of each and every member of staff. Planning a wedding during Covid times was challenging but the hotel always managed to put us at ease and were extremely accommodating right throughout the process. Not alone were the decorative interior and splendid Christmas decorations a focal talking point amongst our guests but everybody that attended paid huge compliments towards the food, service and of course the gorgeous drinks reception. As a newly married couple, we will never be able to fully thank each and every one of you enough for making it the best day of both our lives.
The Great Southern Hotel is truly an amazing hotel and we cannot recommend it highly enough as a wedding venue. We will be forever grateful to you all for making our dream come true.
Eamonn & Heansaí Brosnan
To highlight how amazing you, the wedding team and the hotel were, I need to start from the beginning. From the moment we got engaged in Dec 2018 in room 202, the GS went above and beyond to make our stay so incredibly special. We knew that weekend that we would get married in the GS. We met with you shortly after that (I’m sure it was over that Christmas holidays), and we had everything booked. Gearing up for the wedding was complicated with the arrival of Covid and our complete denial that it would still affect our wedding in Dec 2020, but you were always there, only a phone call away, and I always felt better any time we spoke. Through all the chopping and changing of the wedding plans, you were there, and when we decided to postpone, you and the team could not have been more accommodating, which made it so much easier on us.
After some time off thinking about the wedding, the plans kicked off again around September 2021 and Philip, and I were determined it would go ahead this time. Again, you were there through it all, sending the reminders, highlighting things we had not thought of. You are a well-oiled machine, knowing everything that is needed for a successful day. During this time, we had a few stays in the GS, one for our menu tasting (we eat so much fantastic food), where we were back in room 202 and a trip with my sister and mom for my makeup trial. Again, a stay where we were treated like queens. The staff, food, and hotel rooms are welcoming, making it hard to leave. You have been the main one to organise those stays so thank you so much.
On the 20th of Dec 2021 we arrived for the wedding; from the moment I stepped into the hotel, Pedro was there to meet us, helping us with all our bags, dresses, suits and all the wedding material for the function room. The check-in process was a breeze, and it felt so special to be there and have everyone falling all over us. Dinner in the Picture room is something I will treasure forever. The private set-up for my close family and friends was excellent, and the staff were so friendly and chatty. Overall, the service was terrific. Even when one groomsman arrived late, they ensured he was fed, even with the kitchen closing. It’s that attention that put the GS above anyone else.
On the day of the wedding, I don’t have words. It was the most magical day of our lives. From the minute I woke in the bridal suite, anything we needed was a phone call away from extension leads, our breakfast, calls for prosecco, etc. Meeting you on my way out of the room in my dress and walking down the stairs, I remember every bit of it; it truly was my fairy tale moment. Once we returned from the church, we were greeted with prosecco and the red carpet. I could cry when I think of how special those moments were; we felt famous. During the drinks reception, I had staff (in particular Liam) come over to check if I was ok and if we wanted anything (a drink, a plate of food). Again, this, to me, is exceptional service. Once we saw the function room set up, you, the wedding team and the banquet team did everything I asked for, having the confetti where we wanted, the knitted Christmas trees and of course Catriona and her incredible flowers. During the dinner, everything was perfect; the staff were so excellent, again constantly checking if we needed anything and ensuring we had drinks when required. The food service was so efficient and the food, oh the food (everyone was talking about it). We then danced the night away, and even with the 12 finish, we got to sit around together and have our little sing-song.
Our day two did not go as planned as my sister was unwell, but we still managed to sit around, eat the incredible food, and use the open tab we had on the bar. Our friends and family were delighted to sit around and debrief on the wedding day.
One person I need to mention here is Stephen; from the moment we met him at our menu tasting right through to our wedding, he was incredible, and again on the second day. My sister was very unwell the day after the wedding (where we all got a fright, severe dehydration from partying too hard a the wedding), but Stephen quickly stepped in and took over. He was just amazing, knowing exactly what to do, making sure my sister, Philip and I and my parents had everything we needed. Thankfully my sister was ok; a short trip to the hospital that evening for some fluids had her sorted.
Once everyone had gone, Philip and I stayed another night. We sat in the reading room, sipping on G&Ts and reminisced on the whole experience. Again, I could not fault it. There is nothing I would change, nothing I would do differently. Everything was perfect for the entire stay, the staff, the service, and the function room. I only wish I could do it all over again.
On the 1st of Jan 2022, we returned for a two-night stay to start our new year in our favourite place. After mentioning to reservations that we had just got married, we arrived to stay in room 202 with a bottle of prosecco on ice waiting for us. These little touches make you feel so special; no other hotel we have stayed in does this.
First of all we want to thank everyone at the hotel for making our day so special. We imagined the day for so long and it went off just perfectly. It's is hard to put into words how much we appreciate how far the staff went for us for our special day. Katie & Denise were always on hand to answer any questions and cater to all of our needs. They were a pleasure to deal with and we really appreciate how much they made it feel like we were the only wedding in the hotel ever! We have visited the hotel many times and from the minute you walk through the door you really are made feel very special.
We would like to thank Gillian for her amazing organisation on the day. She was absolutely outstanding and we couldn't have asked for a better manager on the day. The food was incredible and the feedback from guests was surreal. Every comment about the hotel - the atmosphere, the food and the staff was second to none.
Many of our guests had never stayed before and now they mentioned if they are going to Killarney again there is nowhere else they could stay except the Great Southern.
You really are made feel so special in the hotel and that's what we love about it. We had day 2 in hotel also and it was absolutely perfect.
Nothing is ever too much for any of the staff and it shows as there is one nicer than the next. The room we got married in was picture perfect with the amazing architecture. The glass corridor down to the drinks reception and the function room itself are all absolutely stunning. If anyone is thinking about a wedding here we couldn't recommend enough.
We cannot wait to come back and visit and stay in this magical hotel!
Jamie and Mike x
From the first meeting we had with Denise, we knew the Great Southern was the venue for us. Our planning despite Covid restrictions throughout could not have been easier. Nothing was an issue and everyone was simply brilliant to work with. We must mention Denise especially who was just the dream to work with. No ask was too big and her advice was always spot on throughout. I would highly recommend the Great Southern to anyone looking for a wedding venue, You really won't be disappointed.
Thanks for giving us such an unforgettable weekend.
Lisa & David
We would highly recommend the Great Southern as a wedding venue. There were plenty of uncertainties around covid, including additional restrictions of a midnight close being announced two days before our wedding, however Katie & the team were very helpful and accommodating, especially with numbers changing last minute. Katie was at hand in the months, weeks & days leading up to the wedding, always at the other end of an email/ phone call. The meal tasting was so enjoyable, and greatly added to the excitement of the build up to the wedding. Sean, the porter was so friendly & efficient at helping us the day before & after the wedding in dropping off and collecting any items.
On the day itself, our guests loved the drinks reception, with the hot toddies, mulled wine & mulled cider being a big hit, as well as the delicious canapes. We had our speeches out in the reception area before going in for the main meal, that worked really well and the team had no problem accommodating this request. The food was gorgeous as well, with plenty to go around. Gillian & her team managed it all so smoothly, including the bar staff juggling orders ranging from trays of shots to pint glasses to keep the bouquets fresh. We also had the ham hock as part of the late night food and that went down really well.
