Irish Pub Awards announce Connaught Champions

Some of Connaught’s finest pubs are celebrating after coming out on top at the Irish Pub Awards 2017 regional final, which took place in Maxwell’s Bar, Claremorris, Co. Mayo  last night (Tuesday, 26th September 2017).  They will now go forward to the National Awards Ceremony on 8th November.

(l-r) Pat Crotty, President, VFI, Marie Mellett, Mellett’s Emporium, Swinford, Mayo, Best Local Pub winner, Connaught region, Patrick Finnegan, Diageo

The winners in the Connaught Region are::

Innovative Pub of the Year sponsored by Bank of Ireland Payment Acceptance: An Púcán, Galway

Best Music Pub sponsored by IMRO: Lowry’s Irish Music and Whiskey Bar, Galway

Best Tourist Pub sponsored by Molson Coors: Lowry’s Irish Music and Whiskey Bar, Galway

Best Outdoor Space sponsored by Bulmers:  An Púcán, Galway

Outstanding Customer Service sponsored by Heineken: John Keogh’s, The Lough Keeper, Galway

Best Local Pub sponsored by Diageo: Mellett’s Emporium, Swinford, Co Mayo

Best Food Pub sponsored by Musgrave MarketPlace: John Keogh’s, The Lough Keeper, Galway

Pub Personality of the Year sponsored by Irish Distillers, Pernod Ricard: Roy Clancy, Powers Thatch Pub, Oughterard, Galway.

The Irish Pub Awards are jointly presented by Vintners Federation of Ireland (VFI) and Licenced Vintners Association (LVA).  A series of seven regional events are taking place around the country between 18th September and 4th October to announce 56 finalists through all categories.

(l-r) Pat Crotty, President, VFI, Roy Clancy, Powers Thatch Pub, Oughterard, Galway, Pub Personality of the Year winner, Connaught region, Leo Nicholson, Irish Distillers Pernod Ricard

The objective of the Awards programme is to recognise and reward excellence and innovation across various categories in the Irish Pub Industry.  Entries closed on 30th June and judging took place during July and August.  The awards were presented by President of VFI, Pat Crotty and the category sponsors.

(l-r) Pat Crotty, President, VFI, Doug Leddin, An Púcán, Galway, Best Outdoor Space winner, Connaught region, Stephen Murphy, Bulmers

The National Irish Pub Awards are open to all members of VFI and LVA.  The 56 regional winners will be showcased as best in class in their area and will win a prize package of management training to help them progress their business further.  They will also avail of comprehensive media coverage including a profile in the special awards supplement which will be published in the Irish Independent on the day of the Gala Awards Ceremony to take place in RDS Concert Hall, Dublin 4 on Wednesday 8th November next.The overall category winners will also be featured by trade media partner Drinks Industry Ireland.

(l-r) Pat Crotty, President, VFI, Damien Joyce, Lowry’s Irish Music & Whiskey Bar, Galway, Best Music Pub winner, Connaught region, Tony McTigue, IMRO
(l-r), Pat Crotty, President, VFI, Doug Leddin, An Púcán, Galway, Innovative Pub of the Year winner, Connaught region, Ronan Raferty, BOIPA
‘Irish Pub Awards4’ (l-r) Pat Crotty, President, VFI, Damien Joyce, Lowry’s Irish Music & Whiskey Bar, Galway, Best Tourist Pub winner, Connaught region, Tommy Elliott, Molson Coors