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 Fifty-Five years of Hospitality with The Ryan Family at The Ardilaun, Galway

The Ardilaun Hotel, Taylor’s Hill, Galway City first opened its doors to guests in 1962 on St. Patrick’s Day (17th March) – making it fifty-five years in the hospitality business for the Ryan family. Marking the occasion, John Ryan, manager and The Ardilaun team will host a special business networking event in association with Galway Chamber on Thursday 23rd March from 6.00-8.00pm in the hotel. 

John will be joined by his mother Mrs. Breda Ryan who along with her husband Paddy opened the hotel in 1962. John now manages the business with his wife Maggie and a loyal team of over 150 employees. John and Maggie have four daughters who have worked part-time in the hotel - Eva, Sophie, Stephanie and Georgia.

From an 18 bedroom house hotel in 1962 to 123 rooms and deluxe suites as well as conference and banqueting function rooms currently, the hotel has seen many changes in lifestyle and technology over the years. Mrs. Breda Ryan is well-known for her impeccable taste in fashion, art and interiors. From the very beginning she took responsibility for the interior design and gardens at the hotel keeping the integrity of the ambiance of a house hotel through all the refurbishments. Before the hotel opened she drove to Wicklow to order bespoke ‘crown derby’ patterned delph from Arklow and down to Cork to source garden lanterns, she was involved in every step of the way to maintain the elegance and comfortable surroundings in the hotel. Stroll around the hotel’s landscaped gardens with mature trees and enjoy the beautiful marble fireplaces and original Waterford Crystal chandeliers in the Garden Lounge which were bought in Fallers of Galway.

If the walls could only speak and recount the tales of visits of celebrities like Kate Blanchett, Liam Neeson, Cillian Murphy as well as many political, rugby and sporting personalities who have stayed at The Ardilaun. 

What is most remarkable is the wonderful welcome of a family run hotel, which is becoming more and more rare to find, following the downturn, fortunately The Ardilaun has survived several recessions and by all accounts has survived the most recent one.

Marking their 55th Anniversary in the hospitality business at The Ardilaun Hotel, Galway, the Ryan family are offering a special B&B rate of €55 per person per night on selected dates throughout 2017 . The includes full use of The Ardilaun’s exclusive Leisure Club with Grecian style swimming pool, gym, sauna and jacuzzi, complimentary car parking and wifi. The hotel is also listed among the very few ‘dog friendly’ hotels in Ireland.

The Ardilaun Hotel scoops National Award from the Irish Accommodation Services Institute

The Ardilaun Hotel, Galway are delighted to scoop the Bronze Medal Award in the four star hotel category, by the annual Irish Accommodation Services Institute (IASI) who held their National Awards in Wexford recently. The Ardilaun Hotel has achieved a prestigious award every year since 1990 by the IASI, when the hotel 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 plus entered the IASI awards again 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, and is testament to the hardworking accommodation team at The Ardilaun”.

The Ardilaun Hotel received this worthy accolade on the merit for displaying  excellence in accommodation service standards for quality, hygiene and cleanliness of its bedrooms and public areas, which the hotel and their accommodation team achieved.


The annual black-tie Valentine’s Ball in aid of Breast Cancer Research takes place on Saturday 18th February in The Ardilaun Hotel, Taylor’s Hill.The evening will commence with a champagne reception featuring the Regina Rogers dancers and music by the Galway Guinness Jazz Band. Guests will enjoy a five-course meal, as well as an auction and table prizes, followed by music from The Lewd Tunes and DJ Kevin Belton.

Every year in Ireland over 2,800 women are diagnosed with and 700 women die from breast cancer, and more than 1 in 10 women will develop breast cancer during their lifetime. This year marks the 25th anniversary of the National Breast Cancer Research Institute, which aims to increase awareness, improve access to treatment, and conduct international class research into breast cancer.

