Bressie & Louize

Mu­si­cians, The Bl­iz­zards

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What’s your favourite thing about Ire­land? BRESSIE: Al­ways has and al­ways will be our per­son­al­ity. It’s unique.

LOUIZE: The stun­ning rugged land­scape and the peo­ple – you can’t get that par­tic­u­lar brand of hu­mour and scathing wit any­where else.

Your favourite Ir­ish town?

BRESSIE: Mul­lagh­more in County Sligo is one of the most beau­ti­ful places on earth. I used to go on hol­i­days there ev­ery sum­mer. LOUIZE: I love Dun Laoghaire/

Monkstown. It’s so close to the city cen­tre, but sat­is­fies my need to be near the sea.

Best view in Ire­land? BRESSIE: Land­ing in Dublin on a clear day.

LOUIZE: Slea Head at the tip of the Din­gle Penin­sula; and the ridicu­lous views on Cape Clear off the south­west of Cork. Your favourite restau­rant?

BRESSIE: Par­adiso (16 La­caster Quay) in Cork.

LOUIZE: That’s Amorè (107 Monkstown Rd, Co. Dublin)– the most de­li­cious lit­tle au­then­tic Ital­ian. Piz­zas the size of your head and hi­lar­i­ous staff.

Best bar in Ire­land?

BRESSIE: I like Nearys (Chatham St.), off Grafton Street. I’m a not big drinker, so wine’s more my thing. The Red Bank is a great wine bar. LOUIZE: Ah here! This is nearly im­pos­si­ble to an­swer! There’s one for ev­ery kind of mood you’re in. I love a good old-school dark and cosy pub, with the smell of a re burn­ing. The Royal Oak in Kil­main­ham is re­ally nice for that.

Favourite week­end re­treat?

BRESSIE: Ash­ford Cas­tle is like an­other planet. I also love writ­ing in Har­veys Point in Done­gal.

LOUIZE: I need to have way more of these to be hon­est. It’s hard to nd the end of weeks, but I love the Cliff at Lyons (Cel­bridge, Co. Kil­dare).

Where do you shop for clothes?

BRESSIE: Any­where that ts. Sinead Burke tells me I need to up my game, so I’m go­ing to ask her to do my shop­ping for me.

LOUIZE: I’m a big fan of gold, chunky, vin­tage jew­ellery. I love look­ing through pieces at Rhine­stones (18 An­drew Street, Dublin), and the old gems in vin­tage clothes shops like Nine Crows (22 Tem­ple Lane South, Dublin) or the Dublin Vin­tage Fac­tory (11 Fownes St. Up­per, Dublin).

Where do you pick up in­gre­di­ents for cook­ing?

BRESSIE: I’m not a fan of mass pro­duced meats: a good qual­ity butcher is key.

The food in­dus­try is so big. Over-pro­duc­tion of cer­tain food re­ally af­fects qual­ity. But we are lucky – there is great ac­cess to qual­ity food in Ire­land.

LOUIZE: Avoca 9 (11-13 Suf­folk Street, Dublin) is my favourite! Does it count when the in­gre­di­ents I pick up are in the form of a pre­pared din­ner? Bressie is way more of a cook than I am...

Favourite Ir­ish build­ing?

BRESSIE: My own Camden Record­ing Stu­dios.

LOUIZE: I love the Pi­geon House, aka the Pool­beg chim­neys. I love see­ing them on the hori­zon, and ying over them com­ing back to Ire­land.

What do you rec­om­mend to tourists? BRESSIE: There are some in­cred­i­ble things go­ing on in the mid­lands. For ex­am­ple, the Hill Of Uis­neach out­side Mullingar is a spe­cial place. There’s a big­ger story to tell in this coun­try: tourism needs to be shared to all re­gions.

LOUIZE: In Dublin, you have to catch some of the ex­cep­tional Ir­ish mu­si­cal tal­ent. Head to Whe­lans on any night to dis­cover golden mu­sic nuggets. If you’re up for ad­ven­ture, take a mo­tor­bike around the Beara Penin­sula.

• The Bl­iz­zards play Bul­mers Live At Leop­ard­stown on June 20

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