Welcome back to the Kingdom! New IPA Accommodation in Ireland

27 Nov 2021

As IPA Ireland's National Accommodation Officer, it gives me great pleasure, especially as we emerge from the prolonged lockdown which was necessary to combat the pandemic, to be able to announce here in the IPA Newsletter the official opening of IPA Ireland's newest property.

Progress was especially difficult during the past number of months but here we are, with everything in place, enabling us to offer another high-end accommodation facility to our members. Because of all the circumstances, including travel restrictions and our inability to hold physical meetings, the journey to completion of contract has been more arduous than it normally would have been, but after nearly three years of searching, some false starts, at times frustrating negotiations, and of course excitement, we are delighted to have taken possession the sixth property in IPA Ireland's accommodation portfolio.


This excellently appointed and well-located property sits in the heart of the Kingdom, in the town of Killarney in Co. Kerry. Section Ireland previously operated an Apartment in Killarney, but that property was never owned by the IPA. It was leased to the Association on a seasonal basis and the cost of renting to our members was subsidised.

It was an excellent facility and when that ceased, it was obvious that it was missed greatly by our membership, especially by those members who had booked it on a regular basis. As Accommodation Officer, I never had the pleasure of managing that particular accommodation as it had been off our books for some time, but still, on an almost monthly basis, I continue to receive emails looking for availability in Killarney! Thankfully, I will now be able to respond positively.

The journey back to the Kingdom started most likely before my time on the NEC. When the Kerry Region submitted their motion in December 2018, the prospect of having a presence in Killarney had been slowly progressing in the background at national level. What began as informal conversations at NEC meetings, at National Council, and as part of individual feedback from members, eventually led to the Social Commission, which oversees the strategic operation of IPA Accommodation, formally proposing the purchase of another IPA property to the NEC in February 2019.

We had of course looked at all other options, including the purchase of a property in Clonakilty, Kinsale, and Westport and also on our numerous islands, but when all of the criteria were considered, Killarney was consistent in hitting the mark. The existence of an active, hardworking, and eager Regional Committee in the Kerry IPA Region and the fact that we had previous experience of a property in Killarney certainly played a role in that decision. Chris Manton, Gillian O' Donoghue, Joe O'Sullivan and Siobhan Barry have driven this project on from the start, and will no doubt continue to roll out the red carpet for our members.

The apartment is located within the Gleneagles INEC Complex, adjacent to The Brehon Hotel, and is less than 2 km from the town centre. This beautiful ground-floor property is generous in size, extending to 960 sq. feet, with two spacious bedrooms.

The accommodation includes a modern kitchen, with all necessary appliances and a utility housing additional laundry facilities. The kitchen area extends to accommodate the dining area and adjoining living/sitting room, which is enhanced by double patio doors opening out onto a common green area of the scenic grounds. Both double bedrooms are quite large; one has a double bed and a single bed, while the other has two good size single beds.iehouse2

This Apartment will sleep six adults in comfort, through the use of a suitable fold-up/portable bed in the living area. It is ideally suited to young families with children and to families with older members alike. Because it is ground-floor based, it is safe for all ages and is also ideal for anyone with limited mobility. There is ample free parking and as an added bonus for our members, we plan on purchasing access to the nearby Aquila Leisure Centre, which will be complimentary for our guests.

After having operated a minimum seven-night policy from June to September, we operate with a two-night minimum from October to May. With regard to the pricing structure, I expect that IPA Ireland will offer this apartment at approximately 50% of the equivalent commercial rates charged for nearby apartment accommodation.

IPA Ireland member can be proud in the knowledge that this Section now operates 10% of all official IPA Houses worldwide, and as a Section we are unique in that we own all of our six properties outright, something that was achieved through the good management of our finances and our accommodations over the years, since the foundation of this Section in 1955. It is testament to that good management in present times that on this occasion, we were able to finance the purchase of this apartment in Killarney without resorting to any mortgage facility, and when I say we, I mean all our IPA members in Section Ireland.

Chris Cahill, National Accommodation Officer IPA Ireland