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26th Apr 2017

The best places to eat breakfast in Ireland have been revealed

Ever eaten in any of these places?

The Merrion Hotel in Dublin, Ballynahinch Castle in Galway and Gougane Barra Hotel in Cork were amongst the venues named as the best places to eat breakfast in Ireland at the 2017 Georgina Campbell Irish Breakfast Awards.

The awards, held in association with Fáilte Ireland, were held at the InterContinental Hotel in Dublin on Wednesday, with representatives of the very best in Irish hospitality and Irish food invited along to receive special commendations and awards for their excellent contribution to and delivery of The Irish Breakfast experience.

Hotels, restaurants, cafés, guest houses and visitor attractions throughout Ireland received awards on the day, while there was also special mention for brands responsible for the manufacture of breakfast foods in meat, fish, cereals and dairy categories.

You can check out the list of winners in full below and for more information, check out the Georgina Campbell’s Ireland website.

2017 Georgina Campbell Irish Breakfast Awards

Five-star hotel

Winner: The Merrion, Dublin

Highly commended: Culloden Estate & Spa, Belfast, The Europe Hotel & Resort, Killarney

Four-star hotel

Winner: Ballynahinch Castle, Recess, Galway

Highly commended: The Mustard Seed, Ballingarry, Galgorm Resort & Spa, Ballymena

Three-star hotel

Winner: Gougane Barra Hotel, Macroom, Cork

Highly commended: Killeen House Hotel, Killarney, Raheen House Hotel, Clonmel

Country House

Winner: Ballymaloe House, Shanagarry, Cork

Highly commended: Roundwood House, Mountrath, Rathmullan House, Donegal

Guest House

Winner: Newforge House, Magheralin, Down

Highly commended: MacNean House, Blacklion, Inch House, Thurles


Winner: Corrib House, Galway

Highly commended: Ballinwillin House, Mitchelstown, The Mill Restaurant & Accommodation, Dunfanaghy

Welcome standard

Winner: Burren Glamping, Kilfenora, Clare

Highly commended: Bervie, Achill Island, The Tannery, Dungarvan

Visitor attraction

Winner: Overends at Airfield Estate, Dundrum, Dublin

Highly commended: Native by Yellow Door at the MAC, Belfast, Courtyard Café, Birr Castle, Offaly


Winner: Rua, Castlebar, Mayo

Highly commended: Knox, Sligo, Hatch & Sons Irish Kitchen, Dublin

Irish breakfast foods

Meats: O’Neill’s dry cure bacon

Fish: Burren Smokehouse smoked salmon

Cereals: Flahavan’s Oats

Dairy: Clandeboye Estate yoghurt