The Ardilaun Hotel – Sponsors of the Listed Oyster Stakes at the Autumn meeting of the Galway Races

 The Autumn meeting of the Galway Race begins Monday 7th September for three days, consisting of 21 races, both flat and national hunt races. One of the highlights of the racing festival will be the Ardilaun Hotel Listed Oyster Stakes, which takes place on the first day of the races, Monday 7th September, which is now in its twenty fourth year. Celebrating fifty three years in business this year, the Ryan family of The Ardilaun Hotel first became associated with this prestigious race in 1991 and have continued their support over the years.

Since 1991 when this race was first introduced, well-known and highly acclaimed trainers, jockeys and owners have chosen to enter this race, one of only two listed races in the Galway Racing calendar. As far back as 1969 Paddy Ryan, who sadly passed away was a member of the Race committee when the decision was made to add the Autumn meeting to the racing calendar, creating an extra attraction in an effort to prolong the Galway tourist season; drawing visitors and tourists to the region from all over Ireland and abroad.

‘The Galway race course is a superb asset to the Galway region, attracting visitors to stay and enjoy the area and providing a great source of revenue to all sectors. Galway has benefited greatly over the years and the Ardilaun are pleased to be associated with it,’ said John Ryan, Managing Director of the Ardilaun Hotel,’ We are certainly looking forward to another great day’s racing.’

The Ardilaun Hotel Listed Oyster Stakes is a flat race open to colts, geldings and fillies who are three years old or more. Over the years the cream of the stables, trainers and owners have participated in this race with regular entries from leading trainers John Oxx who won last year, Dermot Weld, Aidan O’Brien, Kevin Prendergast, Jim Bolger and Mark Johnston.

Over the years The Ardilaun Hotel Listed Oyster Stakes has drawn entries from internationally renowned owners such as Aga Khan, Godolphin Enterprise,

Moyglare Stud, John Magnier and Lady Clague.

This races meeting is also very popular with people involved in the tourist industry who may not have been available to attend during the Summer. Nightly special offers are now available call: 091 521433.

The Ardilaun Races Launch JR and Jessica and Ulestro the Horse

The Ardilaun Hotel retains “Best Hotel Garden” for twelfth year in a row

The Ardilaun Hotel is delighted to win “Best Hotel Garden” once again in the Public and Commercial buildings category of the Galway City and Tidy Towns and Garden Competition for 2015, just announced this week.

The Ardilaun Hotel comes out tops once again and for the past twelve years consecutively – every year since 2003 and for good reason. The hotel’s passionate gardener of twenty six years Leo O’ Brien has led the team to their success with his green fingered touch. The carefully tended gardens at The Ardilaun portray a woodland feel from the front gate, and down the avenue right through to the lovely walkways, terrace area, and winding paths to the rear of the hotel – along with a wide variety of perennials and flowering plants on display throughout the grounds.

New for this year also is the newly developed walled garden, where you can walk through this sun-trapped area and admire the work of the fourth class students of their neighbours in Scoil Rois, Taylors Hill. A new kitchen garden has been planted up featuring globe artichokes, radishes, courgettes, rocket and various types of lettuce including a large array of herbs and summer fruit like strawberries, raspberries, pears and rhubarb which are only some of the vegetables and fruit planted which play a popular role in the new Summer menu currently available at The Ardilaun Bistro.

Managing Director John Ryan said, ‘we are delighted to have won this prestigious award again this year and this achievement is testament to Leo’s hard work and dedication throughout the year in making our gardens and grounds look so well, and he takes immense  pride and interest in them. We are proud of our gardens, especially when in full bloom, and they make a beautiful backdrop for many family occasions held at The Ardilaun including weddings and barbeques, and many guests have very happy memories of these events for years to come”.

For more information phone 091 521433 to book your next party or gathering.


Wedding Inspirations Day

Wedding Inspirations Day –

Colours, Collars, Capes & Lace at The Ardilaun Hotel

Date for your diary – It is that time of year again when we are busy preparing for another busy Wedding event which promises to be bigger and better than ever, where all bride and grooms-to-be and their families can come along free of charge on Sunday 8th November from 2pm to 6pm to see Galway’s favourite Wedding venue for themselves. The Ardilaun offers an oasis of calm in private, secluded surroundings for your Special Day, with wedding proposal packages for everyone.