I would recommend couples to stay on a second night so you can soak up the experience of staying at the Great Southern. The rooms are so comfortable & luxurious, and of course that breakfast! The night porter even suggested as we were going to bed that we get breakfast delivered to the room the next morning, and to go to the breakfast room just for tea & coffee so we could mingle after being well fed. It's the little touches like that from all team members at the Great Southern that make it so special for a wedding. There are weddings every weekend at the Great Southern which means that on the day they run like clockwork, yet in the run up to the wedding, you feel like you're the only couple that the hotel is planning for, and on the day itself it feels very unique.
Louise & Tim
From the moment we went to view the hotel for our wedding we knew there was no where else that would even compare. Our wedding coordinator, Denise, was amazing from the start, nothing was ever and issue and she made everything so easy and straightforward the whole way through the planning and on the day itself.
The staff of the hotel are incredible, from the minute we walked in the door until we left they were nothing but welcoming and so so helpful. They couldn’t have done enough for us and our guests. Everything on the day itself surpassed all our expectations; from the drinks reception to the absolutely amazing meal, we were blown away!
Our guests have not stopped saying how amazing the hotel, staff and food were.
We honestly had the best day ever and it’s all down to the amazing staff of the Great Southern. We can’t wait to come back again soon and look forward to celebrating other weddings there as we know you’ll definitely have a few bookings as a result of our wonderful day!
Thanks again to you all,
Úna & James x
When searching for venues for an October wedding, we knew that we wanted an all-in-one place to accommodate most of our family and friends. After getting a tour of the property and getting to spend time with Denise and Katie we both instantly knew that The Great Southern Hotel was the perfect location for our wedding day! Throughout the process, we worked with Denise And Katie to plan what was, in our opinion, the most perfect wedding day. They were always prompt with responding to our inquiries, gave us checklists to keep us on task, gave excellent recommendations for vendors, and did an amazing job of setting up the ceremony and reception spaces with our decorations, their eye for detail before and on the day of the wedding surpassed our expectations. Our family and friends still rave about the beautiful location and the delicious food every time we see them! We couldn’t have been happier with our special day, and we owe a lot of that to the staff at The Great Southern Hotel.
The professionalism and combined experience of the entire team which Included Steve and Jillian ensured that every step of our wedding journey was nothing but perfect, the day was enjoyable & stress-free as a wedding can be. You won’t find a place that is more flexible, reliable, and truly honoured to host your wedding. They treat each couple with respect and as individuals, instead of just another wedding couple, we are happy to have them as a part of our memories of a perfect wedding day. Thanks to all the staff at the Great Southern for giving us the best day of our lives.
Simon & Aisling Bowes
Barry and I had our wedding reception at Great Southern on October 23rd. It was the most amazing day from start to finish. As a couple planning a wedding during a pandemic and having to postpone our February date, Great Southern could not have done more to keep us at ease throughout the many ups and downs!
On the month leading up to the wedding, we had many conversations and emails to ensure everything would run smoothly. No job was too big or too small and every request was met with positivity. We always came away from meeting the staff with the feeling of certainty that we wouldn’t need to worry about a thing on the day of the wedding. The standards of professional service was just unbeatable!
We got fantastic tips from Denise about the week of the wedding to eliminate stress. We were able to drop off lots of our stationary/ signage etc a few days beforehand and everything was perfect on the day. We did not have one moment of stress from once we arrived at the hotel the day before the wedding until we left three days later.
The venue was stunning on the day, the suppliers were all looked after so well and the guests were treated like royalty. The warmth of the staff was mentioned to us every time we had a conversation about our wedding since our big day. Another thing that was praised by every guest was the food! Every dish was absolute perfection! People were so impressed when they were offered seconds of fillet steaks or sea bass and every guest was accommodated for their dietary requirements in a very discreet manner.
No matter what our guests asked for, they were accommodated. Friends brought their 13 day old baby with them and were shown to an area that was quiet so that the baby could sleep.
We have been to weddings in the Great Southern before as guests and we had been very impressed so we had very high expectations, but our experience superseded those.
The structure of the day was coordinated so well by staff that we never had to think about time or worry about running late for any element of the day.
The great Southern do 5 star weddings!
Thank you all so much! If only we could do it all again! We can’t wait to go back!
Dóirín and Barry Kelleher
We had a superb Wedding Day, way beyond we imagined it could be. The Great Southern Hotel was spectacular. The staff from management to chefs, waitresses and waiters the service was so attentive and professional. The menu we choose was excellent, cooked to perfection and presented at its best. From the minute we arrived at the hotel to enquire of the wedding, we had a feeling it was going to be right. The whole package was exceptional, as a Bride the support behind the scenes and the presentation of our wedding cake and displays and props were done effortlessly.
Nothing was ever a problem from you Denise and for other members of staff. You were there for all the important times right by my side and as an older couple that was important for us.
We can not wait to return for many years to come to celebrate our anniversaries. All of our guests are still talking abput the wonderful experience they had at the Great Southern Hotel. In their words they were never at a wedding like it!! We are still living the dream. Look forward to seeing you all in 2022.
Honestly Jillian, Stephen and the chefs and every single staff member made mine and Anthony dreams come true. Every single part of our day was magical from the minute we walked into the hotel being greeted by staff to the food and the atmosphere you created we were just in awe of you guys. I always dreamed of having my wedding in your hotel but never did I think it would be on the level it was.
Every single person that attended the wedding had praised how fabulous the hotel was and the food was such a hit that people are still craving it. We left saying this will be our forever holiday hotel because the memories are just so amazing.
Thank you so so so much for making our dreams a reality (which was no easy task with COVID).
Looking forward to visiting the hotel as soon as we can.
The very best wishes,
Anthony and Valerie McGuire
A huge thank you to Denise, Katie, Jillian and all the team in the Great Southern. We cannot thank you enough for everything you did for us to make our wedding so special. It really was the best day and genuinely even better than what we had imagined, we could not have wished for a better day. From start to finish you have been amazing to deal with. Every guest at the wedding couldn’t have spoken highly enough of the hotel, the meal, the staff, everything! And our Day 2 was amazing too, the food again was so good and the location in the terrace was just perfect for the crowd we had. Thanks again for everything and hopefully we will get to meet you again in the future.
Niamh & Ken
As soon as we got engaged we didnt even look at another venue to host our wedding as we had been to my friends wedding at Great Southern in 2017 and knew from that night that this was the venue for us.
From the initial consultation virtually and when securing our date ye were beyond amazing. It made planning our wedding in an impossible and stressful situation during a global pandemic an easy task.
Ye honestly went above and beyond for us. Everything was amazing from start to finish. We honestly could not have had a more positive experience. We felt like absolute celebrities from the moment we walked in the door for our wedding. The welcome we received and not only us all our family as well.
The self catering houses were absolutely perfect for Johns family. They were delighted with them. Our meal the night before in our own room was amazing and a fabulous start to our celebrations. The fact that we could stay in the bridal suite for 3 nights was fantastic, the fact I didn't have to leave the hotel before the church was amazing..
Anything we asked for was not an issue. The welcome we received when I left for the church was fantastic and we were overwhelmed by the greeting we got on arrival back as newlyweds.
You're attention to detail is unbelievable.. people are still talking about the drinks reception and the way it was decorated and organised..
The meal was absolutely outstanding. People are still talking about the food and how good the service was. Stephen and Jillan were amazing.
Ye honestly made what could have been such a stressful day so hassle free and enjoyable. We thoroughly enjoyed every 2nd of our day and we are still on a high since.
I cannot thank Denise and Katie enough. Nothing was an issue for them. Ye were so prompt to reply to any queries we had and honestly on the day you would never know we were in these strange covid times.
