It’s hard to believe it’s coming up to 3 Months since we got married here in the ardboyne. 😮 now the dust has settled I just wanted to take time to write a review as it’s the least we could do given everything Jo, Katie and everyone in between did for us. Folks if you are considering booking your wedding here stop thinking and just go ahead and book it. Everyone went above and beyond for us and no stone was left unturned. We were made so relaxed coming up to the day and on the day we were treated like royalty. We have 4 kids who were well looked after and not to mention we have a son who has a severe egg and peanut allergy - Jo and the guys were so cautious with everything and took care of all the necessities to ensure he was safe and we were relaxed. ❤️🙂 the advice and recommendations we were given leading up to the wedding by Jo (as we wouldn’t know too much about that aspect) was very detailed and spot on. The food was simply amazing, so much so we were considering driving back over the weekend for some more 🙈😂we had a large group of family and friends who stayed over and Any request they had e.g ground floor room etc was met and all with a smile on their face. We are still absolutely astounded by how amazing the place looked and how well our kids and wedding party were treated. Everyone is still talking about the ardboyne and now one family member on each side is looking to book their wedding there too. From the receptionist to the bar staff and the cleaners, everyone was so polite and respectful and would go above and beyond for us all. Myself and my partner whole heartedly and very graciously want to thank you all for everything you did to ensure the day was as magical as it panned out to be. We will certainly not be strangers.
Mr and Mrs Mc Guinness, October 2019
From the first time meeting with Katie we knew we had made the right decision booking our wedding reception in the Ardboyne Hotel. Cannot thank you all enough for everything you have done for us .Our wedding was and always will be so memorable thanks to you all. Everything was amazing .We highly recommend 100% for other couples to have Ardboyne Hotel as their venue. A massive Thank you to Katie and Jo and every staff member ,It was a pleasure to have our wedding reception in your hotel. Our guests are still talking about our day. They all had a amazing time From the moment they arrived to hotel till they left. Absolutely beautiful Hotel, staff so friendly and helpful , We highly recommend this hotel for their fabulous service
Thank you All,
Jean Lynch & Christopher Smith , May 25th 2019
Don and i would like to thank the management and staff of the Ardboyne hotel from the bottom of our hearts for everything they did to make our big day on the 26/04/19 .We had the most amazing day from start to finish and that was also down to our wonderful wedding planners Katie and Jo .Everyone is still complementing us on the day .It was fantastic because the Ardboyne use all local suppliers .The professionalism of all the suppliers was second to none .Special shout out to Tanya .The flowers were just beautiful and she went beyond her call of duty in every capacity .Stop the clock had us rocking the dance floor .Bernie Kennelly’s cake was gorgeous .AKP chauffeur drive were great .The driver was just so warm and even took the time to help me with my dress .The food in the Ardboyne on the day was top class .Again we had a big wedding and its always a worry to get it right but it was spot on .We couldn’t have had a better venue ,a joy to work with .Everything was so easy .Would give the Ardboyne Hotel and their staff 100% and if anyone is thinking of getting married .Please consider this venue as you won’t be disappointed .Eimear and Don .
Eimear Bellew and Don Byrne, April 26th 2019
We got married in the Ardboyne on the 29th of March and it was absolutely perfect. We picked the hotel because we have been to so many weddings there and they were Always the best weddings. The staff are just brilliant especially Katie and Jo, they are so nice, so helpful, and nothing was ever a problem for them.They were always easy to contact if needed. The food just delicious and as always there was plenty to go round. The function room is the perfect size, and they have the best suppliers as part of their package so it really is stress free when you book your wedding with the Ardboyne. we highly recommend them and can’t thank them enough for making our day so special.
Dawn Maguire & Declan Brady, March 29th 2019
Att: Manager and Staff.
I would like to offer my congratulations and thanks for your excellent wedding reception last Friday for Emma and Kevin Reid. From the moment we as guests arrived for the day, we were all greeted by helpful and friendly staff. The food for our wedding meal was exceptional and the service was brilliant. A special word of thanks for Jo and her team for their professionalism,they removed all pressure from the bride and groom on such a stressful day. On behalf of Emma and Kevin Reid, the extended Dunne and Reid families and all their friends that attended this beautiful wedding day, thank you all so very much for this special day.
