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  • Ireland’s Largest Heritage Trail Launched in Wexford | Irish Hotels Federation
    the way they are being presented to visitors in this new initiative This heritage trail should be a great success in persuading overseas and domestic visitors to come and visit this county which is rich in history and beauty The key thing now is to market this on the internet and internationally and to persuade tour operators to include it on their itineraries The trail was collaborated under a programme designed by Wexford Local Development following an intensive three month training programme which brought the heritage attractions together to plan and design the formation of the Trail offering Commenting at the trail launch Chairperson of the Wexford Heritage Trail Jacqui Hynes said This initiative has been a great success and we are delighted to be launching Ireland s largest Heritage Trail here in Wexford This trail spans the entire county and really has something to offer to those hugely interested in history and also to families and children looking for a fun day out We are very much looking forward to welcoming additional new visitors to our county to explore the heritage of Wexford It is believed the Wexford Heritage Trail is the largest trail of its type in Ireland The trail is a diverse offering with surprises waiting around every turn from the mountains to the sea mainland to islands the trail will lead locals and visitors alike to castles and battlefields churches and abbeys historic towns and villages great houses and gardens windmills and forts to Ireland s National Heritage Park and the National 1798 Rebellion Centre Trail followers can explore the world s oldest lighthouse Ireland s biggest open air museum and its most famous Famine Ship the ancestral homestead of President Kennedy or discover a landscape rich in biodiversity from unique coastal habitats to the famous

    Original URL path: http://www.ihf.ie/content/ireland%E2%80%99s-largest-heritage-trail-launched-wexford (2016-02-07)
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  • Dromoland Castle continues 50 years celebrations with Launch of “Nostalgic Tasting Menu” from 1963 | Irish Hotels Federation
    Birthday Celebrations at Dromoland Castle an eight course Nostalgic Tasting Menu accompanied by fine wine pairings has been specially created by Executive Chef David McCann Restaurant Manager Tony Frisby David has been leading the Kitchens in Dromoland since 1995 David s style is based on a firm classical base acquired from David s training in some of London s top establishments Speaking at the launch of the 50th Celebration Nostalgic Tasting Menu David McCann said This nostalgic tasting menu project has been so much fun especially with my classical background and Tony s experience In 1963 some of the ingredients were not available in Ireland and were substituted to keep up with food fashions of that time It s nice to look back and reflect we have just gone a step further I do hope you can enjoy our interpretation of Dromoland s 1963 menu fare The Menu was extensively researched by the team at Dromoland Castle which included searching through the menu archives of the hotel from the mid 1960 s Whilst culinary fads have come and gone over the years the style of cooking at 5 star level in 1963 was firmly classical but with modern influences starting to appear This was the result of Paul Bocuse being honoured in 1961 with the title of Meilleur Ouvrier de France or first Ambassador of Modern French Cuisine The 5 star Dromoland Castle has seen many distinguished guests come through its doors over the last 50 years including President Bill Clinton and First Lady Hillary Clinton President George W Bush and First Lady Laura Bush President Nelson Mandela Chinese President Xi Jingping The Beatles Mohammad Ali and Colin Farrell The Castle is also delighted to hosts many local national and overseas guests twelve months of the year for afternoon tea

    Original URL path: http://www.ihf.ie/content/dromoland-castle-continues-50-years-celebrations-launch-%E2%80%9Cnostalgic-tasting-menu%E2%80%9D-1963 (2016-02-07)
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  • Wild Atlantic Way - 2013 Food Tourism Champions Announced | Irish Hotels Federation
    DONEGAL Deborah Evers Clareville House Kitchen Gardens Ballyvaughan CLARE Jacinta Dalton Dept Culinary Arts GMIT GALWAY Martin Bealin Global Village Restaurant Dingle KERRY Mary McGettigan A Taste of Donegal Food Festival Donegal Town DONEGAL Benoit Lorge Lorge Chocolatier Kenmare KERRY Zack Gallagher Irish Food Tours Donegal Town DONEGAL Ross Quinn Vasco Restaurant Fanore CLARE Speaking today Helen McDaid Fáilte Ireland s Food Tourism Manager said We received nominations for many able would be ambassadors from along the Wild Atlantic Way route many thanks to both the nominees and nominators for the interest that they have shown Our focus continues to be on emerging food champions who have been working hard in their regions and can now become a part of this network which will support and guide them as they continue to develop food tourism experiences Last year s programme was a great success with many of the champions going on to do great work for food tourism in their areas The focus this year is on our new project the Wild Atlantic Way and how we can further develop the visitor experience by promoting our local and regional food experiences As they embark on their role as Fáilte Ireland Food Champions the group will now travel on a food tourism benchmarking trip to Norway to see first hand a real life linkage between a driving route and food tourism this trip will provide great insight and learning opportunities for our industry here in Ireland The group will have the opportunity to meet with the people behind a range of food businesses in Norway who are utilising food tourism as part of their development and business generation strategy Looking further ahead Ms McDaid commented Once the group returns home the focus will be on working together with their local communities

