There were smiles all around at the Ploughing Championships today, as the quiet heroes of the Irish tourism industry were honored for their long term commitment to Irish tourism, by cottages.com. The company is part of Wyndham Vacation Rentals, one of the largest holiday letting agencies in Europe, and is responsible for bringing tourists from Britain and further afield to Ireland for the past 25 years. Working with just over
DAVITT’S Restaurant & Bar in Kenmare has won a prestigious CIE Tours International Award of Excellence for 2015 for its lunches. The CIE Tours awards, which are in their 26th year, were announced at a ceremony in Dublin Castle recently.
THE Cork Convention Bureau (CCB) hosted the second annual #CorkNeedsYou Cork Conference Ambassadors Awards at the Vienna Woods Hotel recently. The prestigious ceremony paid special tribute to six category winning ambassadors who have helped secure in excess of €10 million for the local economy over the past 12 months and who were instrumental in bringing more than 13,000 delegates to Cork in the past year, 7,000 of whom were international
THE Clonakilty Community Bike Scheme launched last June was awarded the “Overall Best Community Project” at the annual Sustainable Energy Association of Ireland (SEAI) awards in Dublin last week. Tom O’ Donovan of O’ Donovan’s Hotel and Michael O’ Neill of Fernhill House Hotel accepted the award on behalf of the Bike Scheme in the presence of Brian McSwiney of Sustainable Clonakilty, who nominated the Bike Scheme for the award. Sustainable
CORK County Council has won the ‘Local Authority Engineering Initiative Award’ for the Clonakilty Wastewater Treatment Plant project. The Engineering Project of the Year winners were revealed at the sixth annual Engineers Ireland Excellence Awards, which featured a record number of entries this year, in a ceremony in Dublin.
RECENTLY at an awards night held in the Oriel House Hotel by the Irish Red Cross Cork Area, the Cork Volunteer of the Year was presented. This is an annual award present to members who give great commitment to the Red Cross, members are nominated by other members or their branch. The award is co-ordinated by the Cork city branch and the award is in memory of the late James
VOLUNTEER rescue diver John Kearney has been nominated for this year’s Volunteer Ireland Awards. John is one of four Cork nominees among the 30 exceptional volunteers have been shortlisted for this year’s awards from more than 300 nominations. All the nominees will be celebrated at a special ceremony in City Hall, Dublin on December 2nd.
C103’s Cork Today show, presented by Patricia Messinger for the past 25 years, has been nominated for a 2015 PPI National Radio Award in the Current Affairs category. The show made the grade for an emotionally charged discussion about care homes and workers in light of this year’s Aras Attracta scandal.
IRISH Atlantic Seafood Company (iASC) has become the first Irish company ever to win the seafood industry’s most prestigious award – the Prix d’Elite for world’s best seafood product line. The Cork-based seafood company scooped the award for its innovative line of West Cork developed shellfish butters at the Global Seafood Expo in Brussels, the world’s largest seafood event. The award-winning product range Something Fishy enhances fish dishes with a
by Stephen Johnson KENMARE won an All Ireland Pride of Place Award at a ceremony held in Ennis, Co. Clare last Saturday evening Kenmare won the award for the category of towns with a population of 1,500-4,000. The IPB Pride of Place competition, which began in 2003, focuses about people coming together to shape, change and improve daily lives in their communities. In presenting the trophy to group of Kenmare
JAMES Whyte from Lisavaird, Clonakilty was one of the recipients of the Irish Draught Horse Breeders Association National Awards 2013 held recently James received the Young Irish Draught Show Horse of The Year award for his yearling filly, Carrigrua The White Lady.
O’CONNOR’S Seafood Restaurant in Bantry has been named been shortlisted as a finalist for the Good Food Ireland Seafood Restaurant of the Year 2013. The finalists have been chosen by the Good Food Ireland Quality Assurance Panel throughout the year and by consumers who have voted online at www.goodfoodireland.ie.
MACROOM’S Castle Hotel has been named as Munster’s Best Hotel Carvery at the Grand Final of The Great Carvery Competition 2013. The prestigious awards, which are one of the largest in the country, are run on an annual basis by Unilever Food Solutions and are highly sought after by industry professionals. The Great Carvery Competition acknowledges Ireland and Northern Ireland’s love of carvery, recognising the very best pub and
by Stephen Johnson KENMARE residents and visitors partied long into the night on Monday (9th September) celebrating the Town’s recognition at Ireland’s Tidiest Small Town. Kenmare won the award in its category in the 2013 National SuperValu Tidy Towns Competition. The award carries with it a euro $5,000 prize.
DRINAGH Co-Op’s SPAR Skibbereen has beaten off competition from retailers nationwide to take home a Top of the Tree (TOTT) award for outstanding service and in-store offerings. The store owners were recently presented with the award at a special ceremony hosted by BWG Foods (owners and operators of the SPAR brand in Ireland).
MANAGER Aidan Cullinane and the Sodexo FM team at Colaiste Pobail Bantry in Cork played a vital role in the school winning first prize overall in the Leading Energy Saving Schools Awards (L.E.S.S.) following the significant energy savings they delivered through a holistic campaign tackling energy usage and improving waste management. The Awards are run by the Irish Vocational Educational Authority (IVEA) for all its schools in Ireland.
Heineken Ireland this week won a Cannes Lions Award at the 60th Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity, with the Murphy’s Stout ‘When it Rains it Pours’ campaign.
by Stephen Johnson THE Irish Restaurant Association has named the Castle Hotel in Macroom one of the top restaurants in Munster for 2013.
WEST Cork-based photographer Phil Pound acheived great success at the Irish Professional Photographers Association Awards Dinner held at the Wood Quay Venue, Dublin recently. Phil won the Irish Professional Photographers Association’s Best Single Image in Wildlife 2013 for his strking image of a gannet.
THE Clonakilty Methodist Church community has achieved a first in Ireland with the awarding of it’s second “Eco Congregation” award for reduction of carbon emissions, energy conservation and promoting awareness amongst its faithful on these environmental topics.
THE Bere Island Tidy Towns Committee collected their award for winning the Tidy Islands category in the 2012 Tidy Towns Competition at a ceremony in Killarney recently. It is the sixth consecutive year that Bere Island has won the award. Mr Jimmy Deenihan TD, Minister for Arts, Heritage & the Gaeltacht presented Bere Island with their award at a ceremony held at The Malton Hotel.
BANDON’S Graham Norton has been awarded the BAFTA for Best Entertainment Performance. The West Cork star was unable to accept the award in person at a star-studded ceremony in London as he was in Baku, Azerbaijan presenting the BBC’s coverage of the Eurovision Song Contest.
MONDAY morning was hectic at Caherbeg Free Range Pork in Rosscarbery as during production, everything was halted so that Willie Allshire could be inducted into the Fraternity, La Commanderie des Fins Goustiers du Duchy d’Alencon. It was a very special moment as it took place at home with just the family and employees present to view.
MACROOM’S Castle Hotel has beaten off stiff competition to be voted best family hotel by Trip Advisor this week in its annual Trip Advisor Travellers’ Family Hotel Choice Awards. The Castle Hotel was ranked within the top 25 hotels in Ireland in the “family” hotel award category by Trip Advisor and in January the hotel was ranked within the top twenty five hotels in Ireland in the “bargain” hotel award
WEST Muskerry AC’s Grainne Moynihan was presented with the Cork City Sports Athletics award on Friday, November 4th last at the River Lee Hotel for her outstanding achievements for the Month of June. Grainne was well deserving of this award after qualifying for the European Youth Olympics and winning several all Ireland titles in June.