Ireland has been experiencing some very hot weather lately and there’s no better way to cool down than to have a nice cold ice cream. My recommendation that will settle that craving is Teddy’s in Dun Laoghaire. There’s a constant queue throughout the summer and the winter as Teddy’s has become a bit of a Dublin institution. They’ve been serving ice cream to locals and tourists for over 60 years! Perched next to the sea, you can walk with your ninety-nine and have a stroll down Dun Laoghaire Pier to watch the sunset or simply sit on the wall and watch the boats pass you by.
Be warned, Teddy’s is addictive so your first will definitely not be your last!
To find Teddy’s opening hours and location visit: http://www.teddys.ie/
Hatch & Sons is a wonderful little discovery on St Stephens Green in the heart of Dublin. They serve great coffee and hearty Irish food with the best locally sourced ingredients in a traditional country style kitchen. The staff are very accommodating and always go the extra mile. Hatch & Sons Irish breakfast is a must!
Hatch & Sons Irish Kitchen
The Little Museum of Dublin
15 St Stephens Green
For more information visit: http://www.hatchandsons.co/
This week the streets of Dublin were turned into Victorian London overnight. The cameras started rolling on Dame Lane and Eustace Street in Temple Bar on Monday for the new Victorian horror series Penny Dreadful starring Josh Hartnett, Eva Green and Timothy Dalton. The television series is being shot at various locations around the city but this week they were in the heart of Dublin with passers-by and locals stopping by to immerse in the magic of Hollywood.
It was all hands on deck to create an enchanting Victorian Christmas market, transforming local businesses into authentically styled shop fronts with the use of old lamp posts, London street signs and crisp snow on the ground.
The series airs on Showtime in the US on May 11th. You can read more about Penny Dreadful on their official site: http://blog.penny-dreadful.com/
Here are some of my photos throughout the day…
Josh Hartnett & Eva Green
Josh Hartnett, Eva Green & Timothy Dalton
Highlight of the night was getting to meet Josh Hartnett!
Every Christmas Eve Glen Hansard invites some of Ireland’s best and most loved musicians to busk on the cold streets of Dublin for two local homeless charities including The Simon Community. This year the line up included Bono, Damien Rice, Mundy and Liam O’Maonlai. It’s a great event and what I love about it is that there are no ego’s or barriers, just genuine people who love music and want to help raise money for a great cause. Glen Hansard always gives young musicians who are not known and people in the crowd the chance to perform too. I have a lot of respect for the man. Glen and his friends, whilst entertaining the crowds are making a huge difference to the homeless in Dublin and in the words of Glen himself are, “Creating a manger for those people who need it”.
Glen and friends I salute you!
I got to meet one of my musical hero’s Glen Hansard after the busk which made my Christmas! :-)
Here’s a great little video of a special moment on the night that someone managed to catch on camera…Enjoy! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aZYIb6sG268
Dublin always looks great but Christmas time adds that little extra sparkle to the city! The streets have been decked out with fairy lights, chandeliers and Christmas trees, creating a magical atmosphere right across the city.
Will Ferrell, Steve Carell, Paul Rudd & David Koechner visited Dublin this week and premiered their latest film Anchorman 2 at The Savoy in Dublin. Fans turned out in large numbers to meet the cast and get a selfie or two with their favourite news anchors!
Kodaline turned up on Grafton Street today and busked outside Golden Discs for a pre-gig warm up! The band have sold out The Olympia Theatre for the next three nights so fans without tickets were excited to hear them banging out three songs this afternoon on the streets of Dublin.
Sunday’s will never be the same again! The five star Marker Hotel recently launched their incredible new Le Drunch Menu served 2-5pm every Sunday accompanied by a live DJ taking you into the evening. The Marker’s stunning architecture, relaxed atmosphere and five star service will leave you wanting to visit again!
The Marker Hotel, Grand Canal Square, Docklands, Dublin 2
Fallon & Byrne always greet you in the entrance with exquisite displays throughout the year and their latest display is no exception. With delicately carved pumpkins ranging in size, shape and colour, they have captured the true beauty of Autumn.