This year the Wedding Inspirations Event will be as popular as other events held  over the past few years, so the message is to come early. Enjoy complimentary Pimms, cocktails and canapes on arrival, with live entertainment on the day by the Guinness Jazz Band. The beautiful ballroom of The Ardilaun will be packed with a host of wedding necessities and trimmings, with a wide range of exhibitors to meet on the day.

An exclusive fashion show is one of the highlights during the event with Catwalk Models featuring the latest fashion trends for brides, grooms, the wedding party and mother of the bride. There will be a free draw on the day for a Luxury Break for two with Select Hotels of Ireland. Admission is free, so come along and enjoy the day. For further information on the wedding inspirations day and wedding details contact Maureen Walsh our Wedding Planner on: 091 519735, or  email

Maureen Walsh Wedding Planner



Did you meet at the Galway Races?

Galway race week is renowned for its great racing, great craic and great form, but what about the form that happens away from Ballybrit! Over the year’s we have played host to some great romances here in the Ardilaun Hotel during race week and for many who met here we were also the lucky hosts then for their weddings throughout the years.

How do you best describe the atmosphere during Galway race week? Well, that’s a difficult question but I am fairly sure that if you could harness the energy during the week you would power a rocket to the moon and back. The friendships renewed each year, the welcome of the crowd and the buzz of the evenings is very unique to Galway. So it only follows that for many it was where a great romance began.

When you think of romantic locations for many their minds will go to Paris or Rome for others it will be the allure of New York, all great spots but if you are looking for heart and soul like no other place then it has to be Galway on race week. The roar of the crowd, the allure and style of the ladies, the young stallions all lined out and that’s only the fella’s, all the pulses racing, its like lightning in a bottle.



Raceweek Fever at The Ardilaun Hotel

The Ryan family has a long-standing relationship with the Galway Racing Festival week. All jockeys, trainers, owners and their followers as well as the bookies will receive a warm welcome at The Ardilaun Hotel, as Taylor’s Hill gets into full race week form each night. Enjoy Ardilaun’s famous hospitality and join the racing crowd to celebrate the wins and meet familiar faces.


Live music and good food is in order with a super entertainment line-up with free live music nightly, with bands playing throughout the week including Guinness Jazz Band, Three Men & a Bass, Carmel Dempsey, topped off with raceweek piano legend Maurice entertaining nightly with his famous late night sing song to the early hours of the morning!

There will also be a special members night  for the Ardilaun Leisure Club and friends too on this evening where the group will enjoy a night of fun following their evening’s racing at Ballybrit, all for €35 including transfers, entry into races and light refreshments.

Some tickets are also available for the fifth annual charity event First Furlong at The Ardilaun in aid of Breast Cancer Research on Tuesday 28th July, check out last years video.

Wining & Dining

During the day, experience the hotel’s new food offerings with The Ardilaun Bistro’s newly launched new Summer menus, extensive craft beer, wine and cocktail selection, featuring artisan food from local West of Ireland producers served each day. During raceweek, why not park the car, have lunch and get a bus to the races all for just €20 per person. The Award Winning AA Rosette Camilaun Restaurant is also offering full table d’hote menu, with specials daily and served until late each evening.

Avalon Beauty Salon

In order to look your best, the Avalon are offering Jane Iredale mineral make-up, file & polish  for just €30 for July – for the races or that special occasion, call: 091 514708 for bookings. Check out Avalon’s latest midweek and post races packages here. So pamper yourself and get shopping now and vie for glory on the track at Ballybrit this Summer.

The message from the Ardilaun is come early so as not to be disappointed, the atmosphere is unlike any other time of year. Enjoy the luxury of free parking at the hotel, with some limited availability for accommodation, book online today. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter


The Summer Season Launches at The Ardilaun Hotel and The Ardilaun Bistro

Summer has been welcomed with some exciting indoor and al fresco dining options at The Ardilaun Hotel. 

The Ardilaun Bistro has launched a new summer menu introducing new dishes and featuring new suppliers such as Corleggy Cheese Belturbet Cavan, Sliabh Aughty Honey Loughrea, Nori Bake Connemara Food Ventures, Galway Goat Farm Dunmore, Beechlawn Organic Farm Ballinasloe and Achill Oysters and Cuinneog Dairy Mayo to complement an already extensive list of artisan food producers we have. The exciting new dishes which are deemed a ‘must try’ include Aran Baby Lemon Sole and Prawns – “on the bone” with sautéed samphire, spinach and prawns and a smoked cuinneog butter with capers and dill; Castlemine Farm Rare Breed Saddleback Port T-Bone Steak with butternut squash and thyme cream, cherry vine tomato confit, smoked black pudding crumbs, mustard seed and elderflower jus; plus many more enticing dishes.

