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Our Story


Established in 1970 and still operated by the O'Loughlin family, The Keadeen Hotel is a Grade A Failte Ireland approved hotel with an unsurpassed reputation for delivering traditional hospitality and professional service. Located in the heart of County Kildare guests have access to the world renowned Curragh, Naas and Punchestown Racecourses home to exciting racing festivals and meetings.

Back in 1970 Joe & Rose O’Loughlin, both graduates of Shannon College of Hotel Management where they met, after gaining vast experience in the hospitality industry worldwide and closer to home, took a risk and ventured to open their own hotel in Joe’s home county of Kildare. With the help of close family and friends they were able to purchase Keadeen House, set on 9 wonderful stud farm acres. The young couple wanted to provide the area with a quality venue for locals and guests alike to enjoy, and providing the highest quality food in a relaxed, homely atmosphere has always been central to that philosophy. Rose is still at the helm with the aide of her three adult children who have taken up the mantle and the philososphy behind the hotel's success.

The hotel is steeped in horse racing history: from Bing Crosby staying in the original house when it was owned by P. J. Prendergast in 1965 after winning the Derby with “Meadow Court”, to the mysterious and world (in)famous kidnapping of the great “Shergar” from only a few hundred metres away in Ballymany Stud, through to today - over 150 years after the first running in 1866 of The Irish Derby. Memorabilia connecting the hotel to this vast history can be spotted all around the hotel, from the names of meeting rooms to pictures, paintings, and racing silks dotted throughout.

The historic town of Kildare is close by as well as an extensive range of special interest activities including golf, motor racing at Mondello, walking, fishing and much more. Visit the many nearby houses and gardens including Castletown and the Irish National Stud's Japanese Gardens and St Fiachras Garden. Wonderful shopping is available at the nearby Kildare Village Chic Shopping OutletNewbridge Silverware and Whitewater Shopping Centre in Newbridge.

Over the years we have counted among our guests Presidents of Ireland and Taoisigh (Irish Prime Ministers); Tánaistí (Irish Deputy Prime Ministers); movie stars; famous musicians; international sports stars and managers; and many more dignitaries. But here at The Keadeen each guest is as important and valued as another. Our unique blend of professional service and homely charm ensures you will enjoy your stay with us.