The Irish Pub Awards Connuaght Regional finals were held in Maxwells Pub, Claremorris last night(2nd October 2018) with Gilroy’s Pub, Enniscrone, Co Sligo named Best Local. There were nine categories in total and 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: Padraic McGann, VFI President, Sean and Anne Gilroy, Gilroy’s Bar, Enniscrone, Co. Sligo and Patrick Finnegan, Diageo – Best Local

The winners in the Connaught Region are:

An Púcán, 11 Forster Street, Galway City – Innovative Pub of the Year sponsored by Bank of Ireland Payment Acceptance

The Quays Bar, Latin Quarter, Galway City – Best Music Pub sponsored by IMRO

Lowry’s Bar, Market Street, Clifden, Co Galway – Best Tourist Pub sponsored by Molson Coors

Carroll’s Bar, Dominick Street Lower, Galway City – Best Outdoor Space sponsored by Bulmers

John Keogh’s, The Lock Keeper, Upper Dominick Street, Galway City – Outstanding Customer Service sponsored by Heineken

Gilroy’s Pub, 4 Main Street, Enniscrone, Co. Sligo – Best Local Pub sponsored by Diageo

1520Bar, Quay Street, Galway City – Best Newcomer sponsored by Hennessy

The Oarsman, Bridge Street, Carrick-on-Shannon, Co. Leitrim – Best Food sponsored by Musgrave MarketPlace

John and Ann Nevin, Nevin’s Newfield Inn, Mulranny, Co Mayo – 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: Padraic McGann, VFI President, Seamus McGettigan, The Quay’s Bar, Galway City and Tony Tigue , IMRO – Best Music

L to R: Padraic McGann, VFI President, Damien Ryan, Lowry’s Irish Music & Whiskey Bar, Clifden, Co. Galway and Shirley Long, Molson Coors – Best Tourist Pub

L to R: Padraic McGann, VFI President, Matt Hall, John Keogh’s The Lock Keeper, Galway City and Gearóid Smith, Heineken – Outstanding Customer Service

L to R: Padraic McGann, VFI President, Kieran O’Malley, An Púcán, Galway City and Val Hanley, VFI (sponsored by BOIPA) – Innovative Pub of the Year

L to R: Padraic McGann, VFI President, Daragh Mullin, Carrolls Pub, Galway City and Eoin O’Gorman, Bulmers – Best Outdoor Space

L to R: Padraic McGann, VFI President, Ronan Maher, The Oarsman, Carrick-on-Shannon, Co. Leitrim and Darren Kendrick , Musgrave Marketplace – Best Food Pub

L to R: Padraic McGann, VFI President, Kieran O’Malley, 1520 Bar, Galway City and Brendan Lackan, Hennessy – Best Newcomer

L to R: and Padraic McGann, VFI President, Ann and John Nevin, Nevin’s Newfield Inn, Mulranny, Co Mayo and Ger Jennings, Irish Distillers Pernod Ricard – Pub Personality of the Year