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  • 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.

  • 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.

    Halloween Editorial Picture - jpeg image

    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.

  • Tribes Alive returns to Galway this Summer

    During your stay at The Ardilaun Hotel Galway, check out the Dramatic Walking Tour of Galway’s Medieval Latin Quarter

    Fancy an exciting living history journey through the heart of medieval Galway? And one which offers an authentic and fun insight into the city’s rich cultural heritage? Then don’t miss Tribes Alive!, an enchanting 60 minute dramatic walking tour through the winding medieval streets of Galway’s Latin Quarter.

    Presented in an engaging and humorous way, the tour in association with Failte Ireland returns for an extended run after a successful pilot last year and will again take participants on an enchanting journey back in time. Written by Paraic Breathnach, directed by Rod Goodall and featuring local actors, the tour will visit nine of the city’s most historic landmarks including Blake’s Tower, Kirwan’s Lane, St Nicholas’ Collegiate Church, The Hall of the Red Earl and Spanish Arch.

    With up to two performances per day and private tours available by arrangement, this unique tour based on historical fact and humorous observation brings to life great Galway stories, larger than life Galway characters and historical Galway events. Don’t miss it!

    Looking forward to the re-launch of Tribes Alive, Fiona Monaghan, Failte Ireland’s Head of Operations, believes the initiative will give a great boost to the City, and said:

    “Fáilte Ireland continues to invest heavily in enhancing the cultural and heritage product across the country in 2013 and while Galway has some world-famous summer festivals, experiences like this, which combine live professional performances with our living history, are becoming increasingly attractive as they bring to life our heritage and culture and offer the visitor the opportunity to immerse themselves in it.

    We are delighted to be supporting Tribes Alive again in 2013. A product like this which harnesses the energy and history of the city is guaranteed to enhance the visitor experience in Galway against the backdrop of our vibrant City of Culture and Festivals. The addition of this unique experience to the busy summer calendar serves to reinforce the City of the Tribes’ reputation as a premier destination for domestic and international visitors.”

    Advance booking though not essential is available through the Discover Ireland Centre, Forster St, Galway; or book online at www.myticketsireland.ie. Tickets also available from Galway Arts Centre 47 Dominick St and Lally Tours Office Forster St. ** Tour concludes 15 September. For more information visit www.thelatinquarter.ie or e mail info@thelatinquarter.ie

    Tickets €10* (*Accompanied U-14’s free). Tour departs from outside Blake’s Tower, near Jury’s Inn, Quay St.  2.30pm Mon – Fri until Fri 9 Aug; and then 2.30pm & 7.30pm Tues to Fri & also 2.30pm Sundays ‘til Sun 15 Sept

    The Tribes Alive Theatrical Walking Tour is a Destination Development 2013 initiative of Failte Ireland, supported by Galway’s Latin Quarter.  The Failte Ireland Tourism Product Development Strategy 2007-2013 recognises the need to invest in the experience of culture and heritage provided to visitors. The aim of the Interpretation and Animation scheme (from which Tribes Alive is funded) is to enhance the visitor experience by supporting innovative projects which bring to life our heritage and culture both inside visitor attractions and in the public spaces of key destinations.

  • First Furlong at The Ardilaun for the Galway Races

    One of the major social events getting Galway Race week under way is First Furlong at the Ardilaun Hotel held in aid of The National Breast Cancer Research Institute (NBCRI). Now in its third year it takes place on Tuesday 30th July and encapsulates all the fun of the Galway races with lunch, music and fashion. Master of Ceremonies this year is Image Magazine Editor, Melanie Morris.

    Starting at 12 noon with a sparkling drinks reception those attending will enjoy a beautiful four course lunch with wine, followed by an afternoon of fabulous fashion with a Millinery Showcase hosted by Fashion Editor of Irish Independent and Weekend Magazine, Bairbre Power featuring some of Ireland’s leading Milliners: Suzie Mahony, Andrea Tighe, Caithriona King, Fiona Mangan and Mary White. Bairbre will also judge ‘First Past the Post Raciest Lady’ and ‘Bookies Favourite Gent’ sponsored by Anthony Ryans and Diamonds by Julia.

    Tipsters will be on hand to give racing tips before everyone is shuttled to Ballybrit for an evening of racing. Tickets are on sale from the Ardilaun Hotel for the amazing price of just €65, that includes your shuttle to and from the races, along with entry into the race course. Alternatively treat yourself and stay overnight also with an all-inclusive package of €150 per person sharing. All monies raised on the day will go to the National Breast Cancer Research Institute based at NUI Galway.

