Well known Horse Trainer,
Oliver Brady Takes Over The Reins at Moyvalley
The very popular and successful race horse trainer and businessman, Oliver Brady has never been a man to rest on his laurels. Indeed it has just been confirmed that he has now acquired the magnificent Moyvalley Hotel and Golf Course near Enfield in Co. Kildare, along with international business partners, Jane Tripipatkul of Thailand, her son Mark McCarthy, a proud Irishman, and Rita Shah, business entrepreneur and Board Member of Enterprise Ireland, whose racing silks are instantly recognisable at race tracks all over Ireland.
Oliver and Rita are the forward thinking, innovative Co-Directors behind Shabra Plastics and Recycling Ltd, which employs a staff of 70 people in Castleblayney, Co. Monaghan. One of the great success stories of Irish Business, Shabra are leaders in plastics recycling, reprocessing, manufacturing and distribution not only in Ireland but also worldwide. This forward thinking has seen them win numerous business awards and the respect of their fellow entrepreneurs.
The Moyvalley Hotel and Golf Course facility sits on 460 acres of historic Kildare countryside and was originally the home of the More O’Farrells – next to the M4 motorway (only half an hour from Dublin) and close to Enfield, Co. Kildare.
The Golf Course itself is a U.S.G.A. spec 18 hole championship Golf Course, designed by former Open Champion, Darren Clarke and originally opened in 2006. It’s practice facilities are second to none with its driving range and short game academy incorporating two practice chipping greens, practice bunkers and putting greens. The course provides a worthy challenge to golfers of all abilities but the new owners recognise that there are areas which need attention and upgrading will take place both on the course and in its surrounds. It should be noted that the course has been maintained in excellent condition even though it hasn’t been used by members since the start of the year.
It is Oliver’s fervent wish that all members who temporarily moved to other golf clubs will return to their own club, as the foundation stone on which any club is built is its members. Indeed, the new owners are very keen to build on the return of members by attracting many new members at rates which will be very attractive, highly competitive and will provide great value for the use of such a magnificent facility. The two storey self-contained golf clubhouse, pro-shop, extensive locker room facilities and spacious bar and restaurant facilities will only serve to enhance the enjoyment and comfort felt by visitors and members alike.
With its modern hotel building, excellent conference facilities and 54 stylish and fully air conditioned bedrooms, bar and restaurant, along with 47 separate 2 and 3 bedroom holiday cottages and apartments, the facility is capable of providing significant accommodation. It will once again be a popular centre for weddings (there are 80 booked for this year), luxury short breaks, self-catering holidays and golfing breaks. The 19th century Italianate Manor House (Balyna House) and adjoining Abbey have both been painstakingly restored to add a further touch of class to the magnificent surrounds.
The new proprietors have put in place a strong and enthusiastic management team and have retained all of the existing employees. They hope to expand the facility to its full potential and by doing so provide employment for up to 70 or 80 people over the next three years.
The new owners intend to re-open the facility for golf on May 9th and expect to be very actively involved and, with Rita Shah having been a past Lady Captain of the Slieve Russell Golf Club and Oliver Brady having won a president’s prize there, the new owners definitely know a thing or two about golf.
Certainly, if Oliver runs the Moyvalley facility as professionally as he runs both his business and his stable, its odds on that the Moyvalley experience will be a very memorable one for everyone concerned.
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