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Celebrations at IHI's Founder’s Evening & Hospitality Management Awards
Valerie O'Neill, Clayton Hotel Sligo named IHI General Manager of the Year
 Thurs 30th November 2023

Pictured: Des McCann FIHI, Chief Operating Officer at Dalata Hotel Group; Niamh Jordan FIHI, Director of Human Resources at Conrad Dublin and Dan Murphy FIHI, Managing Director at Galway Bay Hotel were elevated to the IHI College of Fellows.

Over 650 Hospitality, Catering and Tourism professionals gathered at last week’s IHI Founder’s Evening & Hospitality Management Awards to celebrate 70 finalists and exceptional winners across 14 categories at the Clayton Conference Hotel Burlington Road.

The IHI Hospitality Management Awards (HMAs) are a recognition of the nominated person in their role, their capability, technical skills, innovation, passion and excellence in what they do.

The 2023 Winners were:

  • IHI Graduate of the Year - Evan O'Donoghoe, TUS Limerick
  • IHI Employee of the Year - Peter (PJ) Browne, Cahernane House Hotel
  • IHI Young Manager of the Year - Micheala Mcilkenny, The Convention Centre Dublin (Levy Ireland)
  • IHI Catering General Manager of the Year - Michael Fox, The Convention Centre Dublin (Levy Ireland)
  • IHI Conference & Events Manager of the Year - Ali Mooney, Fota Island Resort
  • IHI Food & Beverage Manager of the Year - Pierce Lowney, Trigon Hotels
  • IHI Environmental Manager of the Year - James Gleeson, Press Up Group
  • IHI Finance Manager of the Year - Danielle Jennings, Maldron Hotel Sandy Road, Galway
  • IHI Revenue Manager of the Year - Emma Cronin, Maldron Hotel Newlands Cross
  • IHI Sales & Marketing Manager of the Year - Nicky Blake Knox, Conrad Dublin
  • IHI HR & Training Manager of the Year - Catriona Sheehan, The Kingsley
  • IHI Executive Head Chef of the Year - Aaron Duffy, Castle Leslie
  • IHI Deputy General Manager of the Year - Agnieszka Lalor, Crowne Plaza Dublin Airport & Holiday Inn Express Dublin Airport
  • IHI General Manager of the Year - Valerie O'Neill, Clayton Hotel Sligo

Pictured: IHI General Manager of the Year - Valerie O'Neill, Clayton Hotel Sligo

Three IHI members, Dan Murphy FIHI, Des McCann FIHI and Niamh Jordan FIHI, received IHI Fellowships in recognition of their significant contribution to the IHI and the industry.

Daragh O’Neill, IHI President said, ”Professional recognition for our people is more important now than ever as we compete in encouraging second level students to consider Hospitality and Tourism as a career. Let us commit to fostering a culture of retention, mentorship, and proactive co-ordinated industry and third-level education outreach to secondary schools. Together, we can ensure that the Irish hospitality industry flourishes for generations.”

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