    So why now line up for the First Furlong while supporting breast cancer research. Tickets and packages are available online or call on 091 521433.

  • 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.

     

  • Koala Kids Club In “Full Swing” At The Ardilaun Leisure Club

    The Ardilaun Hotel are delighted to launch their new dedicated playroom for the Koala Kids Club at the hotel and the team in The Ardilaun Leisure Club are busy  organising a bumper set of activities for children during the Easter holidays for midterm.

    The Koala Kids Club runs during the Easter Holidays and offers activities for children aged four to twelve years. The hotel boasts a vibrant Koala Kids Club area where your children can enjoy and take part in fun activities in a friendly kid’s environment. The Kids camp for Easter started last Tuesday and runs again tomorrow Friday 29th March and again on Tuesday 2nd to Friday 5th April starting at 10.00 am run through lunch and finish at 2.00pm  each day. The cost to attend is €50 weekly or €15 per day, and bookings can be made daily at the Leisure Club reception.

    The family-run Ardilaun Hotel welcomes families especially with smaller children, and with superb leisure club facilities with its kiddies pool etc. The club is  designed to encourage development of teamwork, creativity, and social skills in all participants. Koala Kids will enjoy making new friends while having loads of fun. So pack your lunch and grab a swimsuit and be ready for a great time! Activities include swimming, art and crafts, painting, soccer, unihoc and Koala’s got talent!

    For more information or bookings, or short-term leisure club membership, or book your free trial today, contact Barbara or Declan today on : 091 514700 or visit facebook for daily club updates.

  • Celebrating with Mum for Mother’s Day at The Ardilaun

    The Ardilaun Hotel has the solution to all your Mother’s Day preparations this year. Being a family owned Galway Hotel, The Ardilaun is always a good choice for celebrating Mother’s Day with family and friends on Sunday 10th March.

    Camilaun Restaurant

    Why not take a break from the kitchen and have Sunday Lunch out for Mothers Day in the award winning Camilaun Restaurant. Enjoy a Four Course Lunch in the pleasant surroundings overlooking hotel gardens for all the family served between 1.00pm and 3pm. Choose from a large selection of main course dishes from the carvery, 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 have lovely cosy lounges in their comfortable and spacious lobby so the advice is to come early and make the most of this special day. There will be a complimentary voucher worth €15 towards Avalon Beauty Salon and a Day Pass to our Leisure Club along with another surprise gift from The Ardilaun for every mum dining with us in The Camilaun. All this for €23 including service charge. Children’s Menus are also available at €11.50 per child. 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 great value with our 2 course and 3 course evening menus including wine for €21 and €24 respectively.

    Ardilaun Gift Card

    A perfect gift for mum is 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 for any monetary amount. 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 a Yonka Gift Set.

    Avalon Mothers Day Packages

    Avalon are offering packages for all mums of every age. Mothers Day packages include the Award winning Yonka mini-facial and Half Body massage, all for just €65. Alternatively you can combine the mini-facial with a Full Body Salt Exfoliation or an Indian Head Massage.

    Avalon Beauty Salon is also offering all mums who dine in The Ardilaun Hotel on Mothers Day, whether it is in Blazers Bar and Bistro or Camilaun Restaurant, a gift of €15 discount voucher per person which can be put towards any Avalon treatments or packages valued at €30 or more. Advanced booking is essential on: 091 514708 for this offer and not applicable in conjunction with any other offers. Gift Vouchers and Leisure Club Membership (both short term and long term packages) at The Ardilaun Leisure Club are available to purchase for your mum that has everything, which includes free entry to many of the 55 exercise and aqua classes held weekly.

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

  • A Time for Love and Romance Be our Valentine at The Ardilaun

    Love is in the air at the popular Camilaun Restaurant and more casual Blazers Bar and Bistro at the Ardilaun Hotel in leafy Taylors Hill. 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 €21 to include a glass of Prosecco, along with His and Her Cocktails from €5 each, or stay overnight with all-in packages from just €75 per person sharing.

    Camilaun Restaurant

    The candlelit restaurant overlooking gardens, will host a romantically themed evening on Thursday 14th , Friday 15th & Saturday 16th February where guests will be treated to a five course table d’hote gourmet meal for two with special touches and a bottle of house wine, all for just €75 per couple. Advance booking is advisable.