The institute was founded in Galway in 1992 by Professor HF Given, Anna O’Coinne and Mr. Tom Joyce, and launched by the President of Ireland, Mary Robinson.  Since then, the institute, now known as Breast Cancer Research, has:

·      Supported 194 academic research publications

·      Supported 69 undergraduate medical students

·      Supported 47 postgraduate students

·      Established the Breast Cancer Biobank and Clinical Database, a vital resource for researchers

·      Made huge advances in developing a personalised approach to each patient

·      Supported the development of the Symptomatic Breast Unit in GUH, where over 100,000 patients have been seen since 2008.

Professor Michael Kerin, current Research Director for Breast Cancer Research, stressed the importance of research in improving the outcome for patients. “All the best centres have research programmes, and we are very proud of the contribution Breast Cancer Research is making to new knowledge and better treatments for patients. Examples of our current research include identification of the genes that cause breast cancer, discovering circulating biomarkers, improving the types of reconstruction, and identifying factors that increase risk of recurrence.”

He thanked those who have contributed to the programme over the years and promised that it would continue to remain patient-focused.

Tickets for the Valentine’s Ball cost €100 per person, and can be purchased in advance through the Breast Cancer Research office on 091-863917. All proceeds from the night will go towards funding the vital work of Breast Cancer Research, a world-class resource which is based locally in the Lambe Institute, University Hospital, Galway.

 Further information on how your contribution helps to support research can also be found at


The Ardilaun Hotel scoops First Prize for “Best Hotel Garden” in the Galway City Tidy Towns Awards

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 2016, just announced this week.

The Ardilaun Hotel comes out tops once again and for the past thirteen years consecutively - every year since 2003 and for good reason. The hotel’s passionate gardener of twenty seven 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.  

There is also a newly developed kitchen walled garden, where you can walk through this sun-trapped area and admire the work of some of the children in the  local school that planted a mixed variety of vegetables and herbs. The Ardilaun kitchen garden has been planted up featuring globe artichokes, radishes, tree spinach, purple peas, yellow 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 seasonal menus currently available at The Ardilaun Bistro and the Camilaun Restaurant which the popular carvery lunch is making a return.

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 years  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, anniversary parties, birthdays  and barbeques, and many guests have very happy memories of these events for years to come”.


The Ardilaun Hotel – Sponsors of the Listed Oyster Stakes at the Autumn meeting of the Galway Races

The Autumn meeting of the Galway Races begins Monday 5th September for two races, consisting of 14 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 5th September, which is now in its twenty fifth year. Celebrating over fifty four 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 in the past, 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 now, or call: 091 521433.

Give your Dad the Gift of Health at The Ardilaun Leisure Club this Father’s Day

Dads can only acquire so many socks, ties, and underpants! So this year, treat your dad this Father’s Day in a fit, healthy, and happy way. The Ardilaun Leisure Club are selling a 5 visit Gym & Pool pass for €35 (limited passes available & will be valid until July 31st) .

The Ardilaun Hotel has the solution to all your Father’s Day gifts this year. Being a family owned Galway Hotel, The Ardilaun is always a good choice for celebrating Father’s Day with family and friends on Sunday 19th June. The Ardilaun Hotel Gift Card which can be topped up for use in any part of the hotel. The choices are endless with a swim, gym & lunch voucher at The Ardilaun Leisure Club for €15, lunch for two at The Ardilaun Bistro or Afternoon Tea for Two at €35 at The Ardilaun. Or if your dad is in need of some pampering, why not purchase a gift voucher from Avalon beauty which may be used for a variety of treatments including popular massages and facials. A 15 minute massage is only €15 and this short and sweet massage concentrates on neck and shoulders to give instant relaxation. Check out for a list of treatments.

This year every dad that dines at The Ardilaun, either in the Camilaun Restaurant or The Ardilaun Bistro for lunch or dinner on Father’s Day, they will receive a day pass to The Ardilaun Leisure Club. Purchase gift vouchers here or call to The Ardilaun Hotel before Father’s Day or call 091 521433 or follow us on facebook.



