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Posted by on Jun 25, 2011 in Accommodation, Featured, Midlands, Northwest, Reviews, Shannon, Southeast, Southwest, West | 4 comments

2011 Emerald Awards

Every year I present awards for the “best of the best” in Ireland. From lodgings to restaurants to pubs. I am extremely particular about places that I personally recommend. Even more so for those receiving an award.

For 2011 I am pleased to announce the winners of the 2011 Emerald Awards. Congratulations to all the winners!

Hotel of the Year: Kilronan Castle in Ballyfarnon, Co. Roscommon

Guesthouse of the Year: Arthur’s Lodge Wood in Kenmare, Co. Kerry

Bed-and-Breakfast of the Year: Glenderan in Westport, Co. Mayo

Irish Classic: Blarney Vale House in Blarney, Co. Cork

Host of the Year: Eileen Creed at Ard Ri House in Cashel, Co. Tipperary

Romantic Elegance: Tankardstown House in Slane, Co. Meath

Best Irish Breakfast: Arthur’s Wood Lodge in Kenmare, Co. Kerry

Restaurant of the Year: Gulfstream Restaurant at Inchydoney Island Lodge in Clonakilty, Co. Cork

Pub of the Year: Yeats Tavern in Drumcliff, Co. Sligo

To view photos visit the Awards Page. And don’t forget the special offers and discounts from some of these award winners: Michele’s Hot Deals in Ireland 2011.

© 2011 Michele Erdvig

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  1. nice, Michelle. you always introduce me to several palces I had not known about.

  2. Thanks Michelle for the list of good spots!

  3. I hope you get to visit some of the award-winners on your next trip. They really are special.

  4. Great to see Yeats Tavern in Drumcliff there – have stopped off there many times on my way from Rathmullan in north Donegal to Ballymote in south Co. Sligo

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