    Original URL path: http://www.ihf.ie/content/wild-atlantic-way-2013-food-tourism-champions-announced (2016-02-07)
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  • Dromoland Castle wins three prestigious Industry Awards | Irish Hotels Federation
    Irish Tatler Spa Awards Wednesday 19 th June 2013 Dromoland Castle Ireland s premier luxury resort in Newmarket on Fergus County Clare who only last month celebrated its 50 th year as a hotel is celebrating again this week the hotel won three distinguished Awards as voted by members of the industry On Monday Dromoland Castle was delighted to win the coveted Best Restaurant in Ireland Award at The Good Eating Guide 2013 Awards ceremony held at Restaurant Patrick Guilbaud in Dublin Dromoland Castle s Earl of Thomond restaurant was voted No 1 by members of the restaurant industry from throughout the country following a 32 county selection of almost 200 hotels restaurants and gastro pubs Dromoland Castle s Spa also received two awards at this year s Irish Tatler Spa Awards Boutique Spa of the Year and Best Facial Speaking today on winning three new Awards Mr Mark Nolan Managing Director said They say the best things in life come in threes but we are far from finished yet I am delighted for our Executive Chef David McCann Restaurant Manager Tony Frisby Spa Manager Tara Costello and the entire team at Dromoland Castle It is a particular honour to

    Original URL path: http://www.ihf.ie/content/dromoland-castle-wins-three-prestigious-industry-awards (2016-02-07)
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  • Fitzgeralds Vienna Woods Hotel Celebrating 50 Years of Hospitality | Irish Hotels Federation
    training college of the Brothers of Charity Joan Shubrook saw the potential of such a beautiful regency building tucked into 22 acres of Glanmire s leafy backdrop and was responsible for transforming the characterful home into Vienna Woods Hotel inspired by the similarities between the foliage of the Cork suburb and Austria s popular city The 4 star property has since passed through several ownerships including Glanmire native John O Regan American brothers John and Patrick O Hara Rose Maher and John and Darina Gately The Fitzgerald Family and Michael Magner purchased the hotel in 2006 as a sister hotel to the Fitzgerald s Woodlands House Hotel of Adare County Limerick The original decor and restored artwork now presents a lavish 50 bedroom hotel boasting old world vintage charm and eight modern self catering villas The unique surrounds along with a purpose built ballroom and the highly personalised service of current management has seen Fitzgerald s Vienna Woods Hotel establish itself as one of Cork s premier wedding venues As an awarded member of Guaranteed Irish the hotel is dedicated to local and Irish suppliers which impacts on the quality and freshness of dishes The recent addition of the aptly named Mabel Crawford s Bistro is another success story having been nominated for Best Restaurant in Cork in this year s Irish Restaurant Awards The importance of community is in part a legacy of the Crawford Family and something which has lived on within the hotel walls The Crawford Family personally donated the plinth which Cork s iconic Fr Matthew statue is built upon and was responsible for large funding of St Finbarr s Cathedral In more recent years the hotel continues to support the Glanmire Sports Business and Community Awards which recognise local community achievements During the 50 th

