Cnoc Suain was honoured to have been recognised as ‘Ireland’s ‘Best Cultural Experience’ at the biennial Irish Tourism Industry Awards which was held in the Burlington Hotel on Friday, February 3rd.

Minister for Tourism Shane Ross TD gave the award to Cnoc Suain at the gala event in Dublin. The awards are a national scheme that identifies and honours those who are making major differences in the tourism industry.

Despite a very strong and competitive field which included Glasnevin Cemetery Museum and Teeling’s Distillery, the judges ultimately identified Cnoc Suain as a worthy winner.

Speaking at the event, Eoghan O’Mara-Walsh, Chief Executive of ITIC said: “This award validates all of the hard work that the team at Cnoc Suain have put in over the past two decades. They transformed a hillside farm on a few hundred acres into a best-in-class destination for ecotourism. The retreat’s offering, in terms of culture and sustainability, is second to none and in light of this, Cnoc Suain is highly deserving of this award.”

Minister Shane Ross said: “This award recognises the unique experience that Cnoc Suain provides to visitors in Connemara. It also rewards the hard work and determination of the owners to ensure that the retreat has become an internationally recognised for its sustainable approach and attention to its natural heritage. Cnoc Suain allows visitors to immerse themselves in Gaelic culture and the vibrant heritage of Connemara. As Minister for Tourism, I am proud to give you the award for Best Cultural Experience”.

…..not as proud as we were to bring it back to Conamara!

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