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

We are 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 2019, just announced recently.

The Ardilaun Hotel comes out tops once again and for the past sixteen years consecutively - every year since 2003 and for good reason. The hotel’s passionate gardener of thirty 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 Ardilaun Celebration Garden at the rear carefully designed by award winning Anne Byrne Garden Design and landscaping was beautifully completed by Galway’s own Radharc Landscaping. 

Managing Director John Ryan said, ‘we are delighted to have won this prestigious award again this year and this achievement is testament to Leo  and Austin’s hard work and dedication throughout the years  in making our gardens and grounds look so well, and they take 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”.

For more information see or phone 091 521433 to book your next party or gathering.


The Ardilaun Hotel is among Top Irish hotels in line for national recognition at The Hotel Awards Ireland 2019

Meritorious hoteliers will receive an award in a ceremony that celebrates industry excellence.

The event is powered by Creative Oceanic but voted for by travellers and residents who wanted to show their appreciation to their favourite hotels across the country.


The awards night will take place on Monday 21st October at The Crowne Plaza Hotel Blanchardstown and will welcome the best businesses of the country’s hospitality sector that work hard to provide memorable experiences to their guests.

The Hotel Awards Ireland 2019 will shine the spotlight on the top hotels that offer excellent services to their guests, from the process of checking in and out, to room services and hotel ambience.

They will also reward the industry professionals that demonstrate constant evolution and innovation in the market, earning the respect of all within the hospitality sector.

The awards will acknowledge city hotels that are the perfect fit for business trips or city breaks, romantic hotels that keep the romance in the air, boutique hotels known or their lovely atmosphere, bed and breakfast hotels that combine class and style at the same time and family hotels amongst other that can be the perfect choice for the whole family.

The Ardilaun Hotel is one of the finalists in the Best Boutique Hotel category. The Ardilaun Hotel will find out if they will be crowned winner and take the trophy home at the elegant ceremony, taking place in October.


As John Ryan Managing Director of The Ardilaun Hotel says ” We are delighted to be a finalist for the Irish Hotel Awards and it is testament to the staff and customers, as I meet and talk with them regularly and value their opinions. We are among the best hotels represented at the Irish Hotel Awards 2019 so wish everybody well in the final!”

 A Spokesperson for The Hotel Awards Ireland 2019 said: ”Working for the hospitality industry can be challenging at times and these awards aim to recognise those who have succeeded in this sector, despite the difficulties.

“There are professionals who have dedicated their whole career in creating memories and experiences that will stay with their guests forever. These are the people that we try to showcase and give the recognition they deserve.

“The awards will provide a platform to thank those who have contributed to making Ireland a great place for visitors and give to the protagonists the exposure they need to expand their business in this competitive sector.

We would like to congratulate all the finalists for their nomination and we wish them the best of luck.”

Ireland’s leading Internationally renowned Wedding Designer Franc launches The Ardilaun Celebration Garden

Couple’s to-be and bridal party guests are invited to an afternoon at The Ardilaun when Ireland’s leading internationally renowned Wedding Designer Franc launches the hotel’s latest addition of The Ardilaun Celebration Garden on Sunday 23rd June at 1pm at the hotel. Enjoy an entertaining afternoon with Franc will officially open The Ardilaun Celebration Garden.

Franc is Irelands leading internationally renowned wedding designer. Wedding and Events by Franc are a proven creative wedding design and planning company for the past 20 years. Franc is called upon for creative weddings and events all over the world by private individuals. Franc has become synonymous with the words Unique, Couture and Exclusive. Professionalism, passion and creativity is evident in everything he does from inspiration right through to completion.

He has been followed for the last 10 years for his own hugely successful TV series which has been broadcast on RTE, BBC, Sky TV and Discovery Living. Last year saw Franc being announced as the host for Say Yes to the Dress Ireland and has just finished filming Season 2. This is why Franc is the ‘go to’ person by print, press and media for all things wedding and event related in Ireland, and for this reason, The Ardilaun Hotel felt he is the best man for the job! The Ardilaun Celebration Garden is designed by Anne Byrne Garden Design and landscaping by Radharc Landscaping.

There will be a drinks reception on the day, along with gin sampling by Ireland’s most contemporary Gin producers, Silver Spear Gin, along with food sampling, entertainment and top wedding tips by Franc. Every couple that comes on the day will be entered into a draw for a free Gin Reception for up to 100 guests at The Ardilaun Hotel.