Overall our experience in the Great Southern Hotel was undoubtedly the most special time of our lives.. we cannot thank everyone enough for going the extra mile to make our day so special.
The attention to detail is 2nd to none, the warm cosy and friendly atmosphere is out on its own and every staff member was so welcoming.
We would have absolutely no hesitation to recommend Great Southern to any future couples who are potentially looking at your hotel as their wedding venue. We honestly cannot fault the hotel on anything. Everything was more than perfect. Great Southern is seriously amazing at what it does and I honestly cannot thank everyone enough for making our wedding day so memorable.
John & Anne Biggs
We would like to thank all the management and staff who looked after everything to the highest standard on the day of our wedding.
The day could not have gone better. We received the best feedback from all our guests. The food was excellent and plentiful. All the staff were so helpful and accommodating on the day.
The hotel itself is beautiful, that is why we chose the Great Southern as our wedding venue but we must say it was the people that made our day. Everyone really made us, our family and guests feel special.
Thank you again.
Denise and Colm
We are so happy and grateful to have chosen The Great Southern Killarney as our wedding venue. Planning a wedding in a world recovering from a global Pandemic is not easy, there are so many uncertainties and insecurities. However, Great Southern made the entire process easier, enjoyable and special.
Menu is quite vast, and the food is beautiful. Wine and drink choices were also fantastic. The staff team is amazing. Our wedding coordinator, Denise, has incredible knowledge to make our day perfect in every detail. Gillian and her team made the day happen smoothly and beautifully. Our guests cannot stop praising our wedding and the excellent service they had during the entire day and day after. The hotel is also so beautiful that we decided to take our engagement and wedding shots at the gardens. Best decision ever! The photos are amazing, and we got to spend more time with our guests too.
Thank you for making our day so special. As we believed and heard from many of our guests, it was better than any fairy tale. We highly recommend Great Southern as a perfect wedding venue.
We are both eternally grateful for the service we received on our Wedding Day. Although the setting is obviously beautiful in itself, the staff absolutely made the day for us. There was literally nothing they wouldn't do for us to make us and our guests completely at ease and welcome in the hotel. They were fantastic, from the wedding Co-ordinators Denise and Katie who had endless patience, to Gillian who ran the day with military precision, to Sean at the entrance, Liam at the bar and Alana serving. They were outstanding, Gillian could run the country with her eyes closed, she was a pleasure and a joy to deal with, as were they all.
We requested to do our photos back at the hotel as it was just such a beautiful setting, from the steps at the front door to the garden and terrace at the back. The guests, a huge amount from the UK, were blown away at the service, accommodation and venue and as I said, we are eternally grateful for our guests getting to have that experience, we can't thank you all enough.
Thank you all so much for making our day so special and memorable for us. It was an absolute pleasure dealing with you both, you are wonder women for all you do.
We cannotthank Denise, Katie, Gillian and the whole team at The Great Southern Killarneyenough. From the very beginning they were beyond helpful, reassuring us afterwe decided to book the Great Southern for our wedding despite not being able tosee the hotel due to the pandemic and us living in London.
Denisewas incredibly patient, reassuring and positive throughout the uncertain timesright up to a few weeks before the wedding.
We hadthe most incredible day and received nothing but praise from all of our guestsabout the hotel, the staff, the food, everything!
Thank youso much again for everything and for making our day so special. We wouldhighly recommend to any couple looking for a wedding venue to consider theGreat Southern.
We want to say the biggest thank you to Denise, Katie, Gillian and all the team that made our day so so special for us. It was out of this world and we couldn't have asked for anything more, the team really went above and beyond for us! There isn't one thing we would have changed.
We have had many weddings this year and so many of my relations have commented on how amazing the food and Service in the Great Southern was in comparison to the other venues that we attended. Huge compliments to the Head Chef, the food was out of this world, everyone is still talking about it when we meet them! Everyone was just blown away and we both want to do it all over again! So many of my relations loved the hotel and will definitely be revisiting.
We have been recommending the Great Southern to anyone we hear getting married as you were an absolute pleasure to deal with and nothing we asked was too much trouble. We hope to be able to attend as a guest some day!!
Claire and Stephen
Our wedding experience at the Great Southern Killarney was excellent. This was our second attempt to get married after we delayed it a year due to Covid. Denise and Katie supported us throughout. Any worries, requests or questions we had were managed effectively and efficiently. The lead in to the wedding was made stress free. Obviously with Covid there were last minute changes to the table plan but the Great Southern were able to accommodate this with ease. The day itself ran seamlessly from the welcome when we arrived, right through to the end of the night. Nothing was too much trouble. The drinks reception in the garden was fantastic and we were blessed by the fabulous weather. The food and wine for the meal was delicious and this was echoed by our guests. Our guests have complimented the venue on several occasions. We could not have asked for much more. Thanks you so much to the team at the Great Southern. It was the most perfect day!
Mark & Katie
How do we put into words how happy we were with our choice of the Great Southern?! Weddings can be challenging to organise at the best of times not to mind in the middle of a global pandemic! Having had to postpone our wedding and with ever changing guidelines we didn't really know how the day would turn out. However, with Denise's attention to detail particularly in the lead up to the wedding no stone was left unturned. She completely put our mind at ease on every aspect of the reception in the Great Southern from smaller things such as advice on the layout of the room to advice on what additional extras are most appealing to guests. We couldn't speak more highly of Denise and the support she gave to us throughout the process of organising our wedding.
This support continued on the day itself where Denise was everywhere at once! Everything went so smoothly under Denise's and Jadwiga's watchful eyes. From the beautiful breakfast in the bridal room prior to the ceremony, the drinks reception, and most importantly the meal itself, everything was done to the highest possible standard. We honestly couldn't have asked for more. We got fantastic reports from our friends and family about the food not only about the meal but also the canapés and scones served during drinks reception which went down a treat! The fantastic service overall in the hotel was noted by all of our guests. We were delighted as we saw first hand the effort the staff went to meet ours and our guests' needs. The service really was to a very high standard and exceeded all expectations.
Further to this our guests staying at the hotel were really accommodated and thoroughly enjoyed their stay. We were particularly thrilled with our parent's rooms as it was clear that they were carefully selected and made them feel very special. My brother and sister's families had such a fantastic experience too. They absolutely loved the hotel and felt that they were treated extra special. My 8 year old niece Jane is still talking about her stay and that it was her favourite hotel she has ever been to. She already wants all the families to plan a visit back! Special mention to Kamile who went above and beyond to help my sister fix her dress after her small baby had an accident prior to family photos!!
Finally, we were thrilled that we decided to have a BBQ in the gardens the next day. We got so many compliments on the high quality of food served, the staff and how accommodating the staff were. Jadwiga kept up the high standard from the day before! The way the space was laid out was beautiful and really showed off the wonderful setting of the hotel which really is a sight to behold.
We feel lucky to have celebrated our wedding in such a fabulous hotel. Not only is it beautiful inside with vast grounds but more importantly a hotel that sets such a high standard for themselves that you really feel you're in a safe pair of hands. We would have no hesitation recommending the Great Southern to any prospective couple getting married.
Thanks for everything,
Sarah & Tom
We could not have asked for a better wedding and we had the best time from start to finish. The staff were wonderful to deal with throughout and not one single detail was overlooked. The food was absolutely amazing and everyone is still talking about it.
In particular, thanks for helping us through the wedding planning process in the middle of a pandemic and always being an email or a phone call away when reassurance was needed - I can’t explain how much this meant to us both.
