Spooky Surprise at Georgina Campbell’s ‘Family Friendly Hotel of the Year’

Recently named Georgina Campbell’s ‘Family Friendly Hotel of the Year’, Kilkenny’s Newpark Hotel has added a spooky surprise for residents to its Halloween Breaks.

New to the hotel this year, residents can enjoy a thrilling ride by night through the medieval streets of Kilkenny to learn of the mysterious vanishing witch, Alice Kyteler, and her assistant, Petronella, along with eerie tales of times gone by!

The hotel boasts so many activities for the whole family including the Newpark Adventure Trail, Tree-Top Adventure Playground with Zip Line, the Newpark Mini Wildlife Farm, on-site Go-Karting, the Newpark Fairy Trail, Newpark Adventure Fen Trail, a 2.5-mile nature walk, Indoor swimming pool, ‘The Zone’ games room and the Crazy Cats Kids Club.

For tiny-tots, a special playroom for under three’s and a parenting room equipped with a fridge, microwave, steriliser and baby changing facilities to make a family stay hassle free.

Adults can ‘Escape’ to the Health Club and Spa, which features a thermal suite, luxurious treatment rooms and a tranquil relaxation area that will leave them feeling de-stressed, rejuvenated & rebalanced.

Halloween Family Breaks

Newpark Hotel, Kilkenny have both 2 and 3 night packages available for the Halloween mid-term. Breaks start from just €199 per night based on a family of two adults and two children.

Halloween Family Breaks include:

  • Bed and full Irish breakfast for two adults and two children
  • Dinner on one evening for adults in Gulliver’s Restaurant and high-tea for children served in the Crazy Cats Kids Club.
  • The Crazy Cats Kids Club for 4 to 12-year-olds from 10am-4pm with lunch included.
  • Lots of Halloween themed activities throughout the week
  • The Newpark Adventure Fen Trail
  • The Newpark Tree Top Adventure Playground with Zipline
  • The Newpark Mini Wildlife Farm
  • Falconry Experience
  • Spa offer: spend over €65 on any treatment and receive a voucher for a €25 discount

All Guests enjoy complimentary use of our Escape Health Club with Thermal Suite & Infinity Pool during their stay. See www.newparkhotelkilkenny.com for more.



Image with text "Advertising is saying your good. PR is getting someone else to say your good."

There is a common misconception that if a company engages in paid adverting that they have little need for PR. Róisín Maxwell explains exactly why this is not the case.

So what is Advertising? Róisín explains, “It is paid for promotional space throughout different types of media including online, print, TV and radio. PR differs greatly!  It is a strategic communication process that builds relationships between organisations, the media and the public.”

Although advertising allows a company to have a consistent presence in publications or on air, editorially placed articles and broadcast interviews are more beneficial when it comes to a business telling their story. PR sparks a connection with your audience and promotes key messages. Consumers are more likely to believe and trust an article or broadcast interview opposed to an advertisement that they know has been paid for.

Advertising and public relations work well together but each have individual benefits that the other is unable to deliver.

PR campaigns and activity bring an element of credibility that advertising doesn’t. Independent editorials, features and interviews on a company or brand is given more attention than a paid advertorial which many people now skip and barely skim. PR done well adds value to the companies’ message, tells the businesses story and grabs attention.

Carer of the Year Awards 2018

Carer of the Year Awards 2018 On Friday 23rd November 2018, our team went along to the CarePlus Pharmacy Carer of the Year Awards which took place at The Westin Dublin with Family Carers Ireland. Some of Ireland’s truly amazing carers began to arrive to The Westin from 11am with the awards ceremony commencing at 12:30pm. Catherine Cox […]

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On Friday, October 26th they will conclude the Construction Industry Federation’s National Safety week on a high, with a vertigo inducing demo to focus attention on the dangers of ‘Working at height’, at the Boland’s Mill Site.

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Research reveals pets mirror owners personalities

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Petmania are searching for six #RealDogs full of personality

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Petmania have launched a one of a kind initiative that focuses on dogs bright personalities. The specialist pet retailer has teamed up with Purina Beta for this Real Dogs campaign and it will see pet parents analyse and understand their dogs’ personalities. Read more

22 NGOs call for additional €100 million Investment in Home Care in Budget 2019

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While the Department of Health’s plan to establish a statutory home care scheme by 2021 is welcomed by all groups, people who require home care and their families cannot wait until then to see services improve. While awaiting the introduction of the statutory scheme, interim measures are urgently needed Read more

Tipp tackles climate change with citizen led energy conference


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I am with The Donald on this one

By John Masterson.

I am frequently asked what is the difference between advertising and PR. Recently I came across the following quote in a book. I think he puts it very well.

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