Clare travel agent wins prestigious awards

Clare travel agent wins prestigious awards


Ciara MacConnell of Travel Counsellors, Gearóid Mannion and Jim Eastwood ofTravel Counsellors – Photo: Mark Harrison

Clare travel specialist Gearóid Mannion has won the prestigious award for ‘Best Corporate’ at the annual conference for leading independent travel company, Travel Counsellors.

The awards, which recognise the exceptional work of Travel Counsellors’ network of franchisees, were presented at a black-tie ceremony in Powerscourt Hotel, Wicklow. The gala event featured as part of Travel Counsellors’ renowned two-day annual conference, which saw over 160 travel professionals in attendance.

Speaking about his win, Ennis-based Gearóid, who specialises in corporate travel and holidays for discerning clients, said: “It is an honour to be awarded ‘Best Corporate’. I’ve been in travel all my life, and with Travel Counsellors for the past few years, and it is a job I am extremely passionate about. For both my business and leisure clients, I focus on offering what sets Travel Counsellors apart… bespoke experiences, expert advice, and unrivalled customer service.”

Commending Gearóid on his award, General Manager of Travel Counsellors Ireland, Cathy Burke stated: “Every year it is important to celebrate the hard work and commitment of our dedicated travel professionals. The gala awards are a perfect opportunity for such celebration, and this year we congratulate the achievements of one of our County Clare Travel Counsellors, Gearóid. With such a passion for travel, he is always focused on achieving the very best for his clients.”

Travel Counsellors is an award-winning independent travel company whose global network of travel professionals deliver bespoke travel experiences to both the leisure and corporate markets. With over 75 highly motivated Travel Counsellors in Ireland, as well as more than 1,700 across the globe, its business model is built on relationship building, repeat bookings and trusted referrals.

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Chief Reporter Pat Flynn has worked as a journalist for almost 30 years. His career began during the late 1980s when, like many aspiring radio presenters of the time, he worked for local pirate radio stations in Clare and Limerick. Pat joined Clare FM in 1990 where he worked as researcher initially and later presented several different programmes including the station's flagship current affairs programme. He was also the station's News Editor and Deputy Controller of Programmes. Despite leaving in 2003 to pursue a career as a freelance journalist, he continues to work with the station to this day. As well as being the Clare Herald’s Chief Reporter Pat is also freelance journalist and broadcaster, contributing to Ireland’s national newspapers and is a regular contributor to national broadcasters.