Thanks you both again!
Kelly & Paul Costello
We got married in August 2020 and we have nothing but good memories of the day. From the time we booked the venue all the way up until the morning after our wedding day, the standard of care, courtesy, and professionalism was second to none. The first time we chatted with Denise and Rachel they were so welcoming and easy to deal with, nothing was ever a problem, and anything we needed to know Denise or Rachel were always on the other side of the phone or email. Obviously, due to COVID things were changing on a week to week basis but I was always kept in the loop and up to date with protocols and I was never chasing them for answers. The organisation should have been very stressful with the constantly changing guidelines but Rachel dealt with everything for us so that we had no stress. We had a lovely evening doing the menu tasting and in the few weeks leading up to the wedding and met the night manager Stephen who put us all at ease about how everything would run on the big day. As for the wedding, the food was amazing and we received a huge amount of positive feedback about the meal and the drinks reception; all of the steaks were cooked to perfection, the glasses were never empty! The service was just out of this world! The one thing we loved about on the day was we didn’t have to worry about anything as Rachel, Jillian and Stephen had everything under control and they went above and beyond our expectations. I would highly recommend The Great Southern Hotel for your special day as the venue itself with its' beautiful gardens are perfect for your wedding photos. This is another huge advantage as we were able to get photos inside and outside the venue. There is a reason the Great Southern has such a good reputation for weddings; they are extremely good at what they do. Overall I can only describe our special day as magical. Without a doubt, we had an absolutely amazing day and there's nothing we could fault, even weeks later looking back. I would no hesitation recommending the Great Southern for a wedding! Thank you so much for all involved. We will be forever grateful to the wedding team of the Great Southern Hotel. Ciara and Oran XX
We are still in awe of how well the Great Southern team arranged our wedding day celebrations! It was 5 stars!! Everyone was a pleasure to work with and we didn't have a worry in the world! The food was amazing and especially our buffet served on day 2 was absolutely delicious. All of our guests praised the hotel and the team! If we could do it all over again we would and specially with the team that was there on our special day Jillian, Jadwiga & Stephen.
Also Denise and Rachel who can rest assured to any future brides can definately put you at your ease.
A Christmas Wedding with a 5 Star Experience!
My husband and I got married on the 28th of December 2019 in The Great Southern Hotel. We have nothing but good memories of the day. From the time we booked the venue all the way up until the morning after our wedding day, the standard of care, courtesy and professionalism was second to none. The first time we met Denise our wedding co-ordinator she was so welcoming and easy to deal with, nothing was ever a problem and anything we needed to know Denise and Rachel were always on the other side of the phone or email.
As with every wedding, the food is extremely important and we received a huge amount of positive feedback about the meal and the drinks reception. The one thing we loved about on the day was we didn’t have to worry about anything as Denise, Jadwiga (The Food and Beverage Manager) and Stephen (The Night Manager) had everything under control and they went above and beyond our expectations.
I would highly recommend The Great Southern Hotel for your special day as the venue itself is situated conveniently in the heart of Killarney. A historic building with beautiful gardens perfect for your wedding photos. This is another huge advantage as we were able to get photos inside and outside the venue.
We felt our Christmas wedding in The Great Southern Hotel was made extra special due to the luxurious Christmas décor. Overall I can only describe our special day as magical. Without doubt we had the best day of our lives. We will be forever grateful to the wedding team of the Great Southern Hotel.
Love : Frieda and Padraig Harty
Jake and myself wouldlike to thank all the staff at the Great Southern for making our wedding sospecial. From the moment we met Rachel to the day itself, we couldn’t haveasked for more. We had both our ceremony & reception at the hotel ona very wet December 13th 2019. The setting couldn’t have been moreperfect, the luxurious surroundings of the hotel coupled with the Christmasdecorations and roaring fires was just beautiful. We had 300 peopleattend our wedding and to see just how smoothly everything went is a testamentto the wonderful staff. We really couldn’t have imagined just howfantastic everything would be, from the service to the incredible food, wereceived so many compliments from our family and friends…. People are stilltelling us what a fantastic day they had. Rachel, Jadwiga, Jillian andStephen were absolutely incredible on the day as well as each and every staffmember that was there. Nothing was too much trouble. We couldn’trecommend the Great Southern enough and can’t wait to come back and visit soon.
"You cant describe the feeling of being in love you just know it.... and you cant describe the magic of your wedding at The Great Southern but you just know it.... We were lucky enough to have a Christmas Wedding at The Great Southern which only added to that magic. What the team have created there is luxury and elegance for your wedding in a place that feels like home. I have no words that could adequately describe how amazing our experience was and I want to thank all of the staff, particularly Rachel for making it the easiest and most fun experience we have ever had. Everyone wants their wedding to be perfect and ours was! From the moment we met Rachel, no question or idea was too much. Every time we travelled down, to look at the hotel, meet Rachel have our tasting and all the emails, calls and visits in between we were treated like it was our hotel and we were the most special guests there - that isn't easy to achieve! Our tasting was the most incredible experience and I wanted to do that over and over with the excitement that it gave us for the build up to our wedding day! When we visited the hotel, if we brought people with us or people said that they were attending our wedding they were always to feel extra special too, my dad loved that!! As for the rooms, they are indescribably beautiful (especially the bridal suite when we got there on our day) All of the little touches along the journey, which are too many to list meant we knew it was going to be amazing on the day. And to the day itself... words could not express how the hotel went above and beyond to make it seamless and special. Rachel met us when we returned as husband and wife and I was so happy to see her, not only because she had champagne but it was like she was part of the family. The red carpet, the champagne, the decorations, the greeting from all the staff who are all amazing to the exquisite room, our beautiful cake display in front of the amazing floral wall, our table plan tree, the mulled wine, the piano player, the roaring fire and all before we even sat down to dinner! The meal, ran by Jadwiga and Rachel was flawless with all of the staff taking such good care of our guests - who all said it was the best meal they ever had, bar none, including the vegan option which was out of this world too. high praise from our vegan guest. The wine was flowing and the decor was out of this world. The band had set up with out us knowing as the stage is behind curtains so they appeared as if by magic and we danced the night away with Stephen making sure we had everything we needed all night. Having our wedding at The Great Southern Hotel is something I will never forget, it is now a home away from home, a life long connection and that is down to the staff and the service, all the little personal touches that make you feel like the most important guests they have ever had which means everything on the best day of your life. I couldn't recommend them more highly and couldn't have asked for a more magical start to life together. All our love, Miriam & David November 30th 2019."
From the first day we walked into the hotel, we fell in love! All the staff were amazing! Before our wedding we attended a friends wedding at the hotel, all the staff knew our names or introduced themselves, It was a lovely touch. On the lead up to the wedding, every single thing was taken care of. It made the lead up to the wedding so much more enjoyable and relaxing! On the day, there was not one thing I would change, Denise and Stephen did everything and we had the best day of our lives! We stayed 3 days for our wedding and we were so sad leaving, we cannot wait to come back! Special mention to Stephen, who my husband wanted to run away with. Thank you all so much again and we cant wait to visit! James and Orla
We would like to take this opportunity to thank Rachel, Denise and all the staff at the Great Southern Hotel. They were excellent to deal with in the lead up to the wedding. The wedding day itself was above and beyond what we had imagined. The setting of the venue was fabulous. The food was excellent & the service was top class. There was such attention to detail & all of our guests got a lovely warm welcome to the hotel. We would highly recommend them to anyone having a wedding. Marian & Oliver
My husband and I celebrated our wedding at the Great Southern Hotel, Killarney on 4th October 2019. From the moment we walked into the hotel, we knew it was where we wanted to celebrate our wedding day. From the fabulous lobby to the gorgeous gardens and spacious function room, we knew instantly that this was the place. We could not speak highly enough of Denise and Rachel, from our first meeting right through to the big day itself, they were amazing. Any request we had was attended to expeditiously and with a smile. Having gone through losing two parents and dealing with a breast cancer diagnosis in the 18 months before the wedding, this was invaluable to us as we knew we were in good hands and had nothing to worry about in the run up to the day.
