John But­ler

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What’s your favourite thing about Ire­land?

Tread­ing wa­ter in Sea­point on a sum­mer’s evening, tak­ing in the view across the Ge­or­gian ter­races, out to the Pi­geon House and across the bay to Howth. Sum­mer in Ire­land can be kind of per­fect.

Your favourite Ir­ish town? West­port, with a bul­let.

The layout is so amenable, the pubs are great, there’s de­li­cious lo­cal food, and so many great sights a short hop away.

Best view in Ire­land?

The view off the cliffs by the ru­ins in Dun Aenghus on Inis Mor would take some beat­ing. Also, the beaches in Done­gal are wild like no oth­ers.

Your favourite restau­rant?

I’m par­tial to an oys­ter, and have had mem­o­rable evenings in Mo­ran’s on the Weir out­side Gal­way.

Best bar in Ire­land?

The Olde Glen bar in Car­ri­gart, Done­gal. The Hi-B in Cork. Mutton Lane in Cork. Pe­ter’s Pub in Dublin. The Vin­tage Inn in Ir­ish­town.

Where do you pick up in­gre­di­ents for cook­ing?

Lotts & Co on Bath Av­enue is a short walk from home. They have vir­tu­ally ev­ery­thing I need, and many things that I re­ally don’t, but am un­able to walk past, like the god damn sausage roll.

Favourite Ir­ish build­ing? Never been in it, but am fas­ci­nated and en­chanted by the Scott-Tal­lon-Walker build­ing in Kin­sale.

What do you rec­om­mend to tourists?

The Fran­cis Ba­con stu­dio at the Hugh Lane Gallery. It’s a bit of a hid­den Ir­ish gem. And free!

• John But­ler’s lat­est film, Papi Chulo, re­cently screened at VDIFF and is re­leased soon in the US, UK and Ire­land – fol­low @mr­john­but­ler on Twit­ter for re­lease dates.

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