Anne Marie & Barry - Wedding 5th June 2021

Barry & I would like to offer a testimonal for the Shearwater Hotel & Spa regardsing our wedding.

From the first time we viewed and visited the Shearwater Hotel & Spa, we knew we wanted our wedding reception at this Hotel.  The lay out of the Hotel is so perfect, a stunning lobby and ballroom but what makes it so ideal is the space and how seperate the Ballroom is from the rest of the Hotel.  The Staff are amazing especially Estella  and this was also one of the reasons that we booked the Hotel.   Any request no matter how big or  small was always addressed. 

We would recommend anyone looking for a wedding Venue to choose the Shearwater Hotel & Spa, you will not be disappointed from location to facilities to service  - everything is10/10,  

Anne Marie & Barry  (05/06/2021)


Eanna & Iomar  - Wedding 11th September 2020

We had our wedding booked in the Shearwater Hotel & Spa for May 2020 but due to the Coronavirus had to cancel it.We moved it to September the 11th and said we would go ahead with it even if we could only have the 50 people limit. We are so so glad we did!

The Shearwater Hotel & Spa team could not have been more helpful, understanding or patient. Even though the guidelines changed a few times they were always on the other side of the phone to answer our many many questions and calm me down!!! We were one of the lucky couples who were able to have our wedding when the country was still at Level 2.

The day itself was amazing. The professionalism and teamwork shown by the management and all the staff was 100%. The hotel was spotless and the food was divine. The ballroom looked as fabulous as I had imagined. Gorgeous room for a wedding reception. The bridal suite was stunning. Felt like we were in a penthouse apartment in a 5 star hotel! We also felt very safe as all the guidelines were being followed to the letter by the hotel. We had our own section of the hotel and only our guests were allowed in this area. This was great for peace of mind.

We couldn’t have asked for a better day and will be forever grateful to the hotel for giving us such a perfect day even with all the restrictions they had to follow. Our guests are still talking about how delicious the meal was and how lovely the hotel staff were.

A Special thanks to Estella, Tony and Barry. You make a brilliant team and we will back for a big party when things get back to normal!! Thanks to all the staff who played a part in our day. We cannot recommend The Shearwater Hotel and Spa enough. We had the best day ever!

Iomar and Éanna Cunniffe (11/09/2020)


Nicola and Matthias 21st December 2019

Lisa we can’t thank you enough for all you’ve done for us. We had the best day of our lives and that was largely down to you and the staff at the Shearwater. We couldn’t recommend you as a wedding coordinator and as a hotel highly enough. The guests were absolutely raving about the food and the quality of the service- waiters, bar staff etc. I will be leaving a proper review and all of that but you can be sure with all the young people and young couples there on Saturday there will be plenty more weddings at the Shearwater and I hope I get invited to them so I can go back. You are seriously talented at your job and I really couldn’t thank you enough.

 Fiona & Damian 11th October 2019

We got married on the 11th Of October 2019 and we couldn’t recommend the Shearwater enough. Both Tony and Lisa were brilliant to deal with, everything was stress free and nothing we asked for was too much. The refurbished ballroom looked fantastic and the meal was top class. All of our guests commented on the quality of the food! We had our after party in the hotel also and this too was brilliantly done. We have nothing but absolutely great things to say about 


Michelle & Cathal 20th September 2019

What can I say about the team at the shearwater, an absolute to pleasure to deal with from the very beginning when we went to look at the venue, we knew straight away this was where we wanted to have our reception. Nothing was ever a problem. We didn't need to do a thing with the venue, everything was fabulous. Lisa and Wayne were both so lovely and could not do enough for us. Everybody was commenting on the fabulous service and food. Myself and cathal would highly recommend the Shearwater Hotel for your wedding.


Angel & David 6th September 2019

We came over to stay with you from Tuesday 3rd until Monday 9th September, for our Wedding in Ballinasloe on the 6th.

We would like to say a huge thank you to you all, as you played such a big part in making one of the biggest times of our lives, one of the most memorable.

Each and every one of you that was involved, from front desk staff to housekeeping, have been an absolute pleasure to be around. 

Your professionalism and willingness to go above and beyond most definitely didn't go unnoticed by ourselves, nor by our guests who came to stay.

The day went perfectly without any issues, and everything ran to the schedule that you briefed us on. We truly believe you have the right people in the right places, and work incredibly well as a team.

One of the biggest talking points of the whole day was the food. Not one person left there hungry, and everything was cooked and presented exceptionally. 

From our first ever visit to The Shearwater, we were blown away by how beautiful the ballroom was set up, and this in turn lead us to choose your hotel as our location. Since your refurbishment, the ballroom delivered even more of a wow factor and was a magical place to walk into.

Although staff members have come and gone in the process leading up to our wedding day, everything fell into place when it needed to and we are eternally grateful. 

We would like to give a special mention to Des, Tony and Lisa, who couldn't do enough for us. You made sure that our every need was attended to, however big or small. Thank you.

Keep doing what you're all doing, and we look forward to seeing you when we return to celebrate our first anniversary! 


Louise & Malachy 02nd Auguest 2019

we got married in the shearwater on the 2nd of August and it was just amazing! the staff went well beyond their needs from champagne in our room as we got ready to our outdoor ceremony and the food was top job! I would 100% recommend the shearwater and all the lovely staff for any occasion or even a night/weekend away.


Lisa & Brian 15th June 2019

Lisa and the team at The Shearwater were great to deal with. They offered a great value package and were willing to adapt to ensure that the day was everything we hoped for. The new decor is first class and the food was delicious. Highly recommend


Brenda & Owen Cahill 25th May 2019

We would throughly recommend the Shearwater for a wedding. We were delighted with the service, value for money and quality of the food. Lots of compliments from our guests. Also the newly decorated function room is beautiful.


