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Muckross Park Hotel & Spa Killarney has received many accolades over the years from institutions, the hotel industry and accreditation bodies

Recently the hotel won the following awards


RSVP Magazine Best Luxury Wedding Venue 2018 

Traveller's Choice Award Top 20 Luxury Hotels in Ireland 2018 Trip Advisor

Golfer's Guide to Ireland Best Boutique Golf Hotel 2018


Irish Accommodation Standards Institute's Supreme Awards 5 Star 2017

2 AA Rosettes for culinary excellence in Yew Tree Restaurant 2017

Irish Restaurant Association Best Hotel Restaurant in Kerry 2017

Traveller's Choice Award Top 25 Luxury Hotels in Ireland 2017 Trip Advisor


RSVP Wedding Venue of the Year 2016

Traveller's Choice Award Top 20 Hotel in Ireland 2016 Trip Advisor


Gold Medal Award for Best Restaurant on the Wild Atlantic Way 2015


World Luxury Spa Award Best Spa in Ireland 2014

Spa Finder & Wellness: Favourite Wellness Travel Spa in Ireland 2014 Top 15 Luxury Hotels in Ireland 2014

Irish Accommodation Standards Institutes Gold Medal 2013 & 2014


AA Rosette for Culinary Excellence 2013

RSVP Best Luxury Spa 2013 Top 25 Luxury Hotels in Ireland 2013


Irish Accommodation Standards Institute’s Supreme Award 2012

Munster Wedding Venue of the Year 2012 (Southern Brides)


World Luxury Spa Award 2011 for Best Spa in Ireland


Latest Press Release 20 May 2018  



Muckross Park Hotel & Spa rebrands its famous pub – now to be named Major Colgan’s, after a well-known previous owner

 The Jarvey’s Rest pub at Muckross Park Hotel & Spa is being rebranded and will now be known as Major Colgan’s. With a polished new interior and an impressive new kitchen designed to enhance the service experience for diners, owners iNua Hospitality have invested over €250,000 in the refurbishment of the venue.

Uniquely linked to Killarney and its wonderful tradition of jaunting car drivers, The Jarvey’s Rest was a name that served Muckross Park Hotel & Spa well over the years. Once the decision was made to move towards a gastro pub experience with new décor and an exciting new menu though, a new name was in order too.

Following the sizeable investment by owners iNua Hospitality, the interior of Colgan's now has a fresher, brighter look and feel. With smart wooden floors, a handsome new bar counter and comfy upholstered chairs and stools, there is also a larger kitchen to allow for an enhanced service and dining experience. The first phase of refurbishment is now complete, with more to take place later in 2018.

With this investment comes a fresh new dining experience in this beloved local landmark too, with a focus on high quality Irish-themed menus designed by Executive Chef and Kerry native John O’Leary.The choice of the new name, Major Colgan’s, is to honour one of the hotel’s previous owners – a soldier who fell in love with Killarney and the hotel itself when stationed in nearby Muckross House during WWII.

Patrick J. Colgan – affectionately known as ‘The Major’ by those in the area who still remember his presence fondly – served in the Irish Volunteers during the time of the Independence struggle and later in the newly formed Irish Army. One of 15 Irish Volunteers led by Domhnall Ua Buachalla (later the Governor General of the Free State) who marched from Maynooth to the G.P.O. in Dublin for the Easter Rising in 1916, Patrick Colgan and his comrades fought alongside Michael Collins, Padraig Pearse and James Connolly during Easter week.

He later led the North Kildare Battalion of the Irish Volunteers until 1922 and was a close confidant of Michael Collins, serving in the Irish Army with distinction until his retirement in 1946.

Stationed at Muckross House in Killarney from 1939–1946 he would frequently visit the then Muckross Hotel, owned at the time by Mrs. Margaret Ross. Having developed a particular love for Killarney, he stayed on and settled there with his wife Annie after retiring, purchasing the hotel from Mrs. Ross in 1946. Successful during the Colgans’ time in charge, the Major managed the hotel until his passing in 1960. Afterwards his widow Mrs. Annie Colgan continued the adventure into the 1970s with assistance from the local Fuller family.

And now the Major’s tradition of a warm Irish welcome, great food and a friendly ear to all visitors continues to this day at Muckross Park Hotel & Spa, with this new tribute to his part in the history of the area and the unique story of the hotel. Honoured by the addition of his name to a place where people love to meet and spend time, renaming this popular bar and restaurant Major Colgan’s is a fitting legacy for one of Ireland’s unsung heroes and important local characters.

Open seven days a week for the season serving great food daily, entertainment by leading Irish band Onora and The Sinseoiri Dancers continues to be available four nights per week in Major Colgan’s.

In the heart of Killarney’s National Park, just 4 kms from Killarney town centre, Major Colgan’s at the five-star Muckross Park Hotel & Spa is a landmark stop on the Ring of Kerry, close to The Wild Atlantic Way and – in honour of its history – an appropriate celebration of fine times spent in good company.


Contact: Sheila O’Callaghan, Marketing Manager.


Phone: 064 662 3402

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