We had our wedding on the 28th of April this year in the ardboyne hotel. What can I say we had an amazing experience from beginning to end right through from booking to the big day. Jo and Katie were wonderful and so helpful from start to finish. Just always felt at ease when talking to them in the upcoming big day of our lives. On the day itself was magical experience, they just made our day more relaxing and felt at ease throughout, along with all the staff involved. Every gust we spoke to said it was an amazing and wonderful day at the hotel and that staff and food were amazing and so helpful at all times. So again to the ardboyne hotel we both wish to say thank you for a magical amazing day we will never forget 😍😍 Thank you
Suzanne and John Mc Grath - 28th April 2017
Overall we could not fault the experience of our wedding at the Ardboyne Hotel. From our initial booking to the big day. Jo and Katie were on hand to help with any queries we may have had and of course the all-important planning. Nothing was too much to ask of them and they worked tirelessly with us to help bring our vision to fruition. On the day itself, we would only have to think of something and Jo and her team would have it sorted before we even thought to ask. All of the staff were extremely friendly and personable and on hand to assist with anything required. The food was amazing and our guests couldn't stop raving about it, nor could we. Our guests were extremely impressed with the venue, food and staff. It had been asked of us a number of times what star the hotel was as some of our guests believed it to be a 4 star hotel due to the very high standards across the board. We do not have any negative input whatsoever about our wedding at the Ardboyne and would highly recommend this wedding venue for your special day.
Daniel Carey and Barry O Connell - 3rd August 2017
Everything was perfect from start to finish. But I have to say dealing with Jo the wedding coordinator from the beginning made it so easy. She is so good at her job the day just ran so smoothly we didn't have to think about a thing she had everything under control.
Nicola Coogan and Andrew Parsons - 14th July 2017
I cannot say enough about this hotel, we got married on the 7th July 2017 and it was magical from start to finish. Our wedding co-ordinators Katie and Jo where fantastic, they went above and beyond to make sure everything was perfect and two of the nicest woman you could meet. The hotel was just beautiful on the day and the food was outstanding. Every guest came back and said it was the best day ever and the food was beautiful. The package we got was next to none and exceptional value for money, and every supplier that came with the package were just simple amazing and lovely to deal with. Thank you so much to Katie and Joe and all the staff of the Ardboyne for making our day magical and I would have no hesitation recommending this hotel to any couple thinking of getting married there. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts. Ashling and Brendan
Ashling Whelan and Brendan Byrne, 7th July 2017
Absolutely everything, we couldn't fault one thing, from our meetings with Katie to all the staff we had dealings with on the day itself, everybody was brilliant...even all our guests commented on how great the hotel was!!!!!!!
Sonia Bird and Norman O’ Neill, 19th November 2016
"A fantastic day from start to finish!"
We had our wedding reception in the Ardboyne Hotel on the 2nd April 2016. We chose the hotel barely six months beforehand after meeting with Jo who was every bit the professional and flexible on our idea of our big day. During the planning process both Jo and Katie were always available via email or at the other end of the phone to offer advice, indeed often it was them contacting us to see if they could be of any help! The day itself went absolutely without a hitch, we couldn't have wished for more. Upon arrival to the hotel everything was perfect, with Jo meeting us and our guests enjoying refreshments. The food was fantastic and plentiful and many of our guests continue to compliment the chef! We danced the night away with Vertigo who were brilliant at keeping people on the dancefloor. The residents bar was a hit late into the night with no pressure from the hotel to finish up. We loved the honeymoon suite and ended up staying there for a second night. We enjoyed a delicious breakfast the next morning, where we loved re-living the highlights of the big day with our guests in lovely comfortable surroundings. So if you're looking for a great venue with a fantastic ballroom and beautiful grounds complete with friendly, experienced and committed staff then look no further than the Ardboyne - we did and now we have wonderful memories to cherish for the rest of our lives.
Mr & Mrs Conroy, 2nd April 2016
We would like to sincerely thank Katie, Jo and the entire staff at the Ardboyne Hotel for making our wedding day perfect.
We had an amazing day on 29th October 2015. Katie was fantastic in the lead up to the wedding, always at the end of the phone or email to answer any questions we had. Jo was brilliant on the day and made sure everything ran according to plan. The room was decorated beautifully and the food was delicious. Cannot recommend the Ardboyne highly enough for future weddings, they really do go the extra mile! Thank you all so much.
