PHOTOS: Glamour From The Connect Kerry Hospitality Awards (Part 1)

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Kirby’s Brogue Inn’s Fiona Kirby, Brid O’Grady, Noreen O’Mahony, Lucasz Rusak, Ciara Ward and Kathleen Hoey at the Connect Kerry Hospitality Awards at Ballygarry House Hotel on Tuesday night. Photo by Dermot Crean

THERE were winners galore at the inaugural Connect Kerry Hospitality Awards last night at Ballygarry House Hotel.

The lavish black-tie affair was attended by over 230 guests who enjoyed a fantastic meal and wonderful entertainment, despite the bad news from the budget earlier about the VAT increase for the hospitality sector.

The awards celebrated and recognized the enormous talent among the thriving industry in the county as well as the businesses they work for.

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MC Brian Hurley proved a superb host as always and the winners were announced in 20 categories, voted for by the public and a panel of judges, as the night progressed. There were also many honorary awards announced (in red below).

Hotels, bars and restaurants from all over the county were represented and they sure dressed for the occasion as evinced by our photos below. Among the Tralee winners were Kirby’s Brogue Inn, Croí Restaurant, Ballygarry House Hotel, The Rose Hotel, The Ashe Hotel, The Imperial Hotel, Ballyseedy Garden Centre and the Oyster Tavern.

And the winners are…

• Bartender of the Year in association with Pogues Irish Whiskey – Michael Murphy, The Grand Hotel

• The Connect Kerry Overall Customer Service Award — Caroline Twomey, Dingle Bay Hotel 

• Restaurant Server of the Year in association with EF Signs – Noreen O’Mahony, Kirby’s  Brogue Inn

• The Connect Kerry Finest Five Star Hotel — Dunloe Hotel And Gardens

• Receptionist of the Year in association with South Kerry Skillnet – Annette O’Leary Scotts Hotel

• The Connect Kerry Editor’s Choice — Natalie Badar, Heights Hotel Killarney

• Marketing Executive, in association with Laura Hartnett Design — Miriam Ferriter, Skellig Hotel 

• The Connect Kerry Team of the year – The Brehon Hotel

• Concierge /Porter in association with Kuleana Training and Consultancy — Stephen O’Callaghan, The Rose Hotel

• The Connect Kerry Years of Service to Chosen Field – Seamus O’Connor, Meadowlands Hotel.

• Best Chef in association with Just Cooking Cookery School — Noel Keane, Croi Restaurant

• The Connect Kerry Best Tourist Bar of the Year — The Moorings Bar,  Portmagee

• Accommodation Assistant in association with Kerry College of Further Education – Betty Tracey, The Gleneagle Hotel

• The Connect Kerry Best Live Music Venue — Mike the Pies, Listowel

• Hotel Manager of the Year in association with Connect Kerry Business Club — Derek Carroll, The Imperial Hotel Tralee

• The Connect Kerry One to Watch — Gorka Arietta, Sua Basque Fusion

• Wedding Manager in association with Video DJ Kerry – Madeline Doyle, The Rose Hotel Tralee

• The Connect Kerry Specialist in Chosen Field — The Ugly Mug Cafe

• Restaurant Manager in association with Connect Kerry Business Club – Sarah Carey, The Ashe Hotel

• The Connect Kerry Best Gastro Pub – Colgans Bar, Muckross Park Hotel

• Best Café, in association with The Culinary Gangsters — The Café at Ballyseedy

• The Connect Kerry Social Media Award – The Ashe Hotel

• Best Bar Food experience in association with Sean Kissane Meats –The West End Feint

• The Connect Kerry Reader’s Choice Award – Kenmare Bay Hotel 

• Best Fine Dining,  in association with Ballygarry House Hotel – The Castle Lough Restaurant The Lake hotel Killarney 

• The Connect Kerry Family Business of the Year award — Dan O’Keeffe, The West End

• Best Casual Dining in association with Kerry Motor Works – Kirby’s Brogue Inn

• The Connect Kerry Best Family Dining Experience – Maher’s Windmill Café 

• Publican of the Year in association with John Drummey Communications – Jim McGrath, The Oyster Tavern

