The Ardilaun Hotel Galway scoops the Tourism & Hospitality

Gradam Award recently for use of Gaeilge as a bi-lingual language

The Ardilaun Hotel, member and home of the BNI Tribes Chapter, was announced winner of Gradam Sheosaimh Uí Ógartaigh at a special awards ceremony which took place on Thursday the 10th of April 2014. The Mayor of the City of Galway, Cllr Padraig Conneely, presented John Ryan owner of The Ardilaun with Gradam Sheosaimh Uí Ógartaigh, winner of the ‘Tourism & Hospitality’ category, sponsored by Fáilte Ireland. – a beautiful piece of sculpture especially designed by the famous artist Pádraic Reaney symbolising the 14 Tribes of Galway. The awards ceremony attracted over 100 representatives from all aspects of Galway life who came to celebrate the use of Irish in business in the city and with four categories up for grabs, there was plenty to celebrate on the night!
They all received a business package to the value of €2,000 from their respective category sponsors as well as a replica of Gradam Sheosaimh Uí Ógartaigh designed especially for the Gradam by Pádraic Reaney, and sponsored by Údarás na Gaeltachta.

This year, the standard of entries to the Gradam was particularly high given the commitment by all of the Gearrliosta to include the language in so many aspects of the businesses and organisations.

The Mayor of the City of Galway, Cllr. Pádraig Conneely congratulated all of those on the Gearrliosta and spoke about how their use of the Irish language could impact positively on Galway’s application for the prestigious title European Capital of Culture 2020: “The work that Gaillimh le Gaeilge do, and indeed all of the businesses and organisations here today, will undoubtedly help our application and help make Galway a truly unique cultural city that Europe could be proud of.”

Speaking about the Gradam Sheosaimh Uí Ógartaigh award the Minister of State in the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Dinny McGinley, T.D. said:

“This award strengthens the link between the Irish language and business which is very important to Galway city, considering its proximity to a large Gaeltacht area and the substantial number of young people being educated there through Irish. This work is closely aligned with the aims of the 20-Year Strategy for the Irish Language 2010-2030 and with the implementation of the language planning process under the Gaeltacht Act 2012. Considering the amount of work being undertaken in Galway to promote the language, Galway could be among the Gaeltacht Service Towns to be statutorily recognised under the Act, subject to a language plan being prepared and approved. I would like to encourage the various key stakeholders to come together to achieve that statutory recognition.”

Cathaoirleach Ghaillimh le Gaeilge, Iggy Ó Muircheartaigh congratulated all of the winners and commended their bilingual work. He said that it was important for Galway not to lose its reputation as a ‘Cathair Ghaelach’ and that the Irish language should always remain central to Galway’s long-term cultural image.
President of the Galway Chamber, Jim Fennell also spoke at the event and said:
“Irish and its importance to Galway City can no longer be underestimated…Galway Chamber believes that Galway’s status as a bilingual city will give us a competitive advantage and secure one of the city’s most unique selling point – the Irish language.”

Ciarán Ó hÓgartaigh spoke on behalf of the moltóirí and said that they were particularly impressed by the ‘Seirbhís i nGaeilge’ that Tesco developed as well as the work that is being done behind the scenes to promote the language among the 200 staff with the introduction of Irish language classes in the store. He also congratulated them on the dual language signage and the fact that the Irish language was given first preference to the English language on aisle signage.

Ba mhaith le Gaillimh le Gaeilge buíochas a ghabháil leis na hainmnithe ar fad a ghlac páirt i nGradam Sheosaimh Uí Ógartaigh i mbliana agus comhghairdeas a dhéanamh leis Tesco Gaillimh! Ár mbuíochas do na moltóirí, An tOllamh Ciarán Ó hÓgartaigh, Déan Scoil Ghnó-Coláiste na hOllscoile Bhaile Átha Cliath, Siubhán Nic Grianna, Údarás na Gaeltachta agus Ailish Rohan, Galway City Council as ucht a gcuid ama don mholtóireacht. Buíochas speisialta chomh maith leis na hurraí ar fad a lean lena dtacaíocht don Ghradam thar na mblianta. Táimid fíor-bhuíoch dóibh.

Gradam 2014 Category Winner

Valentines at The Ardilaun

A Time for Love and Romance

Love is in the air at the popular Camilaun Restaurant and more casual Blazers Bar and Bistro at the Ardilaun Hotel. Renowned for good food, excellent service and fine wines, the award winning team at The Ardilaun have whipped up an extraordinary menu for this Valentine’s Day. Soak up the atmosphere as you relax and unwind with your valentine whilst availing of our specials which include meals from €24 to include a glass of Prosecco, along with His and Her Cocktails from €5 each, or stay overnight with all-in packages from just €99 per person sharing.

 Camilaun Restaurant

The candlelit restaurant overlooking gardens, will host a romantically themed evening on Friday 14th & Saturday 15th February where guests will be treated to a five course table d’hote gourmet meal for two with Valentines gift and a bottle of house wine, all for just €75 per couple. Advance booking is advisable.

