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It is often overlooked amid all the rivalry that many of the owners and business people of Waterford city are either Kilkenny people or descendants of Kilkenny people.  My old editor, the late great J.J. "Smokie Joe" Walsh who owned The Munster Express,  always described himself as "a farmer from South Kilkenny", his wife was from Kilkenny . My old friend Vincent O'Toole, owner of the Maryland Hotel in Waterford , is from Maudlin Street years and years ago - Vincent always boasts that he left Maudlin Street "with the arse out of my trousers to go away to sea to make my fortune". . Former owner of The Black Cat, the late Jim Brennan, father of solicitor Seamus Brennan, had two pubs in Waterford.  Waterford city is almost like a colony of Kilkenny where the upper classes seem mostly to be Kilkenny people while the ordinary every day working-class people are the native Waterfordians. 

And now a Kilkenny man has taken over yet another big lump of Waterford city. Kilkenny advances yet again into Waterford...

South Kilkenny businessman is new owner of iconic Ard Rí Hotel

Seamus Walsh, who bought Waterford Castle hotel back in 2015, is the new owner.


A former landmark hotel overlooking Waterford city has been sold to a South Kilkenny man.

The Ard Rí had fallen into serious disrepair since its closure but it looks like its about to get a new lease of life as a 5- star hotel.

Seamus Walsh, who bought Waterford Castle hotel back in 2015, is the new owner.

The purchase price is undisclosed.

John Rohan of SherryFitzgerald in Waterford handled the sale and said “the property offers enormous potential in many ways” and wished good fortune to the new owner Seamus Walsh who he said “intends to invest heavily in this project”.

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