My wife and I travelled from Albany, NY, to County Monaghan in April on a search to find my Irish roots. Based on reviews from other travelers on this site, we decided to stay at the Glencarn. It was an excellent choice. The hotel is in the center of the beautiful little village of Castleblayney. You can walk anywhere in the village in ten minutes. From the start Patrick McFadden and his friendly staff bent over backwards to be helpful and after four days we felt we knew them all. The guest room was large and comfortable, and the breakfast provided many tasty choices served quickly and with a smile. There is a wonderful fitness facility in the hotel that includes a large lap pool, a steam bath, a sauna, and a hot tub. The pool is kept at nice warm temperature, a must for me to enjoy the water. As an unexpected treat, the Glencarn was hosting a ceili on the day we arrived, and we watched dozens of Irish children compete in a step dance competition. As for our visit to my ancestor’s homeland, a newly discovered cousin Tom and his wife Mary took us on a great tour of the farm that my family left so long ago. One evening Patrick bought us a drink at the congenial on-site hotel pub, and wanted to know all about our genealogical search. He got on his cell phone and in 20 minutes a friend of his, a local historian, appeared at the bar ready to help us on his lap top, and to give us a guided historical tour of the border area the next morning. Thanks to Tom and Mary, to the local historian, and to the staff and management at Glencarn, it was a once in a lifetime visit.
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