The Irish Hospitality Awards 2020 celebrate industry excellence

Creative Oceanic are delighted to announce the finalists of The Irish  Hospitality Awards.The event is honoured by Creative Oceanic but voted for by the Irish public. After a tremendous number of nominations received, the list with the top contenders has been complied.

The black-tie event will be held on Monday, April 6 at The Crowne Plaza Hotel Dublin Blanchardstown when thriving professionals will gather together for a memorable celebration of the champions that work hard for the industry.

The Irish Hospitality Awards aim to celebrate the dedication, skill and customer service of the professionals that work within establishments where excellence is standard. They also aim to acknowledge those who make a positive difference in this sector as well as the efforts that the experts put in ensuring their customers always receive top services and unforgettable experiences.

These awards acknowledge everyone who works hard to enhance the reputation of the country, from restaurants that serve delicious dishes to bars and clubs that keep Ireland alive at nights, shopping centres as well as museums and tourist attractions that promote and showcase the rich Irish heritage.

A Spokesperson for the Irish Hospitality Awards 2020 said: ”Working for the hospitality industry can be challenging at times and these awards aim to recognise those who have succeeded in this sector, despite the difficulties. There are people who have dedicated their whole career in making the country a special destination for visitors. It is time to give those professionals the recognition they deserve.

“The awards will provide a platform to thank and honour those who have contributed to making Ireland a friendly and welcoming place, enhancing the country’s reputation nationally and internationally. We would like to congratulate all the finalists for their nomination and wish them the best of luck.”

The finalists for the Irish Hospitality Awards 2020 are:

Family Venue of the Year

Aillwee Cave and Birds of Prey Centre (Ballyvaughan)

The Zone Activity Centre (Navan)

Wells House & Gardens (Ballyedmond)

Loughcrew Gardens (Oldcastle)

Skerries Mills (Skerries)

Island View Riding Stables (Grange)

Rainforest Adventure Golf (Dundrum)

Pirate Fun at Westport House (Westport)

Waterford Treasures Medieval Museum (Waterford)


Best Day Out

Dolphinwatch    (Carrigaholt)

Lough Boora Discovery Park (Boora)

The Natural History Museum (Dublin)

Tayto Park (Ashbourne)

Lough Key Forest & Activity Park (Boyle)

Atlantic Air Adventures Museum (Shannon)

Aillwee Cave and Birds of Prey Centre (Ballyvaughan)

Hook Lighthouse (Hook Head)

Arigna Mining Experience (Arigna)

Dublin Zoo (Dublin)


Outdoor Venue of the Year

Celtic Adventures (Clogherhead)

Garnish Island (Bantry Bay)

Mount Falcon Estate (Ballina)

Aillwee Cave and Birds of Prey Centre (Ballyvaughan)

Kia Ora Mini Farm (Gorey)

Tayto Park (Ashbourne)

Killary Sheep Farm (Connemara)

Turoe Pet Farm (Loughrea)

Rock Farm Slane (Slane)

Castlecomer Discovery Park (Drumgoole)


Tourist Attraction of the Year

The Irish Rock ‘n’ Roll Museum Experience (Dublin)

Lough Key Forest & Activity Park (Boyle)

The National Wax Museum Plus (Dublin)

Irish Museum of Modern Art (Dublin)

Aillwee Cave and Birds of Prey Centre (Ballyvaughan)

Arranmore Ferry (Burtonport)

Brú na Bóinne (Donore)

Slieve Liag Boat Tour (Teelin Harbour)

Bunratty Castle & Folk Park (Bunratty)

Tralee Bay Wetlands Tour (Tralee)


Sports Venue of the Year

Curragh Racecourse (Newbridge)

Aviva Stadium (Dublin)

Galway Racecourse (Galway)

Sport Ireland National Indoor Arena (Dublin)

Cork Racecourse (Mallow)

Gaelic Grounds (Limerick)

Cavan Swimming Pool and Leisure Complex (Cavan)

Tralee Sports Complex (Tralee)


Shopping Complex of the Year

Blanchardstown Centre (Blanchardstown)

Golden Island Shopping Centre (Athlone)

Merchants Quay Shopping Centre (Cork)

Dundrum Town Centre (Dublin)

OMNI Park Shopping Centre (Dublin)

