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What do you like best about Dublin?
It’s such a convenient city – you can be anywhere within 10-15 minutes on foot or by taxi. There’s always a new bar or restaurant opening somewhere, and the shopping is great too. Also, there are some great parks, and the city is steeped in history and culture – the GPO and Kilmainham Gaol are a couple of the best spots to visit.
What’s the most iconic thing about modern Dublin?
I’m a huge movie fan, so the Light House Cinema and Smithfield Square stand out. The Square is used for some great outdoor cultural events, particularly during the summer. The Light House has to be one of the best cinemas in the entire country, it’s so modern and slick.
What’s your favourite place to eat and why?
I’m a breakfast kind of gal, so the Pepper Pot in Powerscourt Centre is one of my favourite spots – I love the creamy scrambled eggs. I’m also a big fan of the brunch in The Fumbally in Dublin 8. Good food, good vibe, good people.
Dublin’s best bar?
I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again – Walsh’s in Stoneybatter is my favourite bar. It reminds me of a pub you’d find down the country; it’s really cosy, authentic and the bartenders take pride in what they do. They remember your name, your order and it’s always service with a smile.
Where do you like to pick up ingredients for cooking?
I’m not much of a cook! The local supermarket!
Where do you shop for clothes?
Folkster in Temple Bar is a personal favourite. I’m big Top Shop fan too; I’m often traipsing the St. Stephen’s Green store picking up bits. Zara is reliable and affordable.
Favourite Dublin building?
The Light House Cinema – it’s a really peaceful place full of energy. I love going in there even just for a coffee.
Your Dublin music?
My boyfriend and I frequent Arthur’s in James’ Street and The Mission Bar, on the corner of Ellis Quay, quite a bit. The Sugar Club also have great bands on. Elsewhere, Walsh’s in Stoneybatter has great folk and bluegrass, and the Cobblestone in Smithfield always has great trad. In terms of acts, I’m into Loah, Royal Yellow, Super Silly and the Charlie Moon Organisation – who perform every Sunday night in the Mission Bar – to name just a few.
Favourite Dublin neighbourhood?
It’s got to be Stoneybatter – I’ve been living there for years and it’s home to me now. I have so many friends in the area and there’s always someone to grab a pint with.
What’s your most loved spot in Dublin to catch some me-time?
Phoenix Park for sure – we don’t have much of a garden, so it’s lovely to lash on the headphones and stroll up there.
Your favourite place to bring friends / family when they visit Dublin?
Token near Smithfield: it’s a bar-cade which I’m sure lots of people have paid a visit to. It’s something different to do – the food and drinks are great, and the arcade games are awesome.
Your Dublin hero?
Lorraine Barry, who’s a judge on Dancing With The Stars. She’s one of the most inspiring women I’ve ever met – fierce, kind, thoughtful and talented.
Your favourite place to bring friends / family when they visit Dublin? Token near Smithfield; it’s a bar-cade which I’m sure lots of people have paid a visit to.