 To join the guest list, free-of-charge, contact The Ardilaun’s wedding planner Maureen Walsh on 091 519735, email or visit or facbeook for further information.





Going Global for BPW Galway Summer Lunch at The Ardilaun

Galway’s Business and Professional Women’s Club (BPW) will host their Annual Summer Lunch in The Ardilaun Hotel on Friday 28th June. The hugely popular business networking event proudly supported by KPMG has already generated huge interest this year following the success of the BPW European Conference held last month in Galway. This year the lunch will feature the theme of ‘Going Global’ and will both acknowledge and celebrate some of Ireland’s female trailblazers who have had a significant impact in their community and beyond through their chosen careers and professions. 

The much anticipated business networking lunch will feature guest speaker Ruth Curran, Managing Partner of MERC Partners. Ruth, a proud Galwegian and a graduate of NUI Galway has 20 years’ experience in executive search, focussing on senior executive, C level and board appointments across many industries both at home and abroad. The Galway native went Global in 2011 when she served as Director of IIC Partners, one of the world’s largest executive search organisations. She was promoted to the position of Vice-Chair EMEA IIC Partners in 2013 before being appointed to the Global role in October 2015 serving in this position until last year. In addition, Ruth sits on the Diversity Committee of the AESC (Association of Executive Search Consultants). She is a board member of the National Maternity Hospital Foundation. She was awarded NUIG Business Alumni of Year 2016 and the WXN award, one of Ireland’s, most powerful 25 businesswomen in 2018.

The business lunch will commence with a drinks reception at 11:45am, followed by a 4-course sumptuous lunch with wine. A charity raffle in support of Childline Galway promises a huge array of fantastic prizes. Entertainment this year will be provided by 4 Men and a Bass who are sure to get the afternoon fun into full swing.   Tickets are already selling quickly so book your seat today on or by emailing

Photo Caption: Pictured at the launch of the BPW Galway Summer Lunch taking place on June 28th in The Ardilaun Hotel are the 2019 Summer Lunch Committee with Maria Kelly of The Ardilaun Hotel: Front L-R: Maria Kelly, Joanne Murphy, Annette Walsh, Trish Walsh,  Back L-R: Deirdre Corbett, Michelle Burke, Louise Sharkey and Olwyn Sherry. Tickets can be booked on Photo Credit: Tom Taheny

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Body&Kind Women’s Health Event comes to The Ardilaun Hotel & Leisure Club Galway

The team at The Ardilaun Leisure Club have come together to bring Body&Kind to Galway for the first time! Body&Kind is a high energy inspiring one day Women’s Health event taking place this Spring on Sunday 4th February at The Ardilaun HotelDue to the overwhelming success of their first event in Limerick in September 2017, sister sensations, Sinéad Bradbury and Aislinn Connolly, former Galway camogie All Star are bringing Body&Kind to Galway. Body&Kind will feature a stellar line up of fitness & nutrition master classes with a packed agenda on the day including nutritional & motivational talks, back to back fitness classes, mindful living tutorial, cookery demonstrations, nourishing lunch & snacks on the day, spot prizes, free goodie bag with nutritional guide and much more.

Galway based top nutritional therapist Sinead Bradbury will be giving live cookery demos including food and self care master classes. Fitness classes on the day will include Abs & Core, Ass & Arms, Piloxing, Power Pilates, Yoga, Disco Spin, FitMom (pregnant & new mums), and DanceFit etc. There will also be a host of interesting exhibitors on the day.

Body&Kind is a unique women’s event to celebrate women with their ethos to build their resilience through strength, power and unique bond. Body&Kind caters for women at all levels of fitness. A day not to be missed at The Ardilaun Hotel and Leisure Club to kickstart a healthy and happy 2018. Tickets are €85.00 for the full day’s activities and lunch and may be purchased on, check it out on facebook @body&kindand and Instagram @bodyandkind also.


The Ardilaun Hotel Galway scoops Hotel Leisure Club of the Year Award 2018 in association with Ireland Active

The Ardilaun Hotel is currently on a winning streak with awards and is delighted to scoop the Hotel Club of the Year Award 2018 in association with Ireland Active which was announced at their prestigious awards ceremony and Annual Conference in Lyrath Estate Kilkenny on Friday last.