    Valentines Ball

    The Ardilaun Hotel Galway plays host once again to the National Breast Cancer Research Institute (NBCRI) annual Valentine’s Ball this year. The gala evening, which always marks the start of Galway’s social calendar, is one of the charity’s major fundraising events and monies raised go to support breast cancer research carried out by Prof. Michael Kerin and his research team based at NUI Galway. It’s a testament to the directors of NBCRI and the great support of the public and local businesses that despite very difficult economic times they have managed to maintain the event over the years. One of the highlights of the night will be ‘Dial-A-Diamond’ where guests have a chance to win a stunning pair of 18k white gold diamond earrings, round brilliant cut pave setting with a total of 2.50 carats worth €3,000, donated by Cara Diamonds.

    The Ball takes place on Saturday 16th February with a champagne reception at 7.30pm followed by gala dinner. MC this year is singer/songwriter, radio and TV personality Marc Roberts, with music by ‘Oddity’ and dancing till late with DJ Kevin Belton. Tickets are €100 and are available by contacting Mairin Clancy 091 526677 or Email: info@nbcri.ie . Special overnight rates are also available.

    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 €21 per person or a three course meal with a glass of prosecco with a glass of prosecco for €24. Live Music in Blazers Bar will be on Thursday 14th & Saturday 16th 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 treatments for €65 so call the salon directly on 514708.

    The romantic setting of the 4 star Ardilaun Hotel makes it a perfect wedding venue catering for the newly weds big day. Originally a country manor, on its own secluded grounds, this much sought-after family run hotel provides a unique setting with landscaped gardens and an experienced team who provide a personalised service on the most important day of your life. Gift Vouchers for Valentines including Leisure Club membership are available call 091 521433 for reservations.

  • Fifty Years of Christmas Cheer at The Ardilaun

    Celebrating fifty years in business this year, the team at The Ardilaun Hotel are busy preparing for an action packed Christmas and New Year Programme this year with a wide range of parties to choose from. Whether it is a party night where you join in the fun with others, or party in private, or enjoy lunch or dinner in Blazers Bar & Bistro at the Ardilaun. The Ardilaun caters for parties of any size from 25 up to 380 guests, and a night to remember is guaranteed.

    Join in the Office Party nights with everything organised for you – mulled wine reception on arrival with Guinness Jazz Band, four course festive meal, Live Bands and DJ every night, late bar, festive decor, spot prizes and free parking – all for just €39 per person. Dates now selling are: Saturday 1st , 8th , 15th & Friday 21st December. Party in private from just €33 per person with customised packages available. A great excuse to stay overnight at the Ardilaun at €45 per person sharing which will give you a hearty full Irish Breakfast and the luxury of the Ardilaun leisure club facilities. The in-house solarium and beauty salon are available for guests convenience also, with the very latest in Bio-Detox and YonKa Aroma stone massage treatments.

    Blazers Bar & Bistro offers Pre-Christmas Lunches and Dinners with Festive Four Course Luncheon Menu with all of the trimmings, Monday to Friday throughout December at just €20 per person including a glass of house wine, right up until Christmas Eve. Also for larger parties the formal Camilaun Restaurant is available for parties of 30 or over with full four course lunch with a glass of house wine for €25 per person.

    Ring in the New Year in style at the New Year’s Eve Banquet at the Ardilaun Hotel and enjoy a more relaxed night out with Sparkling Wine, Festive delicacies and jazz reception on arrival, 5 course Gourmet Dinner, 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.

  • Date for Diary: Sunday 4th November, 2 – 6pm Fashion, Frolics & Fun at The Ardilaun Hotel Wedding Fair

    It is that time of year again when The Ardilaun Hotel are busy preparing for another busy Annual Wedding Fair 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 4th 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 new wedding proposal packages for everyone.

    The Wedding Fair has become hugely popular over the past few years, so the message is to come early. Enjoy a complimentary glass of mulled wine on arrival, Cascading Chocolate Fountain, 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 full list of exhibitors coming soon on our website.

    An exclusive fashion show is one of the highlights during the fair with Catwalk Models featuring the latest fashion trends for brides, grooms, the wedding party and mother of the bride. All attendees at the Wedding Fair will be entered in a free draw for a whole host of super prizes sponsored by the exhibitors and the top prize will be 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 fair, Moposa software, new proposals and wedding brochure contact Orla on: 091 519703 for further details.

