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The Reg in Waterford voted Ireland's Best Employer

The Reg in Waterford voted Ireland's Best Employer
•Best Employer - Food and Drink: The Reg, Co. Waterford 20-4-23 •The Reg, Co. Waterford won the Best Employer - Food and Drink Attraction Award at the inaugural Fáilte Ireland Employer Excellence Awards which took place in the Guinness Storehouse, Dublin last night. The awards ceremony celebrated businesses who have demonstrated their commitment to making the tourism industry an appealing and rewarding place to work through their participation in Fáilte Ireland’s Employer Excellence programme. Pictured from left Jenny De Saulles, Fáilte Ireland’s Director of Sector Development; Donal O’Brien, General Manager & his wife Aisling O’Brien from The Reg, Co. Waterford.Pic:Naoise Culhane Photography-no fee

The Reg in Co. Waterford has been voted Ireland's Best Food and Drink Employer at the Fáilte Ireland Employer Excellence Awards.

The ceremony took place at the Guinness Storehouse in Dublin last night.

It celebrates businesses that demonstrate a committment to making the tourism industry an appealing and rewarding place to work.

Waterford wasn't the only South East county to see success at the awards though with The Hoban Hotel in Kilkenny voted as the Best Employer in the 'Ireland's Ancient East' category.


Speaking from the event, Fáilte Ireland CEO, Paul Kelly, said:

“Tourism has an unparalleled track record of providing a diverse range of employment opportunities in communities the length and breadth of the country. The inaugural Fáilte Ireland Employer Excellence Awards are a celebration of the businesses who have set the industry standard for employee engagement and workplace culture in the tourism sector. These Employer Excellence awards will help drive a further improvement in the both the quality and the perception of careers in the tourism sector"

Over 170 tourism businesses registered to participate in the Fáilte Ireland programme which launched in September 2022.

As part of the programme, a survey was conducted with staff of participating businesses, which gave them the chance to highlight the strengths of their workplace, along with areas for further development.


Fáilte Ireland is now supporting these businesses to implement actions identified in their survey to further enhance employee engagement.

The winning businesses were chosen based on this employee feedback.

The 11 winners are:

  • Best Employer – Outstanding: Sandhouse Hotel – Co. Donegal
  • Best Employer - Wild Atlantic Way: Trident Hotel Kinsale, Co. Cork
  • Best Employer - Ireland’s Hidden Heartlands: The Lakeside Hotel, Co. Clare
  • Best Employer - Ireland’s Ancient East: The Hoban Hotel Kilkenny, Co. Kilkenny
  • Best Employer - Dublin: Big Bus Dublin, Co. Dublin
  • Best Employer - Attraction: EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum, Dublin
  • Best Employer - Food and Drink: The Reg, Co. Waterford
  • Best Employer - Hotel Group: Prem Group, Co. Dublin
  • Best Employer - Large Business: The River Lee Hotel, Co. Cork
  • Best Employer - Medium Business: Aspect Hotel Dublin Parkwest, Co. Dublin
  • Best Employer - Small Business: Cahernane House Hotel Co. Kerry

Tourism businesses who are interested in joining Fáilte Ireland’s Employer Excellence programme can find out more at here.


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