Get your skates on and get to Ice Factor at the Carlton

Mayor Hildegarde Naughton with ice skating pro Brownell O'Connor at the opening of Ice Factor, the Christmas Ice Skating Rink at the the Carlton Hotel, Renmore. Photo:-Mike Shaughnessy

Mayor Hildegarde Naughton with ice skating pro Brownell O'Connor at the opening of Ice Factor, the Christmas Ice Skating Rink at the the Carlton Hotel, Renmore. Photo:-Mike Shaughnessy

Ice Factor has officially opened at the Carlton Hotel on the Dublin Road, Galway City.

The ice rink was officially opened by Mayor Of Galway Hildegarde Naughton and followed by an ice skating performance given by figure skaters Perry and Brownell O’Connor and their children Kristie, Courtney, and Jordie.

Brownell O’Connor recently won two ISU medals at the Adult International Figure Skating Competition in Germany in June. Along with daughter Courtney, she performed an ice skating exhibition piece each, which lasted five minutes. The family then gave assistance on the ice to the guests in attendance wanting to try their skills on the ice as well as skate demonstrating the various skills involved in figure skating. Apres Match star Barry Murphy was MC for the event which held in conjunction with Galway Chamber as a Business After Hours Event.

The Ice Factor’s covered rink will occupy 600 square metres at the front of the hotel. For those who do not want to skate and just wish to relax and watch the fun, the Christmas Café, which is open daily, offers a selection of festive foods such as Christmas cookies, gingerbread men and mince pies, pizzas, and a large choice of winter warmers such as mulled wine, speciality tea and coffee, and hot chocolate!

Santa will be visiting his grotto at the Christmas Café every Friday, Saturday and Sunday! Santa will of course have gifts for all the well-behaved children who visit him. Pre booking to visit Santa is essential.

There is a range of special packages designed to suit groups which is looking for a Christmas party with a difference and special discounts are available for sports and social clubs on request. For children and teens there are fun Ice Factor birthday parties, which will make every child the most popular kid in the class, with party games organised by the Friendly Fellows kids club. For the little or junior skaters there will be a separate rink for them to allow them the space and time they need to get to grips with this new sport.

Stay and Skate accommodation packages start from €130 and will give you the opportunity to get some Christmas shopping done in Galway, and skate and relax in comfortable hotel accommodation.

Car parking is free and is located in the underground car parking facility to the rear of the hotel for all visiting the ice skating rink, and there is a bus stop beside the hotel entrance with a regular bus route to and from the city centre.

Skating facilities will be provided at a cost of €15 per adult, €10 per child. There is a special opening offer of ‘buy one get one free’ for the first week of opening, so don’t delay get your skates on now! www.icefactor.ie Tel: 091 381291. Carlton Hotel Galway City, Dublin Road, Galway.

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