29 Jan 2022

Longford pays tribute to Viewmout House celebrity chef Gary O'Hanlon as he announces his departure

Chef indicates he will be 'hanging up the apron shortly after Christmas'

Viewmount House Longford Gary O'Hanlon

Longford pays tribute to Viewmout House celebrity chef Gary O'Hanlon as he announces his departure

Celebrity Chef Gary O'Hanlon has announced that after a decade at Longford's award winning Viewmount House he'll be hanging up the apron shortly after Christmas.

Donegal native Gary, who is a regular on our TV screens, featuring on TV3's The Restaurant and also on Celebrity Operation Transformation, broke the news on his own social media platforms earlier today. 

He wrote on Facebook; 

"After almost 10 incredible years on the stoves in Viewmount House I'll be hanging up the apron shortly after Xmas. To every customer, food critic and friend that has contributed to our incredible success, thank you.

"They've honestly been the best cooking years of my life.

"Beryl & James (Kearney) gave me an incredible property to rock & roll in and I'd like to think I did it justice.

"To the people of Longford, a massive thanks. Salt of the earth and proud to call Longford home. Hopefully I get to say goodbye to a lot of you in person should you make it in before January."

Gary will no doubt will be sorely missed by Viewmount House and the past month, indeed, has been a fantastic for Viewmount House, as it received two very prestigious awards - the Georgina Campbell 'Hospitality Hero Award' and it was also named 'Irish Hotel of the Year' at the 2018 Good Hotel Guide César Awards which took place in London on October 9 last.

Many tributes have been paid to Gary on Facebook and Twitter since he made the announcement.


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