Lawlor's Hotel in Naas has been in the heart of the community in Naas for over 100 years. Originally opened as the Nas Na Riogh Hotel by Brigid Lawlor in May 1913, the hotel was an extension of her already thriving Catering business.
Brigid had built a business that catered at the RDS Spring show, Horseshow, Punchestown, The Curragh and Galway Races. Her reputation was excellent and her business thrived. One part of the business that is still talked about was Lawlor's Ballroom, built on the former Mill House Lawlor's Ballroom was the first purpose-built ballroom with 18" springs under a Canadian Maple Floor that cemented the popularity of the Ballroom at a time when dancing was so popular. Talk to anyone of a certain age in Kildare, Wicklow, Carlow and Kilkenny and they will tell you about the dances they went to at Lawlor's Ballroom. Showbands and Ceili's, names like Joe Dolan and Red Hurley, Rock stars like Marianne Faithful and the Boomtown Rats all performed in Lawlor's Ballroom. Quite a diverse range of musical styles.
The hotel was a welcome resting place for travelling sales reps and business people, the Equestrian world was never far away with the hotel being located in the heart of Kildare. the Lawlor family were involved in steeplechasing and many a winning owner, trainer and Jockey have stayed at Lawlors before or during Naas Races, Punchestown and the Curragh. Brigid's team catered at all of these racecourses included Derby day at The Curragh. Today Lawlor's Hotel in Naas sponsors the Grace 1 Novice Hurdle at Naas Racecourse and we work closely with all of the local racecourses. Visitors to Goffs stay at the hotel as they know they are close to all of the after-sales action and can meet colleagues and competitors away from the hustle and bustle of the sales.
There is a great article from Kildare Library Titled "Last Dance before Lent" 100 years of Lawlors of Naas