Dara Quilty Radio presenter
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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