Glitz glam and fun was the order of the night at the inaugural Connect Kerry Hospitality Awards at Ballygarry house hotel recently. Hoteliers, restauranteurs and staff from the industry arrived in style to celebrate a long season. Many were recognised for their different roles in the hotel and catering industry, with 20 category awards recognising restaurant and bar staff as well as best hotel dining and wedding venues. A number of honorary awards were given to worthy recipients and the 2 main awards on the night were the People’s choice which went to Fiona Kirby of the Brogue Inn and the Connect Kerry Lifetime achievement award which went to Patrick O Donoghue of the Gleneagle Hotel Group.
Guests were welcomed to an array of Whitely Neill Gins and champagne and this was followed by a delicious meal prepared by the chefs at Ballygarry, Brian Hurley MC kept the guests entertained through the ceremony and the band Celebration had people dancing the night away into the early hours. It was a wonderful night for the industry and we thank everyone for attending.