AS ADARE Manor prepares to close its doors for renovations worth €30m over the coming months, the five-star hotel is enjoying a major publicity coup – all thanks to a teddy called Jellycat being reunited with a young girl – which has touched the hearts of thousands of readers online.
The hotel posted no less than 10 photos of the teddy in recent days in a bid to return it to its rightful owner, a three year-old girl from Nenagh who had unwittingly left her beloved teddy behind after breakfast on Saturday.
In the intervening days the teddy has been photographed ‘enjoying’ afternoon tea in the Manor, pictured in bed with a giant Ferrero Rocher, relaxing with slices of cucumber on its eyes and enjoyed such treatment and pampering that most people can only dream about.
All in all, the series of posts on Facebook has received more than 15,000 ‘likes’ from people across the country, with the posts shared hundreds of times, and the story with a happy ending has even reached American news sites.
After all their efforts, the owner emerged as Kate Hogan, whose mother wrote online on her behalf: “Thank you for taking such good care of my special Jellycat. He was my first ever teddy a whole three and a half years ago. I was so lonely going to sleep last night, but I now know he had the best time.
“I’m so excited to have Jellycat back in my arms. Thank you again Adare Manor. Give him a hug tonight from Kate X.”
This afternoon brought the news that all followers of the story had been waiting for - seeing Kate pictured in front of the fire in Adare Manor, hugging her teddy close to her chest.
The Manor is closing shortly for 18 months of work as it prepares for the JP McManus Pro-Am, which will take place there in July 2018.
The much anticipated Pro-Am will make a welcome return in two years’ time, after it was held previously in Adare to great success in 2005 and 2010, raising millions of euro for charity through the star-studded event, which has welcomed Bill Clinton, Tiger Woods, Hugh Grant and Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta Jones in the past.
The plans include a new bedroom wing of 40 rooms and a ballroom with capacity for around 350 patrons.
Adare Manor hotel is owned by Limerick-born businessman and philanthropist JP McManus, his wife Noreen and the McManus family, who bought the hotel and its 840-acre estate for a reported €30 million in January of last year.