Donegal publicans were celebrating after four of their pubs took home awards last night(11th October 2018) as the Irish Pub Awards North East region winners were announced in The Squealing Pig, The Diamond, Monaghan Town. All nine winners will now go forward to the final of the National Pub Awards at the RDS Concert Hall in Dublin 4 on Wednesday 21st November when the National Category Winners and the overall Irish Pub of the Year will be announced.

L to R: Romina Serban, Musgrave Marketplace, Paul O’Neill, The Glyde Inn, Annagassan, Co. Louth and Padraic McGann, VFI President – Best Food Pub

The winners in the North East Region are:

Glencar Inn, Glencar SC, Circular Road, Letterkenny, Co Donegal – Innovative Pub of the Year sponsored by Bank of Ireland Payment Acceptance

The Warehouse Bar & Kitchen, Upper Main Street, Letterkenny, Co Donegal – Best Music Pub sponsored by IMRO

The Singing Pub, Atlantic Drive, Downings, Co Donegal – Best Tourist Pub sponsored by Molson Coors

The Neptune, Main Street, Blackrock, Dundalk, Co Louth – Best Outdoor Space sponsored by Bulmers

PJ O’Hare’s, The Anchor Bar, Carlingford, Cooley Peninsula, Co Louth – Outstanding Customer Service sponsored by Heineken

Barlow’s Railway Tavern, Dublin Road, Drogheda, Co Louth – Best Local Pub sponsored by Diageo

Sister Sara’s, Port Road; Gortlea, Letterkenny, Co Donegal – Best Newcomer sponsored by Hennessy

The Glyde Inn, Main Street, Annagassan, Castlebellingham, Co Louth – Best Food sponsored by Musgrave MarketPlace

Bryan McKiernan, The Keepers Arms, Bridge Street, Bawnboy, Ballyconnell, Co Cavan – Pub Personality of the Year sponsored by Irish Distillers, Pernod Ricard

The Irish Pub Awards are jointly presented by the Vintners Federation of Ireland (VFI) and the Licenced Vintners Association of Ireland (LVA).  A series of seven regional events take place around Ireland between 11th September and 11th October to announce 63 finalists throughout seven regions.

L to R: Robin Smyth, IMRO, Val Hanley, VFI on behalf of The Warehouse Bar & Kitchen, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal and Padraic McGann, VFI President – Best Music Pub

L to R: Colm O’Gorman, Molson Coors, Mairead O’Connell, The Singing Pub, Downings, Co. Donegal and Padraic McGann, VFI President – Best Tourist Pub

L to R: Craig McAllister, Heineken, Michael Heaney, PJ O’Hare’s Carlingford, Co. Louth, and Padraic McGann, VFI President – Outstanding Customer Service

L to R: Keith Browne of Bank of Ireland Payment Acceptance, Martin Gibbons, The Glencar Inn, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal and Padraic McGann, VFI President – Innovative Pub of the Year

L to R: Tony Redden, Bulmers, Paddy Brereton, VFI on behalf of The Neptune Bar, Blackrock, Dundalk, Co. Louth and Padraic McGann, VFI President – Best Outdoor Space

L to R: Ciaran Reilly, Diageo, Paul Moore, Barlow’s Railway Tavern, Drogheda, Co. Louth and Padraic McGann, VFI President – Best Local Pub

L to R: Gary Mitchell, Hennessy, Ciaran Brogan, Peter Courtney, Sister Sara’s, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal, Padraic McGann, VFI President and Frank Duff, Sister Sara’s – Best Newcomer

L to R: Dessie Woods, Irish Distillers Pernod Ricard, Bryan and Sheila McKiernan, The Keepers Arms, Bawnboy, Co. Cavan and Padraic McGann, VFI President – Pub Personality of the Year