On the day itself, again Denise deserves special mention. Everything ran smoothly and it was brilliant to know that there was somebody there looking after it all. Also deserving of mention is Stephen, the night duty manager, who I discovered is the go to man if Red wine gets spilled on your wedding dress! (think Vidal Sassoon with white wine, soda water and a hairdryer!) He really looked after us during our stay at the hotel, as did Kieran, Brian and the concierge Sean. During dinner service, Victoria was brilliant and the whole meal was amazing. The food was delicious and plentiful, as was the wine and people are still telling us what a great day they had.
Overall, the entire experience was outstanding, from our first visit to the weekend of the wedding. We can wholeheartedly recommend the Great Southern Hotel, Killarney for any event. The attention to detail and personal service we received made us feel so special and we look forward to visiting the hotel for many years to come as Mr. And Mrs. Tuite.
We just want to say a massive thank you to acknowledge all the hard work Rachel and the entire staff of the Great Southern did in making our wedding day so amazing! Communication from our initial meeting was excellent, Rachel was so practical with her advice and any queries we had were dealt with promptly with no fuss. The day was absolutely flawless and so many people said it was the best wedding meal they ever had. The venue was stunning and we were lucky enough to be able to have some of our reception outdoors as the weather was so good, even in late September! Both the reception and room were beautifully laid out and along with the cake table and floral backdrop there were endless photo opportunities. The food was sensational with impeccable service at every table and I don't think anyone's glass went empty. Stephen was exceptional at keeping everything running on schedule and nothing was too much to ask - even getting my spare shoes from the bridal suite! The bridal suite itself was beautiful with lovely views over Killarney town - we are already looking forward to going back on our first anniversary next year! Once again thank you so so much, the day wouldn't have been as much of a success without you all. Regards, Karen & John-Paul McAuliffe
We cannot explain or put into words how amazing and fabulous the Great Southern was for our wedding reception location on the 6th of Sept 2019. From start to finish the attention to detail all your staff put into making our wedding day so special for not just us but everyone who attended. Rachel was an absolute dream to work with and made everything so easy and no problem to sort whatever the request, I said on numerous Occassions that this wedding Planning was very easy but this was all thanks to Rachel with all her tips and recommendations. The flowers we used for the wedding were from the same florist as the Great Southern, Enchanted Flowers. What a fabulous lady who also went above and beyond her job description and I knew if she supplied the flowers for the Great Southern that they would be of a high quality and professionalism would be paramount. Both Graham and I cannot thank you enough for the attention and warm reception our little Leo got, he really was the center of attention and nearly stole the show, the kindness shown to him really meant so much especially with him getting his own special dinner. In regards to my parents Mick & Julien O’Connell, we so appreciated how kind and understanding all the staff were over the few days we all stayed there, with dads health not the best, the comfort of the beautiful hotel and staff made it somewhat easier. We just got the wedding video back and the hotel looks amazing which we knew it would and hence why we choose it for our wedding reception and have highly recommended it since. Please thank all your staff and obviously yourself for giving us, our family and friends such fond and magical memories of our wedding at the Great Southern, we definitely plan a night down there again soon. Kindest regards Eimear, Graham and Leo
Overall we were delighted we went with the Great Southern. We couldn't recommend highly enough the attention to detail and attentiveness of all the staff. All our guests were raving about the venue from the drinks reception to the good food. It was the little things that really made the experience, our tasting was lovely with Judwiga giving us tips and recommendations and the fact she was looking after the wedding on the day was a really nice touch. Rachel taking my veil on the day and guiding us through the timing on the day was flawless. Around the days of the wedding, everyone was felt to feel special and were really looked after from those staying in the houses to guests staying the night. I would highly recommend the venue who like great service and attention to detail. Best wishes, Michelle and Mark
We would like to take this opportunity to thank each and every one of the team at The Great Southern for all they did in helping make our wedding day the perfect day for us. Our guests have told us repeatedly since the wedding, “It was the best wedding ever!” I’m sure this is a sentiment shared with many couples who chose to have their wedding with you but bearing in mind the number of guests from various places, and special requirements needed by some, each guest we have spoken with has highlighted the personal, professional and attentive nature of the staff they came into contact with on 8th August. And that’s before they start complimenting Rory’s menu! Many of our guests hadn’t visited Killarney before. Many were blown away at staff being able to take meal choices for such a large number. One of those who commented on this works as an events manager for an international hotel chain and was mesmerised that such a thing could be carried out with such proficiency. So many guests commented on the quality of the food, the extras available and the venue itself. Months later, people are still referring to it as “The best wedding ever!” From our personal perspective, we were wowed by the venue when we first toured it with Rachel. From the moment we confirmed the wedding reception there was efficient and prompt responses to any email contact, which was important to us as we are based in the UK. The tasting menu event was the moment that the wedding became a reality. The personal touches on this evening by Jadwiga were first class. She helped to create a personalised menu which was delicious - we had lots of difficult decisions to make only because everything was so good! We took the opportunity to have a gathering the night before the wedding. The room was dressed beautifully. Staff were friendly, accommodating and attentive to the additional needs of our guests. The whole team were brilliant and the food kept on coming which was much appreciated by those who had travelled from near and far! On the wedding day itself, Denise was calm, reassuring and attentive to all our needs and dealt with last minute requests on the wedding morning incredibly smoothly. Both Denise and Jadwiga looked after us all day. Denise was still with us for the meal; indicating to us when the next course was arriving. A favourite memory from the meal was when the chefs came to our table with the main courses. In a perfectly choreographed movement, they each uncovered our selected dish. It felt like a moment out of Downton Abbey! We’re hoping the photographer might have caught this moment! In the evening, Stephen took great care of us until the last very last guest turned in for the night. It was our perfect day. Just writing about our wedding brings smiles to our faces! If we could repeat the whole thing again we would do it all exactly the same-it was perfect. We would highly recommend The Great Southern as a phenomenal wedding venue. The staff, location, food and accommodation are first class. We are already looking forward to our next visit.
We would like to thank all the team at the Great Southern. They provided an amazing service and as a result we had a wonderful wedding. We received so many compliments on the food and service. The venue itself is luxurious and stunning and it it was a perfect location for a very wet day in August, with its beautiful gardens and impressive glass corridor. The staff were particularly impressive including our wedding planner Denise and Jadwiga who ensured everything went to plan. We could not thank the team enough.