Áine & John Hynes 29th March 2019

We had our wedding reception at the Shearwater Hotel and Spa in March 2019. It was a fantastic day from the moment we arrived until the night ended. The service provided by Lisa, Aisling, William, Des and the rest of the team was second to none. Our wedding planner, Lisa, was very helpful in the lead up to the day. The hotel had recently undergone renovation works and the function room in particular looked beautiful with its modern and stylish décor. The meal was perfect at every stage with excellent food and service provided by the staff. We couldn’t have asked for a better day. We would highly recommend the Shearwater Hotel and Spa to any couple planning their wedding day."


Emma & Stephen McCabe 13th April 2019

I just wanted to write to you to say that our wedding day was absolutely amazing, and majority of that was down to you, you went above and beyond to make sure of it, the guests could not stop raving about the food and as you know there was plenty of them so that's 242 thumbs up for you. The staff were amazing and it was a pleasure to have the general manager William looking after us on the day too.

As for yourself, id be lost without you, thanks for responding to all my emails however big or small my questions were. The venue was spectacular, not a thing could we fault about any of it. You have been highly recommended and I can see why now so I will be recommending you to any new couples going forward. 

From myself and Steve from the bottom of our hearts thanks so much for everything, you were pleasures to deal with it.


Linda & David O'Grady 28th December 2018

We had our Special Day at the Shearwater Hotel and Spa in December 2018. We had such an amazing day from start to finish and this was in no small part due to the staff at the hotel. The hotel went above and beyond for us every step of the way! The hotel has recently undergone some fantastic renovations and the hotel is truly transformed so we were delighted to have our wedding locally. The decor is now very stylish and elegant and the hotel was beautifully decorated for Christmas also. Our guests raved about the quality of the food and service at every stage of the day and we were thrilled that everything went off to plan so we couldn’t have asked for more. Both the Manager, William, and the Wedding Co-Ordinator, Lisa, were just fantastic throughout the whole process and we would highly recommend the Shearwater Hotel and Spa to any couple getting married in the area. 


Audrey & Paul Kelly 18th October 2018

Would highly recommend the Shearwater Hotel & Spa for your wedding day , we had our ceremony and reception here it was the best day ever, the staff and service was excellent, food was fab my guests are still talking about it, a special thanks to Lisa Byrne our wedding planning she couldn’t do enough she was a pleasure to deal with and also Aisling, Des and William, the girls in the spa Michelle and Christina done such a fantastic job thanks again.

Niamh & Billy Thorn 13th October 2018

The Shearwater Hotel & Spa were just perfect to deal with, very quick to get back to us with any queries we had or changes we needed to make. The food and service on the day was just fabulous, we had so many compliments on the food. We would highly recommend for any couple looking to book their wedding here!


Melissa and Keith Murphy 18th Aug 2018

Top service. All the staff were so accommodating to myself and my husband on our wedding day. Even in the run up to wedding no task was to much. They did everything we asked and more. The venue looked amazing on the day and could not of asked for better. The food was absolutely amazing. This hotel is fab. Everything was perfect for us and we can't thank them enough for the most wonderful day ever. Ideal hotel for brides and grooms to have their wedding day here. Highly recommend the shearwater hotel and spa


Lorna & David Keane 3rd Aug 2018.

The shearwater Hotel & Spa team were amazing to deal with which made our day so easy. They made sure everything was perfect from the decor to the food. I can’t fault them in any way. Also packages are very reasonable. Highly recommend having your wedding here


Aoife & David Cunningham, Saturday 28th July 2018

The Shearwater Hotel & Spa in Ballinasloe is a fantastic location for any wedding. The staff are amazing and went above and beyond our expectations of our wedding day, particularly the wedding co-ordinators (first Noel and then Aisling) and hotel management (Des, Liam and Colin). They offered us an all inclusive package which is great value for money and led us directly to suppliers, making our planning less stressful. We had several meetings and made us very relaxed in the run up to the big day. The display on the day was fabulous. It was everything we could have hoped for. The service was fantastic. The dinner is still being talked about. The food is just fantastic, everyone loved it. And if anyone has an allergy, they make sure they offer them something equally as fantastic. From the drinks reception to last call in the bar (and everything in between), the staff looked after our every need. Aisling and Des were always nearby in case we needed anything. Everything ran smoothly and effortlessly, it felt as if all we had to do was be present. So much work goes on behind the scenes and this staff is extremely dedicated to their brides and grooms. I cannot recommend them highly enough. They made our wedding day to be much more than we ever thought it could be. Thank you!


Lyndsey & Eoin McDonnellon Fri, 5th May 2018

Myself and my husband got married in the Shearwater Hotel & Spa on the 5th of May this year. We had an amazing day. From the moment we first visited the hotel for a wedding fair we knew this was where we would get married. Our intuition was right. The staff were so attentive on the day and all our guests keep complimenting the hotel saying the food was amazing and some have even planned a return break away! A special thank you to Aishling, Des and Colin for all their help on our big day. We only wish we could do it again. Lyndsey and Eoin McDonnell.


Sinead & Shane Moran 17th July 2017

Just want to say Thank You to the staff and management of the Shearwater Hotel for looking after us so well on th lead up to the wedding and on the day. We would highly recommended the hotel to all couples and I have no doubt that every couple I’ll be so well looked after.


Fiona & Damien - Wedding Highlights 2019


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