Celebrations are underway for The Rusty Mackerel pub after their victory in the Irish Pub of the Year Awards.
The South Donegal pub scooped the Best Newcomer award in the 2019 awards, which are hosted by Vintners Federation of Ireland (VFI) and The Licenced Vintners Association (LVA).
The Rusty Mackerel in Teelin is a popular stop for locals and tourists alike who enjoy the traditional Irish pub atmosphere near Sliabh Liag.
This year over 1,700 applications were made to the Irish Pub Awards. Paris Texas in Kilkenny was named National Pub of the Year.
Speaking at the Irish Pub Awards: Padraic McGann, VFI President said: “All winners faced very stiff competition to reach the final. Irish pubs are the hub of any community – a warm destination to meet friends where they can enjoy good food and drink, music and entertainment and where tourists can mingle with locals to experience an Irish atmosphere at its best. These awards reflect the high quality of our pubs across Ireland, their ongoing investment in raising standards and their importance as community centres,” he said.