    Original URL path: http://www.ihf.ie/content/fitzgeralds-vienna-woods-hotel-celebrating-50-years-hospitality (2016-02-07)
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  • The Westbury Hotel wins “Best Business Hotel Ireland” | Irish Hotels Federation
    Travel Awards Unique in travel accolade platforms the Business Destinations Travel Awards are designed to showcase hotels whose product and service offering tangibly represent optimum industry standards but also present the guest with an experience that is quite distinctive in their respective marketplaces The Business Destinations Travel Awards are chosen by a diverse cross section of experienced primary users and purchasers of corporate travel as well as recognised industry influencers worldwide Hotels are judged on several criteria including quality and range of services sustainability practices environmental awareness customer service and business acumen The Westbury clinched this highly coveted award based on a number of tested observations and characteristics which were considered to elevate it above its competitors These include The Gallery the hotel s iconic lobby and Dublin s most elegant meeting place where corporate and leisure worlds discreetly blend Synonymous with informal corporate meetings leisurely afternoon tea and cocktails The Gallery is recognised for its spaciousness and the privacy it affords to all kinds of rendezvous The quality of service offered at The Westbury i e its natural warmth professionalism as well as the dedication of the Hotel s staff as proved by an unreserved willingness to go the extra mile The hotel s stunning design led bedrooms which among many attributes feature world renowned luxury Irish Lissadell Linen bedding and towelling and superb hi tech media hubs The range of innovative services offered including a curb side check in programme for regular and VIP Guests and a Guardian Angel programme designed for VIP Guests The commitment of The Doyle Collection to continued investment and product rejuvenation as manifest in the upgrade of The Gallery and the launch of a chic new cocktail bar The Marble Bar in 2012 was commended Also considered important was a significant technology upgrade

    Original URL path: http://www.ihf.ie/content/westbury-hotel-wins-%E2%80%9Cbest-business-hotel-ireland%E2%80%9D (2016-02-07)
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  • Wild Atlantic Way | Irish Hotels Federation
    on the image above to see the video for the final route of the Wild Atlantic Way which was unveiled at Meitheal by Minister Ring The Wild Atlantic Way will be Ireland s first long distance driving route stretching from the Inishowen Peninsula in Donegal to Kinsale in County Cork offering future visitors an opportunity to truly discover the west coast The 2 500km final route consisting of the main spine of the Wild Atlantic Way was finalised following a comprehensive public consultation process and 156 strategically placed discovery points have been identified along the way A series of looped itineraries off the spine are also planned to further develop the experience for visitors Paddy Mathews Manager of Destination Development with Fáilte Ireland believes the project will be a great addition to what Ireland has to offer visitors Developing a route like this is an important part of ensuring Ireland is able to provide visitors with an unforgettable experience It will open up a huge number of towns and attractions to them and showcase the scenery and unique culture of the West Coast of Ireland providing easy access to a range of experiences along the route Now that the route

    Original URL path: http://www.ihf.ie/content/wild-atlantic-way (2016-02-07)
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  • Dromoland Castle celebrates 50 Years | Irish Hotels Federation
    17th May with a Gala Dinner and the launch of the Dromoland Castle Cookbook which has been specially produced as part of the 50 year celebrations Mark Nolan and David McCann pictured at the launch of the Dromoland Castle Cookbook The 50 th anniversary cake specially produced by the chefs at Dromoland Castle for the Dromoland Castle Gala Dinner on 17 th May 2013 The 5 star Dromoland Castle has seen many distinguished guests come through its doors over the last 50 years including President Bill Clinton and First Lady Hillary Clinton President George W Bush and First Lady Laura Bush President Nelson Mandela Chinese President Xi Jingping the Beatles Mohammad Ali and Colin Farrell The Castle is also delighted to host many local national and overseas guests twelve months of the year for afternoon tea lunch dinner golf spa treatments falconry birthdays anniversaries weddings and christenings The special Dromoland Castle Cookbook contains more than 100 recipes hand picked by Executive Head Chef David McCann who has been leading the kitchens in Dromoland since 1995 Commenting on the 50th Anniversary Mr Gavin O Reilly Chairman said Dromoland Castle has a rich and vibrant history and has maintained its position as a leading player in the Irish and international hotel landscape into the 21st century 50 years in business is a significant feat in any business but particularly so in the turbulent hotel industry Dromoland Castle is proud to have been at the heart of Ireland s tourism industry for half a century and to have been such a major employer in the Shannon region for so many years Mr Mark Nolan Managing Director said We are extremely proud to have reached the milestone of Dromoland Castle s 50th anniversary in hospitality Over the years 5 star world renowned Dromoland Castle

    Original URL path: http://www.ihf.ie/content/dromoland-castle-celebrates-50-years (2016-02-07)
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