Noel & LeeAnn Nevin, 29th October 2015
A BIG thank you and all the team at Ardboyne for making my sister wedding amazing and a dream come true. All the team at the Ardboyne are an asset, especially Melissa and Alana in Kells bar! They made it a pleasure to be there and fell at home with all the comforts with the personal service that they provided for us.The wedding went exactly to plan and pain and stress free for our whole family including our Gran who is in her late 80's for this we are truly grateful. The Ardboyne Hotel itself was beautiful and not too far from the Airport and Town centre which again made our commuting easy. Please can you forward this e-mail/testimony to the general manager as we all feel The WHOLE of Ardboyne Hotel team should me commended on there outstanding services that they provided in making the Perfect weeding for my sister..... THANK YOU to all once again.
Saturday 23rd July 2016
From start to finish the girls in the Ardboyne couldn’t do enough. Being Honest we hadn’t really considered the Ardboyne as we didn’t really know much about it, especially with the rest of the soulless multi story corporate hotels clogging up the Google searches and Facebook. It was just by chance that I have played Rugby for years with Boyne RFC and knew there was a hotel next to Navan Rugby Club.
We had been to a few others and there was something impersonal about them, you kind of knew they were going through the motions to see their next clients. Both myself and Michelle work until around 6 so finding a Hotel Coordinator after this time midweek was quite difficult, most places required us to take time off work, not the Ardboyne. We arranged to call out for between 6.30 and 7 and were welcome with open arms. At the time there was an absolutely fantastic deal on which included alot of the things you forget about when planning a wedding. We knew it would probably expire but the Lady wrote it in the Diary and said she would guarantee the price. I work in customer service, so this had me won over straight away. We were brought to the room, undecorated we could picture how it would look, but even undecorated it’s a very nice size, especially for around 150 guests, and really nicely laid out. After this we were brought for a cup of tea and the Lady went through what we would need to do on the wedding and what not to forget, some excellent advice was given and we were very grateful. We decided in the car that we were going ahead with the hotel, it was that easy!
Roll on 2 years and in the mean time we were given a planner and the Hotel was in constant contact with us to make sure we were doing ok. We then mate Jo, what can you say about Jo, I suppose “professional” is the best term. This lady clearly had so much experience in this field as she was able to schedule the day pretty much on the spot, but not in a force full way, everything she said she backed up with a very logical explanation, which again put our minds at ease because naturally our heads were all over the place.
The day finally came, the car which was organised by the hotel arrived bang on time and got Michelle to the church with no hiccups whatsoever. After the ceremony we had planned on going straight to the hotel for photos, our photographer wanted to take a detour via Oldbridge, the driver dually obliged. When we arrived at the hotel, the driver had obviously rang ahead to let Jo know we were running a late, this was no hassle either, Jo rearranged some plans, and her experience really shone through. In the mean time our guests were loving the bar and lovely smoking area. We got our family shots taken in the garden, again picturesque and we were given all the privacy needed.
Then came the meal, what a meal, I mean... WHAT A MEAL. There was even second helpings. I’ve never seen my friends lick plates clean, and the service was simply sublime. I watched Jo instruct all the staff, it was like clockwork. There were quite a few young kids at the wedding and even they got the “A grade” treatment. There were so many compliments passed to us regarding the food and the way in which the day was run that we simply couldn’t write them down here. Next was the fun part, the band and the night, The dance floor was full all night, I noticed that the layout of the room does actually lend to this happening as there are no hidden tables, all the guests are sat in and around each other.
I’m sorry about this long review but I don’t think a simple paragraph would be enough to compliment the guys in the hotel, All of the staff went above and beyond and made this “Our Day”. I would recommend the Ardboyne to absolutely everybody and so would both of our families.
Shane & Michelle
Huge thank you to Jo, Katie and the entire staff at the Ardboyne for making our wedding day perfect. I just cannot recommend this hotel highly enough!!
We had an absolutely amazing day at our wedding here on Saturday 2nd April. From the first time we booked the hotel right up until we checked out after our wedding the service was second to none. Along the way we received all the help and support any couple planning their big day could ask for and more! Even the recommendations from the hotel were fantastic...we really could not have wished for anything more and are so grateful to everyone in the hotel for giving us such precious memories to cherish for the rest of our lives, thank you!
