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IHF Midlands Branch names Austin Delaney ‘Employee of the Year’
Senior Bar Tender Austin was nominated by the Midlands Park Hotel, Portlaoise
 Tues 5th December 2023


Pictured: Denyse Campbell, IHF President; Austin Delaney, IHF Midlands Branch Employee of the Year Winner; George Leahy, Hotel Manager for the Midlands Park Hotel and Barry Kennedy, IHF Midlands Branch Chair.

Austin Delaney, Senior Bar Tender at the Midlands Park Hotel, Portlaoise has been announced as the 23/24 Irish Hotels Federation Midlands Branch ‘Employee of the Year’ at a special awards breakfast in the County Arms Birr.

Over 50 guests attended the event to celebrate and recognise 11 nominees from hotels and guesthouses across Kildare, Laois, Longford, Offaly and Westmeath who have made an outstanding contribution to their workplace.

Congratulating Austin on the award, IHF Midlands Branch Chair, Barry Kennedy said the judges highlighted Austin’s attention to detail, caring approach and love of hospitality when selecting him as the winner.

Pictured: (front row l-r) Denyse Campbell, IHF President; Austin Delaney, IHF Midlands Branch Employee of the Year Winner and Barry Kennedy, IHF Midlands Branch Chair. (back row l-r) Anton Chumak, Radisson Athlone; Anne-Marie Studdert, Bridge House Hotel; Amy Kelly Gorman, Clanard Court Hotel; Cathriona Murphy, Kilkea Castle Hotel; Gabor Fozo, Hodson Bay Hotel; Ita Kerrigan, Mullingar Park Hotel; Betty Mulrooney, County Arms Hotel Birr; Aggie Kulesza, Maldron Hotel Portlaoise and Nathan Green, Sheraton Athlone Hotel.

Austin joined the Midlands Park Hotel fifteen years ago and has been a steadfast member of the team through periods of change and growth within the business. Austin is loved by his colleagues and has served as a mentor to many, offering sage advice and encouragement. He is also a firm favourite with customers, who appreciate his keen memory, warm hospitality and humour.

IHF Midlands Branch extends its gratitude to the expert judging panel comprised of Bernadette Enright (Limerick and Clare Education and Training Board) and Daniel McCarthy (General Manager at Talbot Hotel Carlow), who had the difficult job of selecting a winner from the nominees.

The members of the IHF Midlands Branch now wish Austin the very best of luck as he goes on to represent them at the upcoming National IHF Employee of the Year Awards which will be held during the IHF's Annual Conference in February 2024.


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