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Ghan House highly commended at Irish Breakfast Awards

Ghan House highly commended at Irish Breakfast Awards

One of the best breakfasts in Ireland can be found on our doorstep in Carlingford.

Ghan House was Highly Commended at the third annual Georgina Campbell Irish Breakfast Awards in Dublin’s InterContinental Hotel yesterday, missing out on the overall top prize in the B&B category to Bantry House and Garden in Co Cork.

The awards, held in association with Fáilte Ireland, honour the best five, four and three-star hotels, the best B&Bs, cafes, country houses, as well as the finest rashers, breads and brunches.

The Park Hotel in Kenmare won the top award in the five-star hotel category while the best brunch was awarded to The Fumbally cafe, Dublin with Hook Lighthouse cafe in Wexford winning the best Irish breakfast at a visitor attraction.

Bringing home the bacon in the finest rasher in Ireland category was Roscommon’s Castlemine Farm.

Now in their third year, the Irish Breakfast Awards celebrate Ireland’s leading hospitality establishments and those in them who work to make the first meal of the day a particularly special experience for visitors and regulars alike.

According to food writer Georgina Campbell, the significance of the humble breakfast cannot be underestimated and it is key to Ireland’s reputation in food and tourism as a world-class hotel or a fine dining restaurant.

The 2019 Irish breakfast food award winners

Meats: Castlemine Farm, Co Roscommon

Fish: Woodcock Smokery, Co Cork

Eggs: Clonarn Clover, Co Meath

Dairy: Glenisk Organic Dairy, Co Offaly

Cereal: Paddy O’s Granola, Co Laois

Fruit: Keeling’s Juices, Co Dublin

Irish Bread: Longueville House, Mallow, Co Coek

Full list of winners and highly commended winners


Winner: Park Hotel Kenmare, Kenmare, Co Kerry

Highly Commended:

Cliff House Hotel, Ardmore, Co Waterford

Merchant Hotel, Belfast

Westbury Hotel, Dublin

Heritage Killenard, Killenard, Co Laois


Winner: Marlfield House Hotel, Gorey, Co Wexford

Highly Commended:

Dunraven Arms, Adare, Co Limerick

Granville Hotel, Waterford

Bushmills Inn, Bushmills, Co Antrim

Sheedy’s Hotel, Lisdoonvarna, Co Clare

3* Hotel

Winner: Dingle Benners Hotel, Dingle, Co Kerry

Highly Commended: 

The Huntsman Inn, Galway, Co Galway

Aran Islands Hotel, Inis Mór, Co Galway

Carrygerry Country House, Newmarket-on-Fergus, Co Clare

Zuni Restaurant & Boutique Hotel, Kilkenny

Country house

Winner: Virginia Park Lodge, Virginia, Cavan

Highly Commended: 

Rathsallagh House, Dunlavin, Co Wicklow

Rosleague Manor, Letterfrack, Co Galway

Dunnanelly Country House, Co Down

Lodge at Ashford Castle, Co Mayo

Guest house

Winner: Wineport Lodge, Glasson, Athlone, Co Westmeath

Highly Commended: 

Castlewood House, Dingle, Co Kerry

Killarney Lodge, Killarney, Co Kerry

Gleesons Townhouse, Roscommon, Co Roscommon

Blackwell House, Scarva, Co Armagh


Winner: Bantry House and Garden, Bantry, Co Cork

Highly Commended: 

Shelburne Lodge, Kenmare, Co Kerry

Aldridge Lodge, Duncannon, Co Wexford

Ardawn House, Galway, Co Galway

Ghan House, Carlingford, Co Louth

Visitor attraction

Winner: Hook Lighthouse – Visitor Centre Café, Hook Head, Co Wexford

Highly Commended: 

The Castle Café, Blackrock Castle, Cork

Lennons@VISUAL, Carlow, Co Carlow

The Kitchen, Galway City Museum, Galway

Avoca Café, Malahide Castle, Malahide, Co Dublin

Irish breakfast menu – new for 2019

Winner: Breac.House, Dunfanaghy, Co Donegal

Highly Commended: 

Ravenhill Guest House, Belfast

King Sitric Restaurant& Accommodation, Howth, Co Dublin

Coolanowle Country House & Organic Farm, Co Carlow

Viewmount House, Longford, Co Longford

Brunch sponsored by Irish Dairy the complete natural

Winner: The Fumbally, Fumbally Lane, Dublin City, Co Dublin

Highly Commended: 

Nook Café & Restaurant, Collooney, Co Sligo

The Green Barn, Burtown House, Co Kildare

House of Plates, Castlebar, Co Mayo

Brunel’s Restaurant Newcastle Co Down

The selection process

Georgina Campbell’s Ireland’s programme of anonymous assessment visits is a year-round process and, with the exception of this year’s Brunch Award, which was open to public nominations, award winners are nominated solely by an independent assessment team. Reports are fed through to the hospitality website


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