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No new Michelin stars for Ireland's restaurants

But we’ve put together a reminder of where you can still dine under the stars in Dublin and Waterford.

Image: Ulterior Epicure via Flickr

THE FOODIES OVER at Michelin give out their stars sparingly and this year was no different with no Irish restaurant receiving the much-coveted accolade.

The 2012 version of the Michelin Guide Great Britain and Ireland goes on sale tomorrow, marking the first time it has ever been published before Christmas.

Although no new stars were given out in Ireland, Box Tree in Stepaside was marked as a “Bib Gourmand” – where there is good food at a moderate price. It was the only Irish restaurant new to the category. It joins the likes of the Pig’s Ear on Nassau Street, Dublin, O’Dowds of Galway and Fishy Fishy Café in Kinsale, Co. Cork.

The cut-throat Michelin judges are slow to give out stars – but they are quick to take them away. A total of eight establishments lost stars in England, Scotland and Wales in this year’s guide. However, Ireland’s six previously-honoured restaurants kept their stars.

Here are the six restaurants where you can still dine “under the stars”:

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  • Ireland's Michelin-starred restaurants

    Thornton's in the Fitzwilliam Hotel on St Stephen's Green in Dublin is run by Kevin and Muriel Thornton. Image from Irish Fireside on Flikr
  • Ireland's Michelin-starred restaurants

    Bon Appetit's Oliver Dunne won his Michelin Star in 2008 despite any formal catering college training. He perfected his craft during stints at various Dublin and London restaurants before opening Mint in Ranelagh. He took over Bon Appetit in 2006. Image: Photocall Ireland
  • Ireland's Michelin-starred restaurants

    Chapter One opened in the basement of the Dublin Writers' Museum on Parnell Square in 1992. Owner-chef Ross Lewis was awarded a Michelin star in 2007. Image by informatique on Flickr
  • Ireland's Michelin-starred restaurants

    The private dining room at House at the Cliff House Hotel in Waterford. Image by AA Ireland on Flickr
  • Ireland's Michelin-starred restaurants

    Standing the test of time: Married couple Derry and Sallyanne Clarke opened classical French restaurant l'Ecrivain in 1989. Image by tehbus on Flickr
  • Ireland's Michelin-starred restaurants

    And, finally, with a very impressive two stars is Patrick Guilbaud on Dublin's Merrion Street. Image: Ulterior Epicure on Flickr

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