• Cyril McAree

The Grenke Sponsored, Galway Branch IHF Employee Of The Year 2019, Shortlist Is Announced


Galway Branch IHF Employee of the Year 2019, shortlist has been announced ahead of the forthcoming annual Hospitality Industry Ball in the Galmont Hotel and Spa on February 4th next.Grenke, Ireland’s award winning, leasing and Invoice Finance providers will sponsor the much coveted 2019 Galway Branch IHF Employee of the Year award. Six contestants from across Galway City and County’s growing hotel sector will compete for the much coveted 2019 award, who will then go on to compete in the National Irish Hotels Federation Employee of the Year award which will be announced at the IHF National Conference in March 2019.

Nominated by their respective employers, candidates were involved in a rigorous interview process which was conducted independently by the GMIT’s Galway International Hotel School Lecturer, John Carty and Galway Executive Skillnet’s Network Manager, Carl Blake.

The Nominees selected for the 2019 Final are: Eimear O’Brien Front Office Manager, The g Hotel and Spa Hannah Creaven Food and Beverage Assistant, The Clayton Hotel, Galway. Daniel Smith, Duty Manager at the Salthill Hotel Dave Connolly Meetings nad Events Assistant Office Manager, The Galmont Hotel and Spa Wagner Ludwig, Head Front of House Porter, The Ardilaun Hotel Martin O’Donnel Head Chef, The Twelve

Grenke’s Branch Manager, Orlagh O Connor, will present this year’s award at the glittering Galway Hospitality Ball in the Galmont Hotel and Spa which will be attended by 250 of the industry’s key players, business owners, hoteliers, publicans, restauratuers and hospitality operators and educators from across Galway City and County. National President of the Irish Hotels Federation, Michael Lennon and the organisations CEO Tim Fenn will also be in attendance, along with many public representatives and sponsors.

“We’re delighted to be a sponsor of the 2019 Galway Hospitality Employee of the Year award, says Orlagh O Connor, Grenke Branch Manager, “Globally, the company is over forty years in business and established in Ireland in 2004 and since then we have worked extensively across the hospitality sector in Ireland with clients and customers as varied as VOYA organic beauty, Renvyle House Hotel, Camille Thai and Roly’s Bistro to name but a few. GRENKE are delighted to be part of this night, which allows us to acknowledge and congratulate all the recipients of the awards as a testament to their hard work and dedication to the Irish hospitality industry”. Commenting on the award, Galway IHF Branch Chair Rory Fitzpatrick remarked “Recognising the wealth of talent we have in Galway within the hospitality business is an integral part of proceedings on the night. We have some fantastic people working in the industry in our region and acknowledging their contribution should be a priority for all of us.”

Organised by the local, Galway IHF Branch in association with Galway branches of the Restaurant’s Association of Ireland, Vintners Association and SKAL International, this year’s ball will also honour John Crumlish, CEO of the Galway International Arts Festival for his significant contribution to Galway’s hospitality industry.

Commencing at 7pm with a stylish Drinks Reception which will followed by a stunning banquet meal created by Chef’s from Galway’s Hotel’s and Restaurants who’ve contributed hugely to the celebration of European Region of Gastronomy. The 2019 Ball will also act as a closing event to Galway as European Region of Gastronomy which recognises the superb contribution of food producers, farmers and chefs to Galway’s food tourism sector.

Tickets are €60 per person and tables of 10 are also available. Bookings for this celebration should be made with industry members, Stefan Lundstrom, The Galmont Hotel and Spa, 087 7748408, Rory Fitzpatrick, Clayton Hotel, Eimear Killian 0872173971, John Ryan Ardilaun Hotel, 0878248248, Daragh O Connor 0834497126 or the meetings and events team at the Galmont Hotel and Spa, 091 538504 or email Dave.Connolly@thegalmont.com


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