“Myrtle Allen kick-started Ireland’s food renaissance and will go down in history as a champion of Irish cuisine,” said Fianna Fáil Leader, Micheál Martin on hearing of her passing today.

“Since Ballymaloe opened as a restaurant in 1964, Myrtle has been synonymous with quality food and quality cooking.

“The first Irish woman to earn a Michelin Star, Myrtle was a visionary who was never shy about championing the best of Irish cuisine.

“Myrtle was very involved in the local food market scene in Cork and was a committed supporter of Irish artisan food products.

“My thoughts go to her family of whom she was incredibly proud of. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a h-anam dhílis.”