JP McMahon dingle literary festival 2020

The Dingle Literary Festival welcomed JP McMahon in 2020. JP is a chef, restaurateur and author. He is culinary director of the EatGalway Restaurant Group, which comprises Aniar, Cava Bodega, and Eat Gastropub. He also runs the Aniar Boutique Cookery School. JP is committed to the educational and ethical aspects of food, to buying and supporting the best of local and free-range produce and engaging directly with small farmers.

Founding chair and director of the Galway Food Festival, JP is an ambassador for Irish food and Spanish food in Ireland, in particular promoting the wines of Rías Baixas (Galicia) and Jerez.

JP is currently a commissioner for Euro-Toques Ireland and sits on its Food Council.
JP also lectures in Art History in UCC and is currently finishing his PhD in Art History, which focuses on twentieth century American art. In conjunction with this, his restaurants regularly hosts exhibitions, sponsors local arts festivals and events, and promotes the arts on a local level in Galway.

Top chef and author of The Irish Cookbook, JP McMahon chatted with Mark Murphy of Dingle Cookery School, and demonstrated his recipe for a traditional Dingle Pie. Get your ingredients ready in advance and cook along with him—we’ve timed this event so you’ll have it ready for dinner!


The Dingle Literary Festival was established in 2019 to create an annual book festival to bring readers and authors together in West Kerry. It’s a literary festival that celebrates living writers as well as honouring the literary heritage of the area. Festival events happen in both Irish and English and range across all genres and age groups. We present both author events and writers’ workshops.

Our vision is of a festival where literature, language and landscape converge to create moments to share stories, to connect minds and allow magic to blossom. It’s a place that sparks discussion, fosters innovation and collaboration in the arts and creates a multigenerational community of readers and writers.

The Dingle Literary Festival is a book festival that elevates and celebrates the richness of Irish language and literature in contemporary life. We encourage a vibrant, relevant literary community to support both established and emerging writers.

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