Stephen’s Green Shopping Centre(Dublin)

WhiteWater Shopping Centre (Newbridge)

Nutgrove Shopping Centre (Dublin)

Clarehall Shopping Centre (Dublin)

Corbett Court Shopping Centre (Galway)


Live Entertainment Venue of the Year

Vicar Street (Dublin )

Monroe’s Live  (Galway)

Whelan’s (Dublin )

Brogans Bar & Guesthouse (Trim)

The Grand Social (Dublin )

Belvedere Irish Night (Dublin )

Griffin’s Bar Live Music Venue (Clifden)

Luker’s Bar, Restaurant & Live Music Venue (Shannonbridge)

The Well – Country Music Venue (Moate)


Best Irish Festival

Féile na Bealtaine (Dingle)

Westport Folk and Bluegrass Festival (Westport)

Listowel Writers’ Week (Listowel)

Galway International Arts Festival (Galway)

Cowboys and Heroes (Ballinamore)

Lisdoonvarna Matchmaking Festival (Lisdoonvarna)


Children’s Play Centre of the Year

The Playcentre  (Kingscourt)

Funky Monkeys Citywest (Dublin)

Playtown (Tullamore)

The Playcentre  (Trim)

The Ark Play Centre at Puddenhill  (Garristown)

Five Star Fun Activity Play Centre (Grange)

Tearaways Pet Farm & Activity Centre (Rathcabbin)

Play Barn (New Ross)

Dreamland (Limerick )

Go Kids Go! (Dublin)


Best Cinema Experience

Cineworld Cinema Dublin (Dublin)

IMC Dun Laoghaire (Dun Laoghaire)

Eclipse Cinemas Lifford-Strabane (Lifford)

Movies at Gorey Cinema (Gorey)

Irish Film Institute (Dublin)

Eye Cinema (Galway)

Movies@Dundrum (Dublin)

Carrick Cineplex  (Carrick-on-Shannon )

Light House Cinema (Dublin)


Best Entertaining Team

Damhsa Irish Dance and Music Entertainment (Donabate)

Peter Scully (Moate )

360 Entertainment (Dublin)

Really Grand Events – Childrens Entertainers(Malahide)

Irish Cultural Academy

Spotlight Events LTD (Cork)


Best Nightclub

Fusion Venue (Drogheda)

Encore Nightclub (Naas)

The Foundry Nightclub  (Carlow)

Palace Venue & Nightclub (Tullamore)

Lifestyle Date Club (Crossagalla)

Halo (Galway)

Palace Venue & Nightclub (Tullamore)

Tramline (Dublin)

Rockford’s Nite Club (Roscommon)

Lola Montez (Sligo)


Best Sports Bar

Sinnott’s Bar (Dublin)

The 51 Bar (Dublin)

The Living Room (Dublin)

Riley’s Tavern (Wexford)

McGettigan’s Galway (Galway)

Buskers On The Ball (Dublin)

Corkery’s Sports Bar (Killarney)

The Clubhouse Sports Bar (Drogheda)

Tolster’s Bar (Castlebar)

An Púcán (Galway)


Best Bar

Guiry’s Angler’s Bar (Foxford)

Peadar’s Bar (Moate)

The Leaping Salmon (Blackrock)

Sonny’s Bar (Glenties)

Mickalenes Bar (Ardara)

The Liquor Rooms (Dublin)

Farren’s Bar (Malin Head)

The Temple Bar (Dublin)

The Blind Pig (Dublin)

Dicey Reilly’s Pub (Ballyshannon)


Pub/Inn of the Year


The Reel Inn (Donegal )

Nancy’s Bar (Ardara)

The Pheasant Bar and Grill (Drogheda)

Mickalenes Bar (Ardara)

The Rusty Mackerel (Carrick)

The House Gastro Pub (Donegal )

The Bartender (Dundalk)

Glencar Inn (Letterkenny)



Malzards Bar And Pub (Stoneyford)

James Griffin Pub (Trim)

Butlers Pub (Mullingar)

Joe Lee’s Bar (Tullamore)

Kavanagh’s Naas (Naas)

The Village Inn Pub (Celbridge)

Marcie Regan’s Pub (Newtown)

Mary Barry’s Bar (Kilmore)



