The co­me­dian on Trump’s Twit­ter feed, fam­ily-friendly restau­rants and the power of Katharine Hep­burn

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I re-read Rev­o­lu­tion in the Head by Ian Mac­Don­ald all the time. It’s about ev­ery Bea­tles song, from the first one ever recorded to the last, in chrono­log­i­cal or­der. It tells you about where it was recorded, what time, who wrote it, what stu­dio, who the ses­sion mu­si­cians were, what the in­spi­ra­tion was and who had a cold that day. It also tells you about what was going on in the world and The Bea­tles’ writ­ing. It’s like be­ing a fly on the wall his­tor­i­cally.


I’m the fa­ther of a 10-year-old boy and a five-year-old girl, so I’m a con­nois­seur of fam­ily-friendly restau­rants. We love Plat­form Pizza in Bray. It’s ab­so­lutely bril­liant; they do the best piz­zas for kids that I’ve come across and good food for adults, too. In Car­rick­mines, there’s Vanilla Pod, which also does fan­tas­tic Ital­ian food. Their Cap­i­tano pizza is my favourite – it’s quite hot, with a lot of dif­fer­ent Ital­ian meats.


I think we have some of the best comic tal­ent in the world on our own doorstep. Peo­ple who make me laugh for dif­fer­ent rea­sons in­clude Ja­son Byrne, Tommy Tier­nan, David McSav­age – es­pe­cially on tele­vi­sion – Deirdre O’Kane and Joanne McNally – she’s a co­me­dian on the rise. Out­side of Ire­land, I’m a big fan of Jim Car­rey, Will Fer­rell and Monty Python.


I’ve had no time to go out re­cently, but I’ve seen Hamil­ton on YouTube. I was watch­ing it for re­search pur­poses and I thought it was very in­ter­est­ing. Why pay ¤1,500 for a ticket when you can watch it on YouTube?


Rome has great mem­o­ries for me and my wife. When you walk around Rome in your run­ners, you can in­hale the full breadth of Rome’s his­tory and the smells on the street, and see the way peo­ple ges­tic­u­late and talk to each other. You feel twice as el­e­gant as you felt the day be­fore you ar­rive. You get no­tions about your­self, and any place that gives you no­tions is good.


I like An Ir­ish­man Abroad by Jar­lath Re­gan be­cause he cov­ers a lot of sports stars on that, and I like the Off the Ball pod­casts from New­stalk; they go very deep into sport.


I’ve been in­trigued by Katharine Hep­burn since I was young and I’ve only re­cently re­alised that it was her in­de­pen­dence that was at­trac­tive. She was so strong and pre­pared to di­rectly com­pete with men – and win. It turns out she was a mas­sively tal­ented sportswoman, so she was a jock and used to mix­ing with men, but for me she was a beau­ti­ful, strong woman.


Don­ald Trump (@re­aldon­aldtrump) is an im­por­tant per­son to fol­low on Twit­ter, to get the news from the source as soon as it’s hap­pened. Might as well hear from him as much as any­one else.


‘‘ I’ve been in­trigued by Katharine Hep­burn since I was young and I’ve only re­cently re­alised that it was her in­de­pen­dence that was at­trac­tive

I have a mor­bid fas­ci­na­tion with Fair City be­cause I take the piss out of it on tele­vi­sion, so when my brain wants to veg out, I put that on. And The Crown on Net­flix was one of the best things I’ve seen on tele­vi­sion. I have no in­ter­est in the royal fam­ily at all, in fact I’m a lit­tle al­ler­gic to them, but af­ter the first 15-20 min­utes of watch­ing it, I for­got about that as­pect and started to en­gage with them as peo­ple. It was an ex­tra­or­di­nary per­for­mance by Claire Foy. She should have def­i­nitely got paid more than Matt Smith.

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