Cairde Othair na Gaillimhe, which translated means `Friends of the Galway Patients` is a  charity established in 2015 which aims to improve patient experience and wellbeing by providing enhanced/additional supports and facilities at Galway University Hospitals. Essentially the idea is to provide comfort and services for patients and their relatives that aren`t currently available in the hospital. These include a playground for the Paediatric Unit, end-of-life/family rooms and supports for orthopaedic patients in Merlin Park.

The first fundraising event was a Men`s Health Awareness Evening last November which was hugely successful and raised €16,000.

The next event is a Women`s Health Awareness Evening to be held 19th May in the Ardilaun Hotel with a reception at 6 pm and dinner at 7 pm. Speakers include Consultant Breast Surgeon Carmel Malone, Consultant Psychiatrist Elizabeth Walsh and Consultant Cardiologist Yvonne Smyth.

Tickets for this event are €60 and are available from the Ardilaun Hotel. For further information contact the Ardilaun Hotel 091-521433 or Mary 087-6689284.

This charity involves a number of volunteers from business and community groups and is chaired by orthopaedic surgeon Mr Stephen Kearns. The other board members are: Eamon Bradshaw, Sean Cleary, Caitríona Hartmann, Neil Johnson, Declan Kelly, Dr John Killeen, Mary Lane Heneghan, Caroline McDonagh, Padraig Murphy and Brian Thornton.


 A Tale of the 1916 Easter Rising Retold at The Ardilaun Hotel!

This Easter Monday, as part of the Galway Food Festival, The Ardilaun Hotel will celebrate their intrinsic link to Boland’s Family Biscuits, and their bakery Mill, the building seized by Eamonn de Valera as the scene of the 1916 Easter Rising Rebellion. The famous Boland’s family dynasty lived in the historic Glenarde House on the grounds of Taylors Hill until 1962 when the property was acquired by the Ryan family and its transition into the Ardilaun Hotel commenced.

The Ardilaun invites families and friends to gather and celebrate their connection to the key historic moment when Irish nationalism was revolutionised on Easter Monday 1916. A special 1916 Fancy Dress Family Themed Picnic will be held on the stunning surroundings of the Ardilaun Gardens on the hotel grounds, with lots of fun games from the 1916 era such as hide and seek, hopscotch, skipping, marbles and much more, with traditional Irish entertainment promised on this special day of reliving Galway and Ireland’s history over the last 100 years inclusive of a dedicated Ardilaun Hotel Biscuit Factory for the day. The picnic will be held from 2.00pm-4.30pm so families can bring their own blankets, and it promises to be a party to remember. Pre-booking is essential and tickets are priced at €20 for adults and €10 for children and fun is guaranteed for all the family!

Picnickers will enjoy a selection of Galway’s finest artisan produce including an array of delicious home-made cordials, lemonades and freshly baked biscuits and sumptuous sweet treats and tasty delights by the Ardilaun’s executive head chef David O’Donnell. David and his culinary team will present a selection of indulgent baked treats using the finest local artisan produce. The legacy of Ireland’s biscuit dynasty, the Boland family, famous for their custard creams, cream crackers and bourbon creams, still produced in Ireland by Jacobs will also be celebrated on the day at the Ardilaun’s pop up Biscuit Factory! Children are encouraged to get creative with designing and customising their own biscuits, and the winner of the best creation will be awarded a special prize! Picnic-goers are encouraged to relive the fashion of this historic era, and those who don their 1916 themed costumes will be in with a chance of scooping the award for best dressed guest! Fun is guaranteed for all the family, and there will be an array of exciting games to choose from!

The Ardilaun Hotel, historically known as Glenarde House, was built in 1840 as a townhouse  for the Persse Family who had large estates in South Galway.  Many of the Persse family members hold a place in local history including Burton, founder of the Galway Blazers and Augusta who became Lady Gregory, Co-Founder of the Abbey Theatre. In 1922 Glenarde residence was sold to the Boland biscuit making family, who lived at Glenarde until 1961 when the property was acquired by the Ryan family and its conversion into the Ardilaun Hotel commenced. Since 1962 the hotel has been owned and managed by the Ryan family.  John Ryan is the Managing Director of the hotel and, together with the proud Ardilaun team of over 100 staff, provides a very high standard of quality and service in a most friendly and efficient manner to all those who visit this well-loved hotel.

