The Longford Arms Hotel was a hive of excitement last Wednesday night as publicans and well wishers alike gathered together to hear the results of the Longford Leader Pub of the Year awards. The build-up had been apparent for weeks as Longfordians from near and far voted for their favourite watering hole. And the night certainly did not disappoint. There were winners from north and south of the county, while Mickey Lynch won barperson of the year and the Hall of Fame award was presented to John Moohan, a barman who is extremely well-known around these parts.
“It was a fantastic night and the event really has gone from strength to strength over the past few years,” Longford Leader Commercial Manager, Dessie Connolly, explained. “The interest that the public has in the Pub of the Year awards is astounding and we had a very high volume of text and coupon votes cast. It also has to be said that it was a tough competition and in many categories, there were only a couple of votes separating the eventual winners, so there was plenty of anticipation and excitement on the night.
“I would also like to congratulate Mickey Lynch for winning Bar Person of the Year; Mickey received great support and was a popular winner on the night,” Mr Connolly added further.
“A huge congratulations also to John Moohan who won the special Hall of Fame award. John received his award in recognition of his many years of service to the bar trade here in Longford town and finally I would like to take the opportunity to thank our sponsor Paddy Power and the Longford Arms Hotel which very kindly provided the venue for the awards night.
“The lovely food was very much appreciated and thanks also to Davy and Liz for providing a great night’s entertainment. It is the pubs in this county that make the event such a success with each passing year, and I want to pay a special tribute to all of them for that also.”
Winners of the Longford Leader Pub of the Year Awards 2012:
Olde Worlde/Trad Bar: Skelly’s Bar, Ballymahon; Runner Up: Magan’s Bar, Killashee.
Live Sports Bar: McKeon’s Railway Bar, Earl Street, Longford; Runner Up: Kane’s ‘Murphs’ Bar, Ballymahon Street, Longford. Live Entertainment Bar: MB Coy’s, Earl Street, Longford; Runner Up: Foley’s Bar, Ballymahon Street, Longford. Good Food/Menu Award: The Breffni Arms Hotel, Arva, Co Cavan; Runner Up: PVs, Ballymahon Street, Longford.
Best Pint of Guinness: Casey’s Bar, Newtownforbes, Co Longford; Runner Up: Clarke’s Greyhound Bar, Dublin Street, Longford. Best Niteclub: The Spiral Tree; Runner Up: Blazer’s Niteclub and Kanes’ Bar, Granard, Co Longford.
Best Hotel Bar: The Longford Arms Hotel, Main Street, Longford; Runner Up: The Breffni Arms Hotel, Arva, Co Cavan. Village/Community Bar: Begley’s Bar, Killoe, Co Longford; Runner Up: The Olde Forge, Killoe, Co Longford. Best Outdoor Garden Area: Foley’s Bar, Ballymahon Street, Longford; Runner Up: Eamon Farrell’s, Earl Street, Longford.
Bar Person of the Year: Mickey Lynch, McKeon’s Railway Bar; Runner Up: Paddy Lowry, Valentine’s Bar, Main Street, Longford. Pub of the Year: Valentine’s Bar, Main Street, Longford; Runner Up: Skelly’s Bar, Ballymahon, Co Longford. Hall of Fame Award: John Moohan, PV’s Bar, Ballymahon Street, Longford.
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