We would like to thank all the staff for the most fantastic wedding day at The Great Southern Hotel Killarney. Denise & Rachel were both so helpful and friendly throughout the planning process. It so very much appreciated. On meeting Denise back in August 2017, we knew the Great Southern was the hotel for us. There is such a lovely welcoming and relaxing atmosphere at the hotel. Ever since that first meeting with the hotel everything was extremely straight forward. Coming up to the wedding Rachel and all the staff were so helpful. We had a beautiful evening at our menu tasting and it was a great taste of what was to come on our wedding day. Our wedding day at the Great Southern Hotel couldn't have been any better. From the warm welcoming reception by the staff at arrival, the fabulous drinks reception, guests had the option of sitting inside or outside in the beautiful gardens, the outstanding meal and the impeccable service for everybody all throughout the day and well into the night. The service during the meal was simply outstanding given the amazing quality of all the dishes served and the large crowd at our wedding. All our guests were commenting on the superb service on the day. For anyone thinking of booking The Great Southern Hotel for your wedding, we couldn't recommend it enough. Thank you for the wonderful memories, we are so happy we chose The Great Southern as our wedding venue and we look forward to happily returning to the hotel many, many more times.
Ronan and I got married in the Great Southern on 19th July 2019 and the day was so much more than we could have hoped for. The entire team were incredible, especially Rachel who was truly amazing from the first time we met her the year before and Denise who responded to a number of our queries during the year. Living in Dubai and planning a wedding at home should have been difficult but the hotel looked after every single detail with such professionalism, from fitting us in for our menu tasting Christmas week to responding to emails within a matter of hours every single time, they made the whole process so easy and enjoyable for us. The wedding weekend itself was fantastic, all of our guests have commented on everything from how well they were treated, the stunning venue, the exceptional food and the impeccable service. We could have not been looked after anymore, nothing was too much trouble and the bridal suite was absolutely perfect. Ronan and I really wanted the drinks reception to provide multiple options for guests and reflect our "Dubai Brunches". After sharing this idea with Rachel she was so enthusiastic and the final result was absolutely stunning with the prosecco bike, cocktail area, gin station, beer buckets, whiskey and bailey stands, sweet cart and the cheeseboard table all looking so unique and beautiful. We were truly blown over when we walked into the reception room, the set up, the detail, the lighting it was all just out of this world. On the day itself Rachel, Stephen, Jadwiga and Rory were amazing and kept the day running so smoothly (and on time:)) and managed all of our suppliers for us so we had nothing to worry about. We would definitely recommend the Great Southern to any couple looking for a stunning venue, with exceptional food, an amazing team and the little touches that truly make your wedding, you will not be disappointed.
We just wanted to express our heartfelt thanks and appreciation again for everything on our wedding day -July 12th. It was an absolute pleasure having our wedding in the Great Southern and it was a fantastic and unforgettable day from start to finish.
From day one when we met Denise and Rachel, all the way through to the wedding day and after was an absolute breeze. The professionalism and attention to detail was second to none and we honestly have not hesitated to recommend the Great Southern, time and time again over the past year.
We knew we had chosen an exceptional venue but each and every one of your team absolutely exceeded any expectations we might have had. From arrival to check-out and everything in between.
The service and food on the day was amazing. Our guests and suppliers were so complimentary of every part of the day especially the food which was very important to us, so a big thank you to all of the team.
The bridal suite was out of this world and the pictures taken there were simply stunning. Thank you so much again to all of the team at Great Southern Killarney for such a wonderful wedding day.
I wanted to take the time on behalf of myself and Colin to say how grateful we are for everything Rachel & Denise did for us in the lead up and on the day of our wedding. When we got engaged we knew we wanted to have our reception in Killarney, it was a special place to us and one that we loved spending time in. I remember talking to Rachel on the phone as she invited us to come down and view the hotel and being apprehensive because I knew I would fall in love with The Great Southern. Fast forward to the day we viewed the hotel and met Rachel for the first time, Rachel could not have been friendlier or more professional on the day. It was our first time in the hotel so we were unsure what to expect. As we walked through the hotel down towards the function area I think it was safe to say we were both nervous. We approached the walkway and that was it, I was in love!! To me the walkway felt like a fairytale, all the flowers, the lights and the glass windows.........I was sold. That was just the beginning, Rachel proceeded to show us the outdoor area and where the drinks reception would be held and the reception room. The relationship with Rachel was just beginning, over the next year she took my phone calls, answered my emails and calmed me during moments oF irrational stress on my part. No request was too big or awkward for the staff of The Great Southern and often when we were in Killarney we would pop in. Our next big night was our meal tasting and it was a beautiful night for us as a couple. The food was exquisite and the staff so lovely. They asked our opinions and explained flavours to us and we had an amazing night. The fortnight before the wedding could have been very stressful however Rachel and Denise made it all so easy for me, their check list made sure I had forgotten nothing and they had thought of everything down to the tiniest details. The week of the wedding we drove down with bits and pieces for our special day and without a lot of detail from us Rachel and Denise assured us they would sort all of this put for us. Our wedding day truly was a magical day from start to finish. Denise was outstanding on the day as were all the staff working who were so pleasant and polite and lovely to our guests. Denise kept in contact with our photographer so as to know when to expect us and when we arrived she greeted us at the door. Walking down to our drinks reception was a feeling like no other, everyone was laughing and chatting and enjoying themselves. Drinks were flowing, food was being served and we were delighted. The area was decorated beautifully with all of our small details that we simply left with Denise, she did an exceptional job decorating the rooms. Dinner was magnificent from the impeccable service by the staff to the out of this world food. To top all of this off the staff later came out with extra beef and fish for our guests, this went down so well people still mention this to us. Everyone commented on the beautiful food as some of the best they had ever had. There was a lovely young lady looking after myself and Colin at the top table and unfortunately I cannot remember her name but she was so lovely to me, I had no appetite and couldn't eat but she assured me if at any point in the night I wanted food to find her and she would sort it for me......I really appreciated the thought and care she gave me on the night. The day and night ran so seamless that I couldn't believe how perfect everything had gone, little did I know that Denise had a few issues with a spur on the moment few guests that showed up on the day and were not on the table plan. It is a testament to Denise and the rest of the staff at how professional they are that they sorted all of this and I never even knew it was going on. I couldn't recommend the hotel and the staff of The Great Southern enough, they were so caring and professional from start to finish. We enjoyed every aspect of our day and also the planning process and this was in great part down to Rachel who was always available to us when we needed her. We would just like to say a huge thank you to Rachel and Denise for all their hard work and time they put into making our day so special. Another huge thank you has to go to all the staff working the day of our wedding our guests were so well looked after and everyone had the best time including myself and Colin. We look forward to returning to see you all for our 1st Anniversary.
I don’t even know how I could begin to express my most heartfelt thank you to the team at Great Southern Killarney. Rachel became the wedding fairy God mother for me, no matter what it was that I wanted or requested she was back to me that day and nothing was ever a problem, there was literally nothing that she didn’t do or agree to do for me. It was like no request was that one too many. She is such a lovely person to work with, so warm, friendly and has such a good way with people. She really did make my wedding day exceed my wildest dreams and expectations, there is absolutely nothing I would change or do differently. I think every bride needs to have a Rachel in their life and I used to love my pre-wedding visits to the hotel before the Big Day. Everything ran so seamlessly and I just couldn’t get over how amazing it all was, the function room was just fabulous, so many of my guests commented on two things about the hotel, they said it was the best drinks reception they had ever been to and so many people were blown away by the food, service and just general hospitality. The staff in the Great Southern are truly amazing, so friendly and lovely and it is so clear that it is a lovely place to work and you are all part of a great team. I really can’t wait to come back and stay in the hotel in the coming years, it will be such a special place for my husband and I and we are really looking forward to many more celebrations and memories in your fabulous hotel. So a huge Thank You to everyone for looking after us so well and making sure that our big day really was the best day of our lives.