Friends and family are invited to step back in time on Easter Monday to honour the Ardilaun Hotel’s rich cultural heritage, and connection to the historic events of Ireland’s 1916 Easter Rising. There are special accommodation family packages to include picnic, entertainment, accommodation and full Irish breakfast for a family of four from €348 in total including free entry to the Koala kids club during their stay, full details here.

To reserve your place, call the Ardilaun team at 091 521433 / 091 514700 or email:

Chocolate Heaven! Opera Chocolate Themed Afternoon Tea at The Ardilaun Hotel. 

Indulge in an afternoon of bliss this Easter! To celebrate the Galway Food Festival, the timeless landmark Ardilaun Hotel presents an innovative twist on one of Ireland’s iconic traditions with their Chocolate Afternoon Tea, teaming with the avant-garde world-renowned  luxury French Chocolatiers, Chocolateria de l’Opera to offer a deliciously decadent afternoon in the luxurious surroundings of one of Galway’s long-standing hotels, located on the edge of Galway city on the leafy Taylors Hill. The elegant surroundings, delectable delicacies and dainty assortments make Chocolate Afternoon Tea at The Ardilaun a truly memorable occasion.

Head chef David O’Donnell and his creative culinary team offer a menu of delights, and they pride themselves on sourcing the finest locally sourced seasonal ingredients. Each dish is carefully crafted to enthuse the senses, offering a unique dining experience. The sumptuous Chocolate Afternoon Tea is a moreish treat which captures the imagination and skill of The Ardilaun’s accomplished pastry chefs, who have devised this special menu with Chocolate lovers in mind, using the best of local artisan produce. Not shying away from the classic components of a Traditional Afternoon Tea, savoury delicacies including freshly baked scones, preserves and sandwiches  are intertwined with a contemporary French twist and served alongside sweet chocolatey treats, guaranteeing a veritable feast for the senses! Served in the hotel’s spacious foyer, this is the perfect place to relax and enjoy a decadent afternoon savouring the finest selection of the chef’s freshly baked and deliciously rich chocolate-based treats.

Afternoon Tea is served in the Hotel between 3pm  and 5pm daily, and Tea for Two is priced at €35. For that extra special occasion Afternoon Tea with Prosecco for Two can be enjoyed for €50. A mini Afternoon Tea package is also available for little ones at €12.50 per child, which includes child-friendly sandwiches and tasty miniature treats! Pre-booking is essential, and as the event is limited to just 20 bookings per day, early reservation is strongly advised. To book your place call 091-521433. 

Ardilaun Hotel Hosts Speciality Tea Tasting Morning in association with Galway Bay Coffee for Daffodil Day

The Ryan Family & The Ardilaun Hotel staff members are busy preparing for Daffodil Day which takes place on Friday 11th March. As part of the fundraising for Daffodil Day, The Ardilaun Hotel in association with the local branch of the Irish Cancer Society have teamed up with Galway Bay Coffee and are organising a coffee morning with a difference!

 On Friday 4th March, The Ardilaun Hotel are hosting a Specialty Tea Tasting morning between 10.30am and 12.30pm – join David Newman, distributor of Java Republic where he will present his range of silken tea pillows served from beautiful glass teapots with tea infuser and experience their exciting new range of 100% organic speciality teas, with a selection of 18 of the finest blends across Green Tea, Black Tea and Herbal Infusions to choose from.

 The Java Republic tea experience is a little moment of luxury from the first sip to the last drop.  From unique hand stitched silken tea pillows to 100% organic infusions, Java Republic Teas bring a luxurious tearoom experience right into your home. These drinks are also part of the Ardilaun Afternoon Tea experience served daily, including the Green Tea Plus range features delicious and unusual flavours such as Gunpowder and Mango and Morning Dew while the Herbal Infusion range includes Blood Orange and Rooibos and Caramel.

