“Having Ballinacurra as a fully private and exclusive venue was valuable beyond expectations as we had no issues over side meetings, confidential discussions and security. Its a beautiful setting and house and a shining light in the industry.”

Matt Jevon, Amscan Holdings Inc., Cork


Step aside Ophelia – The Show Must Go On!

Last week definitely put the ‘Wild’ in the Wild Atlantic Way when the most powerful hurricane in 50 years hit the coast of Ireland. The force of the hurricane was then followed by a lower grade storm a few days later, which almost threatened to ruin both a wedding and a high profile business conference for us …..ALMOST!

Hurricane Hits Kinsale

Hurricane Ophelia Hits Kinsale

The events business is a little bit trickier when it comes to weddings because there are so many emotions attached to it. They amount of planning for both the couple and the venue is considerably more detailed as well. There are so many elements and moving parts to manage, without tackling mother nature as well. But the show must always go on.

Hurricane Ophelia ripped through the town of Kinsale leaving a significant trail of damage in her path in the week that followed. Ballinacurra was left without power, wifi and water.

Tree Down Kinsale

The recovery was tackled in phases. Phase one brought us through orchestrating and navigating our way through various technical hurdles from no power, phones, internet or water. Assessing the implications was quite the task. There are the obvious things like how will the business conference present to their high caliber guests who were traveling in from all over the world to attend. But there are also the bigger elements like keeping food refrigerated and the house heated and restoring water supplies.

Storm

Phase 2 followed – focusing on combing through the house and  grounds to assess the physical damage and restoring the beautiful property back to normal, removing falling trees and debris so that when guests arrived it met their expectations. Its true to stay diamonds are only made under pressure.  So with only minutes to spare, the power was finally restored before the arrival of a high profile corporate group arrived for their business conference. They were met by the team as if it was any other day of the year – they were met with a warm, professional welcome and made feel right at home.

No pressure no diamonds

What the group didn’t know was that in the days up to their arrival, the staff had worked all days straight through, helping to brig the house back to life. One staff member walked 4 miles to be here. All roads from his home to Ballinacurra were not deemed safe to drive on. Adventurous souls is the best way we can describe our staff and we could not have pulled off the events of the week that followed the storms without them.

Show Must go on

Suppliers too, did everything in their power to make sure we had the house fully restored in time for both the wedding and the corporate group. They say it takes a village to raise a child. What the storm has taught us is that it takes a whole community to to recovery from Mother nature wrath. We cannot thank each and every person enough who enabled us to keep the show on the road. Each and every one of them were motivated to go above and beyone the necessary so we could deliver as a team.

We were hearing of businesses and venues who had no choice but to cancel weddings and corporate events throughout the week. So we are more than grateful for the support we received in order to deliver on our promise to clients. It is at the most trying times that often people’s true strengths get to shine.

We also have to thank our fantastic clients who totally put our trust in us. Communication with them was key and it must have been nerve-wrecking for them. But keeping a clear line of communication open helped us to achieve the almost impossible.

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