Kickstart Galway Races with First Furlong at The Ardilaun

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

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. There will be after dinner entertainment with special performance by classical tenors Duo Vocis (Frank Naughton and Sean Costello), 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.

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 and from the Racetrack at Ballybrit to make the first race for this evening meeting, with complimentary entry into the racecourse also. Alternatively relax and chill out in Blazers Bar and The Ardilaun Bistro with large screens featuring the Galway Races from Ballybrit.

Watch some of last years excitement which we captured on video here.

Tickets are now selling for this prestigious event for just €75 per person all inclusive, therefore bookings are essential on 091 521433; book online now;  and also overnight packages are available to book by clicking here.


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.


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.

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 Tickets also available from Galway Arts Centre 47 Dominick St and Lally Tours Office Forster St. ** Tour concludes 15 September. For more information visit or e mail

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.

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.

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 or follow Select Hotels on facebook. For further information on Barnardos visit

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.