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Sligo's 'Eagles Flying' Awarded 'Best Family Day Out'

'Eagles Flying' in Ballymote, Co. Sligo beat off stiff competition to be crowned 'Best Family Day Out' in the 2016 Families First Awards.

The awards are designed to thank and acknowledge those people and products local families couldn’t be without on a daily basis.

Put forward by many, Diane Treanor stated it is a “great place for children to learn and understand nature”

Director, Lothar Muschketat, pictured, said they were delighted with the nominations and the award.

The Families First Awards took place in Jacksons Hotel, Ballybofey on Friday 14th October 2016 celebrating the wonderful people, products and services that come together to make our family lives that little bit easier or more enjoyable.

The sell out event saw almost 400 guests attend to support a loved one or to battle it out to be crowned a family winner on the night, Ann King, Event Organiser was delighted with the turn out and support;

“The Families First Awards event is now into its third year, but this is its first in Donegal,, we’ve been overwhelmed by support and enthusiasm for both the people section and the products and services section of the awards – with literally hundreds of nominations and thousands of votes cast over the past few months it’s obvious to us that there are a lot of very happy family’s I who are exceptionally grateful for the people they have in their lives and the products or services that get them through each day.

"Many of the categories which were voted for by the public were really so close to call and it came right down to the wire on a few of them – It was very exciting and we’d like to congratulate those that won and took home the award on the night, but also those who didn’t win an award – you are all invaluable and winners in our eyes.”

Products & Service Awards:

Best Family Restaurant        Kelly’s American roadside Diner Mountain Top Donegal
Finalist                                Mr, Waffle,  Newcastle, Co. Galway.
Best Family Hotel West        Hotel Westport Westport.
Best family Hotel, North West    Jacksons Hotel,     Bally bofey, Co. Galway.
Best Family Day Out        Eagles Flying,  Ballymote Co. Sligo
Finalists                            Castle Adventure Open Farm, Ballyshannon, Co.Donegal
Finalists                            Jungle NI, Londonderry.
Finalists                            Lurgy Brack Farm, Letterkenny

Best Activity Provider    
Winner                             Krazy Karts,
Finalists                           Cooley equestrian  Centre, Moville Co. Donegal
Finalists                           Great Escape Rooms, Galway
Best Soft Play Area
Winner                            Little Climbers, Carndonagh, Co. Donegal
Finalists                          Play Shed, Londonderry.
Finalists                          Treasure Island, Galway.

Centre of Excellence in Childcare.
Best Day Nursery North.
Winner                            Happy Days Community childcare Ballymoney    
Highly Commended          Happy Days, Magherafelt
Finalist                           Stepping Stones, Londonderry.
Finalist                           Kidzs Montessori, Londonderry
Finalists                         Wee Bears, Londonderry.

Best Crèche Donegal, including Donegal North

Winner                           TT Childcare, Stranrolar Donegal.
Winner                           Bizzy Bees,  Rooskey Clonmany Donegal.
Highly Commended         Kid Kare crèche and Montessori, Donegal.
Finalists                         Shinning Stars, Montessori, Letterkenny.
Finalsits                         Little Dreamers, Letterkenny.