 All are welcome to attend and guests are asked to donate €5 where all proceeds go directly to the Irish Cancer Society for freshly brewed speciality tea or coffee accompanied by sweet treats where they all baked inhouse by the award winning team in The Ardilaun kitchen. For anyone interested in attending the coffee morning or supporting the local branch of the Irish Cancer Society, please contact Maria Kelly directly at The Ardilaun on: 091 519795 

The Galway Hospitality Industry Ball returns for 2016 to The Ardilaun Hotel on Thursday 4th February

The Irish Hotels Federation (IHF)  Galway branch in association with the Galway branches of the  Restaurant Association of Ireland, Vintners Federation and Skal International  will host the Galway City and County Hospitality Ball 2016 on Thursday the 4th February at the Ardilaun Hotel. Following the success of last year’s glittering social get together, the hospitality ball is now certain to become an annual event on Galway’s social calendar.  Jigsaw, a free and confidential service supporting young people’s mental health and well-being (aged 15 – 25) in Galway city and county has been chosen as the charity to benefit from this year’s ball. The Black Tie event will be hosted  by Galway Bay FM’s Keith Finnegan, MC for the evening with honorary guest Mr John Concannon who currently heads up the Ireland 2016 Easter Rising centenary programme of celebrations.

A drinks reception will take place at 7pm followed by dinner, entertainment and dancing, with live music by Lewd Tunes. Tickets for the event can be purchased for €50 per person or €450 for a table of 10. For attendees travelling from further afield, we are delighted to offer special overnight B&B rates of €55 for a single room or €70 for a double room. The Irish Hotels Federation look forward to welcoming you all at the Galway Hospitality Ball 2016 in support of  the very deserving Jigsaw, for what promises to be a memorable night of dinner and dancing. “The hospitality sector in Galway from hotels, to restaurants, pubs, travel and tourism have experienced a very strong 2015 with key indicators showing a prosperous season ahead and advance bookings are showing further growth in the sector for 2016,” says President of the Galway IHF branch and MD at the Connacht Hotel, Shay Livingstone, “ thus February when we’re having a little down time is a good opportunity for the industry to celebrate and reward itself with a good night out in the form of the black tie hospitality ball where we can all meet and have a night off.”

Founded in 1937, the Irish Hotels Federation (IHF) is the national organisation of the hotel and guesthouse industry in Ireland. The primary functions of the Federation are to promote and defend the interests of its members. The IHF is a key stakeholder in the Irish tourism sector and represents almost 1,000 hotels and guesthouses nationwide, employing over 57,000 people.  Galway Branch Presidents Shay Livingstone and John Ryan.

The Restaurant Association of Ireland now represents over 1,400 members, with establishments representing full service restaurants, coffees shops, hotel restaurants, gastropubs, golf clubs and cookery schools as well as over 100 trade partners, who are approved suppliers of products and services for restaurants. The RAI also organise and promote Ireland’s premier restaurant event, the annual Irish Restaurant Awards. RAI Galway branch president is Fergus O’Halloran, the Twelve Hotel.

Vintners Federation of Ireland is a strong National Trade Organisation with approximately 4,500 members, which promotes and protects the interest of Vintners and Publicans. The federation has a number of aims and objectives including to protect the interests of Vintners and Publicans and to promote improvements in how licencing laws affect the trade, led in Galway by David Keogh, Busker Brownes, president of the VFI Galway branch.

SKAL International is a Professional Organisation of tourism leaders around the World, promoting Global Tourism and Friendship. Representing the industry's managers and executives, Skålleagues meet at local, national and international level in an environment of friendship to discuss subjects of common interest. Noreen D’Arcy is president of SKAL International Galway.

