Top Irish movers and shakers revealed

The seventh annual Murphia list, recognizing the contribution of Irish professionals to the London hospitality industry, is published today and is the largest to date, with 62 entries.

During the global pandemic, Irish chefs, restaurateurs and other industry insiders in the UK capital have continued to prop up the city’s hospitality industry and guide it through challenging times.

There are 11 new names on the 2021 list, and to coincide with International Women’s Day, five of them are women. Tipperary-born Ciara O’Shea, who has made a name for herself as an international makeup artist working with greats like Madonna and Jayden Smith, joins the list with husband Ken Nally of Wicklow for her work on her Brixton grocery and coffee house F Monday. O’Shea’s brother, the butcher Darragh O’Shea, is also on the list.

During the lockdown, Dublin-born chef Anna Haugh switched from her Myrtle restaurant to a food offering in the bistro on your doorstep. Terry Wogan’s sons, Mark and Alan von Homeslice, developed a take-and-bake business model

Fiona Leahy, also from Tipperary, runs Fiona Leahy Design and has hosted events for A-listers like Jade Jagger and the fashion brand Gucci. Molly Hutchinson, originally from Dublin, is the director of the Meatopia Festival and also represents chefs through the offices of Yum, your talent agency.

Orla Hickey, group communications manager for the Maybourne The hotel group, to which Claridge’s and the Connaught belong, is on the list for the first time, along with the sommelier and wine advisor Anne McHale.

In London, as elsewhere, it was a 12-month challenge for the hospitality industry, but Murphia List’s inclusions have been at the forefront of innovative initiatives and humanitarian action. During the lockdown, Dublin-born chef Anna Haugh spun from her Chelsea restaurant myrtle to offer bistro meal delivery to your doorstep. Terry Wogan’s sons Mark and Alan von Homeslice pizzas developed a take-and-bake business model.

Murphia List 2021: Joseph Ryan of the White Heart in Peckham

Molly Hutchinson, a director of the Meatopia festival, is one of 11 new additions to the Murphia list for 2021.

Murphia List 2021: Molly Hutchinson from Meatopia

Ciara O'Shea and Ken Nally owners of F Mondays

Murphia List 2021: Ciara O’Shea and Ken Nally, owners of F Mondays

Fergal Lee, General Manager of The Wolseley, is a new addition to the list.

Murphia List 2021: Fergal Lee, General Manager of the Wolseley

Murphia List 2021: Newcomer Orla Hickey, Group Communications Manager for Hotels in Maybourne

Murphia List 2021: Newcomer Orla Hickey from the Maybourne Hotel Group

Murphia List 2021: Anne McHale, wine consultant and wine master

Murphia List 2021: Anne McHale, wine consultant and wine master

Despite the challenges, there were also new openings supported by Irish talent. Dubliner Nick Fitzgerald, who is also on the list for the first time this year, opened a taqueria, Taco’s father, in Borough Market. A longtime representative of the London restaurant scene, Robin Gill has settled in the hospitality industry, opening a bakery, two restaurants and three bars in the restaurant birch Hotel. Later that year, Chef Colin Kelly took over the helm of a new hotel and restaurant at 22 Grosvenor Square.

Noel Mahony, CEO of BaxterStoreyHelped coordinate the Feed NHS campaign that served millions of meals to frontline workers and restaurateur John Nugent Green & happiness The hospitality industry donates 400 meals a month to a local food bank and friends of the London Irish Center.

The Murphia list is compiled by siblings Catherine and Gavin Hanley, who founded the London restaurant guide Hot dinners 2009: “We started last year by saying that Brexit would be the biggest problem for the Irish when it comes to working in London. Now we know that not only can you beat this, but that you are on the front lines of helping others in a much bigger challenge. It’s great to see everyone preparing for the lockdown to end and definitely be on the lookout for the Murphia in London in 2021 with new openings and projects to look forward to, ”says Catherine Hanley.



  • Kenneth Culhane Chef, The Dysart
  • NEW Nick Fitzgerald Chef-Patron, Tacos Padre
  • Shauna Froydenlund Head Patroness Marcus
  • Fiona Hannon Head Chef at Bentley
  • Anna Haugh Chief Patroness, Myrtle
  • Colin Kelly Head Chef, 22 Grosvenor Square
  • Marguerite Keogh Chef, The Five Fields
  • Adrian Martin Chief Patron, Wildflower
  • Dave McCarthy Chef, Scott’s
  • Patrick Powell Chef Allegra
  • Clare Smyth Chief Patroness, Core of Clare Smyth


  • Sinead Campbell Restaurateur, Manila Kanteen from Bong Bong
  • Richard Corrigan Chief-Patron, Corrigan Collection
  • John Devitt Owner, Koya Soho, Koya City
  • Garrett Fitzgerald Restaurateur, Butchies
  • Robin and Sarah Gill restaurateurs and chefs, Bermondsey Larder, Darby’s
  • Brian Hannon Restaurateur, Super 8 Restaurants: Goat Smoking, Kiln, Brat
  • John King Restaurateur, Bowling Bird
  • David Moore Founding Director, Pied à Terre
  • John Nugent Managing Director, Green & Fortune
  • NEW Ciara O’Shea and Ken Nally Owners, F Monday
  • Oliver Peyton Managing Directors, Peyton & Byrne
  • Siobhan, Marie and Caitriona Peyton Cafe Owners, Roastery + Toastery
  • Mark and Alan Wogan Directors, Homeslice

Pubs and bars

  • Gearoid Devane founder, the Black Book
  • Cormac Gibney Bar Manager, Gibneys London
  • NEW Joseph Ryan Publican, the White Stag
  • Aaron Wall and Ciarán Smith own, Homeboy, the bottle cocktail store

Front of the house

  • Richie Corrigan Superintendent, Corrigan Collection
  • Conor Daly General Manager, Allegra
  • NEW Fergal Lee General Manager, the Wolseley
  • Darren McHugh Superintendent, MJMK
  • NEW Shane McHugh Wine Buyer / Sommelier Group Leader, Goodman Group
  • Oisin Rogers Publican and Restaurateurs, the Guinea Grill and the Windmill
  • Joe Warwick Flambé Consultant, Sola, Soho


  • Jessica Corrigan Co-Founder of Crab Communications
  • Diana Henry journalist, food writer and broadcaster
  • NEW Orla Hickey Group Communications Manager, Maybourne Hotels
  • Niamh Shields food and travel writer and cookbook author


  • NEW Molly Hutchinson Founder, Miam Management and Event Director for Meatopia
  • NEW Fiona Leahy Founder, Fiona Leahy Design
  • Jim Lyons Food and Beverage Manager, Claridge’s
  • Noel Mahony Managing Director, BaxterStorey
  • Sinead Mallozzi CEO, Sketch
  • Charlie McCarthy Business Development Manager, WSET
  • NEW Anne McHale Wine Consultant and Master of Wine
  • Paul McKenna Managing Director, Red Branch Hospitality
  • Tom Mullin Assistant Operations Manager, Sketch
  • Alex Muir Managing Partner, Pizza Pilgrims
  • Richard O’Connell restaurant advisor, expert advice

Producers and traders

  • James Goggin Sales Director, Empirical
  • Simon Lamont and NEW Phil Coulter Owners, Rocks Oysters
  • Evin O’Riordain Founder, The Kernel Brewery
  • Darragh O’Shea owner, O’Shea’s Butchers
  • Steve Ryan Food Photographer, Co-Founder of Root + Bone and 40FT Brewery

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