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Testimonials

My husband and I were having a different sort of wedding, we were getting married in Dublin on a Thursday and having a small dinner for immediate family. Then, on the Saturday we wanted to throw a party for all our extended family and friends. We met with Cliodhna and explained our idea to her and she got it straight away. Ever since our first meeting she was a dream to deal with. Personable, funny, warm and so competent, nothing we asked seemed like too much trouble. Cliodhna and her team in Sol Y Sombra helped us turn our vague idea of a party into a thundering reality, and we all had an absolute blast! Instead of a sit down meal we decided to serve finger-food style tapas to guests. I was little anxious that maybe people wouldn't get enough to eat, but Cliodhna knows her business! She helped us choose the tapaps selection, offering a few suggestions re: best pairings of food etc. The food streamed out of the kitchen from 8pm and everyone guest was amazed by the service and quality. Quite a few told me it was the best wedding food they'd ever had! And it kept coming, we couldn't believe it, people had more than enough to eat! 2 of my friends are coeliacs and they were treated royally. Staff quietly asked me to point them out, and once they knew who they were, they receieved special attention and ate as well as all our other guests. We also had 6 children ranging in age in attendance, one with a severe nut allergy. Again., no problem for the staff in Sol Y Sombra! The poarty in Killoglin was truly one of the best night's of my life, and most of that is down to the talent, professionalism, skill and warmth of Cliodhna and her amazing staff. I can't recommend Sol Y Sombra enough, for any type of party. If you're having a Kerry Wedding, check them out! You and your guests won't be disappointed!

Grace & James via Weddings Online (October 2018)


We had our wedding ceremony and party in Sol Y Sombra in July of this year. It was without a doubt the best choice for us and exceeded our expectations. When we began the planning process with Cliodhna, we were overseas, as we were in the middle of a move back to Kerry. Cliodhna was so accommodating to us and we knew we were in good hands. Cliodhna's professional and friendly nature helped us feel at ease and she gave excellent, honest advice and direction. Cliodhna went above and beyond and even provided suggestions on other wedding services, such a band, celebrants, cake etc, as all this was very unknown to us, having just moved home. The packages on offer, are of excellent quality and caters for everything. Sol Y Sombra are very flexible with these packages as we did tweak and customize ours a little and caters to every budget. The venue is just perfect for a romantic and intimate ceremony and both my partner, I and our guests were in awe of how the venue was set up for the ceremony and afters. We had a total of 85 guests and they were all raving about the food quality and portion sizes. The staff were so friendly and professional, that it just added to the relaxed and stress free environment we wanted to create on the day. I really could not recommend Sol Y Sombra enough, I was so happy that I chose this as our venue and I did not have a single worry or concern during the whole process. Cliodhna was a pleasure to deal with and always contactable for a chat or advice, really going above and beyond for her brides and grooms.

Carol & Dave via Weddings Online  (July 2018)


We had our wedding and reception at Sol y Sombra this May on a beautiful summers day and we couldn't have asked for more. The entire experience was a dream from day one. Cliodhna and her team went above and beyond to help us make our day special and we wouldn't change a thing. The food, the venue and the atmosphere were all exactly what we were looking for. All of the feedback from the guests was that it was a really unique day. You genuinely felt like Cliodhna really wanted you to have a fantastic time and she did everything she could, to make that happen. Cliodhna listened very patiently to all of our requests in the run up to the wedding and she helped us bring them to reality. We couldn't give a higher recommendation.

Fionnuala & Andrew via Weddings Online (May 2018)


We held our wedding reception at Sol y Sombra in June this year and I can wholeheartedly say that choosing SyS was the best decision we made. Firstly, Cliodhna was really fantastic and nothing was a problem for her and her team. . We were treated like royalty. Cliodhna even went on a reconnaissance mission with me for photo opportunities. Secondly, the atomosphere at our wedding reception was truly electric. SyS is the most beautiful building and it has been lovingly restored. Finally, the food was really delicious. There were many “foodies” at our reception and all spoke of the very high quality of both the food and the wine. We are so happy that we choose this amazing place as our wedding venue and while having your reception in a converted church may not be traditional it gave us the best possible night we could have wished for.

John via tripadvisor


“We had our wedding at sol y sombra in July 14, both our humanist ceremony and reception after. We couldn't have been happier with how it all went. Gorgeous intimate setting. All of our guests loved the food and wine and the service was fantastic . Cliodhna and her team couldn't have been better- Cliodhna even took my sick nephew to the doctor during reception, AND managed to track down hubby's iPhone left in a taxi earlier, nothing was too much trouble!
The planning process was made as painless as possible with cliodhna s help and all of this was done by phone and email as we planned it all from Australia and only stepped into the venue for the first time a few days before the wedding.. It didn't dissapoint, truly great setting for a wedding. Highly recommend.”
Suzanne S via tripadvisor


“Held our wedding reception here in December - had a wonderful evening. First class food and entertainment in an exquisite setting. Could not recommend it highly enough. Staff were so helpful and service was first class - catered for 100 guests. What an amazing atmosphere.” - Kevin & Jeab, via tripadvsior


We recently celebrated our Wedding at Sol-y-Sombra . It was an absolutely amazing venue for our day. The building itself which was an old church is beautiful, retaining a lot on its original features, apex roof, stain glass windows, big old doors etc, while retaining the beautiful stone exterior. There’s a beautiful cobble stone walk, lined with flowers up to the entrance door from the main street.
When we first contacted Sol-Y-Sombra, Cliodhna the Manager, was personable, enthusiastic & helped us in organising all aspects of our wedding.
We went with the Tapas menu, made up of a selection of eight different style tapas, which were delicious and enjoyed by all. It was a great way to sample all the gorgeous tapas on offer. The food is prepared & cooked by a team of chefs & presented by waiters who take great care in what they do. They have a vast wine selection & full bar menu. Our guests were so impressed as were we, that we gave them a standing ovation at the end in appreciation of a wonderful meal.
If you’re looking for a meal with a difference with great atmosphere, look no further! Sol-y-Sombra offers great food, great wine and great ambiance in a cosy surround.
Or if like us you are considering an alternative venue for your Wedding Day you should go and take a look at Sol-y-Sombra, it is a hidden gem! -Barbara & John via tripadvisor


“Thank you, Cliodhna and all the staff at Sol y Sombra for all your help and efforts coming up to and on our wedding day. We were so impressed with the unique setting and the friendliness of everyone from our very first visit, that we knew we were making a great choice in where to hold our wedding.

It has to be said that nothing was too much trouble for you. You all made the day so special and we’ve heard nothing but positive feedback and compliments for the food and service our guests received on the day. We had a fantastic day from the beautiful ceremony to the drinks reception in Nicks to the delicious meal and then spending the night dancing. We will forever appreciate the hard work and energy that was put in by everyone in Sol y Sombra to make our wedding day surpass all our expectations.” - Regina & Sean