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.
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.
All Green Star recipients are identified by a new green sustainability symbol.
As well as the 23 restaurants honoured last night, a further 4 in Ireland were identified for positive steps they are taking to work in a more environmentally sustainable way, including Aniar, in Galway.