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Ross Whitaker Director


What’s your favourite thing about Ireland? Lots of Irish people think they can take on the world and why not? Having spent 15 months lming with Katie Taylor, one would start to think it’s possible.

Your favourite Irish town?

I have a soft spot for Lahinch, having lmed there for a year. Eating 99s after coming out of the freezing Atlantic Ocean has a distinctly Irish avour.

Best view in Ireland?

A friend once dragged me to the top of Knockmeald­own in Waterford and it blew my mind.

Your favourite restaurant?

I love il Vicoletto in Dublin, an unpretenti­ous Italian restaurant with amazing food and wines.

Best bar in Ireland?

I essentiall­y grew up in Bray, trying to get into the pubs on the seafront. Filming Katie, I spent more time there again and was reminded of how great the Harbour Bar is. Favourite weekend retreat?

Anywhere on the coast sounds great.

Where do you shop for clothes?

In the sales. Filmmaking isn’t as lucrative as you might think.

Where do you pick up ingredient­s for cooking?

The local butcher, greengroce­r and baker in Marino. It’s a pleasure to stroll around picking stuff up rather than heading to a supermarke­t.

Favourite Irish building?

I was lucky to live in a at in Fitzwillia­m Sq. I love Georgian architectu­re as a result. Passing Powerscour­t Townhouse, I imagine the amazing parties in Georgian times.

What do you recommend to tourists?

A surf lesson in Lahinch, followed by a visit and the Burren and a pint in Doolin.

• Ross Whitaker’s documentar­y Katie, about Irish Olympian and boxing champion Katie Taylor, is on Netflix now.‚

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