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Perfect date venue

18 Apr

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Had a lovely impromptu date night at Ely in the IFSC tonight. I always thought the Grand Canal branch was my favourite, until we were led downstairs at the IFSC to this beautiful dining room.

Sisterly bonding in Dun Laoghaire

16 Oct

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Pier at Dun Laoghaire. Copyright Rebecca Ellis 2012.

Although I haven’t explored as much of the outskirts of Dublin as I should have, one place which I really enjoy visiting is Dún Laoghaire. We were told by various Dubliners to visit Bray or Malahide, but it was actually a fellow Brit who recommended Dún Laoghaire for its markets and seaside views. I’ve visited a few times now, and decided to take my sister there on Sunday to show her the picturesque views I’d been boasting about. In the sunshine, Dún Laoghaire looks like an Italian fishing village with its colourful houses dotted along the cliff-side and the turquoise sea, but in the rain it unfortunately loses a bit of its sparkle. One of the main attractions of visiting the town is the view – you can see out for miles from the pier – but the shine is taken off when grey clouds are closing in above you, as was the case on Sunday.

Despite the weather, we soldiered on and had a wander down around the harbour and up through the village. There isn’t much to look at in way of shops but Dún Laoghaire does boast one in particular that I would make the trip for alone – Meadows and Byrne. It is the kind of homeware shop that women adore and men get tired of traipsing round – full of scented candles, decorative photo-frames and colourful Le Creuset-style pots and pans. If you are a fan of Avoca, you would love Meadows and Byrne as it is slightly cheaper and they wrap your purchases in tissue and a glossy paper bag.

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The Hen House, Dun Laoghaire

The other star attraction is The Hen House, a chicken restaurant on the sea-front. The décor is relaxed and trendy with exposed light-bulbs and green cushions, and the food lives up to the atmosphere. We both chose corn-fed half-a-chicken with pesto and chili sauce and a portion of chips, and it was so good that my sister swore it was the best chicken she’d ever tasted. For two mains and a drink each it came to just under €30, which isn’t too bad for the service and quality of food. For the full menu, click here.

For more information about things to do and see in Dún Laoghaire, click here.

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