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2011 Award Winners

  • Johnny & Lucy Madden - Georgina Campbell Award 2011
    Johnny & Lucy Madden - Hilton Park, Clones, Co Monaghan
    “Our entry in the Guide sets the scene at Hilton Park, as follows: ‘Once described as a “capsule of social history” because of their collection of family portraits and ...
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    • Bill & Isabelle Kelly - Hotel of the Year 2011
      Kelly's Resort Hotel, Rosslare Strand, Co Wexford
       “Given their high level of constant and well-considered marketing, it would be impossible for anyone interested in travel in Ireland to be unaware of Bill and Isabelle Kelly’s ic ...
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      • Restaurant of the Year 2011 - Sallyanne Clarke L'Ecrivain
        L'Ecrivain - Dublin 2
         “Sallyanne and Derry Clarke’s landmark Dublin restaurant this year celebrated its 21st year by bucking the trend and adding an extra twenty covers to the dining area - the sleek ...
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        • Chef of the Year 2011 - Henry Stone of Sha Roe Bistro Clonegal County Carlow
          Henry Stone - Sha-Roe Bistro, Clonegal, Co Carlow
          The capital’s leading restaurants tend to hog the spotlight at awards and, while the size of the population means more top rank restaurants to choose from, excellence is no respecter of loca ...
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          • Pub of the Year 2011 - Joe Grogan and Hargadon Bros Sligo Co Sligo
            Hargadon Bros - Sligo Town Co Sligo
            “Much to the delight of its many fans, this famous and much-loved traditional bar in the north-west re-opened recently, following a long closure during which there was much speculation about ...
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            • Just Ask Restaurant of the Year 2011 - Harrys Bridgend County Donegal
              Harry's Bar & Restaurant - Bridgend Co Donegal
               “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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              • Natural Food Award 2011 - Boyles of Dromore County Down
                Boyles of Dromore - County Down
                This award recognises an individual or team, driven by a total commitment to using the very best of fresh, seasonal and mainly local foods – and preparing them simply and with style, to sho ...
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                • HIdeaway of the Year 2011 - Saratoga Lodge Templemore County Tipperary
                  Saratoga Lodge - Templemore, Co Tipperary
                   “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 it ...
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                  • TASTE OF THE WATERWAYS AWARD
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                    Taste of the Waterways Award - Keenans of Tarmonbarry County Roscommon
                    Keenan's of Tarmonbarry - Co Roscommon
                     The Taste of the Waterways Award was introduced two years ago and it brings a new element to the Guide’s selection, highlighting lovely and less-known watery parts of Ireland that are ...
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                    • Wine Award of the Year 2011 - Kellys Resort Hotel Rosslare Strand Co Wexford
                      Kelly's Resort Hotel - Rosslare Strand, Co Wexford
                      “ ‘Wow what a list!’ commented our usually circumspect Wine Award judge, when reading the wine list from Kelly’s Resort Hotel – and it comes with service to match too ...
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                      • Hosts of the Year Award - Neil & Noreen Harrington Virginias Guesthouse Kenmare Co Kerry
                        Neil & Noreen Harrington - Virginia's Guesthouse, Kenmare, Co Kerry
                         “Everybody loves Neil and Noreen Harrington’s guesthouse in the centre of Kenmare, and the main reason is Neil and Noreen themselves, and the loving care they devote to every asp ...
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                        • Business Hotel of the Year 2011 - Crowne Plaza Hotel Northwood Dublin
                          Crowne Plaza Northwood - Dublin
                           “A partner hotel to one of our previous winners in this category, Clontarf Castle, this is a much larger – and very much newer – property, but it shares some of the same qu ...
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                          • Family Friendly Hotel of the Year 2011 - Ballyvolane House Fermoy County Cork ireland
                            Ballyvolane House - Fermoy, Co Cork
                            Family-friendliness is increasingly important in Irish hospitality as more people prefer to choose the simplicity, relaxation and - if chosen wisely - better value, that airport-free home holidays ...
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                            • Ethnic Restaurant of the Year 2011 - China Sichuan Sandyford Dublin Ireland
                              China Sichuan - Sandyford Dublin
                               “This restaurant has been Ireland’s benchmark Chinese restaurant for two generations, and is a previous recipient of this award. It should in perhaps be named The Phoenix as, ...
