Ross Whitaker Di­rec­tor

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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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