Executive Head Chef David O’Donnell says, “We have introduced a number of new dishes that I feel represent summer in Galway, we have gone back to locality and created menus that are inspired by the local producers who have some amazing products which we complement by creating dishes that showcase their products and the hard work they put in to produce them”

The BBQ season at The Ardilaun is also launching this month with the barbecue options popular with corporate, private and family celebrations. Guests can enjoy alfresco dining in the hotel’s spacious surroundings. The unpredictable Irish summer weather is solved with an outdoor canopy and wall heaters. The carefully tended gardens at The Ardilaun are testament to Leo O’ Brien, the hotel’s passionate gardener of twenty six years. Leo has led the hotel to its success of winning Best Hotel Garden in the Tidy Towns Competition in the public and commercial buildings category for the past eleven years consecutively – every year since 2004 and for good reason.

Walk through the walled gardens and admire the work of the fourth class students of Scoil Rois, Taylors Hill. A new kitchen garden has been planted up featuring globe artichokes, radishes, courgettes, rocket and various types of lettuce including a large array of herbs and summer fruit like strawberries, raspberries, pears and rhubarb which are only some of the vegetables and fruit planted which play a role in the new menu at The Ardilaun Bistro.

Marketing Manager Maria Kelly said, ‘summer at The Ardilaun has always been a special time where families, clubs, societies, and other social groups come together to celebrate an occasion and we are delighted to have the beautiful surroundings and good food and service to offer the ideal venue and have happy memories of these events for years to come”.

Phone 091 521433 to book your next party or gathering.#

John Ryan, General Manager, with children from fourth class, Scoil Rois Primary School, who assisted with the new kitchen garden at The Ardilaun Hotel.

John Ryan, General Manager, with children from fourth class, Scoil Rois Primary School, who assisted with the new kitchen garden at The Ardilaun Hotel.

Leo O'Brien, Gardener at the Ardilaun House Hotel, with children from fourth class, Scoil Rois who assisted with the new kitchen garden at The Ardilaun Hotel.

Leo O’Brien, Gardener at the Ardilaun House Hotel, with children from fourth class, Scoil Rois who assisted with the new kitchen garden at The Ardilaun Hotel.

Kickstart Galway Races with First Furlong at The Ardilaun


It is that time of year again when we at Ardilaun Hotel, Taylors Hill are busy preparing for another busy Galway Race Week Festival and one of the highlights this year will be the 5th annual event in conjunction with Breast Cancer Research (formally known as NBCRI) which encapsulates lunch, fashion and races fever on Tuesday 28th July.

Kicking off at 12 noon with a sparkling drinks reception and entertainment by the Guinness Jazz Band, guests can dress up for the Races, soak up the atmosphere, enjoy a sumptuous four course lunch with wine, followed by fabulous fashion with Millinery Showcase with Catwalk Modelling Agency, featuring some of Galway’s most popular milliners who are Suzie Mahony, Caithriona King, Emily Jean Designs & Majella Dalton. There will be after dinner entertainment with the popular classical tenors Duo Vocis, a treat not to be missed, with prizes for “First Past the Post Raciest Lady” and “Bookies Favourite Gent”, sponsored by Anthony Ryans and Diamonds by Julia, along with some fabulous raffle prizes also kindly donated by local businesses.

George McDonagh Racing Tipster will be on hand to give racing tips, so you can leave your car at the hotel for the day, and enjoy a complimentary shuttle to transfer you and your guests to the Racetrack to make the first race for this evening meeting, with complimentary entry to the racecourse also. Alternatively relax and chill out in Blazers Bar and The Ardilaun Bistro with large screens featuring the Galway Races from Ballybrit. Avail of the free entertainment later that evening back at The Ardilaun with Three Men and a base, topped off with a late sing song with raceweek piano legend Maurice.

Tickets are now selling for this prestigious event for just €75 per person all inclusive, therefore bookings are essential on 091 521433, visit last years video or find us on facebook.



