The Connect Kerry Hospitality Awards was welcomed back to a fantastic night of fun and connecting with the industry, people from the industry all over Kerry descended on Ballyroe Heights hotel on Monday November 27th to celebrate the hospitality industry in style. Josie O Callaghan of Listowel Arms and Cliff House Hotel Ballybunion received the lifetime Achievement while TJ O Connor MTU was entered into the Hall of Fame for his service and support to the industry.
Many others were honoured on the night and a full list is available here. Full selection of photos of the night will be released later this week and in the December issue of Connect online.
We would like to thank our sponsors K+A Cleaning Services, South Kerry Skillnet, Sean Kissane Meats, Rural Food Skillnet, Tralee Bay Wetlands, Expose Design, John Walsh Photo, John Drummey Communications, Kellihers Toyota, Hairworks Hair and Beauty., and all who supported us with our charity raffle and in any way through the night.
Guests were treated to a delicious meal created by the expert team at Ballyroe Heights and after the award ceremony they danced the night away to the sounds of DJ, Sean Crowley. We hope you enjoyed the night as much as we did, we thank you for working with us through the journey to Monday night and wish all of you a very busy and enjoyable festive season and look forward to seeing you all again very soon.
The Connect Kerry Lifetime Achievement Award-
JOSIE O CALLAGHAN LISTOWEL ARMS HOTEL.
Hall of Fame Award for Connect Kerry Hospitality Awards 2023
TJ O CONNOR
Connect Kerry Bartender of the year –
MARGO PETERS MEADOWLANDS HOTEL
Connect Kerry Restaurant server of the year
PHILOMENA LEE GLENEAGLE HOTEL
Connect Kerry Receptionist of the year –
HONOR ENRIGHT MANOR WEST HOTEL
Connect Kerry Accommodation Department Person of the year-
RENATA LATA BALLYSEEDE CASTLE
Connect Kerry Concierge/Porter of the year.
BRENDAN HARTNETT AGHADOE HEIGHTS HOTEL
The Connect Kerry overall Customer service award-
CARMEL MCKENNA LISTOWEL ARMS
The Connect Kerry Chef of the year in association with Dingle Cookery School. –
LAURA BURKE ASHE HOTEL TRALEE
The Connect Kerry Luxury Hotel of the year.
MUCKROSS PARK HOTEL KILLARNEY
Connect Kerry Best Bar Food Experience in Association with Sean Kissane Meats-
THE MOORINGS PORTMAGEE
The Connect Kerry Tourist bar of the year.
JM REIDYS KILLARNEY
Connect Kerry Best Coach/ Tour Operator in association with Kerry Executive Travel. –
O SHEAS BUS TOURS
The connect Kerry Live Music Venue of the year-
Connect Kerry Restaurant Manager of the year in association with Kellihers Toyota-
AINE LYNCH THE OYSTER TAVERN
The Connect Kerry One to Watch –
ANNES COFFEE BAR CAMP
Connect Kerry Best Community Festival – in association with Grassroots Music-
TRALEE FOOD FESTIVAL
The Connect Kerry Team of the year
Connect Kerry Best Tourist/ Visitor Attraction in Association with Tralee Bay Wetlands and Ecology Centre. –
CRAG CAVES CASTLEISLAND
The Connect Kerry Specialist in Chosen area of the industry.
WILLIE AND JULIE LOONIE, THE MOORINGS PORTMAGEE
Connect Kerry Best Fine Dining Experience
THE YEW TREE AT MUCKROSS PARK HOTEL
The Connect Kerry Family Business of the year
MICHAEL O CONNOR THE GREEN ROOM CASTLEGREGORY
Connect Kerry Hotel Manager of the year in association with K+A Cleaning Services
KARENA O SULLIVAN THE GLENBEIGH HOTEL
The Connect Kerry Gastro Pub Experience
KIRBYS BROGUE INN
Connect Kerry Best Caravan-Camping Provider
VALENTIA CARAVAN AND CAMPING PARK
The Connect Kerry Best newcomer award-
TRALEE BAY EXPERIENCE FENIT
Connect Kerry Best Takeaway.
MJ’S DINER AND TAKEAWAY TRALEE
The Connect Kerry Social Media award
KENMARE BAY HOTEL
. Connect Kerry Marketing Executive In association with South Kerry Skillnet-
AISLING FOLEY THE ROSE HOTEL
The Connect Kerry years of Service to chosen area of Industry Award
EILEEN LYNCH LISTOWEL ARMS
Connect Kerry Wedding Manager of the year in association with Expose Design-
AMANDA O CONNOR BALLYGARRY ESTATE AND SPA
The Connect Kerry best Family Dining Experience
GALLYS BAR AND RESTAURANT TRALEE
Connect Kerry Restaurant of the year
KITTY O SE’S KILLARNEY
The Connect Kerry best Sunday Lunch experience
THE BRASSERIE AT BALLYGARRY ESTATE AND SPA
Connect Kerry Best Café, In association with Lakeside Café at Tralee Bay Wetlands.
LYNCHS CAFÉ AND BAKERY LISTOWEL
The Connect Kerry Rising Star Award
ALISON O SULLIVAN KILLARNEY PARK HOTEL
Connect Kerry Best Hotel Spa in association with Hairworks Hair and Beauty.
EASANNA SPA AT SHEENFALLS HOTEL
The Connect Kerry best cocktail experience.
IGOR KRNO, MACCAFREYS AT SEAN OGS TRALEE
Connect Kerry Best Casual Dining. In association with Connect Kerry Training and Events.
THE SMUGGLERS INN WATERVILLE
The connect Kerry Best Hotel Bar
DOTTS BAR AT THE ROSE HOTEL
Connect Kery Publican of the year in association with John Drummey Communications
TOM MCCARTHY CASTLEISLAND
The Connect Kerry Unsung Hero of the industry award
Connect Kerry Bar of the year. In association with Celebration Entertainment and events.
JIMMY O BRIENS BAR KILLARNEY
The Connect Kerry People’s Choice
PETER MURPHY AT THE ROSE HOTEL
Connect Kerry Hotel of the year in association with Rural Food Skillnet.
KILLARNEY PARK HOTEL
The Connect Kerry Editor’s Choice –
THE TANKARD BAR AND RESTAURANT TRALEE
Connect Kerry Best Wedding venue in association with John Walsh Wedding Photography.