The Horse & Jockey Hotel is lovingly run but the Egan family and their wonderful team of loyal, dedicated & friendly staff many of which have been with us for decades.
Bought in 1986 by Tom Egan, who had years of experiences in the hotel industry both in the UK and Ireland. He saw much potential for the Horse & Jockey pub, which had been trading continuously for over 250 years & embracing it’s long history as an historic meeting spot decided to expand.
The first part of the hotel was developed in 2002 with an addition of 32 bedrooms alongside a new dining room, Silks Restaurant. The Gift Horse Gallery Gift Shop was also opened in 2002 by Dorothy Egan who has been in the retail trade for much of her life and has a keen eye for unique and beautiful home interiors and gifts.
During this time the hotel cemented it’s position as a premier meeting spot and a refuge off the road alongside an atmospheric and comfortable home away from home for overnight guests.
2009 saw a large extension being added to the hotel. This extension coincided with the M8 motorway opening which by-passed the village, returning the hotel and village to much quieter times. To create a destination for guests off the motorway, amenities such as The Spa, Hair Salon & Leisure & Pool club were added along with an extensive conference centre and Derrynaflan 200 seater theatre. An opportunity for an in-house bakery was also spotted & so we saw the opening of 2 coffee bars plus a new retail shop, The Bakery Artisan Food Store, which showcased the finest baked goods all produced in-house.
Today stands a unique hotel. It is many things to many people. Whether a local, a weary traveller off the busy motorway, an overnight night guest or patrons returning from the many Irish sporting event, all are welcome and all join together to create the legendary ‘jockey’ atmosphere of which we are very proud.