Galway Restaurant Aniar Celebrates A Decade Of Business

Michelin-starred restaurant Aniar of 53 Lower Dominick Street, Galway, which is part of the EATGalway restaurant group owned and operated by JP McMahon and Drigin Gaffey, is celebrating 10 years of being in business.

Statement By JP McMahon

Aniar, the Irish word for west, is led by chef-patron JP McMahon, who said, “I would like to thank the amazing chefs, floor managers and staff past and present who have contributed to Aniar’s success to date – we wouldn’t be here without you. I look forward to leading our team into the next chapter and our bid to achieve a second Michelin Star.”


Statement By Drigin Gaffey

Aniar co-owner Drigin Gaffey stated, “We opened Aniar with big ambitions and zero finance. JP, alongside chef Enda McEvoy, wanted to bring a new culinary vision to Ireland. Scraping together the pennies in those early days we pushed forward and achieved the first Michelin star in Galway city just fourteen months after opening. While Enda left shortly after to open his own place, together JP and I took Aniar through the highs and the lows, keeping the integrity and quality of the Aniar experience at the core. I am very proud of what we have achieved at Aniar. I would also like to take this opportunity to congratulate Jp on what he has personally achieved over the years with Food on the Edge, speaking at international symposia and The Irish Cookbook.”


Original article by Dave Simpson on

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