Three Galway restaurants have been awarded a Michelin 'Green Star' for their efforts in promoting and supporting sustainable practices. 

They are the only Irish eateries to be given the new accolade, out of a total of 23 businesses selected here and in the UK. 

Kai and Loam restaurants in Galway city were chosen, along with the Inis Meáin Restaurant and Suites on the Aran Islands. 

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Michelin said the awards are aimed at recognising businesses that are at the forefront of the industry with their ethical and environmental standards. 

They are also being selected for their efforts to work with sustainable producers to avoid waste, and reduce, or eliminate, plastic and other non-recyclable materials from their supply chains. 

The three Galway restaurants work extensively with local farmers, fishermen and other suppliers. They are known for the way in which they prioritise use of seasonal produce throughout the year. 

All Green Star recipients are identified by a new green sustainability symbol. 

As well as the 23 restaurants to be honoured tonight, a further 46 have been identified for positive steps they are taking to work in a more environmentally sustainable way. 

Four of them are in Ireland: Gregans Castle and the Wild Honey Inn in Co Clare, as well as Aimsir in Celbridge, Co Kildare, and Aniar in Galway.

Elsewhere, Dede at the Customs House in Baltimore, Co Cork, has been awarded a Michelin Star.

It is the only newcomer to join what is now the 18 restaurants with a Michelin star in the State.