Paul Ro­nan Ac­tor

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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

Glendaloug­h

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