The owner of the Beech Hill Country House Hotel in Ardmore, Patsy O’Kane, collected her MBE in recognition of her achievements and service to tourism and hospitality at the weekend.
The popular hotel manager travelled to Buckingham Palace where she was awarded the prestigious award by Her Royal Highness Princess Anne.
Speaking about ceremony, Patsy said: “It was a beautiful day and one which I will remember for a very long time.
“I was honoured to be recognised on the New Year’s Honour’s list but the MBE is not just for me, but a testament to my family’s hard work and dedication over the past 24 years to transform the Beech Hill into a luxurious four star hotel.”
Patsy’s family has owned the Beech Hill Country House Hotel since 1989 and she undertaken a transformation of the Georgian home into a 30 bedroom destination of choice for leisure and corporate visitors.
She can boast of having hosted several of the world’s most powerful people including Bill Clinton and wife and former US Secretary of State Hilary Clinton, John Kerry and actor Will Ferrell.