The White Flag National Quality Standards Awards ceremony represent the pinnacle of National Quality Standards in leisure and fitness facilities for their remarkable standards in the areas of safety, hygiene, customer service and human resources, championing the best in their respective fields. 

Ireland Active is a not for profit national organization to provide support and services to create the platforms to professionals in the leisure and fitness industry through standards and best practice whilst simultaneously developing the synergies to engage “more people to be more active more often” thus providing for a healthier nation. The Ardilaun Leisure Club was acknowledged in this regard and received the top award of Diamond White Flag Award status – a worthy accolade of achieving excellence along with Best Hotel Club of the Year 2018.

Declan Burke Leisure Club Manager noted: “We are delighted and honoured to have secured this prestigious award and is a testament of the hard work and dedication of the staff involved,  along with the contribution of our long serving loyal leisure club members many of whom are with us for the past 18 years, so thank you”.

For further information and special offers on The Ardilaun Leisure Club, visit or call: 091 519735


Galway Hurlers Supporting Men's Health Awareness Evening at The Ardilaun

On Friday 24th November, Cairde Othar na Gaillimhe will hold their annual men’s health awareness evening takes place at 6.30pm in The Ardilaun Hotel with a drinks reception followed by four course buffet dinner, wine with meal and entertainment, along with a line-up of guest speakers where the theme of this year’s event is Healthy Body, Healthy Mind – keeping the balance.

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.

This charity involves a number of volunteers from business and community groups and is chaired by orthopaedic surgeon Mr Stephen Kearns, who will also be MC’ing the event on the night. Guest speakers on the night will include RTE sporting legend Michael Lyster, some of Galway’s winning All-Ireland Senior Hurling Team and Paddy O’Malley Consultant Urological Surgeon, along with Galway’s home grown talent comedian Aidan Tierney of Tierney Talks.    

Tickets for this event are €70 and are available from The Ardilaun Hotel. For further information, contact the hotel directly on: 091 519795 or visit or  contact Mary on: 087 6689284


Atlantic Challenge Dinner presents Top Class Line Out

Former Leinster and Connacht Rugby Star Damian Browne is currently preparing for one of his toughest tests to date in a solo row across the Atlantic Ocean starting this December.  In an effort to raise funds for his chosen charities MADRA Dog Rescue & Adoption, Médecins Sans Frontieres and the Strong Roots Foundation School Rwanda, the Atlantic Challenge Dinner will take place on Saturday, 30th September in the Ardilaun Hotel, Galway. 

The demand for tables is high as the Black Tie event presents a rare opportunity to hear Irish International Rugby Coach Joe Schmidt and Irish International & Lions Defence Coach Andy Farrell speak about their experiences and lessons from the game with former Irish & Munster Rugby Star Alan Quinlan.  Exceptional auction prizes will also be available to bid on including a round of golf with Johnny Sexton.  A four course meal which will commence with a champagne reception where guests will be entertained throughout the night by a variety of performers including Sean Costello and Frank Naughton’s Duo Vocis and comedian’s Barry Murphy & Colum McDonnell.

Damian’s 4,800km crossing will begin in the Canary Islands and finish in Antigua.  The solo task will stretch the mental and physical capacities of the individuals taking part in the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge.  Damian will be competing as a solo rower which means there will be no support boat and no company, just himself and a boatload of food to sustain him on his journey. 

No stranger to a test of self during his Rugby Career, Damian completed his first international physical and mental challenge in April 2016 when he ran the Marathon des Sables in the Moroccan Sahara.  This fulfilled a dream of his which was 12 years in the making.  He then set his sights on his next perilous venture.  Damian came upon the Talisker Whisky Challenge and discovered that more people have summited Everest and been into space than have successfully rowed the Atlantic Ocean. 

Speaking about the challenge Damian says “I want to test myself mentally and physically in the world’s most extreme environments.  These experiences are incredibly powerful and rewarding, giving you windows into the corners of yourself you very rarely if ever get to see.  The main challenge with the row will be the mental battle, it's what interests me the most. I believe in putting myself in uncomfortable positions and testing myself regularly.  It's something I've done all my life and something which continues to reward me in countless ways.” 