We would like to say a big thank you to Denise for her unbroken assistance help advise and support through our wedding preparations and our wedding day. Denise made sure everything was going well on our big day and you took the pressure off our shoulders. All the hotel staff was brilliant, Especially Alison. A big thank you for them also. We got lots of positive feedback from our guests about the venue. We both have left with great and pleasant memories and excellent experience from the hotel. We highly recommend the hotel to everyone. We are much appreciate everything that was done for us.
Con and I would like to thank the wedding team and all the staff of the great Southern Hotel for giving us the most wonderful wedding day. From the day we booked our wedding right through to when we checked out everything was amazing. Especially Denise who organized and explained everything in a friendly and professional manner. Nothing seemed any bother to her. On the day of the wedding the food, the room layout and the decor was excellent. It looked amazing. A big thank you to all the staff who took care of everybody so well. A stunning hotel on beautiful gardens, we would highly recommend this venue.
We would like to say a huge thank you to the all the team at the Great Southern for making our wedding day so special. From the first time we went to the hotel to consider it for our wedding reception, we were absolutely blown away but the hotel and the staff and really there was no real opposition to the Great Southern for us. On that first visit, we met with Denise, who we simply cannot thank enough for all her support and help in planning our big day! Her knowledge of planning weddings is second to none and her attention to detail, support and willingness to go out of her way to help are outstanding, and you are always met with a smile as she helps make the whole process fun also! Everything we asked for was never a problem, even a few last minutes changes and requests to surprise a few guests were carried out without any hassle and to perfection. Each and every member of staff at the hotel went above and beyond their duty to ensure we had the best day of our lives and it certainly didn’t disappoint, we simply cannot thank you all enough! The guests at our wedding were absolutely blown away with the quality of the hotel, the service of the team and of course the amazing food! We are still receiving compliments of people about the day and the Great Southern! To anyone considering the hotel, we cannot recommend it highly enough, it’s really top class and Denise and the team are a pleasure to deal with. Thank you to everyone of the staff for everything that they have done for us, the Great Southern Hotel Killarney will always have a special place in our hearts and we look forward to being back for many more visits in the future to see you all again!
Conor and myself want to take this opportunity to thank everyone at the hotel for making our wedding so special. It truly was the most amazing weekend. The level of excellence and attention to detail was outstanding. Each and every one of the staff went above and beyond to ensure that everybody had such an amazing time. I would like to give a special mention to Stephen, he is an absolute gem of a man. He could not have done enough for us. He was so lovely to deal with. Jadwiga also deserves a special mention. She is so warm, friendly and welcoming and even offered to get more non-alcoholic prosecco for one of my bridesmaids. Little things like this stand out so much and set you apart from so many other hotels. Last but not least we would like to thank Denise & Rachel for all their help, advice and support along the way. Rachel you were a pleasure to deal with and nothing was too much trouble. You made everything so easy for us. It is of little wonder why the hotel is so renowned in Killarney. We are still getting so many compliments from our guests about the venue, the quality of the food, service etc. Some of our guests have even booked to return to Killarney after an amazing two days. We are so happy that we chose the Great Southern as our wedding venue and cannot wait to return in the not so distant future. It will forever hold very special memories for us.
We recently had our wedding reception with the Great Southern Hotel. The attention to detail, service to our guests and the food were all incredible. Everything about the day right into the early hours of the next morning was perfect. Guests were raving about the food both at the reception and for dinner. The hotel did everything to make us feel special both from the time that we first met the wedding team, right up until the day after. We cannot wait to go back to the hotel for our one year anniversary."
Firstly I would like to say thank you to you both for everything you did to make our day amazing. We loved every minute of it. I could not praise the Great Southern and the Staff high enough, from the day we went in to view the Ballroom a year and a half ago to checking out after our wedding everything has been flawless and extremely enjoyable. I absolutely adore the room itself and the drinks reception was outstanding. I received numerous compliments on the hotel from my guests, everyone especially enjoyed the food and wine. We will most certainly be back to stay as soon as possible. Thanks to all of the staff for everything throughout the build up to our wedding and the day itself.
Just to thank you for helping us to organise such a beautiful wedding. We had an amazing time. Everything surpassed our expectations. Everybody we met in the hotel went above and beyond. Thank you for your kindness, attention to detail and professionalism.
We recently got married in the Great Southern Killarney and we had the most wonderful wedding day! Everything was so enjoyable, the staff were excellent and the food was delicious! As for the setting, the sense of character and grandeur in the hotel added so much to the atmosphere and photographs of our special day! The planning process was also enjoyable! Thanks to Rachel for meeting with us. We knew our wedding day was in good hands. We also really enjoyed a trip to Killarney for our menu tasting! Jedwega was excellent and was so friendly and helpful! We thoroughly enjoyed our wedding day in the Great Southern Killarney! All of our guests loved the venue and the food too. We are so thankful and we have such fond memories of our wedding day. We look forward to returning many times through the years!
We had the most wonderful day on our wedding day, everything was absolutely perfect. You made the whole build up to the day stress free with prompt responses to (numerous!) emails and nothing seemed to be a bother. I really would have no problem in recommending The Great Southern to anyone getting married, we have amazing photo's from the hotel & I just loved every minute of the day. All of our guests said the food from the drinks reception, meal & evening food was beautiful. Our second day celebrations were great and exactly what we wanted. I literally cannot thank you all enough for a wonderful, memorable day.
Just want to say a special thank from Martin and I. You were amazing from the first day we popped in until this afternoon when we left. The hotel was incredible yesterday and everything was perfect. Can you pass on our thanks onto Stephen aswell. He was brilliant last night. Thanks again for everything, we really appreciate it.
Unfortunately we are both back into normal "married" life after the big day. We both agree however that the Great Southern pulled out all the stops to deliver a truly memorable day. We had not originally planned on having our wedding at your hotel having shortlisted a number of other hotels. We happened to choose your hotel for our engagement as it has a wonderful setting and Killarney holds a special place in our lives, with Helen's parents living there. The experience we had for our engagement in your beautiful hotel, run by what only can be described as a family of staff, led us not only to consider having our wedding there, but to in fact in the end change our proposed wedding date to a date which you had available. We certainly were not disappointed with our decision. The Great Southern Team delivered everything (including the Sun in January which I believe was not seen in 40 years). The attention to detail, the efficiency of the staff, the delicious meal, in fact every aspect of the delivery excelled to give us the perfect day to celebrate with friends and family. Many of our guests made particular genuine reference to these, which mirrored our views of the day. In fact some guests loved the hotel and Killarney so much that they stayed a couple of days longer than planned in your hotel. On behalf of Helen and myself, we would sincerely like to thank you and the rest of the staff at the Great Southern for a truly memorable and special day.
Eoin and myself would like to thank you and your team so so much for all your help and support for making our day so special, we honestly had the best day!