Sinead Smith & Adam Conroy, Wedding 02nd April 2016
To Jo, Katie and all of the staff at the Ardboyne hotel, We are back to real life and reality and wish we could turn back time to our wedding week. I can’t find the words to thank you and the team at the Ardboyne hotel enough for everything you did leading up to and on our wedding day it was magical! Everything was organised with such care and attention to every detail and nothing was over looked, everything exceeded both John and my expectations. The gardens were very beautiful and we have some fantastic photos. Please thank everyone who worked on our wedding. You and your team did a fantastic job!! Our guests said the wine and food was spectacular and plently of it, all the credit goes to you!
Love John & Rita Duddy XXX, Wedding: 02 Oct 2015
We got married last year September 23rd in the Ardboyne Navan.We can truly say we had a wonderful day. Beautiful wedding reception,Everyone commented on friendliness of staff,also how lovely the food was and plenty of it. Lovely gardens for photos ,sound was excellent. Joanne looked after us very well herself and Katie were lovely to deal with, would definitely recommend anyone to have their wedding at the Ardboyne Hotel. I checked many hotels ,not one of them compares in value for money.Everything was perfect! Many thanks Joanne, Katie and all the wonderful staff who made our day so memorable!
Evelyn Lynch & Joseph Curtis, Wedding: 23 Sep 2015
Myself and John, couldn't thank the Ardboyne hotel enough for all they Done for us they helped us have the most amazing day of our lives, family and friends had a great day they couldn't thank staff enough, a big thanks to jo and Kate and the rest of the team at the Ardboyne Hotel
Carol Rigney & John O’ Mara, Wedding: 26 Sep 2015
To Jo, Katie and all of the staff at the Ardboyne hotel, We cannot thank you all enough for the absolutely magnificent day you provided for us on the 27th June 2015. Everything was so organised and prepared, we were able to be completely stress free with all the help from staff. The food was beautiful and catered for all dietary requirements including myself as a vegetarian. Our photographer and videographer were able to capture beautiful images and moments in the garden area. The staff really catered to our needs, we had met with many other hotels but the Ardboyne hotel really listened to what we wanted and they were able to create the perfect day for both us and all our guests. We also used their ceremony room which was beautifully laid out on the day. I would highly recommend the Ardboyne hotel and their fantastic staff to anyone planning their wedding. We honestly cannot thank you all enough.
Nicole & Jody O’Neill
We got married here on 6 June 2015 and we would highly recommend the Ardboyne Hotel to all couples who are looking for that perfect day, from the minute we viewed the room we booked straight away, our wedding co-ordinator was Jo, she was absolutely fantastic, from the minute we booked she done everything for us, she really was amazing we were blessed to have her helping us plan our special day. We had all rooms booked in the hotel and guests were checked in as quick as can be, which was amazing with such a crowd, staff were brilliant and so nice and friendly. The food was absolutely delicious, no one could fault anything, there was most definitely no shortage, guests were so amazed when more was offered around, some even commented it was the best food they were ever handed at a wedding! We also had the privilege to have our photos taken in the amazing gardens at the back of the hotel, they are a perfect location for your wedding day photos and you do not even have to make that extra stop off on the way! These gardens are excellent for photos, Our album looks amazing with them. Once the band was ready to set up the hotel staff were so quick to move the tables to clear the dance floor and quickly turn the room around, even with just over 100 guests we didn't have to leave the room, which is amazing as most hotels you need to move all your guests out and sometimes this can disrupt the atmosphere. We really would strongly recommend Jo and all of the staff at the Ardboyne Hotel, they really make it so personal! We cannot wait to come back and see you all again soon.
