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Markree Castle – Shortlisted!


We are very pleased to announce that Markree Castle has been shortlisted for The Fitout Project of the Year under Conservation with the Fit Out Awards 2017. Thanks to everyone that was involved in this project. The awards ceremony takes place in November. Fingers crossed! See below images of the castle before the complete renovation and restoration. Check out Markree Castle on our portfolio page for the end result!                          

The Balmoral Hotel, Belfast


The AGA team have been creating hospitality interiors for quite a few years now and as you can imagine there’s a number of challenges over the years. Some issues can be related to an unrealistic programme of works, access to a site or a total change in the overall look and feel halfway through the project design works! Doing something like this is detrimental to how the project will look on completion.  It can also cause deadlines to be missed and increase budget costs, which all contribute to a very stressful project for all involved. Thankfully we have some very […]

Markree Castle – Reopens


It’s taken two years but as you can see from the pictures, it has been worth the wait as Markree Castle in Collooney, Co. Sligo has re-opened after a luxurious refurbishment. The restoration project has succeeded in restoring the original beauty of Markree Castle and the feedback we have received, so far, has been incredibly positive. Markree Castle re-opened on in March 2017 to host its first wedding. Markree Castle joins sister properties such as Cabra Castle – Co. Cavan, Bellingham Castle – Co. Louth and Ballyseede Castle – Co. Kerry to become the fourth Castle wedding venue owned by the […]

Markree Castle – Take a Sneak Peak


There is huge excitment happening at Markree Castle in Collooney, Co Sligo, as we are nearing the end of the project which has undergone an extensive restoration.  The Corscadden family own and run four Castle Hotels in Ireland and this is third Castle that Audrey Gaffney Associates have been asked to design. Have a sneaky look at the work currently ongoing in the Castle, which is due for completion this March 2017, the attention to detail is amazing,                    Currently sorting out the furniture and antiques and I know, it looks like a pile of rubbish […]

Get Inspired this Autumn


With a day like today Autumn is definitely here! The cooler weather is kicking in and the leaves are turning those striking golden, amber and yellow colours, so why not look at warming up your interior spaces with some dramatic results and help rejuvenate your overall customer experience within your business .         Normally fiery colours seem to reflect the season but now it’s time to inject some fun into the make over with some bold statement colours and create a cosier feel. This season we are tending to move away from the generic autumn palette for example your […]

We’ve been checking out Tuttons London


With my visit across the water to London very much on my mind, I’ve been looking back over some of the amazing places that I’ve visited last time and pondering “Can I squeeze them all into my few days this time around?!” One of these places is Tuttons London; a British restaurant serving British cuisine from breakfast right through to dinner. Its elegant, dignified and stately interiors give it a 1930’s prohibition feel. Tuttons is located opposite the royal opera house in the lively hub of culture that can only be Covent Garden. The ambiance exudes casualness and vivacity. This […]

The River Inn Venue


Being the oldest cited bar in Derry, there has been a liquor licence granted to this premises since 1684.  Famously known around Derry city as ” The Glue Pot ” and previously operated as a cinema from 1923 until 1986. The Doherty family have been running the Inn since 1922,  so there was a lot of pressure on the Audrey Gaffney Associates team to get this new venture right!   The new venue at The River Inn Venue now houses The Silver Street Restaurant & Bar, The Snug Bar, The Cafe Bar and The Cellar Late Night Bar. All are […]

Silver Street Venue by Audrey Gaffney Assocaites

Cafe Royal London


Good Morning, What a crazy few months we’ve been having here at the AGA Design office. Having recently completed the new Restaurant/Cafe Bar at Silver Street @ The River Inn, Derry City Centre and also being officially awarded the design brief for the renovation works to Markree Castle, Co. Sligo. It’s all systems go! Taking very little time off lately, I’ve not ventured far except to travel across the pond to my much loved city of London. While there I decided to check out the recently reopened luxury 5 star Hotel Cafe Royal in the heart of central London. This […]

Be Individual


5 Things to Help Grow Your Interior Brand – Be Individual  Being a brand doesn’t mean that your business will appear bland and boring.  It means that you have an identity.  Be individual about what your business is all about, about what your business values are, and about what your customers expect. 1.  Who is your customer?  Get to know who he/she or they are and focus on what is needed in regards to layouts, service, finishes and needs.  Sometimes they are a mix of different groups so concentrate on the main ones and work from there.  Take feedback on […]

The Future of Hospitality Design


The Future of Hospitality Design: 5 important points to remember when future–proofing the interiors to your business: Trends Be careful of becoming too themed or trying to meet the latest trend.  Trying to recreate an Italian restaurant in the heart of Galway when you’ve never been to Italy and you’re not familiar with Italian cuisine can become quite a challenge.  If you’ve never been to an authentic Italian restaurant in any part of Italy, do you really know what your customer’s expectations are? In this case being more realistic and going for a more wholesome Irish food menu is probably […]

Bellingham Castle Renovation