 Blazers Bar & Bistro

This Valentines if you are looking for the more casual setting, look no further than Blazers Bar & Bistro, with comfortable surroundings where you can enjoy cosy atmosphere and avail of the Valentines Special running each evening, which includes a romantically themed two course meal with a glass of prosecco for just €24 per person or a three course meal with a glass of prosecco with a glass of prosecco for €27.50. Live Music in Blazers Bar will be on Saturday 15th February.

 Avalon Beauty Salon

Enjoy the atmosphere of luxury and sanctuary at the popular Avalon Health and Beauty Salon at The Ardilaun Hotel, with a choice of relaxing, invigorating and indulging treatments with something to suit everyone with Valentines packages to include a choice of two “Pamper Me” treatments for €65 so call the salon directly on 091 514708.

The romantic setting of the 4 star Ardilaun Hotel also makes it a perfect wedding venue catering for the newly weds big day. Gift Vouchers for Valentines including short term Leisure Club membership are available.

For further information or to make a reservation please contact the Ardilaun Hotel Galway directly on: 091 521 433.

New Years Eve at The Ardilaun

Celebrate with Family and Friends this New Years Eve at The Ardilaun

Ring in the New Year in style at the New Year’s Eve Banquet at the Ardilaun Hotel, Galway with family and friends this year.

The night will entail a relaxed night out with Champagne, Festive delicacies and live music jazz reception on arrival, 5 course Gourmet Dinner , with wine with meal. Ring in the New Year with a glass of bubbly at midnight and Dance the night away to the music of the sounds of Carmel Dempsey & Band until late.

A fun filled night guaranteed all for just €70 per person. Special accommodation offers also available for the popular four star luxury hotel.

After a very successful party season, the word has gone out – Ardilaun is the place to be this Christmas. Last minute bookings including restaurant and bistro bookings are now being taken for lunches and dinners during the month of December as well as Afternoon Tea, by contacting the Ardilaun on: 091 521433.

Ardilaun Gift Card – The Perfect Last Minute Christmas Gift

The Ardilaun Hotel has the solution to all your last minute Christmas present decisions with the Ardilaun Hotel Gift Card which can be topped up for use in any part of the hotel. There is a huge selection of special packages that can be purchased and presented by means of the Ardilaun Hotel Gift Card and you can do this from the comfort of your computer keyboard and it will be delivered to the recipient by mail. The choices are endless from lunch or dinner for two at the Camilaun Restaurant or Blazers Bar & Bistro, relaxing Afternoon Tea in our lounges or beauty treatments in the Ardilaun’s Avalon Beauty Salon or even a weekend break in four star luxury at the hotel. Log onto www.theardilaunhotel.ie and go to Gift Vouchers for full details or call to the hotel in person up until Christmas eve or call 091 521433 of follow us on facebook.

 

 

 

Sunday Lunch at The Ardilaun Hotel

Sunday Lunch for Two at The Ardilaun for just €26 including wine

Camilaun Restaurant Winter Special

Our Award Winning Camilaun Restaurant have just announced their Winter Specials for Sunday Lunch, so why not take a break from the kitchen and treat yourself to a scrumptious lunch with wine, overlooking the pleasant surroundings of the hotel gardens, and afterwards while away the afternoon relaxing in the spacious lounges and foyer areas of The Ardilaun in front of the fire.

Lunch is served every Sunday from 1.00pm to 3pm. Choose from a large selection of roasts carved in the room, including old favourites for this time of year – Roast Beef, Turkey and Ham as well as some tasty alternatives, followed by a wide array of delicious dessert options. The Ardilaun are offering lunch for two consisting of 2 main courses and 2 glasses of house wine for just €26 in total. Advanced bookings are recommended on 091 521433 to avoid disappointment.

Alternatively Blazers Bar & Bistro is also available for more casual dining with lunch dishes available from just €9.75. If you cannot make lunch, hot food is served throughout the day until 9pm. There is also great value with our 2 course and 3 course evening menus including wine for €24 and €27.50 respectively. Check out the menus which are available online and bookings are now being taken for lunches, dinners and Christmas parties.

Christmas Cabaret at The Ardilaun

On Wednesday 11th December primarily targeted for the over 50’s market to relive the good ol’ days, The Ardilaun are organising a Cabaret lunch and Dinner with the lunch kicking off at 1pm with mulled wine reception, sumptuous 4 course lunch followed by entertainment with Frank Forde Comedian and Impressionist as featured on RTE’s Joe Duffy’s Funny Friday, singing by the Guinness Jazz Band and dancing afterwards to “Tony Sings”, a Tribute to Legends of Song.

Alternatively, Dinner and Show is at 7.30pm that evening for those that cannot make it during the day. Whether it is a private group, actively retired or ladies groups, social or private groups, or party where you join in the fun with others, enjoy lunch or dinner with this Christmas Cabaret Lunch & Dinner with show all for €45 per person. Tickets now available at the hotel.

