Paul Ronan Actor
What’s your favourite thing about Ireland? You might not believe me, but it’s the weather! I like living in a country with four distinctive seasons, and thankfully our summers are getting better and better. Because we have the four seasons, we have far more interesting countryside and views.
Your favourite Irish town?
Obviously outside of Dublin, because I’m from Dublin, it has to be Galway. I visit most years for the Film Fleadh and always nd myself going back again at other points of the year. Everything about it is so brilliant. It’s my favourite place, full of artists and the pubs are great.
Best view in Ireland?
You can’t get better than the Ring of Kerry. There are lots of other places to rival it, but I’m always amazed by the views in the south west of Ireland – they’re so incredibly beautiful.
Your favourite restaurant?
Trocadero in Dublin. A lot of actors have gone there over the years, and I’ve a lot of good memories in there. The welcome you get is always second to none, I absolutely love the atmosphere of the place.
Best bar in Ireland?
Grogans, it’s just a pub where you can get a great pint of Guinness and meet a few characters. During
the summer, you can sit outside and people watch, and I always happen to meet someone that I know. I’ve had some great conversations with great friends there.
Favourite weekend retreat?
I went kayaking in Lough Erne, and we camped out on the different islands and brought all of our food with us. That’s the closest thing to a retreat I’ve had – it was beautiful.
Where do you pick up ingredients for cooking? I go to my local SuperValu in Tullow, and I get everything I need there. I don’t eat meat anymore and they have a really great variety of fresh vegetables.
Favourite Irish building?
The Round Tower in Glendalough. I always get such a strong feeling of history when
I’m there – when I touch the stone, I can just imagine the men who were standing in that exact position putting it together, and it connects me with history a little.
What do you recommend to tourists?
Don’t just see Dublin, although it’s a great city, go out west. Also, visit Donegal. Even though the infrastructure isn’t great for tourists, it has some of the most beautiful beaches I’ve ever seen in the world.
• Paul stars as Anto Collins in Fair City, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays on RTÉ1 at 8pm