Louise & Keith Carpenter xx, Wedding: 06 Jun 2015
Would like to say a massive thank you to Jo and the team for how well they looked after our wedding. There was nothing they couldn’t do for us. The only complaint our guests had was they were too full to have the second helpings that they were being offered. I can’t recommend the hotel highly enough for weddings. Cheers Jo and the team, you really made our wedding the perfect day
Michelle Martin & Shane Smith, Saturday 1st August 2015
Myself and my new husband Rhian would like to say a huge THANK YOU to all the staff in the Ardboyne Hotel especially Jo!! Jo was there for us whenever we had queries and helped us with anything we needed help with from the moment we booked the wedding right up until we checked out Sunday morning! We had our wedding here on Saturday and it truly was an amazing day from start to finish. All the guests were really impressed. The food was exceptional! The staff were so helpful and friendly!! I just cannot thank you enough for the excellent service and attention to detail that made our wedding day so special and memorable. I will be recommending this hotel in the future to my friends and family 😄 THANK YOU again 😊
Sarah McCabe & Rhian Crosby, Saturday 11th July 2015
We had our wedding here on July 10th and had a truly amazing day. Jo, Katie and the rest of the staff are absolutely brilliant and ensured all our guests were well looked after. The ceremony room and ballroom were beautifully decorated, and the dinner service was very efficient. Many of our guests commented on the huge portion sizes, and the attention to detail at the meal. There is a lovely garden to the back of the hotel which we used to take our photos. We had been in the hotel a few times and have had lunch, snacks and dinner. The food is always gorgeous. From the time we booked this hotel we received top class service. I can highly recommend the Ardboyne Hotel. We'll definitely be back!
Dee McDermott & Mark Regan
We Just wanted to say a massive thank you to all of your team there especially yourself, as you made our day brilliant, from start to finish everything was absolutely amazing, no one could flaw anything, everyone said it was fantastic, the staff were great and the food was amazing and plenty of it we were all stuffed :) it was so tasty. We will be recommending you to everyone we know as you truly are amazing! Thank you for everything you done for us leading up to and on the day. We hope our paths cross again some day.
Lots of love, Louise & Keith, Mr & Mrs Carpenter 6th June 2015
On behalf of my new husband and I we would really like to thank you all on a brilliant day .. yous could do absolutely nothing else to make our day perfect as yous had done everything. From the minute we booked out wedding in your hotel you were excellent. . I am advising every bride and groom out there looking to book your wedding yous have to take a look at this hotel they done everything for us and you couldn't work with nicer people .. I am delighted to have had the pleasure of having my wedding hear and will look forward to our 1st year anniversary there with yous ..
Mr&Mrs Kierans - 21st March 2015
Would like to say a massive thanks to Joe. .&...Katie. .and the staff at the ardboyne. .what a fantastic job they did to make our day so special every thing was amazing. ..from start..to finish ..so happy we picked your venue. .thanks mill
Brenda & Garvan Marley xx, Sunday 3rd May 2015
Thankyou so much to all the staff at the Ardboyne Hotel especially to Katie and Jo. Our wedding day was fantastic from the red carpet reception and pictures ina wonderful garden, to the beautiful meal and evening celebrations! Nothing was too much trouble&everything I asked for when both planning the day&the day itself was taken onboard&delivered amazingly! We look forward to visiting again soon xx
Mr & Mrs McLoughlin, Friday 17th April 2015
On behalf of my new husband and I we would really like to thank you all on a brilliant day .. you could do absolutely nothing else to make our day perfect as you had done everything. From the minute we booked out wedding in your hotel you were excellent. . I am advising every bride and groom out there looking to book your wedding you have to take a look at this hotel they done everything for us and you couldn't work with nicer people .. I am delighted to have had the pleasure of having my wedding hear and will look forward to our 1st year anniversary there with yous ..
Mr &Mrs Kierans, 21st March 2015
From the very beginning The Ardboyne Hotel staff were very professional warm and welcoming,nothing was to big or small they are a credit to the hotel. A very big thank you to Suzanne & Jo especially, The Boyne suite is fabulous and the food is amazing, all our guests had a great time and spoke highly of the meal & staff. I highly recommend the hotel, we had a ball and it was stress free which made our special day so enjoyable. Many Thanks again
Susan & Shane Keena, September 2014
We had our Wedding in the Ardboyne Hotel in August of this year. We were at our friends ‘wedding there the previous year and decided it was the venue for us. We chose to have a civil ceremony in the Tara Suite and the reception in the Boyne Suite. Our ceremony was very intimate, exactly what we were hoping for and the reception was beautifully laid out. Our meal was absolutely gorgeous with many of our guests complimenting it. We can’t thank the staff enough and Jo Kerins. She was absolutely brilliant from start to finish, going that extra mile to make our day more special. She is a credit to the Ardboyne Hotel and we would definitely recommend it to anyone for their special day, Thank you to all the staff for making our wedding day so memorable.