  • Sponsors of the Listed Oyster Stakes at the Autumn meeting of the Galway Races

    The Autumn meeting of the Galway Race begins Monday 10th 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 10th September, which is now in its twenty first year. Celebrating fifty 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 in the last few years, 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 theGalway 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 meeting is also very popular with people involved in the tourist industry who may not have been available to attend during the Summer. Special offers are now available visit Facebook.

  • Select Hotels Invaded by Little Cookie Monsters Across the Country in aid of Barnardos

    There wasn’t a crumb in sight after families from all over Ireland attended a huge Milk & Cookies Morning at participating Select Hotel members last week, as part of Select Hotel’s nationwide fundraising event, with all donations going to Barnardos.

    The successful event took place from 11am – 1pm on Wednesday 8th August and provided a wonderful morning of fun and entertainment including kiddies disco, cookery decorating classes, clowns and magicians, arts and crafts, a colouring-in corner, board games, animal balloon making, face painting, princess hair styles.

    The Ardilaun Hotel were delighted to participate in this popular event with lots of children attending from their Koala Kids Club Summer Camp which was a FREE open day for local children and residents alike, with party games, children’s disco, musical chairs, facepainting, art and crafts. Parents had a chance to sit back and enjoy homemade scones and coffee. Afterwards, children had an opportunity to go for a free swim in the Ardilaun Leisure Club with all voluntary contributions going to Barnardos.

    Una Young, GM of Select Hotels of Ireland, was delighted with the feedback from the hotels “I am so pleased we had such a great turn out at each of the participating hotels, it has been fantastic. We are very grateful for all the hard work they have put in, building on the success of our previous fundraising initiative – Select Hotel’s Teddy Bear’s Picnic. Barnardos is such a worthy cause and I hope our event has helped create awareness of the valuable services this amazing charity provides for children and families around Ireland. I look forward to finding out how much we have raised.”

    Una went on to say “I would also like to thank Jacobs and Avonmore who provided over 2,000 glasses of milk and cookies on the day! Their generosity contributed to making this event such a great success.”

    Ruth Guy, Barnardos Director of Fundraising and Marketing stated: “We’d like to say a big thank you to the staff and management of Select Hotels for organising such enjoyable Milk and Cookies Mornings in aid of Barnardos, and thanks also to the many families who attended and gave so generously. We rely heavily on the generosity of the public and the support of Irish businesses like Select Hotels to help us continue our vital work. Each year we work with more than 6,300 children out of 42 Barnardos centres located in the heart of communities throughout Ireland.”

    Select Hotels would like to thanks the following Select Hotels who all hosted their very own Select Hotels Milk & Cookies Morning: Silver Tassie Hotel, Wyatt Hotel, Athlone Springs Hotel, Manor West Hotel, Kilkenny River Court, Royal Marine Hotel, City North Hotel, The Ardilaun Hotel, Castle Oaks Hotel, Celtic Ross Hotel, County Arms Hotel Birr, Dingle Skellig Hotel, Downhill House Hotel, Falls Hotel, Kenmare Bay Hotel, Midleton Park Hotel, Oranmore Lodge Hotel, Westgrove Hotel, Whites of Wexford, Trident Hotel, Dooley’s Hotel, and The Montenotte Hotel.

    For further details on any of Select Hotels of Ireland’s twenty six Hotels, visit www.selecthotels.ie or follow Select Hotels on facebook. For further information on Barnardos visit www.barnardos.ie.

    About Barnardos

    Barnardos supports children whose well-being is under threat, by working with them, their families and communities and by campaigning for the rights of children. Barnardos was established in Ireland in 1962 and is Ireland’s leading independent children’s charity.

  • Ardilaun Hotel Great Carvery Of The Year Competition

    We would be delighted if you would kindly vote for us in this year’s Great Carvery of the Year competition. To vote click here and follow the simple steps.

    Top international rugby player Tommy Bowe will launch the third annual Great Carvery of the Year competition. Looking ahead to the Grand Final, Tommy Bowe said: “There are a huge number hotels in Ireland serving up top quality carvery every day and the Great Carvery of the Year competition uniquely recognises this effort. As the newest member of the Great Carvery team I’m really looking forward to seeing what this year’s competition serves up, whether it be exceptional value, first-class customer service, clever use of local ingredients or all of the above.”

    Unilever Food Solutions’ Business Development Chef Mark McCarthy shares his top tips for those looking to vote in this year’s competition: “A great carvery meal is about more than just the quality of the food served. It’s about atmosphere, value and exceptional customer service and attention. So remember to consider the overall offering when casting your all-important vote!”

