Two Irish restaurants have received their first Michelin Star, Loam in Galway and The Greenhouse in Dublin.

After hearing the news this afternoon, Loam proprietor and Head Chef, Enda McEvoy told RTÉ LifeStyle: "We're delighted and a bit shocked.

"I heard the news on Twitter. Conor Cockran, my sous-chef was looking at Twitter (when he should have been doing some work) and he noticed that we got a star and he started jumping around the place. We're delighted."

However the big celebrations will have to wait: "We went for a cup of coffee to celebrate! We're open tonight so we have bookings and all weekend so I think we'll celebrate on Saturday."

The Star is very welcome news for the chef: "For us on a personal level its amazing. The economic boost for our restaurant is important - we're only open ten months so we're babies. To get this recognition and publicity is fantastic for us.

"On a national level for Ireland to get so many Bib Gourmand and new stars, its great recognition for how the high standard of Irish food is being recognised."

McEvoy previously won a Star two years ago when he worked in Galway’s Anair restaurant.

A number of Irish restaurants have been awarded the Bib Gourmand award and they include 1826 (Adare, Limerick), Pigeon House (Clontarf, Dublin), Bastion (Kinsale, Cork), Delahunt (Dublin), The Copper Hen (Waterford), Giovannelli (Kilorglin) and Café Hans (Cashel).

The restaurants who are no doubt celebrating the fact that they have retained their stars are Kilkenny's Campagne and Lady Helen, House (Ardmore), Aniar (Galway), Dublin's Chapter One and L’Ecrivan with Patrick Guilbaud retaining its two Michelin Stars.