• The Connect Kerry Best Home Cooking Experience — The Grand Hotel

• Bar of the Year in association with Whitely Neil Gin – JM Reidy’s Bar, Killarney

• The Connect Kerry Best Cocktail Experience — Café du Parc

• Hotel of the Year in association with Hotel.agency.ie — The Rose Hotel Tralee

• The Connect Kerry Best New Establishment — Wild Café Tralee

• Restaurant of the Year in association with Big Handsome Media — Croi Restaurant Tralee

• The Connect Kerry Best Boutique Hotel experience — Sea Lodge Waterville.

• Best Hotel Spa in association with the Sanctuary Beauty Academy — Nadúr at Ballygarry House Hotel

• The Connect Kerry Best Hotel Bar — O Donoghue’s Bar at the Towers Hotel.

• Best Wedding Venue in association with John Walsh Wedding Photography – Ballygarry House Hotel

• The Connect Kerry Rising Star Award – Daragh Lynch The Rose Hotel

• The Connect Kerry People’s Choice — Fiona Kirby

• The Connect Kerry Lifetime Achievement Award — Patrick O’Donoghue, Gleneagle Hotel Killarney.

Carmel, Padraig and Pearl McGillicuddy at the Connect Kerry Hospitality Awards at Ballygarry House Hotel on Tuesday night. Photo by Dermot Crean

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Grace O’Donnell of GoKerry, John Harty of Taste Kerry and Maeve McGrath of Kerry Film Festival at the Connect Kerry Hospitality Awards at Ballygarry House Hotel on Tuesday night. Photo by Dermot Crean

Miriam Ferriter, Dingle Skellig Hotel, Aisling Flahive and Caroline Clancy of the Dingle Benner’s Hotel at the Connect Kerry Hospitality Awards at Ballygarry House Hotel on Tuesday night. Photo by Dermot Crean

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John, Laura, Rebecca and Betty Treacy at the Connect Kerry Hospitality Awards at Ballygarry House Hotel on Tuesday night. Photo by Dermot Crean

Justyna Oblakowska and Alina Leontjeva at the Connect Kerry Hospitality Awards at Ballygarry House Hotel on Tuesday night. Photo by Dermot Crean

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Stephen and Sharon O’Callaghan at the Connect Kerry Hospitality Awards at Ballygarry House Hotel on Tuesday night. Photo by Dermot Crean

Manon Trocme and Carl Puech of Maison Gourmet at the Connect Kerry Hospitality Awards at Ballygarry House Hotel on Tuesday night. Photo by Dermot Crean

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Liz O’Sullivan and Betty Treacy at the Connect Kerry Hospitality Awards at Ballygarry House Hotel on Tuesday night. Photo by Dermot Crean

Eoin O’Connell, Chris McGillycuddy, Stephen O’Donoghue and Michael Cunningham at the Connect Kerry Hospitality Awards at Ballygarry House Hotel on Tuesday night. Photo by Dermot Crean

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Eddie and Caroline Twomey at the Connect Kerry Hospitality Awards at Ballygarry House Hotel on Tuesday night. Photo by Dermot Crean

Jackie and Jason Clifford at The Dunloe Hotel and Gardens at the Connect Kerry Hospitality Awards at Ballygarry House Hotel on Tuesday night. Photo by Dermot Crean

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Susan Farrelly and Pat Turner at the Connect Kerry Hospitality Awards at Ballygarry House Hotel on Tuesday night. Photo by Dermot Crean

Viktorja Ziauberiene, Naomi McDonnell and Catherine Doolan at the Connect Kerry Hospitality Awards at Ballygarry House Hotel on Tuesday night. Photo by Dermot Crean

Zena Lennon, Georgina Brosnan, Martina Ryan Murphy, Derek Gibson and Emer Hardiman at the Connect Kerry Hospitality Awards at Ballygarry House Hotel on Tuesday night. Photo by Dermot Crean

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