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2018 Award Winners

  • James & Beryl Kearney and Gary O'Hanlon, Viewmount House, Longford, Co Longford
    James & Beryl Kearney and Gary O'Hanlon, Viewmount House, Longford, Co Longford
    Having quietly restored their lovely Longford property Viewmount House, and created its beautiful gardens over two decades, James and Beryl Kearney, opened VM Restaurant with Head Chef Gary O&rsqu ...
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    • The Twelve Hotel, Barna, Co Galway
      The Twelve Hotel, Barna, Co Galway
      As long as we have great independent hoteliers an important aspect of this country’s unique appeal will be in safe hands. We must treasure them, while we can. Fergus O’Halloran’ ...
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      • Dax Restaurant, Dublin 2
        Dax Restaurant, Dublin 2
        In a town where new restaurants are stealing the limelight every month it’s reassuring to know that some of the long-established gems - like this one, almost hidden from view and beloved by ...
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        • David McCann, Executive Head Chef, Dromoland Castle, Co Clare
          David McCann, Executive Head Chef, Dromoland Castle, Co Clare
          Casual dining may still be the big story but fine dining is far from dead - and, regardless of style, the restaurants that are performing best are those led by people like our long established Che ...
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          • The Bay Tree Bistro, Waterford, Co Waterford
            The Bay Tree Bistro, Waterford, Co Waterford
             “Just Ask!” is a public awareness campaign that aims to encourage consumers when eating out to look for information on where the food (particularly meat) on their plate comes fro ...
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            • St George's Terrace Restaurant, Carrick-on-Shannon, Co Leitrim
              St George's Terrace Restaurant, Carrick-on-Shannon, Co Leitrim
              Ireland’s inland waterways are nothing short of a national treasure yet, for most people, they’re very much an adventure waiting to happen. Since 1999 GCGuides has produced an independ ...
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              • Hooked, Galway, Co Galway
                Hooked, Galway, Co Galway
                Although we eat less fish at home than might be expected for an island nation, everybody – whether living in Ireland or just visiting - seems to love seafood when eating out, so it’s a ...
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                • Quinlan & Cooke Boutique Townhouse and Seafood Restaurant, Caherciveen, Co Kerry
                  Quinlan & Cooke Boutique Townhouse and Seafood Restaurant, Caherciveen, Co Kerry
                  What makes a great hospitality experience? Ireland is blessed with a generous sprinkling of those uniquely satisfying places where interesting and enriching surroundings combine with owners who ar ...
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                  • Tony Frisby, Earl of Thomond Restaurant, Dromoland Castle, Co Clare
                    Tony Frisby, Earl of Thomond Restaurant, Dromoland Castle, Co Clare
                    Time after time, visitor satisfaction surveys tell us the same story about the things people love about Ireland - everyone loves the wonderful scenery and the warmth and friendliness of the people ...
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                    • Tankardstown House, Slane, Co Meath
                      Tankardstown House, Slane, Co Meath
                      While other guides are focused solely on the leisure market, we have always taken the needs of business guests into account when making our selections. Business tourism is a fast developing sector ...
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                      • Green Man Wines, Dublin 6
                        Green Man Wines, Dublin 6
                        While craft beers and independent distilleries have been making all the headlines in recent years - and the best ones are very deserving of their success - they don’t replace that special re ...
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                        • Bar One, Castlebar, Co Mayo
                          Bar One, Castlebar, Co Mayo
                          While Irish pubs in general are going through a challenging time, the pub experience remains one of the highlights of a visit to this country for visitors from abroad, who love the unique atmosphe ...
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                          • Bullitt Hotel, Belfast
                            Bullitt Hotel, Belfast
                            This is always one of our most exciting awards … the ‘short list’ is anything but - and how could it be otherwise when the establishments under consideration are all fresh a ...
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                            • Amber Springs Hotel & Health Spa, Gorey, Co Wexford
                              Amber Springs Hotel & Health Spa, Gorey, Co Wexford
                               Family-friendliness is increasingly important in Irish hospitality and our Family Friendly award is more highly valued each year, as times change and people assume the whole family goes pret ...
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                              • Pupp, Dublin 8
                                Pupp, Dublin 8
                                In Ireland we lag way behind our UK neighbours when it comes to pet friendliness; if you google an area in Britain looking for somewhere to stay, chances are that pet friendly options will pop str ...
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                                • Castle Murray House Boutique Accommodation, Dunkineely, Co Donegal
                                  Castle Murray House Boutique Accommodation, Dunkineely, Co Donegal
                                  Everyone loves the idea of a hideaway, and this is one of our most popular awards. Whether it’s the establishments itself which offers that sense of privacy and seclusion, or its location, t ...
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                                  • The Boathouse Bistro, Dromquinna Manor, Kenmare, Co Kerry
                                    The Boathouse Bistro, Dromquinna Manor, Kenmare, Co Kerry
                                    Irish diners place a high premium on atmosphere – often rating it even above the quality of food when choosing where to eat out – but this restaurant, although certainly atmospheric, h ...
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                                    • Nightmarket, Dublin 6
                                      Nightmarket, Dublin 6
                                      There has been an ‘Ethnic Restaurant’ category in our awards since their inception in the early ‘90s. Originally interpreted as ‘oriental’, it now reflects the divers ...
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                                      • Noble, Holywood, Co Down
                                        Noble, Holywood, Co Down
                                        Our Casual Dining award aims to highlight the quality of (mainly) smaller establishments - ambitious restaurants with an informal style, and especially those serving outstanding daytime food. A g ...
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                                        • Cakeface Patisserie, Kilkenny, Co Kilkenny
                                          Cakeface Patisserie, Kilkenny, Co Kilkenny
                                          This award gives recognition to the best of those valuable all-day operations – usually small and owner-run – which not only lift the visitor’s spirits in a flash, but also the r ...
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                                          • Food Depot - Gourmet Street Kitchen, Clonakilty & Courtmacsherry Co Cork
                                            Food Depot - Gourmet Street Kitchen, Clonakilty & Courtmacsherry Co Cork
                                            Ireland has gone street food crazy lately and there’s some real quality popping up in food trucks and stalls in the most unlikely places, including industrial and business settings as well a ...
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                                            • Vasco, Fanore, Co Clare
                                              Vasco, Fanore, Co Clare
                                              The Guide has always championed the best of Irish produce. It’s the philosophy behind our food recommendations and the Natural Food Award has emphasised this for many years, by celebrating p ...
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                                              • Virginia Park Lodge, Virginia, Co Cavan
                                                Virginia Park Lodge, Virginia, Co Cavan
                                                You can’t beat a country house for a refreshing short break or to provide a atmospheric setting for special occasions - and this unusual place is a destination like no other. Beautifully lo ...
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                                                • The Old Bank House, Kinsale, Co Cork
                                                  The Old Bank House, Kinsale, Co Cork
                                                  The best Irish guesthouses are in a league of their own and have USPs that allow them to thrive regardless of the challenges of being sandwiched between competition from cheap B&Bs on the one ...
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                                                  • Muldowney's B&B, Arranmore Island, Co Donegal
                                                    Muldowney's B&B, Arranmore Island, Co Donegal
                                                    The true Irish B&B - where genuine hospitality combines with good, simple food and a desire for guests to be really comfortable and have the best possible experience of the area - is an absolu ...
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                                                    • Hillcrest Farm, Ahakista, Co Cork
                                                      Hillcrest Farm, Ahakista, Co Cork
                                                      The idea of a farm stay is heaven to many visitors to Ireland, and to families living in cities. Quality farm stays have huge potential in Ireland, as there is great - and growing - international ...
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