Jen­nifer Zam­par­elli

Tele­vi­sion and ra­dio star

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What’s your favourite thing about Ire­land? I love the fact that where I live now in Dublin, in 20 min­utes I can be in the city, at a beach or by a moun­tain. Ev­ery­thing is at my nger­tips. That plus a good pint of Guin­ness on Sun­day af­ter­noon.

Your favourite Ir­ish town?

I love Round­stone in Con­nemara. I have very fond mem­o­ries of go­ing there as a kid and swim­ming in the freez­ing wa­ter.

Best view in Ire­land?

From a cot­tage we used to stay in on fam­ily hol­i­days in Con­nemara, over­look­ing a lake to the Ben­baun moun­tain in the Twelve Pins re­gion. It’s spec­tac­u­lar. The drive to it also feels like I’m on set for The Lord Of The Rings. There’s some­thing very mag­i­cal about the place.

Your favourite restau­rant?

Luna in Dublin for sure. It serves Ital­ian food, and it has a very cool decor, with a ‘70s New York vibe. I never eat Ital­ian when I go out, as I live with one, but I make an ex­cep­tion for Luna. The ser­vice is sec­ond to none, and I could hap­pily sit in there all night drink­ing a nice wine un­til they kick me out (which has hap­pened be­fore).

Best bar in Ire­land?

The Har­bour Bar in Dun Laoghaire has some­thing re­ally spe­cial. We lmed an episode of Brid­get & Ea­mon in there, and it was per­fect for a ‘70s set­ting. It’s cosy and cool, and the type of bar you could en­joy a good ses­sion in.

Favourite week­end re­treat?

I am par­tial to a spa week­end, and I’ve been to Fota in Cork a few times. It has ev­ery­thing for a fam­ily get­away – in­clud­ing a wildlife park next door – and the food is ex­cep­tional too.

Where do you shop for clothes?

I do love the San­dro and Maje la­bels, both of which can be bought in Brown Thomas. How­ever, I’m try­ing to buy more Ir­ish, and I’ve dis­cov­ered a gor­geous la­bel called Rant and Rave – they do lovely stuff and I get all my jeans there now.

Where do you pick up in­gre­di­ents for cook­ing?

Our lo­cal Su­perValu, nor­mally, or Fal­lon & Byrne. You can nd ev­ery­thing you need, es­pe­cially if you’re look­ing for some­thing dif­fer­ent. They also have an amaz­ing cheese counter.

Favourite Ir­ish build­ing?

My house, be­cause at the mo­ment with work, I’m rarely in it. That and the GPO.

What do you rec­om­mend to tourists?

I tell them not to buy a pint in Tem­ple Bar – have a cof­fee in But­lers in­stead. Also, take the tour of Kil­main­ham Gaol and go to the zoo. Af­ter that, get out of Dublin and see the coun­try­side.

The Twelve Bens,Gal­way

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