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  • Ardilaun Win Silver at Accommodation National Awards Ceremony

    The Ardilaun Hotel Galway recently won a Silver Award at the Irish Accommodation Services Institute Awards (IASI) for achieving excellence in accommodation service standards for quality, hygiene and Cleanliness of its bedrooms and public areas of the hotel. This accommodation awards are the only ones in the country for the Accommodation Department and to be awarded with Silver status the property has to get more than 87% in their inspection.

    IASI is a national body representing the professional interest of the Accommodation industry in Ireland. 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.

    John Ryan Managing Director of The Ardilaun Hotel noted: “As a family owned and managed hotel, The Ardilaun continues to celebrate its 50th year this year and are very proud and delighted to have been awarded with Silver Status by ISAI. This award reflects the true values of The Ardilaun Hotel and each staff member. 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. Many of our guests are now familiar faces at The Ardilaun as they return to stay with us year after year.”

  • Cradle Cycling Tour of Ireland 11th to 16th June 2012

    A brand new cycling event was launched recently at The Ardilaun Hotel, Galway. The “Cradle Six-Day Cycling Tour of Ireland” will be a spectacular cycling trip around Ireland. Starting out at The Ardilaun Hotel Galway on Monday June 11th and riding through Longford, Dublin, Kilkenny, Cork and Limerick before finishing back in Galway at The Ardilaun Hotel on Saturday 16th .

    Event coordinator, Niall Kennedy said, this epic tour of Ireland is a culmination of nine years of experience in organising cycling events for charity. Last year’s Cork to Galway cycle was over-subscribed and we had to turn people away. The six-day tour will be run as three separate events running consecutively and cyclists can choose to do two, four or all six days. So there is something here for all levels of cyclist. It is not a race or endurance test. We put as much emphasis on the social side of the event as we do on the cycling.

    One thing cyclists can be assured of, that is they can expect the same quality of services and facilities both on and off-road that they have come to expect from our events. The event will be raising funds for two charities. “Cradle” and “Irish Motor Neurone Disease Association” (IMNDA). Cradle is a Dublin based charity ( www.cradle.ie ) that reaches out to children in war-torn regions and areas of natural disaster. They are currently active in Bosnia-Herzegovina, Albania, Kosovo, Moldova, Thailand and Cambodia.

    The funds raised from the cycle will fund their building projects in Bosnia-Herzegovina, Thailand and Cambodia. The Irish Motor Neurone Disease Association ( www.imnda.ie ) is the primary support organisation in Ireland providing care for people with MND, their families, friends and carers. The cornerstone of its approach is to put people with MND at the heart of all of its focus, to champion their voice and dignity, to provide information resources and support so as to empower them to make informed decisions for themselves as individuals, whilst also providing every possible support to their families and carers.

    Irish Cycling legend Sean Kelly will be participating in the event which is always a great attraction for our cyclists.

    There is a minimum sponsorship amount to be raised by each participant depending on how many days you choose to do. All food, accommodation and on-road services will be provided. All proceeds raised by cyclists will go directly to the charities as all the organizing and support team work is done on a voluntary basis.

    To find out all about the event and register to participate visit www.cradlecycle.com You can also follow us on www.facebook.com/cradlecycle. This event promises to be the best cycling event of its kind in the country this year. Places are limited so register early to avoid disappointment.

  • BPW SUMMER LUNCH a great success in aid of Galway Hospice

    BPW Galway hosted their Annual Summer Lunch last Friday 18th May in the Ardilaun Hotel and this year BPW were delighted to have Gemma Hussey as our guest speaker with the proceeds of the raffle on the day going to Galway Hospice – it was a great success. Over 150 ladies turned out for this very glamorous event and enjoyed an afternoon, of food, fashion and fun.

    Gemma Hussey, at the age of 22, co-founded and directed The English Language Institute in Dublin, having left UCD with a degree in Politics and Economics. She became a leader of the Women’s Political Association, having married and had three children. She was elected as an Independent to Seanad Eireann, then to Dail Eireann for Fine Gael, becoming Minister for Education under Garret FitzGerald. She left politics (undefeated) and worked voluntarily in eastern Europe, designing and delivering democracy training to women in ten countries of the region. To date she has written two books and currently chairs the Ireland Romania Cultural Foundation. More recently she writes and broadcasts on current affairs and in 2010 was a founder member of the 5050 Group, and are a supporter and advisor to women for election.

