EFQM Award Presentation at Clonabreany House


2nd July 2018

At a formal reception in Clonabreany House, the EFQM awarded Clonabreany House, Crossakiel, Kells, Co Meath, the International Accreditation of EFQM ‘Committed to Excellence’ following an intensive programme of workshops, projects and investments, culminating in a formal submission document, followed by an independent assessment and evaluation against the rigorous EFQM criteria and framework.

The EFQM, is the European Foundation for Quality Management. As a European Foundation, it inspires organisations to achieve sustainable excellence by engaging leaders to learn, share and innovate using the EFQM Excellence Framework.

The Excellence Awards, managed by the Centre for Competitiveness as the official Country Partner of the Brussels based European Foundation for Quality Management, benchmarks and assesses organisations and recognises those that have demonstrated quality excellence in their overall performance.

The EFQM Framework provides a holistic tool for assessing how effective organisations are in developing and delivering a stakeholder focused strategy.

Regardless of sector, size, structure or maturity, the EFQM framework is a powerful management tool providing hospitality businesses and their management, with a keen sense of what needs to be done; while establishing robust management and business systems through its powerful logic and practical help. It does this by measuring where they are on the Excellence roadmap; helping them understands the gaps, and apply innovative solutions”.

Used as a benchmarking tool, it shows how Clonabreany House compares to its competitors and other leading organisations. Used as a management and leadership guideline, it identifies the processes, performance, results and competency objectives of the organisation.

  • Speaking at the Awards Event, the General Manager, Mary O’Neill said: ‘The achievement of this EFQM Award is incredible! The journey to excellence was an exciting and stimulating process for the team to experience and every member of staff bought into it. The Framework guided us in the analysis of all aspects of our business– what we do; how we do it; what is critical to our success; what are our targets and how to deliver them. It was a real team effort, and this helped to ensure the best possible chance of success. This achievement has given the whole team here in Clonabreany a great boost because it is a recognition of our professionalism, standards, product and services…but more importantly it ensures a continuation and reinforcement of our total commitment to our customers; to exceed their expectations and to deliver excellence in everything we do to meet the needs of our guests and customers.’

The EFQM Award presented by Tony Lenehan, Executive Director of the Centre for Competitiveness (Ireland), which is the Partner organisation for the EFQM in Ireland;

‘The achievement of Clonabreany House in achieving the ‘Committed to Excellence’ EFQM Award is tremendous. This accreditation and International recognition is only awarded to hospitality and tourism organisations that ‘achieve and sustain excellence in performance and results that meet or exceed the expectations of their customers and all their stakeholders’.

The business benefits for Clonabreany are significant, as the EFQM provides an International symbol and benchmark of Business Excellence in Hospitality and Tourism.

Through this new distinction, Clonabreany joins 30,000 large and small organisations worldwide in the private, public and voluntary sectors who have used the World Class EFQM Framework as their blueprint and driver for excellence’

Profile of Clonabreany House

Clonabreany House is a beautiful Georgian country estate set at the foot of the Loughcrew Hills amid breathtaking Meath countryside, offering truly unique and bespoke weddings.

Catering for up to 220 guests with on-site accommodation for up to 90 guests, a private country restaurant and bar, a Grand Marquee, dedicated ceremony room and a luxurious private honeymoon suite; Clonabreany House is regarded as one of Ireland’s top exclusive wedding venues attracting couples from all over Ireland and abroad.

There is a place to dine, to drink, to relax, to celebrate…a place to love.