Tom Dunne

Ra­dio pre­sen­ter, Some­thing Hap­pens front­man

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What’s your favourite thing about Ire­land?

The peo­ple: we are the most laid­back, fun-lov­ing, sound, fairminded, car­ing, craic-seeking peo­ple on Earth. I know from tour­ing that when you en­counter Ir­ish peo­ple far from home, it is the most won­der­ful ex­pe­ri­ence.

Your favourite Ir­ish town?

Clif­den. I’ve had some great ex­pe­ri­ences there: a Water­boys gig I will never for­get. Some­thing Hap­pens shows. A few early hi­lar­i­ous dates with my wife. And since then, many fam­ily hol­i­days. The light takes on a dif­fer­ent qual­ity once you go west – it’s very spir­i­tual and strik­ingly beau­ti­ful.

Best view in Ire­land?

My bed­room win­dow. I live in Dun Laoghaire. I like be­ing close to the sea. I get up, open the cur­tains, look out at the parked cars (hope you weren’t ex­pect­ing a cliff-top vista!), the quiet sleepy houses and think, ‘Great, an­other day around here, magic!’

Your favourite restau­rant?

The Cook­book Cafe in Glasthule, which my wife opened four years ago. For her, open­ing a restau­rant was the equiv­a­lent of me join­ing a band: some­thing she just had to do. She has poured her heart into it and it shows – in the food, the amaz­ing staff and the decor. She had shelf space left when it was fin­ished, so I filled it with my mu­sic book li­brary. You can read about The Clash, John Peel or Johnny Cash while you eat! I play some vinyl for her Sun­day mornings. I love that – a bit of The Blue Nile, a cof­fee and the papers. Where would you get it? Best bar in Ire­land? I haven’t had a quiet pint in about 15 years. There’s al­ways some­one who needs me, or some­where I have to be, which is won­der­ful re­ally. If we have time be­fore din­ner, though, we’ll have a cock­tail in the Vin­tage Cock­tail Club in Tem­ple Bar.

Favourite week­end re­treat? Kilkenny. Au­drey’s mum is there and I love the town. Syd Harkin’s is great for a pint, though it’s been a while since I’ve been in. If you can catch a hurling match, it’s class, and I love the New­park or Lang­ton’s for din­ner.

Where do you shop for clothes? I HATE clothes shop­ping – I’m dragged in when there’s no es­cape. I like Guess and Brown Thomas

Favourite Ir­ish build­ing? Kil­main­ham Gaol. I went to school be­side it, be­fore it was re­stored. Since then, it’s been done up – we’ve recorded a video there and I’ve been many times. It’s such an im­pres­sive, for­mi­da­ble struc­ture. And it’s our rel­a­tively re­cent past. The walls just speak to you.

• Tom Dunne cu­rates Tipp Clas­si­cal which takes place in Sem­ple Sta­dium on Septem­ber 20 and 21.

Kil­main­ham Gaol

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