Bernard McDonough’s passion for business was rivaled closely by a life-long love of Ireland and her people. For years he sought an opportunity to intertwine those interests and invest in the country of his heritage. In 1962, he purchased Dromoland Castle, an Ireland landmark originally built in 1480.

He spent approximately 1.8 million dollars converting the castle into a luxury hotel. Mr. McDonough’s purchase of the Dromoland Castle was followed by the construction of three additional Irish hotels: the Shannon International, the Clare Inn, and the Limerick Inn.