22nd November 2018

‘Ocean View Restaurant’ is Overall Winner at Clare Business Excellence Awards 2018

‘Ocean View Restaurant’ at Trump International Doonbeg is ‘Overall Winner’ at Clare Business Excellence Awards 2018

Over 250 people representing businesses across the county gathered at Treacy’s West County, Ennis, on Thursday November 15thfor the 9thconsecutive Clare Business Excellence Awards organised by Ennis Chamber, with Clare County Council as the Award’s main sponsor.

With entries up 20 percent on last year, this year’s Clare Business Excellence Awards were more competitive than ever.

The premier accolade ‘Overall Winner’ sponsored by Clare County Council was awarded to ‘Ocean View Restaurant’ at Trump International, Doonbeg.  Earlier in proceedings ‘Ocean View Restaurant’ won Best Place to Eat– Best Restaurant category.

The independent adjudicators said, “The menu at Ocean View Restaurant is packed full of fresh local produce, staff were attentive, knowledgeable and enthusiastic and the food which was beautifully presented was out of this world”

Diarmuid McMahon, President, Ennis Chamber, organisers of the annual Clare Business Excellence Awards said, “The judges at Spotcheck Northern Ireland who adjudicate at similar awards throughout the island of Ireland were very impressed by the quality and standard of entries to Clare Business Excellence Awards 2018, and that makes us feel very proud of the innovation, professionalism and quality of product and service in evidence from the businesses who entered these awards.”

Commenting on Clare County Council’s involvement as main sponsor of the Clare Business Awards, Mayor of Clare, Cllr. Michael Begley said, “The Clare Business Excellence Awards present a great opportunity to celebrate business right across Clare and across sectors and as such it is fitting for Clare County Council to be the main sponsor.

In his speech at the end of the awards ceremony Mayor of Clare Cllr. Michael Begley reflected , “Not only have tonight’s winners proved that businesses in Clare are second to none, the quality of the finalists also demonstrate that a healthy competitive spirit exists amongst businesses operating in the same sectors. This environment helps drive standards and is to be encouraged.”

Diarmuid McMahon, President, Ennis Chamber pointed out that without sponsors running these annual awards would not be possible. He thanked the category sponsors; Essilor, HLB McKeogh Gallagher Ryan, Pallas Foods, AIB, Microsemi, Shannon Group, Ennis Gold, Local Enterprise Office Clare, LIT and St. Francis Credit Union. He also thanked additional sponsors: Bank of Ireland, BWG Food Service, Value Centre and Flynn Hotel Group and gave special praise to the Clare Business Excellence Awards Media Partner for 2018 – ClareFM – saying, “they were exceptional partners. ”


 Winners of Clare Business Excellence Awards 2018:


Leadership in Corporate & Social Responsibility, Sponsored by Essilor

Winner: Intel (Shannon)


Customer Service Excellence Award, Sponsored by HLB McKeogh Gallagher Ryan

Winner: Madden Furniture


Best Place to Eat in Clare – ‘Best Restaurant’, Sponsored by Pallas Foods

Winner: ‘Ocean View Restaurant’, Trump International, Doonbeg


Best Place to Eat – Best Bistro/ Café, Sponsored by Pallas Foods

Winner:Food Heaven


Best Licensed Premises in Clare, Sponsored by Ennis Chamber

Winner:Lucas Bar


Best Hospitality Provider in Clare, Sponsored by Shannon Group

Winner:Hotel Woodstock


Most Innovative Use of Technology in Business, Sponsored by Microsemi

Winner: Cahir Solicitors


Best Micro Business in Clare, Sponsored by Local Enterprise Office, Clare

Winner: Meere’s Pork Products


Clare Retailer of the Year, Sponsored by Ennis Gold Gift Vouchers

Winner: Bambinos (Ennis)


Clare Professional Services , Sponsored by AIB

Winner: Carrigoran House


Best Tourism Experience in Clare, Sponsored by LIT

Winner: The Burren Perfumery


Best Voluntary/Community Group in Clare, Sponsored by St. Francis Credit Union

Winner: 12 O’Clock Hills Project



Overall Winner Clare Business Excellence Awards 2018, Sponsored by Clare County Council

‘Ocean View Restaurant’, Trump International, Doonbeg


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