The Shamrock Bar (Claremorris)

Gus O’Connor’s Pub (Doolin)

The Crane Bar (Galway)

The Irish House Bar (Castlebar)

Rouse’s Bar (Ballina)

Guirys Bar (Foxford)

Dowling’s Pub (Athenry)

Matt Molloy’s (Westport)



The Stag’s Head  (Dublin)

Toners Pub (Dublin)

The Cobblestone (Dublin)

Lanigan’s Pub (Dublin)

The Celt Pub (Dublin)

John Kavanagh – The Gravediggers (Dublin)

McDaid’s (Dublin)

The 51 Bar (Dublin)



Mutton Lane Inn (Cork)

Dick Mack’s Pub (Kerry)

Henry Downes (Waterford)

The Hub (Waterford)

The Laurels Pub (Killarney)

The Thomond Bar (Cork)

Tom Barry’s (Cork)

The Dingle Pub (Dingle)


Boutique Hotel of the Year

Highfield House  (Trim)

Annebrook House Hotel (Mullingar)

Waterfront Hotel Dungloe (Dungloe)

The Village Hotel (Bettystown)

Blue Haven Hotel (Kinsale)

The Savoy Hotel (Limerick)

The Maritime Hotel (Bantry)

The House Hotel (Galway)

Dingle Benners Hotel (Dingle)

The Clink Boutique Hotel (Graigue)


City Hotel of the Year

Trinity City Hotel (Dublin)

Hayfield Manor Hotel (Cork)

The Glasshouse Hotel (Sligo)

The Westbury Hotel (Dublin)

Dublin Skylon Hotel (Dublin)

Granville Hotel  (Waterford)

The Imperial Hotel (Cork)

The Marker Hotel (Dublin)

The Westin Dublin (Dublin)

Galmont Hotel & Spa (Galway)


Resort Hotel of the Year

Dromoland Castle Hotel (Dromoland)

The Dunloe Hotel & Gardens (Beaufort)

Amber Springs Hotel & Health Spa (Gorey)

Parknasilla Resort & Spa (Parknasilla)

Waterford Castle Hotel & Golf Resort (Ballinakill)

Castlemartyr Resort  (Castlemartyr)

Powerscourt Hotel Resort and Spa (Powerscourt )

Luttrellstown Castle Resort (Castleknock)

Portmarnock Hotel And Golf Links (Portmarnock)

Hampton Hotel (Donnybrook)


Romantic Hotel of the Year

The Merrion Hotel  (Dublin)

Castle Leslie Estate (Glaslough)

Bunratty Castle Hotel (Bunratty)

Harvey’s Point Hotel (Donegal)

Ballynahinch Castle Hotel (Connemara Recess)

Clontarf Castle Hotel (Dublin)

Kilronan Castle Estate & Spa  (Ballyfarnon)

Breaffy House Resort (Castlebar)

Lough Eske Castle (Donegal)

Hayfield Manor Hotel (Cork)


Hotel of the Year
Annebrook House Hotel (Mullingar)

Silver Tassie Hotel (Letterkenny)

Waterfront Hotel Dungloe (Dungloe)

Great National Hotel Ballina (Ballina)

Radisson Blu Hotel (Athlone)

The Blue Haven (Kilcar)

Clanard Court Hotel (Athy)

Doonmore Hotel (Inishbofin)

The Heritage Killenard  (Portarlington)

Mulroy Woods Hotel (Milford)


Hotel Team of the Year

The Heritage Killenard (Portarlington)

The Village Hotel (Bettystown)

Great National Hotel Ballina (Ballina)

The Maritime Hotel (Bantry)

The Horse & Jockey Hotel (Thurles)

The Waterfront Hotel  (Dungloe)

Redcastle Hotel (Redcastle)

Generator Dublin (Dublin)

The Marker Hotel (Dublin)

Hayfield Manor Hotel (Cork)


Best Hotel General Manager

Bunratty Castle Hotel (Bunratty)

Great National Hotel Ballina (Ballina)

Coach House Hotel (Ballymote )

The Waterfront Hotel  (Dungloe)

Clayton Hotel Ballsbridge (Dublin)

Dromoland Castle Hotel (Dromoland)

Clontarf Castle Hotel (Dublin)