Jigsaw also provides advice and guidance to anyone concerned about a young person in their life.  For more information on Jigsaw, drop into Fairgreen Road in Galway City, call 091 549 252 or visit

For further information or to book your ticket, please contact our events team on: 091 519794 or email


Tickets on sale for the annual Breast Cancer Research Valentine’s Ball

The annual Breast Cancer Research Valentine’s Ball takes place this year in The Ardilaun Hotel, Galway on Saturday, 13 February at 7.30 pm. For over a decade, this black tie event has been organised by the charity’s Galway voluntary fundraising committee and is a key occasion on the Galway community’s social calendar.

The evening gala will begin with a drinks reception, followed by a four-course dinner. The Lewd Tunes will provide post-dinner entertainment, followed by a DJ for late night music. Prionsias Kitt will be attending the event and hosting a post-dinner fundraising auction. Some auction items include a luxury luggage set by Dubarry of Ireland, an Olga Magliocco painting, and a VIP trip with Spirit of Ireland Executive Travel.

Johanna Downes, voluntary fundraiser and director for Breast Cancer Research, encourages supporters to attend the event on Saturday, 13 February, “The Valentine’s Ball is a wonderful event in aid of an important cause. Funds raised from the event will help contribute to vital breast cancer research at NUI Galway.”

Tickets for the Valentine’s Ball are €100 per person and can be booked by emailing or by ringing 091 863 917.

Breast Cancer Research (previously NBCRI) is a national charity that funds a comprehensive research programme at the National University of Ireland, Galway. Research has improved the diagnosis, treatment options, and outcomes for those who develop the disease. Funds raised from the Valentine’s Ball will support research projects focused on personalised medicine, breast regeneration, and innovative diagnostics and therapeutics. For more information, please visit

Ardilaun Executive Head Chef wins Best Chef Connacht Accolade at recent Yes Chef Awards

 The Executive Head Chef at The Ardilaun Hotel, David O’ Donnell was delighted to achieve Best Chef Connacht status for The Ardilaun Bistro at the national YesChef Awards 2016 that were held at the Hotel Bay Hotel & Spa, Athlone recently. The Ardilaun Bistro was also one of four national finalists for the Best Hotel Restaurant Award and also nominated for the Best Front of House Award.

 David was in good company, with the overall winner going to David Gilmore of James St. South, Belfast who was awarded Best Chef 2016, but also Best Young Chef 2016 went to Brian Murphy, The Talbot Hotel, Belmullet. Other worthy Galway winners included Renvyle House Hotel and Paddy Coynes, Renvyle.

 Originally a native of Cobh, Co. Cork, David O’ Donnell has led the kitchen team at The Ardilaun Hotel for over six years so it has been a team effort on achieving this accolade. His love and passion for food came from having spent his summers in Tonragee in Co. Mayo, and as David says “both of these places have taught me how to use ingredients from the land, sea and the air”. Having relaunched The Ardilaun Bistro earlier this year featuring dishes with locally sourced ingredients from West of Ireland artisan suppliers, David and his team are now working on introducing the new Winter bistro menu in the coming weeks, to tie in with the start of the game season along with a new afternoon tea menu, which will also be influenced by the seasons, so busy times ahead.

 Shane Smith publisher of YesChef Ireland and Scotland and event organisor says “this year’s much anticipated event, which honours the work of Ireland’s hard-working chefs, both young and old, was a superb success with very deserving winners from across the island.” Shane also says, “we are delighted to say that following the inspections and a very tough day for the senior independent judging panel in mid-September, the list of winners were truly deserving in our eyes and we were excited to honour them at the event.”

The Ardilaun Hotel retains “Best Hotel Garden” for twelfth year in a row

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


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


Posted on July 27, 2015 by Ardilaun

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

Posted on July 21, 2015 by Ardilaun

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

Posted on June 23, 2015 by Ardilaun

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

Posted on May 13, 2015 by 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 28thJuly.

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.



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,


 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


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.


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  

Posted on April 28, 2015 by Ardilaun

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 For more information contact Moyra on 086 265 6021



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