Housing Details at Kilkea Castle - Ireland
2024 AESC Annual Meeting

 Updated 3.21.2024

The American Eye Study Club welcomes you to County Kildare in Ireland and the Kilkea Castle and Golf Resort!

This year, housing will be handled differently from past meetings.  Since we are "buying out" the entire castle and all of the sleeping rooms, accommodations will be assigned internally.  The preferences and needs of each member will be provided on a housing request form, and then the Club administrative office (primarily Kathy Paul) will match those needs with the most appropriate accommodation.  Please review the details for accommodation choices and other important information below.



  • Meeting Dates:   Arrivals on Sunday, July 28; departures Friday, August 2, 2024
  • Club Housing Policies -- Please make note of these important procedures and policies.
  • Overview Schedule for the week (PDF file)
    • Note -- the last event of the conference is on Thursday evening with Friday departures.
  • Housing Request Form (fillable PDF document)
    • Complete the information requested on this form.  The Club will then match available accommodations to your preferences and needs as best we can.  In late March or early April, room assignments will be announced.  The form has a place where you can provide any additional information or special requests.  
    • At the top of the form, you will see three "buttons" . . .
      • "Submit" will send the completed form to Rich Paul using your default email application
      • "Print" allows you to print out the form at your location
      • "Save as" allows you to save the completed form to a different file name (we suggest using your own name in the file name) which can be attached to an email message.
    • Housing Deposit - online payment 
      • NOTE:  We cannot process your housing request without the form and the deposit

Be sure to submit both the deposit (either $250  or $450) AND the Housing Request FormThis will be two separate steps.

Room Types, Descriptions and Rates 

PLEASE NOTE . . .  We have completed the Castle Bedroom lottery, and those rooms are now assigned.  We are working on room assignments now for the Carriage and Lodge rooms.  We expect to have that process completed in the next couple of weeks.  Members will receive a message from the AESC office with details.

Room Type Description Price per night
(quoted in US Dollars)

Castle Bedrooms



The bedrooms located in the 12th Century Castle are uniquely designed, each with marble bathrooms. Although founded in 1180, the Kilkea Castle does have an elevator for your convenience. Note: Castle rooms will be assigned by lottery. If you are not selected, Carriage rooms would be the next choice.
Bed options include: SuperKing, SuperKing/Twin and Queen.

Virtual Tour (note - each Castle room is unique)



Note - $450 deposit in order to to participate in the lottery

Carriage Bedrooms

Newly refurbished Carriage Rooms are located within the courtyard of Kilkea Castle.  Rooms are modern in style, complete with a marble bathroom.  Some “connecting” rooms are available, and several have a private outside entrance. Bed options include SuperKing/Twin, King and Queen. Most rooms accommodate a roll-away bed.

Virtual Tour


The Lodges - Suites and
Single Rooms


The Lodges offer flexible accommodations, ranging from a full 3-bedroom suite with a living room and kitchen area to individual single rooms. Suites have a patio area, and guests in the upstairs bedrooms enjoy a private balcony. Single rooms can be combined into one reservation. Lodges overlook the golf course with the Historic Kilkea Castle as a backdrop.
Bed options are SuperKing/Twin, SuperKing, Queen and Twin; suites include a sleeper sofa.

Virtual Tour


Single bedroom: $245
1 bedroom suite: $340
2 bedroom suite: $580
3 bedroom suite: $825
3 bedroom suite
w/full kitchen: $825

All suites have a living room and kitchen facilities.

Some Lodge units have four bedrooms, but no living room or kitchen.


PLEASE NOTE . . . As is true for all groups who negotiate special discounted pricing for conference attendees, the American Eye Study Club has signed a contract with the Kilkea Castle.  Because of the special opportunities offered at the castle, we are buying out all of the accommodations, meaning AESC members and their families will be the only guests at the castle this week.  We anticipate being able to meet the expectations and needs of all members.  In the unlikely event that we "sell out," a waiting list will be established and "overflow" accommodations will be identified  By staying at Kilkea Castle, though, you help the Club to meet its obligations, plus you experience the camaraderie that is a significant part of being a member of the American Eye Study Club!

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Last Updated on Thursday, March 21, 2024 03:29 PM