“As well as pushing myself physically and mentally with the trans-atlantic row, I wanted to push myself in my fundraising efforts and have a campaign to mirror the challenge of the row. The Atlantic Challenge Dinner will be the feature piece of my charity fundraising campaign with 100% of the funds raised on the night going directly to my three charity partners MADRA, Médecins Sans Frontieres and the Strong Roots Foundation School Rwanda.”

Tickets for the Atlantic Challenge Dinner are available by contacting Catherine Tiernan on 086 254 6936 with details on the fundraising event and Damian’s Atlantic Solo Row on

Ireland’s top stylists celebrate Autumn collections with “A Fashionable Evening” at The Ardilaun

Embrace the Autumn season with an evening of style in the Ardilaun Hotel on 8 September hosted by Ireland’s top stylists Lisa McGowan of Lisa’s Lust List and Mandy Maher of Catwalk Models and TV3. This is a perfect opportunity to perk up your wardrobe with collections from Brown Thomas, Kilkenny, Willow, Don’t Call Me Dear, Harper, Colette Latchford, Anthony Ryans, Design House Barna, Gúna Deas in Loughrea, Fusion Fashion in Moycullen, and Be Yourself in Kinvara and flush with success in the Galway Races, exclusive milliners Caithriona King and Emily Jean will exhibit their dramatic headwear to keep the style stakes high for weddings, special occasions and Autumn race meets. Hook up with your friends for a Prosecco reception at 7pm and browse jewellery, shoes, make-up and accessories before stunning Catwalk models take to the runway at 8pm. There’ll be a chance to nominate one of your glamorous pals for the Most Stylish Lady Competition! Kindly supported by Adare Beverages and Hartmanns of Galway, this fashion show is in aid of Niamh Wishart, a young mother of two little girls, who has progressive MS and hopes to travel to Russia for life-changing treatment.

An absolutely fabulous occasion for an even better cause!

Tickets €25 are on sale in participating fashion outlets, and on


Hats Off for the First Furlong at The Ardilaun in aid of Breast Cancer Research

It is that time of year again when the four star Ardilaun Hotel, Taylors Hill are busy preparing for another busy Galway Race Week Festival and one of the highlights this year again which is now in its seventh year is the First Furlong at The Ardilaun in conjunction with Breast Cancer Research which encapsulates lunch, fashion and races fever on Tuesday 1st August at the hotel. 

Kicking off at 12 noon with a sparkling wine 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 Galway’s most popular milliners who are Suzie Mahony, Caithriona King and Majella Dalton. There will be after dinner entertainment with the popular tenors Duo Vocis – Frank Naughton & 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, along with some fabulous raffle prizes also kindly donated by local businesses including a weekend away compliments of Select Hotels of Ireland, of which Ardilaun are a member.  

We are very excited to have Lisa McGowan of Lisa’s Lust List as special guest judge, fashion tipster at our prestigious event and master of ceremonies on the day, , so you can leave your car at the hotel for the day, and enjoy a complimentary coaches 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 late night dancing to the Guinness Jazz Band.

Tickets are now selling for this prestigious event for just €75 per person all inclusive, therefore bookings are essential on 091 521433 or check out our video on or join our events page on facebook.

Proceeds from the event will support Breast Cancer Research (formerly NBCRI), a charity that is positively impacting future outcomes for breast cancer patients by funding world-class breast cancer research at NUI Galway.



Breege O’Donoghue, Former Group Director, Business Development & New Markets for Primark and current Chair of Design and Craft Council of Ireland.will speak at this year’s BPW Galway Summer Lunch. 

Plans are well advanced for the popular event, which will take place at The Ardilaun Hotel, Taylor's Hill, Galway City on Friday, 26 th May.  The day will start with a Prosecco reception at 12 noon, followed by a 4-course lunch with wine. A Raffle in aid of Cope Galway promises some fabulous prizes.  Then, while away the afternoon to the Music of The Guinness Jazz band from 4pm into early evening.  BPW would like to thank KPMG for their support of the Summer Lunch this year.

Speaking at the launch, President of BPW Galway, Valerie Murphy said; ‘The BPW Members and Guests are looking forward to hearing from Breege O’Donoghue;   Breege has a strong focus on strategy, people and product, Corporate PR and CSR.  She has an extremely successful track record of 37 years of her executive career across many functions, with considerable expertise in 11 markets, significant experience of leadership, diverse teams and complex cross functional business projects.

