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Pub of the Year Awards 2015: Nominate your pint pulling heroes

By Christopher Woodhouse

Your favourite Sunday newspaper is calling on its readers to help raise a glass to Northern Ireland’s pub heroes.

Hospitality Ulster has teamed up with Sunday Life for the Best Bar Person of the Year Award in their annual celebration of all things bar-illiant — Pub of the Year Awards 2015.

We want you to nominate that special pint puller, cocktail shaker or the tap wrangler who is always willing to go that extra mile for the recognition they deserve.

Last year’s winner was Clare Johnston from the Railway Arms in Coleraine. Judges selected Clare as the worthy winner after noting how she demonstrated “exceptional industry expertise and professionalism”.

They were particularly impressed by her “attention to detail, innovation and continuous drive to reinvent what she offers to her customers”, describing her as having “a big presence and a big heart”.

Send your nominations for this year’s Bar Person category to and tell us a little bit about why you think they deserve to win.

The finalists will be featured in Sunday Life each week in the run up to the awards ceremony in November.

Olga Walls, chair of Hospitality Ulster, said: “The Pub of the Year Awards celebrate all that is great about our Northern Ireland’s hospitality industry and the awards are hotly contested each year. I would encourage all businesses to get involved and enter this year’s Awards.”

The closing date for entries for Hospitality Ulster’s Pub of the Year Awards 2015 is Tuesday, September 15.

The winners of the 14 awards will be revealed at a prestigious Gala Dinner on Wednesday, November 11 at the La Mon Hotel and Country Club, near Belfast.

All submitted award entries, along with public nominations from the Best Barperson and the Industry Legend Awards will be vetted and judged by an independent judging panel comprised of industry experts, before being mystery shopped to ensure they meet industry standards and best practice guidelines.

- For more information about the Pub of the Year Awards or to enter online, visit:

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