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September 2, 2014

How it looks today.

At the end of each month, my computer’s dairy reminds me of which licenses are about to expire.

So this month, for example, three are about to expire – and so the reminder emails were sent out yesterday to let them all know ahead of time.

Just a quick note to let you know Licence No. 20120913-00016726 expires on the 30th September 2014.

5 images of various rooms and areas at Ashford Castle in Cong.
DVD Reference: 20100712 Ashford
For exclusive use, for Ashford Castle to use these images for:-
Media use: Worldwide web & promotional emails only.
Period of use: 2 years (ends 30th September 2014).
Territory of use: Internet only.
(BUR £200.00 per image).

So if you would like to extend the license period, on one or more of these images, please let us know by the end of the month.

And in this case their reply was:

Dear Ashley
Many thanks but we will NOT be renewing the Licence , as Ashford has been completely Restored in the past year , since Ashford was bought by Red Carnation hotels.
Trust all is well with you and Maire and hope to see you both again soon.
Very best regards

So I decided to have a wee look to see how the castle now looks, as we had talked to Suzie from the Red Carnation Hotels last year about all of this, during this shoot…
The Doorman at Ashford Castle in County Mayo talking to a guest on the bridge.

.. which we talked about here: Welcome to Ashford Castle.

And yes there has indeed been a lot of changes – so I’m not surprised that they no longer need to use our images anymore.

Anyway, many of the new images they now show on their website are of rooms and areas of the hotel we never shot; however, I did notice a few have been re-captured by a London photographer – who says he aims to create natural feeling imagery that brings out the best in people, places and all things in general”.

So was obviously very interested to see how those rooms now looked – both in terms of decor and naturally how they had been photographed too – as I remember this being a tough one to shoot back in 2010, which I talked about here: Ashford Castle in County Mayo.

So here are two of them: “Space to relax and entertain in the lovingly restored Presidential Suite”  – as it looks today…

(The newly restored Presidential Suite at Ashford Castle)

.. as opposed to how it looked back in 2010…
Presidential Suite in Ashford Castle which is located near to the village of Cong in County Mayo.

.. and  “Enjoy fine dining in the George V dining room, lovingly restored”  – as it looks today…

(The newly restored George V dining room at Ashford Castle)

.. as opposed to how it looked back in 2010…
The George V dining room at Ashford Castle in County Mayo.
.. when we produced this image of it.

Love what they have done here in terms of decor – but not so sure about those images – so may just reply:

No problems and thanks for letting us know.
Trust all is well with everyone at Ashford Castle – and yes, no doubt we will be seeing you’ll again real soon, to produce some new images that you will want to use. 

Since that is what I feel they really now need here – to help them market & advertise this magnificent old castle throughout the world- which currently looks to have been beautifully restored.

Or is that just wishful thinking on my part?

Anyway, one down and two to go, so we will see how it goes – but I sure would like to make that place sing for them, as it is, without doubt, one of Ireland’s most magnificent hotels wink

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July 14, 2010

Ashford Castle in County Mayo.

Filed under: Photography,Web links — Ashley Morrison @ 11:29 am
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In 1228 – Ashford was founded by the Anglo-Norman de Burgo family following their defeat of the native O’Connors of Connaught.
In 1589 – after more than three and a half centuries under the de Burgo’s, Ashford passes into the hands of a new owner – the English Lord Bingham, governor of Connaught – who adds a fortified enclave within its precincts.
In 1715 – the Ashford estate was established by the Oranmore and Browne family and a fabulous French-style chateau was added to the architectural splendor of the castle.
In 1852 – Ashford’s new owner, Sir Benjamin lee Guinness, extends the estate to 26,000 acres, building new roads, planting thousands of trees and adding two large victorian style extensions.
In 1868 – Sir Benjamin Lee Guinness bequeaths Ashford to his son, Lord Ardilaun, an avid gardener who oversees the development of massive woodlands and rebuilds the entire west wing of the castle.
In 1915 – Ashford is retained by the Iveagh trust on behalf of the Guinness family.
In 1939 – Ashford was bought by Noel Huggard who established the castle as a “First Class Hotel”.
In 1951 – The director John Ford comes to the west of Ireland to film what would become a movie classic “The Quiet Man” – starring John Wayne, Maureen O’Hara, Victor McLaglen and Barry Fitzgerald.
In 1970 – Ashford Castle is bought by John A. Mulcahy who oversees its complete restoration and expansion, doubling its size, building the golf course and developing the grounds and gardens.
In 1985 – A group of Irish American investors purchase Ashford. In the 16 years since, Ashford has been voted not only one of the best hotels in Ireland by the most discerning guidebooks, but also one of the top 50 resort properties in Europe.
In 2008 – Ashford Castle was bought outright by Galway Entrepreneur and Hotelier Mr Gerry Barrett.

And last week – Marie, Stuart & myself were honoured to be invited down to Ashford Castle

.. by Paula & Niall, to photograph part of this luxurious 5 Star hotel.

The amazing Oak Hall lobby area was a challenge to light …
One of the first pictures taken of the Oak Hall at Ashford Castle.
.. as the Castle was busy too; however, we were very pleased with this final result:
The Oak Hall in Ashford Castle which is located near to the village of Cong in County Mayo.

The George V dining room also took a while to set-up…
setting up the dining room shot
.. and light too..
setting up the dining room shot
.. but what an amazing room:
The George V dining room at Ashford Castle in County Mayo.

So we were slow on this one…
setting up one of the bedrooms
.. but then again…
Room 422 in Ashford Castle which is located near to the village of Cong in County Mayo.
.. this is one of Ireland’s most prestige Hotels we were being asked to capture…
.. so we wanted it to look just right
The Presidential Suite in Ashford Castle which is located near to the village of Cong in County Mayo.
.. by producing a set of images that would complete the dream – of what 5 Star living is all about.

So thanks again to everyone for making this happen – and hopefully, we will be back soon, to produce more images for them to use.

From Marie, Stuart & me.

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