Irish Pub Awards announce North East winners for 2018

Some of the finest pubs in the North East area representing Counties Louth, Monaghan, Cavan, Donegal, Longford and Westmeath are celebrating following their success at the 2018 Irish Pub Awards Regional Finals, which took place yesterday evening in The Squealing Pig, The Diamond, Monaghan Town (11th October 2018).  All nine winners will now go forward to the final of the National Pub Awards at the RDS Concert Hall in Dublin 4 on Wednesday 21st November when the National Category Winners and the overall Irish Pub of the Year will be announced.

The winners in the North East Region are:

Innovative Pub of the Year sponsored by Bank of Ireland Payment Acceptance:  Glencar Inn,

Glencar SC, Circular Road, Letterkenny, Co Donegal.

Best Music Pub sponsored by IMRO: The Warehouse Bar & Kitchen, Upper Main Street, Letterkenny, Co Donegal

Best Tourist Pub sponsored by Molson Coors: The Singing Pub, Atlantic Drive, Downings, Co Donegal

Best Outdoor Space sponsored by Bulmers: The Neptune, Main Street, Blackrock, Dundalk, Co Louth

Outstanding Customer Service sponsored by Heineken: PJ O’Hare’s, The Anchor Bar, Carlingford, Cooley Peninsula, Co Louth

Best Local Pub sponsored by Diageo: Barlow’s Railway Tavern, Dublin Road, Drogheda, Co Louth

Best Newcomer sponsored by Hennessy: Sister Sara’s, Port Road; Gortlea, Letterkenny, Co Donegal

Best Food sponsored by Musgrave MarketPlace: The Glyde Inn, Main Street, Annagassan, Castlebellingham, Co Louth

Pub Personality of the Year sponsored by Irish Distillers, Pernod Ricard: Bryan McKiernan, The Keepers Arms, Bridge Street, Bawnboy, Ballyconnell, Co Cavan.


The Irish Pub Awards are jointly presented by the Vintners Federation of Ireland (VFI) and the Licenced Vintners Association of Ireland (LVA).  A series of seven regional events take place around Ireland between 11th September and 11th October to announce 63 finalists throughout seven regions.

Speaking at the Awards Ceremony, President of Vintner’s Federation of Ireland (VFI), Padraic McCann expressed his delight in how well the Awards are going:  “Entries for this year have grown well ahead of last year. Judging took place over the summer months and tonight we are announcing our regional winners who will go forward to represent South West Ireland in the National Final to be held in November.”

“The Awards were developed as part of our strategy to raise the profile of VFI member pubs around the country.  The Irish Pub is at the heart of every town and village and it is where locals gather to meet friends and neighbours for good food and craic.  It is where tourists meet locals and enjoy Irish hospitality at its best. Irish Pubs are also a major provider of employment in our regions.  These Awards are an excellent vehicle to showcase what the pub has to offer the modern customer”.

The prize package for all finalists will include a management training course to help them progress their business further.  They will also avail of comprehensive media coverage at local and national level, including a feature in the special awards supplement to be published in the Irish Independent on the day of the Gala Awards Ceremony at the RDS Concert Hall, Dublin 4 on Wednesday 21st November.

Partners to Irish Pub of the Year Awards are: Febvre Wine Company; Media Partners, Independent Newspapers, Trade Media Partner, Drinks Industry Ireland and Management Development Partner, Skillnet Ireland.


For further information, please contact:

Brian Foley, Communications and Public Affairs Manager, Vintners Federation of Ireland

Tel: 01 492 3400,  Mob: 086 2690 281, email:


Sue O’Neill, Programme Manager, Irish Pub Awards, Shellcove Limited

Mob:087 9013311 email: