Irish Pub Awards announce South West winners for 2018

Some of the finest pubs in the South West representing counties Limerick, Clare and Kerry are celebrating following their success at the 2018 Irish Pub Awards Regional Finals, which took place in Bobby Byrne’s Pub, 3 O’Connell Avenue, Limerick City yesterday evening (25th September 2018).  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: Ken O’Dea, Diageo, Padraig Murphy and Jessica Conneely, Murphy’s Bar, Brandon, Co. Kerry and Padraic McGann, VFI President – Best Local Pub

The winners in the South West Region are:

Celtic Whiskey Bar and Larder, 93 New Street, Killarney, Co. Kerry – Innovative Pub of the Year sponsored by Bank of Ireland Payment Acceptance

Dolan’s Pub, Alphonsus Street, Dock Road, Limerick City – Best Music Pub sponsored by IMRO

Durty Nelly’s, Bunratty, Co Clare – Best Tourist Pub sponsored by Molson Coors

Fanny O’Dea’s Pub, Lissycasey, Ennis, Co Clare – Best Outdoor Space sponsored by Bulmers

Hiway Bar and Restaurant, Nessan’s Road, Dooradoyle, Limerick City – Outstanding Customer Service sponsored by Heineken

Murphy’s Bar, Farran, Brandon, Co. Kerry – Best Local Pub sponsored by Diageo

1314 Thirteen Fourteen, Cecil Street, Limerick City – Best Newcomer sponsored by Hennessy

The Roadside Tavern, Rooska, Rathbaun, Lisdoonvarna, Co Clare – Best Food sponsored by Musgrave MarketPlace

Gary O’Donnell, Bailey’s Corner Bar, Castle Street, Tralee, Co. Kerry – Pub Personality of the Year sponsored by Irish Distillers, Pernod Ricard

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

L to R: Jim Fitzgerald, Heineken, Willie Stapleton, Tommy O’Sullivan, Hiway Bar & Restaurant, Dooradoyle, Limerick, Padraic McGann, VFI President and Kieran Kennedy, Hiway Bar – Outstanding Customer Service
L to R: Robin Smith, IMRO, Valerie and Mike Dolan, Dolan’s Pub, Limerick City and Padraic McGann, VFI President – Best Music Pub
L toR: Doug Murray, Bulmers, Val Hanley, VFI (on behalf of Fanny O’Dea’s, Lissycasey, Co. Clare) and Padraic McGann, VFI President – Best Outdoor Space
L to R: Richie McAulliffe, Molson Coors, Jerry O’Dea, VFI Limerick (on behalf of Durty Nelly’s, Bunratty, Co. Clare) and Padraic McGann, VFI President – Best Tourist Pub
L to R: Roy O’Connell, Musgrave Marketplace, Val Hanley, VFI (on behalf of The Roadside Tavern, Lisdoonvarna, Co. Clare) and Padraic McGann, VFI President – Best Food Pub
L to R: Tadhg Lynch, Hennessy, Will Morgan and Shane O’ Dwyer, 1314 (thirteen fourteen), Limerick City and Padraic McGann, VFI President – Best Newcomer
L to R: Lorcan Fitzsimmons, Irish Distillers Pernod Ricard, Garrett O’Donnell (on behalf of his uncle Gary O’Donnell), Bailey’s Bar, Tralee and Padraic McGann, VFI President – Pub Personality of the Year
L to R: Gary Walton, BOIPA, John Hogan, VFI (on behalf of Celtic Whiskey Bar & Larder, Killlarney, Co Kerry) and Padraic McGann, VFI President – Innovative Pub of the Year