Dara Quilty Ra­dio pre­sen­ter

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What’s your favourite thing about Ire­land?

The peo­ple. I may be bi­ased, but one thing that strikes a tourist the most – and can be over­looked – is our peo­ple.

Your favourite Ir­ish town? Din­gle, Co. Kerry.

Best view in Ire­land?

Look­ing down over Dublin from Cru­agh Woods in the Dublin Moun­tains, if you fol­low the hiker’s trail, there’s one cor­ner where you can see all the way from Tal­laght to Howth, and out to the Ir­ish Sea. There are also beau­ti­ful views if you de­cide to take a trip to the Gi­ant’s Causeway in North­ern Ire­land. Car­rick-aRese Rope Bridge gives you some­thing spe­cial to look at, if you’re brave enough to cross it! Best bar in Ire­land?

The Goat Grill in Goat­stown. Known as Dublin’s sport­ing bar, it has ev­ery­thing great about an Ir­ish pub. I eat there quite reg­u­larly and gen­uinely think they do the best burger in the city.

Your favourite restau­rant? Ananda, an In­dian restau­rant in Dundrum Town Cen­tre. I feel not enough peo­ple know about this place – the food is sub­urb and the ser­vice is ab­so­lutely ex­cel­lent.

Favourite week­end re­treat?

I love a good spa.

That ac­com­pa­nied by some­where you can hike – a nice six/seven mile walk up around a moun­tain.

Where do you pick up in­gre­di­ents for cook­ing?

I like to give busi­ness to lo­cal shops as of­ten as I can, and there are great fresh veg shops around where I live. Get Fresh in Bal­ly­roan is a top spot, and Rob­bie’s in Kil­macud is pos­si­bly the best fruit and veg shop on the south­side of Dublin.

Favourite Ir­ish build­ing?

In terms of mod­ern Ir­ish ar­chi­tec­ture, the Bord Gais The­atre is re­ally in­ter­est­ing to look at. I also love the Olympia the­atre, which has a spec­tac­u­lar in­te­rior. I’ve played there many times and the view from the stage never wears off. It’s a truly beau­ti­ful place.

What do you rec­om­mend to tourists?

I al­ways tell them to go to Kerry. It’s a beau­ti­ful place and quintessen­tially Ir­ish.

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