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.

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



Daffodil Day Coffee Morning

The Ardilaun Hotel in association with the local branch of the Irish Cancer Society are organising a coffee morning this Friday 20th March between 10.30am and 12 noon where all proceeds of the event go directly to this worthwhile charity.

All are welcome to attend and customers are asked to donate €3 to the Irish Cancer Society for Freshly Brewed Tea or Coffee accompanied by Fresh Homemade Fruit & Chocolate Chip Scones all baked inhouse by the kitchen team at The Ardilaun. For anyone interested in attending the coffee morning or supporting the local branch of the Irish Cancer Society, please contact Maria Kelly at The Ardilaun on: 091 519795.

The Ardilaun staff are decorating the Hotel reception area with posters, balloons and daffodils creating awareness of Daffodil Day as well as selling daffodil pins and keyrings on the day.  Daffodil Day is the Irish Cancer Society’s major fundraising day supporting cancer patient care and information services across the country. It’s a day for all of us to come together and pin a daffodil to the nation, giving hope and support to people affected by cancer in Ireland. Funds from Daffodil Day ensure that certain  families all around Ireland had a specialist night nurse in their home in their time of need.. so we want to help them more for 2015 and we are supporting them to help them reach this target. For more information visit the events page on facebook.

A New Afternoon Tea Offering From The Ardilaun Just in Time For Mother’s Day

Tradition, hospitality and old world charm are synonymous with the luxurious Ardilaun Hotel, making it the perfect place to relax and enjoy an indulgent Afternoon Tea. The new Afternoon Tea menu will not disappoint. Head Chef David O’Donnell has carefully chosen local artisan ingredients to produce an Afternoon Tea menu that combines classic delicacies in a contemporary style. A staple of Afternoon Tea, scones come with added flourish ‘Cuinneog Buttermilk Sultana and Chocolate Scones Served with Irish Mist and Berry Jam, Vanilla Mascarpone and Cuinneog Butter’. Finger sandwiches take a classic and elevate it to include local producers McGeoghs Air Dried Lamb, Cornamona Smoked Salmon, the humble cheese sarnie is transformed into ‘Chargrilled Cereal Bread with Beetroot and Pink Peppercorn Hummus, Aran Feta Cheese, Arugula Leaves, Caramelized Apple and Pumpkin Seed Oil”.

“My inspiration for the new Ardilaun Afternoon Tea comes from when I was younger, my grandmother and I used to bake together. At the time, I didn’t think it would evolve into my full time vocation, but after landing the role of working in the kitchen of a busy hotel in my early career and spending time on various sections, I couldn’t think of anything I wanted to do more. Over the years, I have learned that guests come to expect sweet menu items including Afternoon Tea to be more creative, so you can push the boat out a little more and design dishes that are daring and imaginative. Starters and main courses are generally eaten for sustenance, whereas sweet menu items are considered treats. So, I am of the mind-set that if our guests are treating themselves to a dessert or an Afternoon Tea experience, I want to treat them with something special, unusual and memorable alongside a selection of specialty teas and coffees”.

Sweet treats are indeed special and include Grand Marnier Cheese Cake Verrine with Nutty Biscuit Crumbs, Condensed Milk Crisp, and Galway Bay Brewery Chocolate Milk Stout Cake with Muscovado and Malt Cream plus many more.

The Ardilaun Afternoon Tea will be available every day from Saturday 14th March, just in time for Mothers Day and must be booked in advance. It is available between 3pm and 5:00pm and cost €35 for two, or for an extra indulgence add two glasses of Prosecco for €50.

Book early to avoid disappointment phone 091 521 433 or purchase online for the perfect Mother’s Day gift.



Ardilaun scoops Gold at National Accommodation Hospitality Awards

The Ardilaun Hotel, Galway are delighted to scoop the Gold Medal Award for the first time at the Irish Accommodation Services Institute Awards (IASI) ceremony held in Slieve Russell Hotel, Co. Cavan recently in the four star hotel category, especially having achieved the silver award almost every year since 1990, when The Ardilaun first became accredited with it.

IASI is a national body representing the professional interest of the Accommodation industry in Ireland and was founded in 1985. Its members include Accommodation Managers, Supervisors and all personnel working in the accommodation field. It is a very active in promoting best practice standards across accommodation, it provides a forum to meet and network with other professionals in our field of work. A record 100 businesses entered the IASI Awards this year with nominees from hotels, hospitals, nursing  homes, colleges and schools throughout Ireland.

Accommodation Manager Anne Kelly, one of the longest serving members of staff at The Ardilaun Hotel said “the awards scheme is a very useful benchmark for accommodation providers throughout the country. We are delighted and honoured to have secured this prestigious awards programme, considering the significant number of other high profile hotels that have also competed for the Awards”.

The Ardilaun Hotel received this worthy accolade on the merit for achieving excellence in accommodation service standards for quality, hygiene and cleanliness of its bedrooms and public areas, and upon receiving this with Gold status the property has to get 95% plus in their inspection, which the hotel and their accommodation team achieved.

John Ryan Managing Director of The Ardilaun Hotel noted: “As a family owned and managed hotel, The Ardilaun celebrates its 53rd year on St. Patrick’s Day and are very proud and thrilled to have been awarded with Gold Status this year by IASI. This award reflects the true values of The Ardilaun Hotel and each staff member of the Accommodation team. We continuously strive to serve all of our guests to the highest standards with great care and attention and this award is testament to our aim.  All the credit goes to the team who, each day, make all our guests feel so welcomed. It is proven the cleanliness and condition of the bedrooms are the most important factors in customer satisfaction ratings”.

Many of our guests are now familiar faces at The Ardilaun as they return to stay with us year after year.”


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