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Northern Ireland Hotel Award Winners Announced

Eugene McKeever of the McKeever Hotel Group received the Special Recognition award at the 2019 Northern Ireland Hotel Awards, which took place at the Titanic Belfast on 5th November 2019.

Eugene McKeever of the McKeever Hotel Group get a standing ovation as he collected his award in front of hundreds of people working in the hospitality sector. Mr. McKeever began his career over 50 years ago as a 12 year-old working in a kitchen, and now owns five hotels in Northern Ireland.

The 2019 Special Recognition Award, which was presented by the event’s headline sponsor, Ulster Carpets, was presented to Mr. McKeever following consideration from the independent panel of judges led by Dr Peter Bolan, Director of International Hospitality and Tourism Management at the University of Ulster, travel journalist Geoff Hill, Adam Stockman, owner of The Ivory Belfast, and Cate Conway of Quirky Weddings.

Mr. McKeever, who was accompanied by his wife Catherine, owns five hotels – the Corrs Corner Hotel, Dunsilly Hotel, Adair Arms Hotel, Dillons Hotel in Letterkenny and The four star Dunadry Hotel and Gardens. His dedication to tourism and hospitality was recognised with an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours. Speaking after the awards, David Perry, the Events Director, described Mr McKeever as ‘inspirational’.

He said: “The 2019 Northern Ireland Hotel Awards are all about celebrating performance and achievements. Eugene McKeever shows to us all what hard work and dedication can achieve. He is inspirational to everyone in the hotel industry so it’s a privilege to have Mr. McKeever and his wife Catherine join us all in this celebration of hotels, B&Bs, bars and restaurants. The 2019 Northern Ireland Hotel Awards have been a major success and we would like to pay homage to Eugene McKeever and indeed all of the other award winners, those who were Highly Commended and everyone who was nominated.”

The full list of winners is as follows:

  1. The 2019 Housekeeper/Housekeeping Team of the Year Winner – Colleen Breen of The Seagoe Hotel, Craigavon
  2. The 2019 Receptionist/Front of House Team of the Year Winner – Front of House Team of Malone Lodge Hotel, Belfast
  3. The 2019 Deputy General Manager of the Year Winner – John Mathews of Killeavy Castle Estate, Co. Armagh
  4. The 2019 Romantic Getaway Winner was Killeavy Castle Estate, Co Armagh
  5. 2019 Events Team/Individual Winner was Vicki Cunningham of Balmoral Hotel Belfast
  6. 2019 Wedding Team of the Year Winner was awarded to Malone Lodge Hotel
  7. 2019 Wedding Resort of the Year Winner was the Clandeboye Lodge Hotel
  8. The 2019 4 Star Hotel of the Year Winner – The Enniskillen Hotel
  9. The 2019 Boutique Hotel of the Year Winner – The Bushmills Inn, Bushmills
  10. The 2019 Country House Hotel of the Year Winner – The Mellon Country Inn, Co Tyrone
  11. 2019 Sales & Marketing Manager of the Year Winner is Therese McAvoy of The Whistledown
    Hotel, Newry
  12. 2019 Bar Manager of the Year Winner – Seamus Morgan of Killeavy Castle Estate
  13. 2019 Restaurant Manager of the Year Winner is Andrew Smith of Me & Mrs Jones, Portstewart
  14. The 2019 Food & Beverage Team/Individual of the Year is Winner – Golflinks Hotel, Portrush
  15. 2019 Bar Dining Hotel of the Year Winner – The Seagoe Hotel
  16. 2019 Hotel Bar of the Year Winner is Malmaison Belfast
  17. 2019 Head Chef of the Year Winner is Darragh Dooley – Killeavy Castle Estate
  18. 2019 Standout Chef of the Year Winner is Annette Grant of The Whistledown Hotel, Newry
  19. 2019 Hotel Restaurant of the Year Winner is Killeavy Castle Estate
  20. The 2019 3 Star Hotel of the Year Winner is O’Neill Arms Country House Hotel
  21. 2019 City Hotel of the Year Winner – Malmaison – Belfast
  22. The 2019 Business & Conference Hotel of the Year Winner – The Seagoe Hotel, Craigavon
  23. The 2019 Pet Friendly Hotel of the Year Winner – Malmaison Belfast
  24. The 2019 Bed & Breakfast of the Year Winner – The Rocks
  25. The 2019 General Manager of the Year Winner – Berni Lively of The Whistledown Hotel, Newry
  26. The 2019 Standout Individual Winner – Paul Toner of Shelleven House
  27. 2019 Special Recognition Winner – Eugene McKeever MBE of the McKeever Hotel Group
  28. 2019 People’s Choice Winner – Inn on the Coast

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