Lough Erne Resort Reopening 20th July Under New General Manager

The renowned Lough Erne Resort will officially reopen on 20th July, 2020 under the guidance and leadership of a new General Manager.

Joanne Walsh was a founding member of the 5-star resort’s management team and has been appointed to now lead the team at the County Fermanagh resort.

And under the guidelines of the Northern Ireland Government, Joanne is naturally looking forward to the much-anticipated reopening.

“I was a founding member of the resort’s management team during its formation and over the past four years have been proud to have played a key role in the success and development of the resort,” she said.

Joanne Walshe and the new General Manager at the Lough Erne Resort that will officially reopen on July 20th. (Photo – Thanks to Lough Erne Resort)

“This reopening date will be subject to official guidance from The NI Executive and clarification on the level of services that will be permitted.

“A new guest care and well-being ‘Promise’ has been created to give you confidence around social distancing and resort hygiene which will be implemented by our new ‘Guest Care and Well-Being Team’.

“We will continue to keep you updated going forward on the resort reopening and proposed timelines for the reintroduction of our various services.


“Whether you are planning to visit the resort for your Summer holiday or a leisure break sometime in the future, myself and team members are ready to welcome you with the warm Fermanagh hospitality you’ve come to expect.”

I know first-hand what Joanne is saying having enjoyed the great pleasure of visiting Lough Erne on two occasions and enjoying each and every minute of the visits.

The first visit was the first Sunday in May 2010.  We tackled the Nick Faldo designed championship course on Sunday 2nd May and afterwards enjoyed the excitement of watching TV coverage of Rory McIlroy, and then attached to Lough Erne, go out a shoot a course record 62 to win a first PGA Tour event with his four-shot victory over Phil Mickelson at the now-named Wells Fargo Championship.

In the superb surrounds of the Lough Erne Resort that night was Rory’s father, Gerry who I had met for a first occasion in early 2009 when McIlory captured a first European Tour at the Omega Dubai Desert Classic in Dubai.

Gerry’s clear delight and obvious pride that night within the surrounds of the Lough Erne Resort is something that I will long remember.

Our second visit to Lough Erne was this time 12 months ago and it was good friend John McLaughlin at North & West Coast Links who very kindly arranged a superb visit where we played both the Faldo course and, for a first time, the

Castle Hume course that has proudly hosted 10 Ulster PGA Championships.

A decade on from our inaugural Lough Erne visit, it was great to see how much the Faldo course had matured and given on our first visit the course had only just turned one year old.

Also, it was a delight on this return trip to really appreciate more of what the resort offers including sitting down in the superb atmosphere of the Loughside Bar & Grill for a wonderful meal as the sun was setting over the Lough.  And if there is one item on the menu I would single out as truly mouth-watering at that is the 8oz Rib-Eye of Lisdergan Irish Beef.

From the warm welcome upon arrival, the challenge of two great golf courses along with the luxury and comfort makes Lough Erne a true Emerald Isle gem.

In conclusion, wishing Joanne and everyone at Lough Erne the brightest of reopening’s.

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