Trinity City Hotel (Dublin)


Best Caravan Site

Ferrybank Caravan & Camping Park (Wexford)

River Valley Holiday Park (Wicklow)

Adare Camping and Caravan Park (Adare)

North Beach Caravan Park (Rush)

Green Acres Caravan & Camping (Castlegregory)

Hidden Valley Holiday Park (Rathdrum)

Cong Camping, Caravan & Glamping Park (Lisloughrey)

Blarney Caravan and Camping Park (Blarney)

Woodlands Caravan & Camping Park (Tralee)

The Apple Camping and Caravan Park (Cahir)


Bed & Breakfast of the Year


Eagle’s Nest Bed and Breakfast (Lettermacaward)

The Gateway Lodge (Donegal Town)

Rosemount B&B ( Dundalk)

Fairlawns Bed & Breakfast (Dundalk)

Ocean Spray Bed & Breakfast (Kilcar)

Farnham House Bed and Breakfast (Drumavanagh)

Rivendell Bed and Breakfast (Rahulton)

Lakehouse B&B  (Carrickmacross)



Highfield House  (Trim )

Birchdale House Bed and Breakfast (Rathdrum)

Cloncarlin Farm House Bed and Breakfast (Monasterevin)

Knightsbrook Bed and Breakfast (Trim)

Avlon House Bed & Breakfast (Carlow)

Orchard Grove B&B (Bagenalstown)

Glen Na Smole  (Wicklow)

Riverfield Farmhouse B&B (Gorey)



McCarthy’s B&B (Clonmel)

Ben View House (Clifden)

By The Sea B&B (Larass)

Rocksberry Bed & Breakfast (Castlebar)

Ashfield Bed & Breakfast (Kenmare)

Cartron House Farm (Ballinakill)

Marnic House B&B (Ballyhaunis)

Leim Siar Bed & Breakfast (Blacksod)



Oaklodge Bed and Breakfast (Dublin)

Rathview House Bed & Breakfast (Swords)

Ferry House Bed & Breakfast (Dublin)

Rose Cottage (Swords)

Durban Residence (Dublin)

Andorra Bed And Breakfast (Dublin)

Donnybrook Hall (Dublin)

Portobello B&B (Dublin)



The Old Bank B&B (Bruff)

Rathaspeck Manor B&B  (Rathaspeck)

Harbour House (Gorey)

Ardmore Bed & Breakfast (Ardmore)

Shandon Bells B&B (Cork)

Creedons B&B   (Cork)

Gallows View B&B (Bunratty)

Hazelbrook B&B (Waterford)


Casual Dining Restaurant 


Smugglers Creek Inn  (Rossnowlagh)

BLAS  (Donegal )

Fusion Bistro Killybegs   (Killybegs)

Market House Restaurant (Diamond)

Honeypot Coffee House  (Letterkenny)

Johnny’s Ranch (Ramelton)

The Olde Post Inn (Cloverhill)



The Holy Grail Wexford (Wexford)

The Ballymore Inn (Ballymore Eustace)

Poppy Fields Cafe (Athlone)

The Kitchen @ Gorey (Gorey)

Granuaile (Kinnegad)

Room8  (Navan)

Crean’s Place (Kilcullen)

The Bog Road(Portlaoise)


Flannerys Bar and Bistro (Ballinrobe)

House of Plates  (Castlebar)

Kai Restaurant   (Galway)

The Tavern Bar & Restaurant (Westport)

Loam Restaurant (Galway)

The Venue Bar and Restaurant  (Strandhill)

The Quay Street Kitchen (Galway)

Henrys Bar & Restaurant (Cashelgarran)



Brasserie Sixty6  (Dublin)

Bleecker Street Cafe Bar (Dublin)

Green 19 (Dublin)

Keshk Cafe (Dublin)

The Vintage Kitchen (Dublin)

Las Tapas De Lola (Dublin)

Elephant & Castle Temple Bar (Dublin)

Old Music Shop Restaurant (Dublin)



Freddy’s Bistro  (Limerick)

BeachCove Café (Waterville)

White Rabbit Bar & BBQ (Cork)

Pigalle Bar & Kitchen (Cork)

The Horse & Jockey Hotel  (Thurles)

Weeping Thaiger Restaurant (Carlow)

