The Italian Job


Gormanston Park continued its long history with exchange students recently when we welcomed 79 Italian students. The students stayed for one week, with the aim being to improve their English and have some fun along the way.

What they got up too

They attended English classes in the morning, which freed up the rest of the day to go and have fun. They visited nearby attractions such as Newgrange, Tayto Park and Dublin City. They were provided with recently renovated accommodation which is perfect for groups. We can provide double and single ensuites, as well as single and dorm style rooms with shared facilities. Each room comes with fast free WiFi, which means they could contact family back home or just to relax in the evening. They had access to our TV room with numerous channels, pool table and they also enjoyed a few games on our footgolf course which has been a huge hit since its introduction.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner was provided for the students by our top chefs Eddie O’Connor and Dave Fitzmaurice who also tailored meals to suit individual requirements. They were a pleasure to have and we hope you come and visit us again.


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Strike Force Cheerleading

Gormanston Park welcomed Down footballers

Recently Gormanston Park welcomed the County Down minor football team. They were preparing for the tough season ahead with numerous league and championship games to play. The team underwent an intense training camp to prepare them physically and mentally for the challenges they will face in the season ahead. They stayed in Gormanston Parks newly refurbished rooms, which provide a comfortable and relaxing place to rest after a hard days work.

Training Hard!

They were put through their paces with strenuous gym sessions, circuit training and of course pitch sessions on our two GAA pitches to keep their touch in. In the evening they were able to analyse past games in our green room which is equipped with a 65” TV, and also has numerous t.v channels to watch during their free time. The team were also free to use our gaming facilities which include a full size pool table and they were also free to use our newly opened footgolf course. If the competition during the Footgolf tournament is anything to go by, there is no worry about them being competitive come championship. It was also great to see the defenders give the forwards a run for their money.

The team is coached by James McCartan, who played senior for Down in the 1950-60s while also managing Down in the 1980’s. We would like to wish them luck in the season ahead, we’re sure they will do great.

Basketball Ireland

For more than 20 years Basketball Ireland have been attending Gormanston Park to train, develop future stars and host summer camps for players from all over the country which runs in July. During May we hosted various Irish basketball teams ranging from the u-15 to the seniors. It is always great to see the stars of the future as well as the best Ireland has to offer.

Each team took part in our full training camp which includes accommodation, catered food (which can be tailored to each group) and of course access to Irelands largest indoor sports complex, consisting of 4 full sized basketball courts which have recently been refurbished.

Our top of the range group accommodation is perfect for groups of all sizes.  We can provide single, double and 6 people dorms which are a hive of fun at night. Teams can analyse games and relax in our TV room, enjoy a game of pool or footgolf and have access to our free WiFi.

Between tough training sessions, tasty nutritious food is provided to restore those energy levels. Games can also be organised to get every bit out of the camp. Best of luck guys.



A Warm Welcome to the Dubai Hurricanes

We gave a great big Irish Fáilte to the Dubai Hurricanes, who will be spent a week with us. We were thrilled to have them here and they had a great stay.

During the stay, the lads trained hard, played a few matches on our rugby pitches, tested out our new footgolf course and relaxed in our new TV room. We wished them the best of luck in the matches and asked them to take it easy on the Irish lads 🙂

“…amazing service!!! Even the weather was kind enough to us.”

– Kerri Low, Dubai Hurricanes

About Dubai Hurricanes Rugby Club, Dubai, UAE
The Dubai Hurricanes formed in the autumn of 1999. For our first few years we operated purely as a Seniors social club, arranging friendly matches with the established club sides in the UAE and entering 7s and 10s tournaments throughout the Gulf region and Asia. Due to the dedication of a large number of volunteers, the club has grown significantly during our short history and we have witnessed huge success and development both on and off the pitch.
Read more on their website





Busy Day At Gormanston Park

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A busy day today at Gormanston Park with over 1,000 people on site, which include the Red Cross, Dubai Hurricanes and North Eastern Basketball. It’s fantastic to see so many people enjoying themselves. They are a testiment to each of their groups and families.

Our chefs have their work cut out for them but it’s nothing they can’t handle. Keep up the good work 🙂

Leitrim Minor Footballers Arrive

Leitrim Minor Footballers arrive at Gormanston Park. Today we welcomed the very talented minor football team. The lads are currently preparing for some tough upcoming games and more importantly the Championship. The lads will be with us for a couple of days and will certaintly grow as a team.

They have some tough gym sessions ahead, circuit training and pitch sessions to get the eye in. At night they will be kept entertained in our green room with 65″ TV and numerous channels. They will also be able to play pool and of course our brand new Footgolf course.

Best of luck lads 🙂

Leitrim Minor Footballers

Footgolf Announced Gormanston Park Ireland

We are delighted to announce the plans for our new Footgolf course in Gormanston Park, Ireland.

The Footgolf course will be sure to test even the most seasoned players and also provide a lot of fun for all involved. The beautiful scenery around Gormanston Park will help add to the experience and solidify our unique footgolf course amongst the best in the world.

Footgolf is the newest and most innovative sport to hit Ireland, combining two of the worlds most popular sports in football and golf. Gormanston Park is the newest addition, to the ever growing sport in Ireland. Footgolf is a highly competitive sport which combines the skill of football with the elegance of golf.

Footgolf is played on a golf course by individuals or groups but instead of using golf clubs, your leg is your driver, pitching wedge and putter. The rules are the same as golf, except you kick the ball instead.

Book Footgolf at Gormanston Park Ireland Here

Ladies U18 Irish Basketball Team

We are delighted to welcome the stars of the future aka. the Irish u18 womens basketball team and their coach Liam Culloty. We’re sure they will enjoy their stay with us and leave an even better team than when they arrived. Keep up the good work girls 🙂

At Gormanston Park we have a very unique facility. We have four full sized basketball courts under one roof in the Aras Preston sports complex. Read more here

Friends Of Gormanston at opening of New Library

Saturday Gormanston Park hosted the opening of the new library on site with many friends of Gormanston in attendance including this years Rose of Tralee Elysha Brennan – A past pupil of Gormanston. Gormanston Parks wonderful catering team prepared a beautiful meal for the gathering fit for a Rose on this wonderful occasion. All who attended were extremely complimentary to the the excellent cuisine an service provided by our catering team. The luncheon was hosted in the dining hall but for future events we will be offering guests the opportunity to dine in the Banquet hall of the castle – a truly amazing setting.