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Pub of the Year Awards 2015: Nearly last orders for best bar person nominations

It's almost time for last orders in our call to honour Northern Ireland’s local bar heroes.

Hospitality Ulster has teamed up with Sunday Life for the Best Bar Person of the Year Award in the Pub of the Year Awards 2015.

We want you to nominate that special pint puller 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 by Tuesday 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 award categories 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 Bar Person and the Industry Legend Awards, will be vetted 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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