Radio presenter, Something Happens frontman
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.