Kilcannon House (Cappagh)

Momo Restaurant (Waterford)


Best Family Dining Restaurant

Flicks Bar & Restaurant  (Oldcastle)

The Kitchen (Trim)

Jumbo’s Family Restaurant (Listowel)

The Pizza Bros (Castlebar)

Blas Restaurant & The Gateway Lodge (Donegal )

Farmer Browns (Rathmines)

Denjoes American Style (Castleisland)

Hillbilly’s Family Restaurants (Dublin)

Scoozi   (Cork)

Lemon Leaf Cafe (Kinsale)


Restaurant of the Year


Oak Room Restaurant    (Cavan)

Yellow Pepper   (Letterkenny)

Chandpur Indian Restaurant (Donegal)

Olde Castle Bar & Red Hugh’s Restaurant (Donegal)

Barduccis Restaurant (Cavan)

The Batch Loaf  (Monaghan)

People’s Restaurant (Cavan)

Tuscany Restaurant (Tirkeenan)



Room8 Cafe (Navan)

Franzinis (Trim)

Tuar Ard Coffee Shop & Restaurant (Moate)

Old House Restaurant at Annebrook House Hotel (Mullingar)

Cinnamon Garden (Ashbourne)

Inside Out (Slane)

TwoCooks Restaurant & Wine Bar (Sallins)

All Seasons Restaurant (Newbridge)



The Driftwood   (Rosses Point)

Pullman Restaurant at the Glenlo Abbey Hotel & Estate (Galway)

Oxtail Kitchen (Balla)

Milano  (Ennis)

Shells Café (Strandhill)

Eala Bhan (Abbeyquarter North)

White Gables Restaurant (Moycullen)

Le Petit Pois (Galway)



The Salmon Leap Inn (Dublin)

Salamanca Tapas Bar & Restaurant  (Dublin)

I Monelli Authentic Italian(Dublin)

Mr Fox  (Dublin)

Dax Restaurant (Dublin)

Mulberry Garden (Dublin)

Keshk Café (Dublin)

Bloom Brasserie (Dublin)


Goldbergs Bar and Kitchen (Cork)

Cafe Velo (Cork)

Milano (Limerick)

Quinlans Seafood Bar Cork (Cork)

Market Lane (Cork)

Il Pomo Doro Tralee Restaurant (Tralee)

The French Table Restaurant (Limerick)

The Roast House (Tralee)


Best Restaurant Team

Blas Restaurant & The Gateway Lodge (Donegal )

Chandpur Indian Restaurant (Donegal)

Pullman Restaurant at the Glenlo Abbey Hotel & Estate (Galway)

Coach House Hotel (Ballymote )

Milano (Limerick)

Keshk Café (Dublin)

Goldbergs Bar and Kitchen (Cork)

Shells Café (Strandhill)

The Salmon Leap Inn (Dublin)

All Seasons Restaurant (Newbridge)


Cater Of The Year

Lovin Catering   (Dublin)

Lishh Catering    (Cork)

Derg Catering    (Bodyke)

Appetite Catering (Dublin)

Knights Catering (Sandyford)

Green Olive Catering (Galway)

Uisneach Catering (Mullingar)

Masterchefs Hospitality (Limerick)

Catering 365 (Naas)

Brown Box Catering (Celbridge)


Best Dining Experience

1826 Adare (Blackabbey)

Pilgrims (Rosscarbery)

Kai Restaurant   (Galway)

BANG Restaurant  (Dublin)

Flannerys Bar and Bistro (Ballinrobe)

The Rusty Mackerel (Carrick)

McNean House & Restaurant (Blacklion)

McSwiggans Restaurant (Galway)

An Port Mór Restaurant (Westport)

Cornstore Restaurant    (Limerick)


Best Golf Club

Tralee Golf Club (Ardfert)

Dingle Golf Club (Ballyferriter)

Druids Glen Hotel & Golf Resort (Newtownmountkennedy)

The Island Golf Club (Donabate)

The European Club (Brittas Bay)

Lahinch Golf Club (Lahinch)

Killarney Golf & Fishing Club (Killarney)

Galway Bay Golf Resort (Oranmore)

Portmarnock Golf Club  (Portmarnock)

Headfort Golf Club (Kells)


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