Suzie Mahony who will hold a pop-up shop at Les Jumelles, Galway between 10am and 5pm on Saturday July 11th      Photo: Martina Regan

Milliner, Suzie Mahony’s beautiful creations have adorned the heads of best dressed ladies at race meetings around the world and made her a firm favourite with many. Recently Suzie was one of Vogue UK’s featured Milliners for Ascot this year and her work has won numerous awards. In September, she will fly the flag for Galway when she features at London Fashion Week as part of the House of Icons Show for the Prince’s Trust, where she will launch her Spring/Summer 2016 Collection. You can see learn more about Suzie and view her work by visiting her website,


CAITHRIONA  KING  MILLINERY rsz_1caithriona_king_milliner

 Galway based Caithriona King is a designer and milliner with more than 12 year’s experience and offers quality hand crafted Feathered & Beaded Headpieces, bridal headpieces, tiara’s, jewellery & hats … a mouth-watering array of colour, design and textures.
Her speciality is to customise each piece to suit your individual requirements, enjoying a close hands on approach in providing you with exactly what you want for that special day. A stunning range of styles, all available in a palette of fabulous shades to give your special outfit that extra splash of glamour and elegance. Caithriona likes her designs to be expressive so it is no surprise that she scooped the much coveted accolade of Millinery Designer of the year 2015 at the recent Golden Egg Fashion Innovation Awards, check out her website


EMILY-JEAN  DESIGNS rsz_1emily_-_jean_milliner

Irish milliner and jewellery designer Emily-Jean O’Byrne has been creating striking collections for the last ten years for both the hat couture and bridal market, specialising in stunning hats, headpieces, tiaras, combs and jewellery.

Her background and experience has defined her signature hat couture style, highlighting a passion for working with diverse materials and embellising her designs with jewels, crystals and handmade brooches. At the core of all of her designs is a sense of femi­ninity, expressed using a wide variety silks, satins, plumes, quills and ribbons, evident throughout the range.

Designing her headpieces with the right shape and style to suit the individual, she has proven that anyone can wear a hat and look great! Visit for more information.


CREVATION DESIGNS BY MAJELLA DALTON  rsz_majella_dalton_milliner

Established in 2013  Crevation Design custom creates unique and quirky millinery which is inspired by the millinery fashions of the 1920’s-1960’s .

Coming from an engineering  background Majella Ioves to mix materials and textures and play with structure and form. Having also studied Fine art and Design she has flair for working with colour. Her passion is creating unique designs for the Mother of the Bride/Groom, Wedding guests and those heading to the Races.   The aim is to provide each client with the perfect handmade design to complement their personality and style. This is a fun process, involving an initial visit to select shape/colour/materials/embellishments, a second visit to fit/ finalise the design and if necessary a final visit to collect your finished “Crevation” (Creativity mixed with Innovation), visit her facebook page for more information.





Francis Brennan ‘At Your Service’ for Annual BPW Summer Lunch in aid of Childline Galway at The Ardilaun Hotel  

Francis Brennan, well known hotelier, author and star of “At Your Service” TV programme on RTÉ will speak at this year’s BPW Galway Summer Lunch.

Plans are well advanced for the popular event, which will take place here in The Ardilaun Hotel on Friday, 15th May.  The day will start with a Prosecco reception at 12 noon, followed by a 4-course sumptuous lunch with wine. A Raffle in aid of Childline Galway promises some fabulous prizes.  Then, while away the afternoon to the Music of The Marley Road Band from 4pm into early evening.

Speaking at the launch, President of BPW Galway, Moyra McMahon said; ‘The BPW Members and Guests are looking forward to hearing from Francis Brennan; Ireland’s much-loved hospitality business guru.  Every business, regardless of sector or size, will benefit from Francis’ attention to detail, stellar customer service, style and energy.’

BPW Galway is grateful to Francis for giving his time and expertise to this event which will benefit the important work of ISPCC/Childline Galway

Speaking on behalf of the charity, which has just come through an emergency appeal for funds to keep its night-time service open, Carmen Taheny Corporate Fundraising Executive said; ‘We are delighted Childline Galway is going to benefit from the proceeds of the raffle from this year’s BPW Summer Lunch event. Childline Galway answered 32, 829 calls in 2014 and currently has 32 volunteers with 14 in training. These funds will make a difference to many children’s lives in Galway City and County.’

Tickets are priced at  Members €60 and are available by searching or by emailing For more information contact Moyra on 086 265 6021