Chef received 'hateful' mail after Galway race week comments
Published 05/08/2016 | 02:30
The owner of a Michelin- starred restaurant who hit out at the behaviour of drunks following the Galway Races has revealed he has faced a backlash after speaking his mind.
JP McMahon said he would close his restaurant Aniar for race week next year as a result of last-minute cancellations and drunk and disrespectful customers. However, after going public about the level of abuse his staff received, the restaurateur revealed he had received a barrage of hate mail in response.
"I received emails, tweets and comments on Facebook. Some of them were very hateful. They said I was anti-Galway and elitist. I don't understand why there was such a response, it's not like I'm the first person ever to say this. They said I was tarnishing the reputation of the races - and that was not my point. The races are great, but it's the drinking we have to address," he said.
He said he talked to other business owners who had property damaged during the week, and said there is almost an acceptance of this because of the races.
He plans to close Aniar next year for the races and will move his staff to the Aran Islands to open a pop-up restaurant.