IHF Diary

  • IHF Management & Council Meeting
    24/01/2018 - 10:00am to 4:30pm
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L to R: Nicky Logue FIHI, President IHI, Niall Rochford, General Manager, Ashford Castle Hotel, Liam Kavanagh, The Irish Times, Natasha Kinsella FIHI, CEO, Irish Hospitality Institute.

Congratulations to Niall Rochford of Ashford Castle Hotel who was awared the awarded Hospitality Manager of the Year 2013 - Hotel, at the Irish Hospitality Institute Founders’ Banquet and Hospitality Management Awards 2013. The Gala Awards Ceremony was held on Thursday 28th Novemnber at the Four Seasons Hotel, Dublin and presided over for the 10th year as Master of Ceremonies, Michael Rosney FIHI.

Attendees were greeted by Nicky Logue FIHI, as President of the Irish Hospitality Institute with a ‘Cead Mile Failte’, as the 2013 Hospitality Awards began. He stated, “With a spirit of confidence and optimism, as our country and our industry finally discard the shackles of recession and prepare for what we all hope will be a period of sustained recovery and growth.”

He continued to note “that our industry has already responded enthusiastically to these positive developments, creating more than 9,000 new jobs over the past two years and investing heavily in marketing and product development. This job creation and the survival of thousands of hospitality enterprises over the period of the recession has been greatly helped by the 9% preferential VAT rate. We in the Institute welcome the Government decision to retain this preferential rate in the recent Budget, a decision which was strongly advocated by our Minister for Transport and Tourism Leo Varadkar. We now also are looking closely at trends in the economy and in our industry and examining the optimum role which the Institute can play in advancing the professionalism of members in the future. In doing so, we will draw from the Institute’s submission to the Government on the formulation of Tourism Policy from 2015 onwards.” 



Hospitality Manager of the Year 2013– Hotel
Niall Rochford, General Manager, Ashford Castle, Cong, Co Mayo.


Young Hospitality Manager of the Year 2013
Alan Smullen, General Manager, The Croke Park Hotel, Doyle Collection. 


Hospitality Manager of the Year 2013– Human Resources
Dara Forrest, Director of Human Resources, The Marker Hotel, Dublin.


Hospitality Manager of the Year 2013– Catering
Sean Dinan, Food & Beverage Manager, Aviva Stadium Meetings & Events / Compass Group


Hospitality Graduate of the Year 2013
Mark O'Shaughnessy, Shannon College of Hotel Management


Hospitality Manager of the Year 2013 – Environmental
Patrick Linnane, Duty Manager, Buswells Hotel, Dublin.


Hospitality Manager of the Year 2013 – Revenue
Emma Buckley, Director of Revenue & Yield, The Four Seasons Hotel.


Hospitality Manager of the Year 2013 – CPD (Continuous Professional Development)
Marjorie Farrelly, Training and Development Manager, Tourism Ireland.


Enrolment in to the College of Fellows

Elizabeth Kennedy- Burke FIHI, Kennedy-Burke & Associates

Aidan Ryan FIHI–The Royal Marine Hotel

Sarah Marr FIHI, PREM Group


Enrolment in to the College of Honorary Fellow

Niall Gibbons H.FIHI, Tourism Ireland


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