    Galway Hospice are a worthy charity this year providing a wide range of Specialist Palliative Care Services, which include Home Care, Inpatient Care, Day Care, Bereavement Support and Education. Their Home Care service, which has been in operation since 1990, made 5813 “Hospice at Home” visits last year throughout county Galway, including the Aran Islands and Inishbofin. Their specialist nurses work in close collaboration with the General Practitioners to support patients and families in their home environment for as long as possible. The Day Care service, which had 1036 attendances last year, provides a blend of clinical, therapeutic and recreational supports for patients, serving as a link between inpatient and community-based services.

    Both the Home Care and Day Care service cost €1.5 million to run annually and are funded entirely by voluntary contributions. The Galway Hospice depends totally on this voluntary support to ensure that we can continue providing these services. In 2011 their fundraising income fell by 10%.

    The Hospice also works in partnership with the Western Area HSE who initially provided 100 % funding for their 12-bed In Patient Unit which costs €3.5 million to run annually. However funding has fallen by 10.3% over the last 3 years which puts extra pressure on funds raised. This enables patients to avail of the care and expertise of the specialist multi-disciplinary team within the Inpatient Unit at Galway Hospice.

    All Hospice services are provided free of charge. Your contribution will assist the Hospice in providing the highest possible level of care to patients and families at what for them is a very difficult time.

    The folks from Let’s Do It Global were also in attendance on the countdown to the Volvo Ocean Race so there was a definite nautical theme on the day.

    During the meal wonderful hats and headpieces from local Milliner Catherina King were showcased giving you plenty of inspiration for the upcoming Galway Races.

    Top raffle prizes won on the day included a specially commissioned oil painting by Thelma Mansfield valued at €700, plus a round of golf for 4 people at the exclusive K Club to mention but a few! An event like this could not happen without some main sponsors and were grateful this year to have KPMG and Collins Mc Nicholas

  • All Inclusive Family Offer

    Family Break Galway

    Two Night Break for all of the family at The Ardilaun Hotel Galway with breakfast each morning and evening meal on one evening, based on Two Adults and Two Children (sharing with adults), Family Day out aboard the Corrib Princess Cruise Boat on Lough Corrib in Galway City, and the Koala Kids Club each day and evening, with Full Leisure Facilities during your stay, from €410 for the family midweek in the Summer, subject to availability. Three and Four Night Family Packages also available. Bigger family rooms available upon request. Contact the Hotel directly for bookings: 091 521433 or book online on: www.theardilaunhotel.ie

    Celebrating 50 years in business,Galway’s Four Star Ardilaun Hotel continues to enchant guests this summer with great-value family breaks offering luxurious accommodation, dining in the Camilaun Restaurantor Blazers Bistro for a more casual setting, chilling out in the Leisure Club or treating yourself to some pamper treatments which will give you a memorable break away with the family.

    Luxurious surroundings and a warm welcome

    Spacious enclosed gardens and restful lounge areas with friendly, professional staff will welcome you from the hustle and bustle of the city. Summer Breaks are available on The Ardilaun website for your perfect staycation this Summer. The Koala Kids Club will be running for the Summer from 3rd July, right through until the end of August midweek for Children aged four to twelve years. The Kids club includes activities throughout the day with a packed lunch and evening activities also.

    The Family-run Ardilaun Hotel welcomes families especially with smaller children; experienced babysitters are available on request as well as travel cots, interconnecting rooms, high chairs, children’s menus, a fridge, and baby changing facilities. The Leisure Club with its kiddies pool provides baby changing, playpen and baby equipment.

    The Great Outdoors Calling You

    The Ardilaun is also a great base to explore Connemaraand The Aran Islands, and all along the Western Seaboard, there are a multitude of options within a stones throw. Beaches at Salthill, windsurfing, tennis, squash and badminton facilities are all within walking distance. Hire a boat, bring a picnic and make your way up the Corrib in a row boat. Visit Galway Atlantaquaria, walk the famous promenade and kick the wall at Blackrock as you will see the locals do.

    Galway City is only a 15 minute walk from Galway Bay, Salthill Promenade and Beaches along with a 20 minute walk to the heart of Eyre Square, where you can board The Corrib Princess Boat Cruise of Lough Corrib at Woodquay. High Nelly Bicycles are available for hire from hotel reception for exploring the local area.

