Killarney steals the show at hospitality Oscars

Emer Corridan, general manager, Cahernane House Hotel

THE Cahernane Country House Hotel in Killarney has been deemed the winner of the Ireland’s Best Country House and Guest House Experience at the Hotel & Catering Gold Medal Awards.

Considered the Oscars of the hospitality industry, the award was presented to general manager, Emer Corridan, at a gala awards ceremony, hosted by TV3 presenter Martin King, in the Lyrath Estate, Kilkenny last night.

The Europe Hotel and Resort in Killarney clinched the award for the Best Five Star Hotel Spa Experience while the Kingsley Hotel in Cork won the four-star equivalent.

Dunloe Hotel and Gardens: Ireland’s Best Designed Hotel

The Europe’s sister hotel, the plush five-star Dunloe Hotel and Gardens scooped the award for being Ireland’s Best Designed Hotel.

Other Kerry successes saw the Best Hotel Website award going to Ballyseede Castle in Tralee ­– which was also deemed the Favourite Place to Stay in Munster – while the Best Event Caterer award went to Brook Foods for its work at this year’s Rose Ball in Tralee.

Now celebrating 31 years, the Gold Medal Awards are the leading independent awards for the Irish hospitality industry and aim to recognise and celebrate the outstanding achievements of the hotel and catering sector throughout the country over the past twelve months.

Over a three-month period, the judges visit every property that entered before selecting their category and overall winners.

Other winners were:

Supreme Winner: Armada Hotel, Co Clare

Best Five Star Hotel:  InterContinental, Dublin

Best Four Star Hotel: River Lee, Cork

Best Five Star Resort: Ashford Castle, Co Mayo

Best Three Star Hotel: Eccles Hotel, Co Cork

Best Four Star Resort: Galgorm Spa and Golf Resort, Co Antrim

Best Hotel Breakfast: Savoy Hotel, Co Limerick

Best Family Friendly Hotel: Breaffy House Resort, Co Mayo

Best City Hotel: Conrad, Dublin

Best Business and Conference Hotel: Red Cow Moran Hotel, Dublin

Best Wedding Hotel: Armada Hotel, Co Clare

Best Pet Friendly Hotel: Castlemartyr Resort, Co Cork

Best Hotel Group: Maldron Hotels

Best Site Contract Caterer: Sodexo, Paypal, Dublin

Best Healthcare Caterer: Aramax, Mayo University Hospital

Best Fine Dining Hotel Restaurant: Lady Helen at Mount Juliet, Co Kilkenny

Best Casual Dining Experience: Garden Room at The Merrion, Co Dublin

Best Wine Experience: Ashford Castle, Co Mayo

Best Guest Experience: Dromoland Castle, Co Clare

Best Front of House Team: Armada Hotel, Co Clare

Chef of the Year: Paul Hynes, La Cote Seafood Restaurant, Co Wexford

Food Provenance Award: BrookLodge & McCreddin Village, Co Wicklow

Ireland’s Favourite Place to Stay: Castle Leslie Estate, Co Monaghan

Best Place to Stay in Connacht: Markree Castle, Co Sligo

Best Place to Stay in Leinster: Kelly’s Resort Hotel, Co Wexford

Best Place to Stay in Munster: Ballyseede Castle, Tralee

Best Place to Stay in Ulster: Castle Leslie Estate, Co Monaghan

Best Innovative Supplier: Excel Recruitment

Outstanding Service Award: Mark Nolan, Dromoland Castle Hotel, Co Clare

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