John and Sally McKenna’s annual 100 Best Restaurants in Ireland is the most radical guide to the cutting-edge of Irish cooking. With the 2015 smartguide edition, the McKennas rewrite the book, crowning Galway as the finest city to eat in Ireland and, for the first time ever, including food carts and a food shack amongst the 100 hottest places to eat throughout the country.John McKenna adds: “In addition to food carts from Derry and West Cork, there is also a food shack, there is a canteen that is housed in a market, there is a surfer’s paradise in County Sligo, and there is a pizza place in Donegal run by an hotelier, a baker and a craft brewer. Some of the hottest new talents, like Kevin Murphy of idas in Dingle, Marty Murphy of Howard Street in Belfast and Dan O’Brien of Vaughan Lodge in County Clare, make their debuts in the new guide.”

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“What unifies these places, is great cooking. These are places where people want to be, run by chefs who have served their time in some of the world’s greatest kitchens, but choose to produce something utterly different in Ireland.”

Meanwhile, in the 100 Best Places to Stay in Ireland there are twelve new places, including B&Bs, Guesthouses, grand hotels, and Country Houses.With tourism on the up in Ireland and many events each this app will be welcome for people living here in Ireland and anyone travelling to Ireland they are very detailed to say the least with meticulous thought put into each app.

Lets take a look at the apps first starting with 100 best places to stay.

 

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For more than 25 years, John and Sally McKennas annual guide to the best places to stay in Ireland has focused on a simple but enduring truth about Irish hospitality: the people make the place.

Right from the publication of the first volume back in 1992, the McKennas’ Guides have always concentrated on the character and generosity of the hosts, the people who open their doors to welcome you into their hotel, their farmhouse, their B&B or their country inn.

Star ratings and deep-pile carpets mean nothing in Irish hospitality. What dictates whether you have a great time is the ability of the owners to make you feel welcome, to make your feel comfortable, to cook you delicious foods, and to offer you sound and sage advice on what you need to know and where you need to go.

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So, whilst the book has always been called the 100 Best Places to Stay in Ireland, it could just as easily be known as The 100 Best Hosts in Ireland.

Whatever part of the island of Ireland you want to explore, the McKennas have gone there to find the best lodging, the best cooking, the best hospitality, the best hosts. With a reputation based on more than 25 years of painstaking research, the 100 Best Places to Stay in Ireland 2015 is regarded by travellers as the bible of authenticity in Ireland.

Download on Android and iOS €2.99

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Next up is the best 100 Restaurants 2015.

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The 100 Hottest Restaurants in Ireland 2015, from John and Sally McKenna.

McKennas’ annual 100 Best Restaurants in Ireland is not just the most respected guide to the cutting-edge of Irish cooking, it is also the most radical guide book.

And in 2015, the McKennas once again rewrite the book, crowning Galway as the finest city to eat in Ireland and, for the first time ever, including food carts amongst the 100 hottest places to eat throughout the country.

Food carts? In a definitive restaurant guide book? Restaurants that aren’t actually restaurants? Well, yes.

But it’s not just food carts that make the grade in 2015 in the McKennas’ new user-friendly apps. There is also a food shack, there is Brahmin vegetarian cooking in a Cork restaurant with 7 tables, there is a canteen that is housed in a market, there is a surfer’s paradise in County Sligo, and there is a pizza place in Donegal run by an hotelier, a chef and a craft brewer.

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The good news about the McKennas Guide 100 Hottest Restaurants app is that it will escort you safely to the door of the hottest restaurants in Ireland, thanks to interactive map previews. You can link into the restaurant’s social media pages and menus, make a booking by pressing a button, and gaze hungrily at lovely images of the best food to be found in the hottest places to eat in Ireland.

All this, on a smartphone or tablet in the palm of your hand. John and Sally’s smartguides bring you the best of Ireland.

Download on Android and iOS €2.99

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Last up of the trio is McKennas Wild Atlantic Way.

In 2014, both the Wild Atlantic Way and John and Sally McKennas’ book, “Where to Eat and Stay on the Wild Atlantic Way”, proved to be sleeper hits.

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With relatively little fanfare, but with an awful lot of signposts, the Wild Atlantic Way powered into travellers’ minds in 2014, and anyone running a restaurant, hotel or B&B on the route quickly saw visitors who were heading either north or south on the 1200 km route, which runs from Kinsale to ‘Derry.

John and Sally McKennas book, “Where to Eat and Stay on the Wild Atlantic Way”, took the north-south route – it starts with the Foyle Bridge and concludes with Kinsale – and with little fanfare the book quickly turned into one of the fastest selling titles the McKennas have written over more than 25 years of producing guide books to Irish food and hospitality.

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In 2015, the WAW is once again going to deliver curious travellers and food lovers to the West Coast of Ireland, and the McKennas have responded by bringing out both an updated version of their WAW book, and an interactive WAW app, which will help every traveller to navigate the route and find all the most interesting places to eat, stay, shop and explore.

Download on Android and iOS €2.99

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Technical Information:

“Benefitting from the experience of last year’s 100 Best Restaurants App, we’ve worked to make the year’s version and the 100 Best Apps even better” says DCU Lecturer Dónal Mulligan who oversaw the development of all three Apps. “The Apps are highly optimised, so they run faster and take up less space on your devices, while still giving you the same quality information and convenient links to social media and web for the establishments listed.”

The Where to Eat and Stay on the Wild Atlantic Way App is a production in association with DCU’s School of Communications, via the Enterprise Ireland knowledge partnership scheme. The App leverages knowledge of mobile technologies and interaction design principles from the School and is built with the convenience of users who are planning or already on a trip to the WAW in mind.

GPS technologies not only orient the user with regard to great places to eat and stay nearby, but provide unintrusive but useful notifications of local specialities nearby. Time as well as location is a factor that the app seeks to address, with a handy “Open now” quick reference for users who are browsing the availability of nearby recommendations. Detailed information about the opening times is provided too, so whether you’re planning for a later trip or are on the ground and need the best cup of coffee or the perfect sea view that’s closest, the WAW App has you covered, bringing convenient technological features to the great writing and renowned recommendations of the McKennas.

Dont forget to check out guides.ie and thanks to Sally for talking to us.

Written by Jim O Brien/CEO

CEO in the transport industry, mobile tech fan 20 years, mobile consultant, Nokia/Microsoft VIP, HTC Specialist, Multiple forum supporter with worldwide top rankings, I also work in the background in the mobile technology sector, weekly radio show, Featured on the RTE consumer show and Cavan TV. Technology reviewer and blogger.Part time actor and security professional and brutally honest when it comes to opinions.