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Jennifer Zamparelli

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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.

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