DEIRDRE’S PER­SONAL TOUR

The Simple Things - - MY CITY -

Favourite shops BROCADE AND LIME

Vin­tage cloth­ing bou­tique and retro beauty par­lour in a re­stored 1850s town­house just off Pa­trick’s Street, the main shop­ping street.

STONE MAD GALLERY

Like step­ping into a mag­i­cal jew­ellery box. Jill buys jew­ellery from all over the world and sells them in her tiny Kin­sale store. stone­madgallery.com

Favourite mar­ket THE ENGLISH MAR­KET

This is an ex­pe­ri­ence not to be missed; even the Queen had it on her itin­er­ary when she vis­ited Ire­land. You can get every­thing here and its pres­ence in the city is a driv­ing force for the food­ies. en­glish­mar­ket.ie

Favourite cafe BUTLERS CHOCO­LATE CAFÉ

A lovely lit­tle choco­latier in the heart of the city. They sell cakes, sand­wiches and cof­fee, too. but­ler­schoco­lates.com

Favourite res­tau­rant THE IVORY TOWER

Well known for its sushi and five­course tasting menus. It’s hid­den down one of the side streets and is not ad­ver­tised. ivory­tower.ie

Favourite bar CRANE LANE THE­ATRE

A late bar in the re­mains of an old Gentle­man’s club. They have four bars to choose from, a lovely gar­den and live mu­sic seven days a week. They also serve lo­cally brewed beer. cranelan­ethe­atre.ie

Best gallery NA­TIONAL SCULP­TURE FAC­TORY

This or­gan­i­sa­tion pro­vides a sup­port­ive en­vi­ron­ment for the making of art, with work­shops, mas­ter­classes and res­i­den­cies. na­tion­alsculp­turefac­tory.com

Place to see by night ST FIN BARRE’S CATHEDRAL

An amaz­ing ex­am­ple of Gothic re­vival ar­chi­tec­ture. It was built in 1863 and is lit up at night. Look out for the gar­goyles that sneer down at you from above. cork­cathe­dral.webs.com

Best view FROM SHAN­DON BELL TOWER

Ar­rive just be­fore the sun sets to see the city come alive in twin­kling lights. shan­don­bells.ie

1 DEIRDRE O’CON­NELL is an actress with a keen in­ter­est in pho­tog­ra­phy. When she’s not tak­ing act­ing classes she’s of­ten found wan­der­ing the city tak­ing pho­tos or edit­ing them over many a cof­fee in one of Cork’s quirky cafes. Find her on In­sta­gram @deirdrops

The river Lee by night 1 2 Stone Mad gallery sells jew­ellery for ev­ery purse and taste 3 En­joy the view from the Shan­don bell tower 4 Pick up all the in­gre­di­ents you need for a first- class picnic at the English Mar­ket 2

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