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John Butler


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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