    Golfing enthusiasts have a choice of several well-known Golf courses within a fifteen mile radius. Just down the road in Salthill is the Galway Golf Club, an 18 hole championship golf course. Special concessions and tee times can be arranged for Ardilaun Golfers.Barna, Oughterard, Athenry and Galway Bay are among the West’s finest golf courses and links.

    Pamper Yourself with some “Me Time” too

    While the children are being entertained at the Koala Kids Club, parents may avail of the state-of-the-art Ardilaun Health and Leisure Club which includes a Greco-roman deck level swimming pool, hydro spa pool, jacuzzi, steam room, sauna, fitness suite and aerobics room. The in-house Avalon beauty salon in this popularGalwaycity hotel is ideal for pampering yourself, with the very latest in YonKa Aroma stone massage treatments with full details of treatments and special offers online.

    It’s Festival Fever in Galway City this Summer, with the Annual Galway Races Summer Festival which takes place during the first week of August preceded by two weeks of the Galway Arts Festival which caters for all age groups. For more information on Special Offers for the Summer, Mini Spa, Pet Friendly, Family and Volvo Festival Packages, call the hotel directly on: 091 521433 and we will be more than happy to assist.

  • New Year Wedding Sale to celebrate 50th Anniversary

    Ardilaun Hotel announces details of New Year Wedding Sale to celebrate 50th Anniversary

    The Ardilaun Hotel, situated in leafy Taylor’s Hill, with superb gardens is one of Galway’s well-loved, long-established family run and favourite wedding venues and has a reputation for its luxurious comfort in an intimate setting, gracious style and fine food. The Ardilaun Hotel offers their Pearl Proposal at just €50 per person for an all inclusive wedding package.

    New Year Wedding Sale

    The Ardilaun proudly celebrate their 50th Anniversary this year and to mark this momentous occasion have just announced details of their

    New Year Sale for new weddings booked between 01 January to 14February 2013. This exclusive promotion offers 50% discount off 50 guests on our fully inclusive packages with minimum numbers of 130 guests sitting for wedding reception. Call Ann-Marie or Orla today to discuss this offer further on 091 519794/519703.

    Awards are a reality of how well Brides and Grooms are looked after in The Ardilaun on their Wedding Day and this is captured in our most recent awards of “Best Hotel Wedding Venue in Connacht” at the Weddings Online Awards, followed by our “AA Award for Courtesy and Care”. Our awards are a true testament to the hotel and how they continuously strive to serve all of their guests to the highest standards with great care and attention to detail. The Ardilaun has hosted over 3,000 weddings since 1962 and is still going strong, with its policy of just one wedding per day.

    Few Hotels can boast this achievement of their 50th Anniversary and The Ardilaun new Wedding Brochure portrays this in an elegant light. In spite of tough economic times, The Ardilaun can boast a confidence and trust in their reputation for hosting weddings for a long time to come. The brochure gives a true picture of the luxury that surrounds The Ardilaun with its Stunning Ball Room, Landscaped Gardens, Excellent Food and Service, Generations of Wedding Memories, and over all elegance that entices Brides and Grooms to our unique venue on Taylors Hill.

    Pearl, Emerald & Ruby Proposals

    The Pearl, Emerald and Ruby Packages are becoming increasingly popular as they are offering an all-in price from just €50 per guest for the Pearl Proposal, €55 per guest for the Emerald Proposal and €60 for the Ruby Proposal which includes drinks reception on arrival, 5 course choice menu, wine with your meal and for your toast, evening reception, chair covers and all of the other extras that come along with booking your wedding reception at The Ardilaun. Full details now available upon request or online.

    Free Jazz Reception for your Special Day

    The Ardilaun Hotel are delighted that the Guinness Jazz Trio Band will be playing exclusively for all Wedding Couples for 2012 and 2013 when they choose the Emerald or Ruby Proposal packages for their wedding reception at the hotel. This popular established Galway band has been playing for over 20 years under the guidance of Freddy Byrne and has played for many Guinness Promotions and Galway Races over the years. Freddy and his band provide easy listening music and create a lively atmosphere from the start in our spacious foyer for the weddings pre dinner drinks reception on arrival to The Ardilaun.

    Moposa

    Valued at €1,000 but it is with The Ardilaun’s compliments. We are the only hotel in Galway City now to offer this new and exciting software package to all our Brides & Grooms. Featured recently on TV3 AM and the Matt Cooper Show, it is an online wedding service which gives you the tools to make your wedding experience more enjoyable. Moposa helps you share more of the experience with your friends and family, simplify the wedding planning process and save time and money along the way. Moposa wedding applications are fully customised to The Ardilaun Hotel and are simple to use for those with even limited internet experience.

