It’s truly all hands on deck at Harvey’s Point this Christmas. From young to not so young, each family member has their role to play to ensure a memorable experience for each of our guests. Christina, aged 9 has told us that ‘she’ is hosting our welcome reception for residents on Christmas Eve. James, aged 10 has offered his services as bell boy and chief door opener for guests as they arrive. Our eldest son Carl, aged 12 is wondering if he will get paid more to help the chefs in the kitchen or serve out the mince pies.

My sister Eilis and her daughter Eva have been busy making Christmas puddings and preparing for the vast quantities of delicious scones and home-made apple tarts to be consumed over the coming days. Mickey (the Christmas tree in the photo 🙂 and Jo Jo will be busy keeping serving each guest their favourite tipple throughout the festive season.

Jody will take time out from his latest building projects to relax at home with his wife Renate, who also will ensure that Harvey the goose and our family of swans and ducks get an extra feed on Christmas morning.

Darling hubby Marc is cooking ‘our’ Christmas dinner at home this year thanks to Christopher, Sara and their super teams who will be looking after our guests. Me? – well I will be popping up all over the shop, welcoming new guests and meeting old friends who have been our guests for many years. I will lead our Christmas morning walks along the lake shore and into the forest. My favourite part of Christmas is organising the Annual Harvey’s Point Dog Show. It’s as competitive as ‘Crufts’ and there is always fun sipping hot toddy’s in the Stables Bar. This event is such a social occasion and many friendships have been made between guests over the years.



That’s snow not true! The kid in me loves the snow and I have fond childhood memories of sliding down hills on turf bags, using socks for gloves and not a care in the world. Roll on 2014 and a sprinkling of snow can mean chaos and cancellations. So will it be a white Christmas? It’s hard to know! Our Donegal weather man has been saying he is 99.9% sure it will snow on Christmas Day. Other sources are saying that the country is facing the coldest winter in more than 50 years due to a freak combination of weather elements. And then today, it’s as warm as a day in Spring!


Wishing everyone a magical Christmas & a sparkling New Year.








2 replies
  1. Eddie Mulligan says:

    I would like to wish you, Mark and the children a happy and joyful Christmas and the New Year brings you good fortune.

  2. R Sinton says:

    Thank you for your Christmas and New Year comments and E -Mails. We have been staying with you over the last 12-14 years for special events. Harveys is our special place, no where can come close, keep it up guys, we have recommended you to so many people. Happy New Year to you and all your hard working staff. Regards to all Reservation staff, who have looked after us so well over the years and to Nancy in the restaurant, well what can you say, but thankyou. Cheers


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