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Celebrations at IHI's Founder’s Evening & Hospitality Management Awards
Elaine Carolan, Radisson Blu won ‘Hotel General Manager of The Year’
 Wed 30th November 2022

Over 500 industry Hospitality and Tourism professionals gathered at last week’s IHI Founder’s Evening & Hospitality Management Awards to celebrate 59 finalists and exceptional winners across 13 categories at the Clayton Hotel Burlington Road. The annual IHI Hospitality Management Awards are a recognition of the nominated person in their role, their capability, technical skills, innovation, passion and their ability to demonstrate continuous professional development.


  • Employee of the Year – Catherine O’Mahoney, Cork International Hotel
  • Revenue Manager of the Year – Eithne Tighe, The Montenotte Hotel
  • Executive Head Chef of the Year – Gary Rogers, Carton House
  • Young Manager of the Year – Florie Ghibaudo, Balfes, The Westbury
  • Graduate of the Year – Orla McAndrew, Shannon College of Hotel Management
  • HR Manager of the Year – Shane Cox, Center Parcs
  • Catering Manager of the Year – Colette Carew, Sodexo
  • Finance Manager of the Year – Julie Daly, Trigon Hotels
  • Environmental & Facilities Manager of the Year, Declan Cunningham, Radisson Blu Hotel & Spa Sligo
  • Sales & Marketing Manager of the Year – Megan Pardy, Trigon Hotels
  • Food & Beverage Manager of the Year – Karl Byrne, The Westbury
  • Deputy General Manager of the Year – Anneliese Badescu, Jurys Inn & Leonardo Hotels
  • Hotel General Manager of the Year – Elaine Carolan, Radisson Blu, Dublin Airport

IHI Fellowships were awarded to Conor O’Kane FIHI, Sharon Power Cowley FIHI, Joseph Higgins FIHI and Alan Smullen FIHI. The Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to Dr. Phillip J. Smyth.

Brian Bowler, President of the IHI, said, ”This is a very special evening for the IHI, as we come together for this event for the first time in three years. Tonight, we celebrate 56 years of the IHI and 25 years of the IHI Hospitality Management Awards, but most importantly we celebrate our 59 finalists, for their, passion, professionalism, ability, energy and of course their excellence in what they do. In a world of continual change, we recognise that it is our people that make Irish Hospitality and Tourism World renowned.”

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