Travel Readers Awards

Tuesday 28 February 2017

 

Where do you love to travel? We asked you to share your go-to getaways, and boy, did you deliver. After thousands of entries, countless tips and hours of judging, we’re delighted to unveil the winners of the 2017 Reader Travel Awards, our first ever reader-driven travel prizes.

See the full results below, and click on the stories to read what you said about each winner, and what makes them so special!

Did you win one of our nine amazing travel prizes? Click here to see!

Safe travels!


Pól Ó Conghaile 

Travel Editor


A four-night family trip, for two adults and two children, to Portugal. Staying at Martinhal Quinta with flights included.
WINNER: Fiona Maye, Co. Mayo.

Three nights of Cliff Luxury – Coastal, City and Country. Take an overnight and dinner in each of the 3 Cliff locations – Cliff House Hotel, Ardmore, Cliff Townhouse, Dublin and the newest member – Cliff at Lyons, Co. Kildare.
WINNER: Adrian Boylan, Co. Wicklow.

A spring break at the multi award-winning Kelly’s Resort, Rosslare with two nights accommodation, breakfast daily, dinner at Beaches Restaurant on one evening and a one-hour spa treatment for two at SeaSpa.
WINNER: Margaret McGill, Co. Donegal.

A €500 voucher for travel site Clickandgo.com.
WINNER: Eileen Ryan, Co. Tipperary.

A two-night stay, with dinner on one night, for two people sharing at Dunbrody House, Co. Wexford, thanks to Ireland’s Blue Book.
WINNER: Christopher Ormonde, Co. Wexford.

A VIP trip for two to the 2016 Shannon Airport Christmas Racing Festival, with overnight B&B and spa treatments in the 4* Woodlands Hotel, Adare, and hotel transfers to Limerick Racecourse for a mulled wine reception, four-course silver service meal, celebrity tipster, evening finger food, and live music after racing.
WINNER: Aoibhin O'Malley, Dublin.

A romantic two-night stay at the restored 19th century Salterbridge Gatelodge in Waterford.
WINNER: Valerie Purcell, Co. Tipperary.

A two-night city break at the award-winning Limerick Strand Hotel, with breakfast daily and dinner in the River Restaurant on an evening of choice.
WINNER: Catherine Livesey, Co. Dublin.

A Samsung tablet and digital subscription to the Irish Independent for one year.
WINNER: Shannon Maher, Co. Kilkenny.

Pól Ó Conghaile 

Travel Editor of Weekend magazine and Independent.ie. He has five times been named Ireland’s Travel Journalist of the Year

John Brennan 

Owns and runs The Park Hotel in Kenmare. His latest series of At Your Service airs on RTÉ this January

Leslie Ann Horgan 

Editor of the Irish Independent’s Weekend magazine.

Alex Connolly 

Head of Communications with Fáilte Ireland, the National Tourism Development Authority

Francis Brennan 

Owns and runs The Park Hotel in Kenmare. His latest series of At Your Service airs on RTÉ this January

John McKenna 

Described by the Wall Street Journal as “Ireland’s most authoritative food writer”. He is the curator of The 100 Best Restaurants in Ireland (guides.ie).