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Tinakilly Country House – Catherine&Paul

Tinakilly Country House – Catherine&Paul

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One of the more common questions that I get from brides and grooms is not about the music I play but about certain venues. So very recently a friend of mine got engaged so every time I go to a venue I would tell her what I think of the layout, the service and overall feel of the venue. However, I am still convinced that when you know the venue you want and when you see it you know its the right choice for you or not. So the purpose of this blog is not to go into the full in’s and out’s but rather to offer a snapshot of what I as the DJ will see. I always try to be honest in my views and I am not one to slate a venue for the sake of it. But after doing this for so long I have seen the good, the bad and the ugly. What I will say is that in the last few years with far more savvy couples venues have really upped their game in what they offer.

Recently I found myself in the Garden of Ireland which with thanks to the M50/M11 is now just 40ish minutes away. Anybody who ever did the Brittas Bay thing in the summer of the 90s will know Rathnew and the snaking traffic that would take forever to get through. These days it is just a short hop and makes getting to such a beautiful part of the country a breeze.


Rathnew is home to Tinakilly Country House Hotel. Located seconds away from the village on the road to Wicklow Town. The first thing that you get hit with are these amazing high walls and the long drive up to the house. I can just see this being such a wonderful location for wedding photographs in the surroundings of their beautifully maintained gardens.


Now I am a DJ and with that I am more the practical kind of person so with that. I would miss a lot of the day activities unless you have booked the premier package with me which would see me on site to cater for the ceremony and provide music for the drinks reception through until the wee hours of the following morning.

The bulk of their weddings take place in the Great Eastern Pavilion. Its has a lovely gravel walkway with red carpet to its entrance before heading on in to this glorious function room which when I saw it reminded me of an old world French bistro. It is a lovely spacious room with the ‘top table’ in the centre, a nice long bar and a stage for the DJ to get set up in. One of my favourite parts about Tinakilly and I always think it is a selling point is the space just outside the function room with comfy couches and chairs where the older generation can get away from the hustle and bustle but still be close to the centre of everything.



The service delivered by the team at Tinakilly is second to none. From what I could see this is a venue that has been catering to weddings for so long they make it seem effortless whilst also delivering a unique personal service. The staff are always smiling and nothing is too much effort.


I had such a wonderful entertaining Catherine and Paul and their guests. From start to finish there was something there for everyone. From Rihanna to Dean Martin, Tom Jones to Justin Bieber. Its always fantastic when you have guests that are up for such a great night. Late nibbles were served around 11pm and that infused the guests to dance on until 2:00am. 10/10 for the mini burgers!!!!


If you are looking for a slightly old world location just a short drive from Dublin then I think Tinakilly should be on your must see list. It was a pleasure to be back and I look forward to the next time I return to Tinakilly.

If anyone has any questions and you want a totally unbiased opinion of this venue I am more than happy to have a chat about that or you want to talk about music for your wedding day please give me a call or send me a mail.

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