Werner and Kei Pilz bought Woodlands in the 1980s and relocated from Berlin with their family. They renamed it Shiro and opened the West of Ireland’s first Japanese restaurant in what had been our old dining room. Naturally, seaweed was an important food on the menu. With the owners as chef and waiter, this tiny restaurant in one of the furthest corners of Ireland achieved a Michelin star from 1996 to 2001. Sadly, Kei passed away in 2001 and Shiro’s reign as one of Ireland’s special culinary experiences came to an end.