Niamh and Carl Owens, September 2014
My partner and I had our civil partnership in the Ardboyne last weekend, Jo Kerins and her team could not have done any more for us. Everyone was very impressed with the hotel and the level of service and the attention to detail. The room and the food were both excellent. We would highly recommend Jo and her team if you are considering any function in the area.
Keith and Eddie, March 2014
We would like to begin by thanking Michelle and all the staff in the Ardboyne Hotel for a wonderful day. We had the pleasure of getting married in the Ardboyne Hotel on the 19th of July this year. We booked our wedding in September 2012 and from we met Michelle and made our decision to book we were made feel so relaxed and at ease. We visited the hotel a lot in the months leading to our wedding and every visit just confirmed we had made the right choice. We had a civil ceremony in the Tara Suite which was very intimate with our family and friends. The weather was amazing so we were able to benefit from the beautiful garden for all of our photos on the day. Our reception was in the magnificent Boyne Suite. Our guests thought the day was beautiful; the comments we received from our guests regarding the atmosphere and service provided by the team in the Ardboyne have all been brilliant. We would without hesitation recommend the Ardboyne Hotel for any occasion especially a wedding! All our thanks and best wishes!
Paul & Suzanne Callaghan, July 2013
Myself and my husband got married in the Ardboyne hotel in July 2013. We booked the hotel a year before our wedding date after going to view it and meeting the lovely Michelle. Prior to our booking we felt it was important to try out the food and make sure it would be nice for us and our guests. We went to the restaurant and were hugely impressed with the food, The portions and also the service we received. Michelle is a great asset to the Ardboyne and looked after us from the day we booked right up to after our wedding. The reception staff could not have been any more helpful with booking guests into rooms and changing the room lists even at the last minute!! Our day could not have run any smoother from the minute we arrived to when we left the following day we could not pick a fault. The room was fantastic and all the arrangements lovely. The food was gorgeous and plentiful with the staff coming round with extra meat, veg and potatoes during the main meal. They even went above and beyond their duty by providing a birthday cake for my granddad with only a day’s notice. The rooms were clean and comfortable and all our guests enjoyed their stay. It really is a fantastic venue for a wedding and I would not hesitate to recommend it. They really cannot do enough for you. Thanks so much again to all the staff at the Ardboyne Hotel.
Avril and Mark Tougher, July 2013
Myself and my husband had our wedding in the Ardboyne on the 17th August 2013 and there is not enough words to express how much I love this hotel. Michelle and the staff, from the minute my husband arrived, were on hand with anything that was needed. We had our ceremony there and the room was perfect for the ceremony and again for the main reception. All our guests commented on how the staff could not do enough. The food was superb with seconds being offered. We had a few little hiccups throughout the day (nothing to do with the hotel) but they were on hand to help. If anyone is thinking of holding your wedding there, take my advice and book it. We stayed for the weekend and even the next day was brilliant. I wish I could do it all over again. Thanks again to Michelle and the team. You made our day truly perfect. Even though it rained we didn't care in the end!
Ellie & Michael Lynam, August 2013
My husband and I chose the Ardboyne Hotel to celebrate our wedding reception on the 9th August 2013. The service on the day was absolutely outstanding. Michelle and staff tended to every need of all our guests. The food was beautiful and the room was so well presented. It was exactly how I imagined my wedding to look. Special thanks have to go to Michelle who we can't thank enough. She understood what we wanted from our first meeting and delivered such a high standard on the day. A Huge thanks to all the management and staff for making our day so special.
Paul & Tara Keenan, August 2013
We had our wedding there on 30th August 2013, We both could not put it into words the high standards of service we received from Michelle and staff. All our guests spoke about it the next day. We would just like to thank all the staff for the amazing work and the kitchen staff for a fantastic meal. It was outstanding. If you are looking for you and your guests to be treated to the highest standards look no further than the Ardboyne. Thank you.
Clodagh & Robert, August 2013
My husband and I chose the Ardboyne Hotel for our wedding reception and it was the perfect venue. From the first day we met with Michelle she couldn't have done more for us. Our guests are still raving about the food, the room, the staff and the good deal it was to stay in the hotel including breakfast. I would recommend the hotel to anyone and my guests would also. Thanks again to the staff and especially Michelle for making our day so special!