Limerick hotel takes home sustainability prize at Guaranteed Irish awards

Lauren Kehoe (Viatel Technology Group) and the Fitzgeralds Woodlands House Hotel and Spa team who won the Sustainability Champion award. Photo: Andres Poveda.

A LIMERICK hotel took home a top honour at the Guaranteed Irish Awards this past week.

Fitzgerald’s Woodlands House Hotel and Spa was the winner in the Sustainability Champion Category of the Guaranteed Irish Awards.

The Adare hotel was set up over 40 years ago by Mary and Dick Fitzgerald, starting its life as a four-bedroom B&B.

Mary’s husband Dick has since passed on, and Mary is joined in running the business today by her four children David, Elaina, Conor, Richard, and daughter-in-law Orla, who all play roles in managing the resort.

The overall Guaranteed Irish Business of the Year Award went to Glenisk, which employs over 80 staff across the country.

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An independent panel of industry judges from companies such as An Post, FBD Insurance, and IDA Ireland picked the winners, which were announced at a gala awards ceremony with over 400 attendees at Dublin’s RDS.

Brid O’Connell, CEO of Guaranteed Irish, said: “What a start to the year we have had, we have launched a Guaranteed Irish stamp and a new advertising campaign – ‘The Guarantee of Guaranteed Irish’ – and we close out Q1 with this gala event to celebrate with our members and to acknowledge 50 years of Guaranteed Irish”.

“I wish to acknowledge our judges, who had a difficult decision this year as the number, and calibre of entries were exceptionally high. The event was sold out weeks in advance, so we hope all who were able to attend had a night to remember,” she said.