O’GORMANs, Kilminchy was named as the Laois Pub of the Year 2011 at the Leinster Express Pub of Year Awards on Monday night in the Killeshin Hotel.
With the award for Best Bar Food already in the can, O’Gormans emerged as overall winners in a keenly contested competition for the inaugural title.
In his citation for O’Gormans, the MC on the night Joe Flaherty (MD, Leinster Express) noted its “location, catering for all the family, great craic with the locals and regulars, a great pint of Guinness, friendly staff and great community spirit.”
Mr Flaherty noted that every pub was a winner in its own right, and emphasised the very positive feedback from readers and participants in the competition. He paid tribute to Orla Phelan, Leinster Express who organised the awards.
The full list of award winners was as follows:
Live Sports Bar – Tom Delaney & Sons, Mountrath
Live Entertainment Bar - PJ Kavanaghs, Portlaoise
Best Bar Food - Winner - O’Gormans Portlaoise; Runner-up – Lethean, Main St Portlaoise;
Best Pint of Guinness - The Thatch Bar, Killenard
Best NightClub/Nite-Spot - O’Loughlins, Portlaoise
Best Hotel Bar - Winner, The Killeshin Hotel; Runner-up, Abbeyleix Manor Hotel
Outdoor/Area – Coppers Portlaoise
Best Community Bar - The Pub Mountrath
Best Olde World Bar - Ramsbottoms Portlaoise
Bar Person of the Year - Seamus McLoughlin from Lethean Bar, Portlaoise