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The Brehon & Angsana Spa Killarney

The Brehon – the hotel with a story

By custom and culture, the Irish are a hospitable people. Visitors to Ireland happily testify to the warmth of our welcome. But not many realise it is a culture enshrined in ancient Irish law.

The Brehon Laws governed the ancient society of Erin in the days when an emerging Roman Empire sought to civilise mainland Europe. Under Brehon Law, it was an obligation to offer hospitality to anyone who happened upon your dwelling place. But few regarded it as an obligation; they felt it was a privilege to offer a roof, sustenance, warmth and a welcome.

As O’Donoghues, our ancestors were among the first to embrace The Brehon Laws and at our family-owned and operated hotel, we are proud to adhere to them still.

The Brehon, Killarney represents the pinnacle of our experience. It is the welcome that the O’Donoghue Family have extended for generations. Our management and staff are taught The Brehon Way programme to ensure that our Brehon Laws are still embraced and to enhance your customer experience.

The Story behind The Brehon Logo

The Salmon depicted in The Brehon logo represents the Salmon of Knowledge - from Irish Mythology. The story goes that the poet Fiegas spent seven years fishing for this salmon, because he knew if he caught it and ate its flesh he would have all the knowledge in the world. When he caught it he asked his young apprentice Fionn to cook it. As he cooked it Fionn burned his thumb and sucked it to relieve the pain. When Fionn gave the cooked fish to his boss, Fiegas saw from the light in Fionn's eyes that he had gained all the knowledge and wisdom of the salmon. Fionn later became the leader of the Fianna famed heros of Irish myth.

The Story of Danú

The pagan Celts believed that Danú (also known as Anú) was the earth goddess from whom all life emerged. She is considered the mother goddess of all Celtic gods and mother of Ireland’s original mythical inhabitants, the Túatha Dé Danaan, or fairy-folk. Danú embodied the earth, rivers and sea and she offered fertility, abundance, regeneration and nurturing.


About Angsana Spa
First Phuket, Maldives, Sri Lanka & now Killarney

Europe's Flag Ship Angsana Spa Killarney at The Brehon offers an extensive range of holistic, non-clinical treatments & massages to refresh & revitalise the Physical being.

The Angsana Spa offers an extensive range using Aromatherapy and a healing sense of touch, the Angsana Spa here at The Brehon is a sanctuary for the inner self.

All our Thai Therapists have been extensively trained at the Banyan Tree Academy in Phuket and have been part of The Brehon family since 2004 and have become ambassadors for our new spa experience in Ireland.


Awarded 'Readers Choice' at the 2010 Irish Tatler Spa awards, Angsana Spa is acclaimed as one of Ireland’s finest destination facilities.

Angsana Spa offers a calming atmosphere, professional service and superb facilities. We are delighted to announce that the Angsana spa was also awarded Best Couples Treatment in 2012.

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