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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.

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