There’s something about Mary – local publican shortlisted for prestigious national award

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Mary Grealish of The Kings Head Irish Women's Awards 2023
The King's Head , June . © Anita Murphy 2018

Publican of the beloved Kings Head in Galway City, Mary Grealish has been shortlisted for the Irish Women’s Awards 2023.

She has been nominated in the Family Run Business category for the historic pub run by the Grealish family.

The 800 year old Kings Head pub has been owned and operated by the Grealish family since the late 80s, and it has long been one of the most beloved spots in the city.

Mary’s influence, her creativity, work ethic and warmth can be found everywhere in the Kings Head, from her eye for interiors evident in recent decor upgrades, to her management of HR for 75 employees.

This nomination comes hot on the heels of another prestigious award for the Kings Head, taking Best Gastro Pub in Galway at the Restaurant Association of Ireland awards.

The pub is also shortlisted for Pub of the Year at the Good Food Ireland awards taking place later this spring.

Galway Daily life style The Kings Head crowned the winner of Gradam Sheosaimh Uí Ógartaigh 2020

The food at Kings Head is a celebration of the amazing ingredients that are on their doorstep. No surprise then that the menu features local seafood, lamb, beef and organic vegetables.

But it is in their dedication to the sea that the food at The Kings Head really comes to life, Crab Claws, Mussels, King Scallops, Oysters, award-winning Chowder, the catch of the day, Galway Hooker beer battered served with their signature chips, and of course the now seasonal signature Lobster and Chips.

The Chips at the Kings Head are fresh, hand cut and triple-cooked and are a stand-alone dish in themselves.

At the bar at The Kings Head, you will find signature whiskeys, local gins, craft beers, cocktails, mocktails and creamy pints of stout.

The Kings Head now have their very own Craft Beer appropriately named Blood Red Ale which is brewed locally by Galway Hooker in Oranmore.

It’s a preservative free, small batch, traditional red ale which keeps its head, unlike a certain King!