Mary & Aidan were delighted to be nominated by so many and privileged to win and accept the ‘oscar’ for ‘Contribution to Community Award at the GeoparkLIFE & Sustainable Tourism & Burren Ecotourism member awards which was held at Hotel Doolin on December 4th, 2014.
The GeoparkLIFE and judges said…..
“The winning business is an excellent example of placing ‘community’ at the heart of all they do. Their commitment to developing tourism and their commitment to community endeavour is exemplary. The Burren Béilíní, Mulkere Music & Musings and the Kilshanny Craft Fayre are fine examples of initiatives led by this very deserving winner.”
Some others said….
“Together this dynamic duo have made Kilshanny House a catalyst for music, heritage and local food. They have worked tirelessly, hosting Craft Fayres, charity fund raisers and local community shindigs! Some examples were – hosting Bewley’s Ireland’s Biggest Coffee Morning for seventeen consecutive years for Cahercalla hospice. Hosting Alzheimer’s Tea Day for the local branch of The Alzheimer’s Society of Ireland, supporting the Clare Crusaders wheel chair push.”
“Their varied evenings include story-telling, supper-theatre, cards, local musicians and all that jazz creating the magic for Kilshanny locals and worldwide visitors alike.”
“Mary & Aidan are the soul of Kilshanny House, Kilshanny House the soul of the Burren”
Mary was also short listed and amongst the top three nominees for Networker of the Year Award!
Amongst some of the musicians and artists that have performed at Kilshanny House recently are Crag Road, Luka Bloom, Paul O’Driscoll Jazz Trio, Kate Purcell & Trilogy ; Willie Daly; Dessie Mulkere, Jaskane Café Trio