2016 is set to be a an exciting year for Ireland’s Blue Book with Brown’s Restaurant, Derry/Londonderry, Killarney Royal, Co. Kerry, No.1 Pery Square, Co. Limerick, Viewmount House, Co. Longford and some incredible private rentals including Coolmore Manor, Co. Donegal and The Shannon Princess, Co. Westmeath joining the illustrious collection. Minster of State for Tourism and Sport Minister Michael Ring TD, launched the 2016 Edition of Ireland’s Blue Book at The Merrion Hotel on Wednesday, 25th November, with genial MC, Marty Whelan entertaining guests throughout the evening.
The celebrations drew a host of well-known names with over 100 guests gathered and those in attendance Included, Minister Michael Ring, TD, Senator Catherine Noon, Niall Gibbons, CEO Tourism Ireland, MC Marty Whelan, TV3’s , Elaine Crowley, Aisling O’Loughlin, Tommy Martin, Patrick Kavanagh; RTE’s Ruth Scott, Siobhan Russell (Ray D’Arcy Show producer) Geraldine O’Leary and Dara Meany, Newstalk’s Shona Murray, Chris Doyle, Paul Doyle and from The Blue Book Collection, Francis Brennan, Kevin Dundon, Catherine Dundon, Derry Clarke, Sallyanne Clarke (new President of Ireland’s Blue Book), Kevin Thornton and Muriel Thornton.
Speaking today Minister Ring said “I commend Ireland’s Blue Book on this wonderful publication of luxury accommodation and fine-dining establishments across the island of Ireland. A warm welcome and great customer service are an essential part of the Irish Tourism industry and the members of the Blue Book exude these qualities. Tourism is a key sector in Ireland’s economic recovery and the Blue Book establishments are playing their part by offering a very appealing and distinctive product that is attractive to overseas and domestic tourists alike. We have made great strides in tourism and I believe that by working together, Government and industry, we have succeeded in restoring Ireland’s reputation as a great place for a holiday”.
“I am thrilled and honoured to take on the role of President of Ireland’s Blue Book. It is such an exciting time, with 2016 being Northern Ireland’s Year of Food & Drink, and with positive tourism initiatives such as Ireland’s Ancient East and the Wild Atlantic Way our hotels & restaurants are looking forward to a busy year ahead” said Sallyanne Clarke, President Ireland’s Blue Book & proprietor L’Ecrivain.
Tindal wines kindly sponsored the drinks reception including its delicious Henriot Champagne. The Merrion delighted guests with an array of canapés especially selected for the occasion including Crozier Blue Cheese and Apple Mini Croquettes •Poached Salmon Fingers with Saffron Aioli • Sugar Cured Duck with Vietnamese Dressing on Sesame Crisp • Portobello Mushroom with Béarnaise Sauce • Cherry Tomato Compote with Pesto & Black Olive in a Crisp Filo Cup.
For details on Ireland’s Blue Book please visit www.irelandsbluebook.com