On behalf of myself and Denny we want to thank you both for all you did to make our wedding day the best day of our lives. From the minute we visited you to consider booking your hotel to the day of our wedding you were an outstanding support and nothing that we asked of you was ever an issue. Meeting after meeting you continued to excite us with new suggestions and ideas that continued to enhance our special day. The facilities that The Great Southern provide made our planning effortless such as the amazing decor, varied menu options, extras for children, outstanding helpful staff, and the countless photo opportunities the hotel provides both indoor and outdoor. A Christmas wedding was our wish and we certainly got this. Your Christmas decorations, trees and lights were simply amazing, it made our dreams come true, Cathriona and her Enchanted team really are an asset to your hotel. The Christmas tree in our bridal suite just added to the excitement and many of our guests have mentioned that they had Christmas trees in their room also which they loved. We could not find fault with any aspect of our day from start to finish. The food was exceptional and plentiful. Rachel you were such a great asset throughout the day and put our mind at ease, you went over and above and we thank you for this. We want to give special thanks to Mary and Stephen also. Mary pulled Santa off which was such a huge highlight for everyone, she was also a lovely friendly face for both us and our guests throughout our stay and nothing was ever an issue. Stephen was extreme helpful on the night of our wedding and when we celebrated our second night with you also. He was a true professional. Jadwiga was also a great help to us on the day. With that being said there is not one of your staff that we could fault. We would like to thank you all for everything you have done to make our day so truly special and we can't wait to visit The Great Southern again in the near future.
Myself and Shane want to thank you all so much for everything ye did for us, not just on Friday but from the moment we enquired about booking the hotel back in July 2017 until we left yesterday. You were all so professional and kind and no task was too big or too small! Everything went off flawlessly and we really did have the best day of our lives!!! Rachel, you in particular put our minds at ease and answered every question or query so quickly! We really appreciate it and cannot thank you enough. All of our guests thought it was one of the best weddings they have ever been at which is the greatest compliment one can get!
Thank you to all the staff at the Great Southern for the kindness and hospitality shown to us. From reception to the bar to housekeeping and restaurant staff, everyone was professional, friendly and welcoming. A huge thanks to you for your patience and time over the past few months. It was a pleasure dealing with you. The setting is just amazing!
Alan & I would like to sincerely thank you both for everything that ye have done for us for our wedding. Rachel, thank you so much for all that you did for us. The set up of the tables and the sweet cart was exactly as I had imagined. Everyone that was at the wedding cannot speak highly enough of the food and the drinks reception. Both of these were defiantly the two highlights for everyone. The staff on the day were absolutely incredible. I cannot speak highly enough of all of the staff. I am disappointed that I did not get all of their names so that I could mention and thank each of them individually. Alan & I cannot wait to come back down to The Great Southern for a night soon.
On behalf of Kieran and I we just want to say a massive 'Thank you' to each and every staff member who played a part in our wedding day. As a hotel you can all take huge pride in what you do - you all really do give the phrase 'Service with a smile' a whole new meaning. Our family and friends are still talking about the beautiful setting, the incredible food and the great service that your team provided. We received nothing but glowing feedback from our guests! From the moment we booked our wedding we were made feel so special. We were so impressed with the attention to detail and no request was too much. From our very first visit to view the venue right through to the day itself all of the staff that we met and dealt with along the way were extremely professional and helpful. Everything completely surpassed our highest expectations. We do need to single one person out though and that is you Denise - you made planning the wedding so easy. As well as being effortlessly brilliant at what you do, you were such a pleasure to work with on the build up to our wedding. It was as if I had my own personal wedding planner for the 17 months! Denise you are such a fun and bubbly person as well as extremely talented at what you do. I know Kieran mentioned it in his speech but you were a massive part of why we choose 'The Great Southern'. Thanks again to you all. You are all so incredibly professional at what you do and we would recommend 'The Great Southern' to any future bride and groom without hesitation. You all really made our wedding day a magical one and we look forward to celebrating our one year anniversary with you all in October.
I just wanted to send a huge thank you to all the team at the Great Southern! You and your team were amazing on the day of our wedding! Matt and I keep saying how good it all was and our guests can’t get over how good the food was. The U.K. guests can’t get over the fact you get a choice on the day of the wedding and are still amazed at how your team achieve it all to a high standard. The service was impeccable, it was so nice to see your friendly face on the day and for you to guide us through the meal, the speeches and the cake cutting. Please pass out thanks on to your team. And we wish you the best of luck in your career as I remember you hadn’t long been at The Great Southern when we first met. Many thanks again Matt and Lou Mr and Mrs Bone”
I just cannot thank Rachel enough from both myself and Glenn! My entire wedding party could not compliment her or the staff enough they were so friendly, helpful and polite to everybody - it was all anyone was talking about! Please pass my absolute biggest thank you to the chef and all the people in the kitchen for giving us such an outstanding meal. Myself and Glenn will never find a way to thank you Rachel for everything she has done for us! From the minute we spoke to her she was so fantastic and on the day itself she couldn’t of done anymore to make us relaxed and happy! You are fantastic at what you do!!! And lastly to Stephen on the night god love him a say he had a lot to put up with from us but again he was so brilliant!!!!! Everywhere I turned he was there to help! She really and truly made it the best day of our life’s and like I'v said I will never be able to thank them enough!
We would like to say a massive thank you to The Great Southern and the team in making our wedding day the most memorable of our lives. Denise and Rachel were absolutely fantastic and nothing was too much trouble. I had been in touch frequently with Denise via email to update her on various things and she was great at organising requests like the first look in the residence lounge. That is one of the most memorable parts to our day and sincere thank you to her for that. They really are a great team and helped us to feel the most special on our day. Stephen the night manager was amazing too. Beginning a couple of months ago when he overheard I was not happy with my fish choice on the night of our tasting, he took it upon himself to arrange an alternative fish dish to be given to us the next day. Which was amazing and ultimately was the one that was on our menu on Saturday. Things like that are a great touch. He also helped out with my sister in law on Friday night when her back was giving her trouble. On the night he ensured our evening/night went smoothly, he was absolutely great. Anything we asked of him on the night was no trouble at all. He is an amazing member of staff and should be commended. We will always keep a special place in our hearts for The Great Southern and we will return with fond memories of our day there soon.
From the moment we stepped foot in the door of The Great Southern (or the Malton as it was known in 2016) we knew it was the one for us.From the beautiful front entrance,right down to the spectacular glass walkway, drinks reception area and the amazing Great Room, we both fell in love with the hotel. Denise, our wedding co-rdinator went above and beyond to make our day so special. She is so professional and passionate about her job. She was so prompt and efficient with any queries we had and even on the day of the wedding, had printed out the grace before and after meals for one of the groomsman to read. Denise made all the preparations and planning so easy and stress free. On the day of our wedding, we were even more in awe of the hotel and we were both so happy to celebrate it in such a special place with all our family and friends. The drinks reception area was decorated perfectly by the staff. There were lots of special touches and both of us only had to ask and the staff would take care of it so promptly and efficiently. The meal we had was 5 star food and all the guests were praising how good it was. We were even asked for seconds; which was greatly welcomed by many. Our night manager Stephen was also very prompt and helpful with anything we needed. We couldn’t fault the service and staff on our wedding day; we really couldn’t have asked for more! We are both so appreciative of The Great Southern for really pulling out all the stops to make our day so special. We are looking forward to many more years of returning to the hotel and reminiscing in the wonderful day we had on August 25th 2018. Warm regards Sharon & Paul Greaney
Myself and Aisling just wanted to thank Denise, Rachel and all the team that looked after us from start to finish in The Great Southern. We enjoyed absolutely every minute of it were treated like royalty the whole way through. Our guests couldn’t have been more complimentary about the service, food and everything else. Some felt it was the best wedding they had ever been at! We really look forward to going down again soon and now feel that it will be at least an annual weekend stay in The Great Southern (for our families too). It will be a weekend that myself and Aisling will always remember and we cannot thank you enough for that. Kindest Regards, Horace & Aisling