You only need to look at the year that's passed to truly assess the impact of Irish talent within London's hospitality industry. Guinness is everywhere – we can't seem to get enough of the black gold – and without a doubt the city's hottest opening of 2023 was the packed-out Devonshire. This phenomenon is hardly new, though. For decades some of the industry's best talent have hailed from across the pond, with chefs, restaurateurs and PR mavens alike making the jump from the Emerald Isle to the English capital to enrich our dining scene with some good, proper Irish hospitality. 

Launched a decade ago by Hot Dinners in collaboration with with Bord Bia, the Irish Food Board, The Murphia List was designed to shine a spotlight on this talent in advance of St Patrick's Day every year. 2024 sees the longest list yet, with 16 new additions bringing the total to 67 talented hospitalitarians across chefs, restaurateurs, front of house, PR legends and behind the scenes superstars who keep everything ticking along. This year's new entries include Ross Culligan, bar manager at The Devonshire and the man behind the most in demand pint of Guinness in town; Emma Moran, Henry Spellmen and Niall Morrissey of Emerald Eats, the street food hotspot bringing Irish favourites to London's markets; Sean Devoren, the new head of butlers at The Dorchester hotel; and Patrick Frawley, the founder of 65a, Spitalfield's new French bistro. 

List mainstays include not one but three members of the Corrigan family – chef Richard Corrigan, his daughter Jessica Corrigan, co-owner of successful PR agency Crab Communications, and his son Richie Corrigan, Managing Director of the Corrigan collection – alongside three-Michelin-starred chef Clare Smyth, restaurateurs Robin and Sarah Gill and author Diana Henry. 

"We can't quite believe it's been ten years since we launched the list," says Catherine Hanly, co-founder of Hot Dinners. "It's always been a very timely celebration of the Irish contribution to what makes London a great city to go out in and it's great to herald the list's 10th birthday with it's biggest one to date." 

The full Murphia List for 2024


NEW: Luke Ahearne - head chef Lita

NEW: Kate O'Sullivan - Head Chef, Baudry Greene

NEW: Paddy Maher - head chef Pearly Queen

Finn Flood - Head Chef at The Chelsea Pig

Diarmuid Goodwin - Head Chef Sager + Wilde

Conor Gadd - Chef/owner Trullo

Kenneth Culhane - Head Chef: The Dysart

Nick Fitzgerald - Chef/Patron: Tacos Padre

Fiona Hannon - Head Chef: Bentley's

Anna Haugh - Chef Patron: Myrtle Restaurant

Colin Kelly - Head Chef: The Twenty Two

Marguerite Keogh - Head Chef: The Five Fields

Niamh Larkin - Executive Pastry Chef - 45 Park Lane

Dave McCarthy - Head Chef: Scott's Mayfair

Patrick Powell - Head chef: Allegra and Midland Grand Dining Room

Max Rocha - Chef Owner of Café Cecilia

Clare Smyth MBE - Chef Patron: Core by Clare Smyth

Richard Corrigan - Chef Patron of Corrigan Collection


NEW: Eoghan Shankey - Co-owner Shankeys

NEW: Patrick Frawley - co-owner 65A Spitalfields

NEW: Ian Duignan and Jay Bradley - Co-owners of Boha

John Devitt - Owner: Koya

Robin and Sarah Gill - Restaurateurs and chef: Sorella, Darby's and Bottle & Rye

Brian Hannon - Restaurateur: Super 8 Restaurants

David Moore - Founding Director: Pied à Terre

John Nugent - CEO: Green & Fortune

Mark and Alan Wogan - Directors: Homeslice

Pubs, bars, cafes and bakeries

NEW: Ross Culligan - Bar Manager, The Devonshire

NEW: Nicola McDonagh - GM, The George

NEW: Emerald Eats - Emma Moran, Niall Morrissey, Henry Spellmen

Colin Maher - Bar Manager, JKS Pubs

Oisin Rogers - co-owner and pub Landlord at The Devonshire

Cormac Gibney - Bar Manager: Gibney's London

Ciara O'Shea and Ken Nally - Owners: F. Mondays

Gearoid Devane - Founder: The Black Book

James Hennebry - Co-founder Rosslyn Coffee

Aaron Wall - Owner: Homeboy

Ciaran Smith - Owner: The Bottle Cocktail Shop & Bar

Dee Rettali - Owner - Fortitude Bakehouse

Front of House

NEW: Sean Devoren - Head Butler, The Dorchester

NEW: Niall Harte – GM of Lyles

NEW: Sean McDermott - Head Doorman, Scott's

Fergal Lee - Head of Operations, The Wolseley

Michael Lynch - head butler Claridge's

Olivia McGowan - Assistant GM, Niju

Behind the scenes

NEW: Jessica Garland Blake - founder Bash Studios

Richie Corrigan - MD Corrigan Collection

Conor Daly - Operations Manager JKS Pubs

Darren McHugh - Head of Operations, Chef Tom Sellers’ restaurants

Shayne Brady - Co-founder and Director of Hospitality- BradyWilliams

Shane McHugh - Group Wine Buyer - Goodman Restaurant Holdings Ltd

Joe Warwick – Freelance Front of House

Fiona Leahy - Founder: Fiona Leahy Design

James Goggin - Founder: Barrel Aged Consultancy

Sinead Mallozzi - CEO: sketch

Producers & Retailers

Darragh O'Shea - Director: O’Shea’s Butchers

Steve Ryan - Food Photographer - Founder of Root + Bone and 40FT Brewery and Director at Acme Fire Cult.

Simon Lamont - Owner: Rocks Oysters


Jessica Corrigan – Co-Founder, Crab Communications

Diana Henry - Author

Molly Hutchinson - Founder - MIAM Management, Event Director of Meatopia

Niamh Shields - Editor - Bia Duit