BPW Galway is grateful to Breege for giving her time and expertise to this event which will benefit the important work of Cope Galway waterside house.

Speaking on behalf of the charity Cope Galway Waterside House Domestic Violence service Lorraine Costello said,’ the refuge offers a 24hr accessible service and deals with many crisis admissions of women and their children seeking safety from violence on an immediate basis.   

For children this can be an especially traumatic time. The funds from the raffle will benefit Cope by enabling them to provide some extras that would greatly assist childcare workers to support children. There is currently NO money for taking the children on outings. The current refuge has NO play area and the living space for families is extremely small.  Access to space to run around in and contact with nature can give the children a break, especially for those who have to stay for longer periods in the refuge’.Tickets are priced at Members €60 and are available by searching or by emailing


Calling all Brilliant Women to The Ardilaun Hotel for an afternoon tea party in aid of Enable Ireland

Enable Ireland and TV personality Anne Cassin, will host a special Brilliant Women Tea Party on Sunday May 7 from 3pm at The Ardilaun Hotel in Galway. The event is being organised to celebrate women who excel and create positive change in their chosen fields, with all proceeds supporting the work of Enable Ireland Galway services.

Enable Ireland Galway provide services and supports to 700 children and families in the county. Speakers include Marilyn Gaughan Reddan, Head of Programme Development and Legacy, Galway 2020, and MD,; Evelyn O’Toole, 2016 WMB Business Women of the Year Ireland, 2016 Business Women of the Year Galway and CEO, CLS Medical; and Claire Scanlon, Strengths Based Development Consultant and MD of Canny Futures.

With a prosecco reception, mini-fashion show and trend watch from Design House Barna, music from Bel Canto and advice and support from Nutritional Therapist Helen Flynn, there is something for everyone at this truly unique event. 

Anne Cassin says “I’m delighted to host this Brilliant Women Tea Party for Enable Ireland.  This event has something for women of all ages and backgrounds from fashion to nutrition and beauty and I personally can’t wait to hear the guest speakers tell their personal stories. There really is something for everyone and Enable Ireland is a wonderful cause – I’m looking forward to seeing everyone in Galway on 7 May.”

Tickets cost just €35 and are available from online at  and for further information, call the Enable Ireland Centre (091) 545800

Caption: TV Personality Anne Cassin launches the Enable Ireland Galway Brilliant Women Tea Party. The event will take place on Sunday May 7 from 3pm at The Ardilaun Hotel in Galway. Tickets available on or from Enable Ireland Galway on (091) 545800. See for further information.


Women's Health Awareness Evening at The Ardilaun Hotel in aid of CAIRDE Friends of the Galway Hospital

On Friday the 28th April Cairde Othair na Gaillimhe (Friends of the Galway Patients) will hold their third Health Awareness event in the Ardilaun Hotel at 6pm. The  charity was established in 2015 to improve patient experience and wellbeing by providing enhanced/additional supports and facilities Galway’s Hospitals. Essentially the idea is to provide comfort and services for patients and their relatives that aren`t currently available in the hospital.

So far the group has helped complete the playground for the Paediatric Unit and provided 1,000 personal care packs and t-shirts for patients who come to the Emergency Department of GUH. The group this year will fund end-of-life/family rooms and transport for orthopaedic patients in Merlin Park Hospital.

The Women`s Health Awareness Evening will be held Friday, 28th April in the Ardilaun Hotel (reception at 6 pm and dinner at 7 pm). Speakers include personal trainer Jessica Cooke, Consultant Orthopaedic surgeon Ciara Egan and Consultant Gynaecologist Michael O`Leary. There will also be a `Diamond in the Dark` raffle, generously sponsored by Hartmann Jewellers.

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

Pictured at the launch of the Women’s Health Evening in aid of CAIRDE Friends of the Galway Patients are Steven Kearns, Declan Kelly and Mary Lane Heneghan all representing the charity, along with Caithriona Hartman of Hartmann Jewellers and John Ryan The Ardilaun Hotel. Hartmann’s of Galway are kindly sponsoring the “Diamond in the Dark” raffle which takes place at the event on Friday 28th April.


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.