To celebrate the occasion of John F Kennedy’s visit to Galway 29th June 1963. Here are some memories from the Ryan family – owners of The Ardilaun. Hotel Proprietor Paddy Ryan was privileged to be Mayor during the Presidents Visit to Galway. Click here to view photo’s of down memory lane.
The Autumn meeting of the Galway Race begins Monday 7th September for three days, consisting of 21 races, both flat and national hunt races. One of the highlights of the racing festival will be the Ardilaun Hotel Listed Oyster Stakes, which takes place on the first day of the races, Monday 7th September, which is now in its twenty fourth year. Celebrating fifty three years in business this year, the Ryan family of The Ardilaun Hotel first became associated with this prestigious race in 1991 and have continued their support over the years.
Since 1991 when this race was first introduced, well-known and highly acclaimed trainers, jockeys and owners have chosen to enter this race, one of only two listed races in the Galway Racing calendar. As far back as 1969 Paddy Ryan, who sadly passed away was a member of the Race committee when the decision was made to add the Autumn meeting to the racing calendar, creating an extra attraction in an effort to prolong the Galway tourist season; drawing visitors and tourists to the region from all over Ireland and abroad.
‘The Galway race course is a superb asset to the Galway region, attracting visitors to stay and enjoy the area and providing a great source of revenue to all sectors. Galway has benefited greatly over the years and the Ardilaun are pleased to be associated with it,’ said John Ryan, Managing Director of the Ardilaun Hotel,’ We are certainly looking forward to another great day’s racing.’
The Ardilaun Hotel Listed Oyster Stakes is a flat race open to colts, geldings and fillies who are three years old or more. Over the years the cream of the stables, trainers and owners have participated in this race with regular entries from leading trainers John Oxx who won last year, Dermot Weld, Aidan O’Brien, Kevin Prendergast, Jim Bolger and Mark Johnston.
Over the years The Ardilaun Hotel Listed Oyster Stakes has drawn entries from internationally renowned owners such as Aga Khan, Godolphin Enterprise,
Moyglare Stud, John Magnier and Lady Clague.
This races meeting is also very popular with people involved in the tourist industry who may not have been available to attend during the Summer. Nightly special offers are now available call: 091 521433.
The Ardilaun Hotel is delighted to win “Best Hotel Garden” once again in the Public and Commercial buildings category of the Galway City and Tidy Towns and Garden Competition for 2015, just announced this week.
The Ardilaun Hotel comes out tops once again and for the past twelve years consecutively – every year since 2003 and for good reason. The hotel’s passionate gardener of twenty six years Leo O’ Brien has led the team to their success with his green fingered touch. The carefully tended gardens at The Ardilaun portray a woodland feel from the front gate, and down the avenue right through to the lovely walkways, terrace area, and winding paths to the rear of the hotel – along with a wide variety of perennials and flowering plants on display throughout the grounds.
New for this year also is the newly developed walled garden, where you can walk through this sun-trapped area and admire the work of the fourth class students of their neighbours in Scoil Rois, Taylors Hill. A new kitchen garden has been planted up featuring globe artichokes, radishes, courgettes, rocket and various types of lettuce including a large array of herbs and summer fruit like strawberries, raspberries, pears and rhubarb which are only some of the vegetables and fruit planted which play a popular role in the new Summer menu currently available at The Ardilaun Bistro.
Managing Director John Ryan said, ‘we are delighted to have won this prestigious award again this year and this achievement is testament to Leo’s hard work and dedication throughout the year in making our gardens and grounds look so well, and he takes immense pride and interest in them. We are proud of our gardens, especially when in full bloom, and they make a beautiful backdrop for many family occasions held at The Ardilaun including weddings and barbeques, and many guests have very happy memories of these events for years to come”.
For more information phone 091 521433 to book your next party or gathering.
Wedding Inspirations Day –
Colours, Collars, Capes & Lace at The Ardilaun Hotel
Date for your diary – It is that time of year again when we are busy preparing for another busy Wedding event which promises to be bigger and better than ever, where all bride and grooms-to-be and their families can come along free of charge on Sunday 8th November from 2pm to 6pm to see Galway’s favourite Wedding venue for themselves. The Ardilaun offers an oasis of calm in private, secluded surroundings for your Special Day, with wedding proposal packages for everyone.
This year the Wedding Inspirations Event will be as popular as other events held over the past few years, so the message is to come early. Enjoy complimentary Pimms, cocktails and canapes on arrival, with live entertainment on the day by the Guinness Jazz Band. The beautiful ballroom of The Ardilaun will be packed with a host of wedding necessities and trimmings, with a wide range of exhibitors to meet on the day.
An exclusive fashion show is one of the highlights during the event with Catwalk Models featuring the latest fashion trends for brides, grooms, the wedding party and mother of the bride. There will be a free draw on the day for a Luxury Break for two with Select Hotels of Ireland. Admission is free, so come along and enjoy the day. For further information on the wedding inspirations day and wedding details contact Maureen Walsh our Wedding Planner on: 091 519735, or email email@example.com.
Thursday 10th DBB €75pps
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