VEGANUARY: Plant based dinner created a buzz in the Brehon. Pictured were: Dr Ailis Brosnan, John Drummond, Dan Moynihan, Chad Byrne and Louise Kelly.


By Grigoriy Geniyevskiy


There was a very exciting buzz at one Killarney hotel last weekend as it held its first Veganuary event as a way to promote and educate the vegan lifestyle.

Up to 50 diners, who were seated at tables of 10, tucked into some delicious dishes at The Brehon Hotel. It was all part of the Veganuary event organised by the hotel’s Head Chef Chad Byrne.

The night came about following a challenge by local chefs, Chad Byrne, Dan Moynihan and Abraham Nur (The Brehon Hotel), John Drummond (The Gleneagle Hotel) and Cyrille Durand (The Dromhall Hotel), who gave up meat and dairy for the month.

On the night, guests enjoyed a special five course meal, and talks by health expert Dr Ailis Brosnan and Louise Kelly, who runs popular blog ‘I’m a Little Vegan’.


According to chef Chad Byrne, the event was “brilliant”.

“It was a really great night, with over 50 guests,” he told the Killarney Advertiser.

“It was great craic. Louise Kelly did one course which was a South Pacific dish with some Thai elements. It was fully immersive where guests from each table could even roll their own spring roll.”

To see how the chefs got on with their vegan challenge, check out our video on our FB page.

VEGAN CHALLENGE: Chefs John Drummond (The Gleneagle Hotel), Cyrille Durand (The Dromhall Hotel) and Chad Byrne (The Brehon Hotel), took part in the Veganuary Challenge. Photo: Grigoriy Geniyevskiy