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25 Year Service Awards

25 Year Service Awards

Each year at the President’s Charity Luncheon we recognise hospitality workers that have worked for over 25 years in the industry in the NT.

This year Ian Sloan (Sloany), Adrian Walsh (Aidy), Michael Coleman and Justin Coleman were all recognised for their 25 years service, with all of them starring at the opening night of Shennanigans.

The Coleman Family sponsored Sloany and Aidy to stay in Darwin and they have stayed ever since, pretty amazing really, all now with their own families who call Darwin home.

Justin Coleman is the second of the three Coleman brothers and was born and bred in Darwin. He established Shenannigans in Darwin with his brother Michael in 1996 through to 2017 when it was sold to Ausvenue Co.

He established Shennanigans Adelaide in 1998 to 2008 and a third Shenannigans was born in Cairns in 2001 until 2007.

Justin went on to other ventures such as Madison On Mitchell 2002 – 2004, The Deck Bar 2004 – 2010, Globies Bar from 2004 -2019, The Bell Bar and Bistro from 2017 – 2019 and more recently the Landmark@Gateway in 2018 .

Justin has been a hotels division board member of the AHA since 1997 and was President of the Association in 2014/15. He has also held other positions on the Executive Board including Vice President and Treasurer.

Michael Coleman is the oldest of the Coleman brothers and along with Justin started Shennanigans in Darwin in 1996. He then worked in Shennanigans Adelaide 1998 – 2008,  Shenannigans in Cairns 2001 – 2007, Madison on Mtichell 2002 – 2004, The Deck Bar 2004  – 2010, Globies Bar 2004 – 2019 and Landmark@Gateway 2018 – to today.

From that opening night of Shennaigans in 1996 Sloany has moved from Bar Manager to Group Operations Manager of the Shannannigans Group, to takin over the Virginia Tavern in 2008 and building the Berry Springs Tavern where you will find him today. Sloany’s daughter Olivia is a manager at Berry Springs Tavern (father daughter combination), another generation publican.

Aidy featured back of house, as the Head Chef for the Shennanigans opening, moving in to Group Head Chef for Shenannigans Darwin / Adelaide / Cairns from 1996 – 2012, General Manager at Globies Bar in 2012 until 2019 when it closed and now the General Manager at Lizards Bar/Frontier Hotel.

Sarah Andrews