Rachel Blackmore Champion Jockey is Lyrath Estate Ambassador

The team at the five-star Lyrath Estate in Kilkenny were delighted to invite their ambassador, jockey Rachael Blackmore to the hotel to celebrate her incredible success after she won, not one but four incredible sporting awards in December alone. The 32-year-old Tipperary native was crowned BBC’s World Sport Star of the Year just twenty-four hours after winning the 2021 RTÉ Sportsperson of the Year Award. She also won the HRI Irish Racing Hero Award and The Irish Times Sportswoman of the Year.

Lyrath Estate Celebrates As Blackmore Makes Sporting History

Blackmore became the first woman to be crowned leading jockey at the Cheltenham Festival where she saddled six winners, which included the Champion Hurdle on her mount, Honeysuckle. In April she steered Minella Times to victory in the Grand National, making her the first woman ever to win the world’s greatest steeplechase.

Rachael Blackmore has been an ambassador for Lyrath Estate in Kilkenny since 2021 and is a regular visitor to the property. The estate owner, Xavier McAuliffe said, “Huge congratulations to Rachael, she is a phenomenal talent and one of the hardest working people I know. No one deserves these accolades as much as she does. She is an inspiration for everyone and particularly young women and girls. We are incredibly lucky and proud to be working with her and wish her continued success in her career”.

The Lyrath Estate

The hotel itself has been built around an elegant 17th century house which has been returned to its former glory through sympathetic preservation and now features lots of the original features and furniture. The drama of the old house and the clean, contemporary design of the new hotel are blended seamlessly. Facilities include an award-winning spa, 17-metre swimming pool, gym, sauna, jacuzzi and fitness centre. There is also a private cinema, playground, outdoor covered and heated BBQ pavilion, expansive conference centre and the stunning, newly replanted walled garden. 

Lyrath Estate, Kilkenny.

Winter Sale at Lyrath

The stunning property located just 1.2 kms from the centre of Kilkenny City will offer 15% off all Bed and Breakfast stays on selected dated between January and March 2022. With the discount, (or €75 per person sharing) and includes complimentary access to the Leisure Centre, swimming pool, gym, jacuzzi and steam room.

Whether it is a voucher for the spa, or one of the restaurants, or for a residential package to explore this exquisite estate, Lyrath Estate offers a wealth of choice for discerning gifts.

To book your luxury five-star Kilkenny escape or to avail of the great Winter Sale offer which starts on 26 December, visit Lyrath or call + 353 (0) 56 7760088.

Joan Scales
Award-winning journalist, Joan has been writing about travel and tourism for many years principally for The Irish Times and lately for travel2ireland. Joan has appeared many times on television and radio talking about the business of travel and all its component strands. She is also a public speaker and has appeared at many international conventions and conferences.

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