Ardilaun Gift Card

The Ardilaun Hotel has the solution to all your Christmas present decisions with the Ardilaun Hotel Gift Card which can be topped up for use in any part of the hotel. There is a huge selection of special packages that can be purchased and presented by means of the Ardilaun Hotel Gift Card and you can do this from the comfort of your computer keyboard and it will be delivered to the recipient by mail. The choices are endless from lunch or dinner for two at the Camilaun Restaurant or Blazers Bar and Bistro or beauty treatments in the Ardilaun’s Avalon Beauty Salon or Gift Sets, Short and long-term Leisure Club Membership packages or tickets for the popular Christmas Cabaret on 11th December or even a weekend break in four star luxury at the hotel.

For Further information call 091 521433 or become a fan of The Ardilaun on facebook.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

HALLOWEEN “TRICK OR TREAT PARTY” AT THE ARDILAUN FOR THE OVER 25’s

The Ardilaun Hotel is the place to be this Halloween on Friday 1st November, for anyone who is over 25 years and who wishes to dust off their costumes, come along to the hotel for a fun filled Halloween party from 9pm, take time out of your busy schedule and let your hair down this Autumn. This fun evening kicks off at 9pm with disco dancing until late.

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Outlining what guests might look forward to at the Halloween Trick or Treat party in The Ardilaun Hotel , according to organisers Elaine Faherty and Yvonne Hanley are “a night of fun and frolics for Halloween with a ghoulish drink on arrival, finger food, music of the 80’s, 90’s and naughties and a great spooky atmosphere with late night DJ. It promises to be a great night with tickets now selling from only €15 per person”.

There will be fantastic prizes to be won including prizes for the best costumes. Raffle proceeds on the night will go directly to the Galway Hospice, a very worthy cause. Tickets for the Halloween themed party may be purchased from the following Galway retail outlets – Faherty Paints Woodquay, O’ Briens Newsagent Shop St, and Richard Hughes Opticians, Woodquay, or call Elaine or Yvonne on: 087 699539 or 086 3044874.

Ardilaun Countdown to Gradam Sheosaimh Uí Ógartaigh Gaeilge Award is on!

Gradam Sheosaimh Uí Ógartaigh, the annual bilingual business award organised by Gaillimh le Gaeilge, to ‘recognise’, ‘honour’ and ‘celebrate’ all the great bilingual work done in Galway, will be announced this Thursday (18th of April), by Minister of State at the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Dinny McGinley, T.D. at 6.30pm at a special ceremony in Salthill. Keep an eye on Facebook and Twitter for the latest news!

Gradam Award Finalist 2013 Facebook Image

The Ardilaun Hotel is among eleven businesses and organisations that have been shortlisted for this prestigious award from a variety of sectors in Galway. In the Tourism & Hospitality category, sponsored by Fáilte Ireland, the finalists are: The Ardilaun Hotel, The Galleon, Vina Mara Restaurant and Woodhaven Lodge.

At the Award ceremony, all of the eleven finalists will showcase their bilingual endeavours and innovations in promoting Galway as a Bilingual city. The category winners will receive a business package to the value of €2,000. The four category winners will also receive a replica of Gradam Sheosaimh Uí Ógartaigh sponsored by Údarás na Gaeltachta.

The Moltóirí have completed their visits to each of the finalists and were very impressed with what each of the businesses had to show. Of the eleven finalists, five businesses/organisations have entered the Gradam this year for the first time, a true testament to the high standard of bilingualism in Galway City. All of the Finalists clearly demonstrated their long-term commitment to developing the use of the Irish Language in their business. During their visit to each of the finalists, the Moltóirí got the clear impression that the effort to incorporate Irish in the businesses is not a ‘once off’ event for the Gradam but is an ongoing normal part of the businesses’ transactions.

The overall winner of Gradam Sheosaimh Uí Ógartaigh will be selected from the four category winners and will receive an Advertising Package to the value of €2,500 from the Galway Advertiser. They will also receive a bespoke National Publicity Campaign as well as a PR & Marketing Consultation workshop to the value of €4,000 from D’Arcy Marketing & PR, a series of 4 Web Strategy workshops sponsored by Aró Internet Business Development and one year’s membership of Galway Chamber. The overall winner will also receive the much sought-after sculpture by renowned artist Pádraic Reaney, depicting the fourteen tribes of Galway resting over the River Corrib, with one extra tribe outstanding, who symbolises the winner of Gradam Sheosamh Uí Ógartaigh, and future winners to come. The category winners will each receive a miniature version of Gradam sculpture sponsored by Údarás na Gaeltachta.

Ba mhaith Gaillimh le Gaeilge buíochas a ghabháil leis na hainmnithe ar fad a ghlac páirt i nGradam Sheosaimh Uí Ógartaigh i mbliana agus gach rath ar an nGearrliosta! Míle buíochas chomh maith leis na hurraí ar fad a thug tacaíocht don Ghradam thar na blianta.

If anyone would like to come along on the night and support The Ardilaun Hotel, please contact Maria Kelly at the hotel on: 091 519795 or email:mkelly@theardilaunhotel.ie. Check out our facebook page for updates.