    Avalon Beauty Salon

    When couples confirm their wedding at The Ardilaun, Avalon offer a Free Skin Analysis Consultation along with Express Botanical Facial for both the Bride and Groom in the calm surroundings of the Avalon.

    Midweek & Winter Weddings

    The Ardilaun are offering additional special gifts for both Midweek and Winter Wedding Packages with special dates and flexibility for Christmas and the Winter months which result in excess of €2,800 savings based on a wedding for 200 guests. Full details for all packages are available on: www.theardilaunhotel.ie

    Civil Ceremonies & Religious Blessings

    Keep it simple – arrive at The Ardilaun as two people and leave us as a newly married couple. The Ardilaun is an approved venue for civil ceremonies and offers elegant private rooms which create an intimate setting for your ceremony or blessing. The Garden Lounge which was the original part of the old house has the charm and atmosphere for a small intimate civil ceremony. With 50 years of experience in the hands of the Ryan family, The Ardilaun is a premier wedding venue in the West of Ireland with couples from near and far, national and international, choosing it as the venue for their most important day.

    For further information on Ardilaun proposals and wedding brochure contact Orla or Ann-Marie at The Ardilaun Hotel – Tel: 091 519703/519794 for your wedding showaround or visit the wedding section of our website.

  • BBQ Packages at the 4 Star Ardilaun Hotel Galway

    New BBQ Party Packages at the popular four star Ardilaun Hotel Galway

    - the perfect venue for a taste of the outdoor this Summer

    One of Galway city’s most popular four star hotels, we at The Ardilaun have just launched our new Summer Barbeque Party Packages “hot off the gridle”! With superb landscaped gardens and outdoor patio area in a secluded setting, The Ardilaun Hotel is the perfect BBQ venue for socializing with family, friends and work colleagues. With this in mind, we are now offering 3 barbeque packages to suit any occasion.

    For private parties of 30 guests or more, whether it is a social group or corporate work colleagues, family group etc you can enjoy a succulent BBQ for as little as €15 per guest at this superb Galway Hotel venue.

    David O’ Donnell, Executive Head Chef and the kitchen team at the Ardilaun Hotel have compiled a variety of mouth watering succulent BBQ menu options to choose from, for example the “Hot Grill” option offers Grilled Beef Burger with Lemongrass and Coriander Glaze, Lime and Lemongrass Marinated Chicken Drumstick, and Pork and Apple Jumbo Sausage, all served with Floury Bap or Seeded Roll, Summer Leaves, Tomato Slices and Gherkins, Choice of Tarragon Mayonnaise, Tomato Relish and Barbeque Dip. Included in this price will also be a pint of beer, glass of wine or soft drink all for just €15 per guest. A more elaborate menu with drink is available in the “Summer Garden” option for €20 per guest. The “Be Entertained” package includes Sparkling Pimms Reception on arrival, the “Summer Garden” menu and live entertainment all for €25 per guest. A full range of other barbeque menus are also available on our bbq menus page of our website.

    One can enjoy a nice summer dessert afterwards such as Caramelised Summer Fruit Kebab, and a cocktail on the Terrace to compliment the barbeque options at minimal extra cost. Blazers Bar and Bistro at The Ardilaun Hotel offer a comprehensive Cocktail Menu throughout the Summer with the most popular being Cosmopolitan, Appletini, and Butterscotch Daquiri.

    Relax and unwind in the beautifully landscaped grounds at The Ardilaun Hotel Galway, where you may enjoy al fresco dining in its spacious surroundings, outdoor heaters, and also water feature in picturesque gardens. Alternatively, indoor arrangements will be made subject to weather conditions.

    The Ardilaun can cater for private groups of various sizes from 30 to 200 persons, enquire now for availability. There is plenty of free parking on site, and it is an ideal treat for a corporate day out, or Sports and Social outing. Alternatively, one can entertain clients or celebrate a family event with Christenings, post wedding parties and birthday parties being the most popular. Whatever the occasion, there are choices of menus for everyone, call Ann-Marie or Orla on: 091-519794/519703 or email: events@theardilaunhotel.ie who will be delighted to help you organise the perfect barbeque or occasion here at the Ardilaun.

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