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                              • Atmospheric Restaurant of the Year 2011 - lAtmosphere Waterford County Waterford Ireland
                                L'Atmosphere Restaurant - Waterford Co Waterford
                                 “Irish diners place a high premium on atmosphere – often rating it above even the quality of food when choosing where to eat out – but, as everyone familiar with past winne ...
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                                • Newcomer of the Year 2011 - The Fatted Calf Glasson County Westmeath Ireland
                                  The Fatted Calf - Glasson, Co Westmeath
                                  “What could be more appropriate than celebration of a promising new business? One of the surprising things about the last couple of years is the number of new openings there have been &n ...
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                                  • Country House of the Year 2011 - Marlfield House Gorey County Wexford Ireland
                                    Marlfield House - Gorey Co Wexford
                                    “With conspicuous consumption so seriously out of favour at the moment and every penny being counted by virtually everyone, it is particularly difficult for those hotels, restaurants and cou ...
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                                    • Guesthouse of the Year 2011 - Ivyleigh House Portlaoise County Laois Ireland
                                      Ivyleigh House - Portlaoise, Co Laois
                                       “This historic house was sympathetically renovated by the current owners, Jerry and Dinah Campion, before they opened it as a guesthouse in 1999 – and the wonderful thing about ...
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                                      • Farmhouse of the Year 2011 - Lough Bishop House Collinstown County Westmeath Ireland
                                        Lough Bishop House - Collinstown, Co Westmeath
                                         “A stay on a working farm is the dream for many people holidaying in Ireland and this one is a destination that would be hard to beat. In the beautiful rolling countryside and rich ...
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                                        • B&B of the Year 2011 - Carlingford House Carlingford County Louth Ireland
                                          Carlingford House - Carlingford, Co Louth
                                           “The Guide has a long memory and, when (generously) informed by one of our recommended establishments nearby that this house was re-opening after over a decade’s use as a private ...
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                                          • Casual Dining Award 2011 - Miss Courtney's Tea Rooms - Killarney County Kerry ireland
                                            Miss Courtney's Tea Rooms - Killarney, Co Kerry
                                            We introduced this award last year in order to highlight the best among the kind of informal, accessibly priced restaurants people drop into without booking; it could include café bars etc, ...
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                                            • Green Ireland Hospitality Award 2011 - Ballynahinch Castle Hotel Recess County Galway ireland
                                              Ballynahinch Castle Hotel - Recess, Co Galway
                                              The question of ecological damage caused by tourism has been taxing many a mind of late, and we at GC Guides are no exceptions. When requesting factual data from recommended establishments ove ...
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                                                • - NATIONAL WINNER Irish Breakfast Awards 2011 - National Winner - Ivyleigh House Portlaoise County Laois Ireland
                                                  Ivyleigh House - Portlaoise, Co Laois
                                                  The importance the Guide attaches to breakfast is no secret – of all the details that show the true philosophy guiding the way an establishment is run, breakfast is the most revealing. B ...
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                                                  • - Hotel Breakfast Irish Breakfast Awards 2011 - Hotel Winner - Kellys Resort hotel Rosslare Strand County Wexford Ireland
                                                    Kelly's Resort Hotel - Rosslare, Co Wexford
                                                     “Any hotel that offers alternative styles for breakfast – table service in the main restaurant set up with crisp linen, and a Sunshine buffet in a more casual family-friendly roo ...
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                                                    • - Farmhouse Breakfast Irish Breakfast Awards 2011 - Farmhouse Winner - Lough Bishop House Collinstown County Westmeath Ireland
                                                      Lough Bishop House - Collinstown, Co Westmeath
                                                       “How many hosts can offer fresh fruit and just-pressed apple juice from their own orchard at breakfast? When they are in season (late October/November), that’s just what you ...
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                                                      • - Guesthouse Breakfast Irish Breakfast Awards 2011 - Guesthouse Winner - Iveyleigh House Portlaoise County Laois Ireland
                                                        Ivyleigh House - Portlaoise, Co Laois
                                                         “No strangers to our breakfast awards – they won a regional award in 2002 – breakfast is always a treat at this fine Georgian townhouse, elegantly presented with fine bone ...
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                                                        • - B&B Breakfast Irish Breakfast Awards 2011 - B&B Winner - Carlingford House Carlingford County Louth ireland
                                                          Carlingford House - Carlingford, Co Louth
                                                           “All the best classical ingredients of the breakfast offering beloved by Irish people when on a break are here – the good choice of cereals, juices, fresh fruit and Greek yoghurt ...
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