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  • Our Latest Great Place to Eat - 37 Dawson Street

    Our Latest Great Place to Eat - 37 Dawson Street

    30 November 2012

    If you want to rub shoulders with the cool and happening people of Dublin, well 37 Dawson Street is where it is at. This is an amazing bar, which is better than any club and where the movers and shakers hang out.The décor is quite brilliant, it is like

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  • Our Latest Great Place to Eat - Sandbar Trattoria

    Our Latest Great Place to Eat - Sandbar Trattoria

    29 November 2012

    I have very happy memories as a child of long summer days in Clontarf – cycling along the front by the sea from Hollybrook Road where my aunt lived, to the famous Clontarf Baths for a swim. It was absolutely magical so anytime I can get over to Clontarf

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  • Peppers at The White Deer

    Peppers at The White Deer

    29 November 2012

    Mallow is a very pretty historic town on the River Blackwater about 20 miles or so north of Cork City. It is a town I have always liked – I always think of it as mellow Mallow with its lush surroundings – I also have to say the same of nearby Kanturk..

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  • Our Latest Great Place to Eat - Kirby's Korner Bar

    Our Latest Great Place to Eat - Kirby's Korner Bar

    29 November 2012

    Kirby’s Korner is in Ballinhassig, not far from Kinsale, and on the main road to West Cork. It is a great pub, very much part of the local community, with always something happening by way of sporting occasions, off the cuff sing songs, weekly games of c

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  • Lyon's Cafe The Recipes - New Cook Book

    Lyon's Cafe The Recipes - New Cook Book

    29 November 2012

    Gary Stafford and the staff at Lyon’s Café extend an open invitation to the launch of their cook book: Lyon’s Café, The Recipes. The launch will take place in Lyons café on Saturday December 1st at 3pm with mulled wine, seasonal nibbles and music by the..

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  • Lucinda meets the man who put sole into Kilkenny

    Lucinda meets the man who put sole into Kilkenny

    27 November 2012

    A flair for fabulous footwear is in the family for the man behind the Shoe Box, writes Lucinda O'Sullivan

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  • Restaurant Review - Lady Helen Room

    Restaurant Review - Lady Helen Room

    27 November 2012

    The recessionary tightening of belts has brought about an extraordinary amount of innovation in the foodie world with new small food businesses, and value menus, particularly in Dublin. However it is important too that the spirit, creativity and ambition

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  • Our Latest Great Place to Eat - La Raclette

    Our Latest Great Place to Eat - La Raclette

    25 November 2012

    The times we are in have brought about a burgeoning of smashing small and interesting restaurants around the country. People want to be able to eat out at reasonable prices, and have a nice bottle of wine with their friends without it breaking the bank.

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  • Our Latest Great Place to Eat - Flanagan's Gastro Pub

    Our Latest Great Place to Eat - Flanagan's Gastro Pub

    25 November 2012

    When I was a girl, all you could get to eat in an Irish pub was the proverbial butt of many a joke – the ‘hang sangwich’ – with a slice of fluorescent orange cheese slapped in the middle if you wanted it toasted! I was always fascinated then by how good

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  • Our Latest Great Place to Eat - Harbour Bar - Rush

    Our Latest Great Place to Eat - Harbour Bar - Rush

    24 November 2012

    No matter where we all go on holidays, be it in Ireland or Abroad, we are always hoping to find that ideal local pub or simple restaurant, that is friendly and welcoming, yet does cracking 5 Star seafood and steaks – oh yes and it has to.....

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  • Christmas at the Green Barn, East Cork

    Christmas at the Green Barn, East Cork

    23 November 2012

    Here I am in East Cork at the Green Barn Killeagh which has a fab selection of unusual Christmas Decorations..........

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  • Union Square - Terenure

    Union Square - Terenure

    21 November 2012

    Lucinda O'Sullivan looks at a union of restaurant, classroom, design shop and theatre that grabs the imagination....

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  • Restaurant Review - Bamboo

    Restaurant Review - Bamboo

    21 November 2012

    “Do you have a voucher”? Asked the young waiter greeting me at the door of the ‘new’ BamBoo on the corner of Parliament Street facing City Hall....

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  • Our Latest Great Place to Eat - Moloughney's

    Our Latest Great Place to Eat - Moloughney's

    17 November 2012

    I have always been of the belief that good chefs are born not made!Of course they have to be trained but you do really know the difference between food that has been cooked by someone with a gift, and someone who is just doing a job.Two people can cook

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  • Our Latest Great Place to Eat - Samphire@ The Waterside

    Our Latest Great Place to Eat - Samphire@ The Waterside

    16 November 2012

    Samphire Restaurant is in the most stunning location, right on the beach, and is the new restaurant of the Waterside House Hotel. Executive Head Chef Tom Walsh has created a whole new image and theme here delivering classical French cuisine with a Moder

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  • Our Latest Great Place to Eat - Saba

    Our Latest Great Place to Eat - Saba

    15 November 2012

    When Thai food was first becoming popular in Ireland, a man wrote to me from London telling me that we would soon be over-run with airport hanger size restaurants doing bad Thai food. Happily that didn’t happen here....

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  • Our Latest Great Place to Eat - Vinos - Greystones

    Our Latest Great Place to Eat - Vinos - Greystones

    14 November 2012

    There was almost an air of a Greek Taverna or Parisian Café about Vino’s in Greystones as we arrived in to meet four friends who live locally. The place was abuzz including a couple of big family groups celebrating birthdays, and the décor and ambiance g

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  • Our Latest Great Place to Eat - Mitchel House Restaurant

    Our Latest Great Place to Eat - Mitchel House Restaurant

    13 November 2012

    One thing that always gets me off to a good start in a restaurant, apart at all from the food, is the welcome, and that you are always assured of at Mitchel House Restaurant. Michael O’Dwyer is a total professional and really knows what he is about when

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  • Saba: The Cook-book

    Saba: The Cook-book

    13 November 2012

    "Saba: The Cook-book is so beautiful you could leave it on your coffee table - if you could trust your visitors!!" Lucinda O'Sullivan, Food Critic, Sunday Independent.

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  • Our Latest Great Place to Eat - Lemon Leaf Cafe

    Our Latest Great Place to Eat - Lemon Leaf Cafe

    12 November 2012

    As a part time resident of Kinsale for many many years I guess I can claim to know the restaurant scene there better than most.It is a place I have loved all my life and where my kids took their first steps. When the Lemonleaf Café first opened its doors

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  • Our Latest Great Place to Eat - Wasabi Japanese Restaurant

    Our Latest Great Place to Eat - Wasabi Japanese Restaurant

    12 November 2012

    I was never quite sure how I feel about Japanese food. I love sushi and the lightness and crispness of Tempura but, after that, I sometimes flounder around wondering what to have. Wasabi, is a new Japanese eatery on Malahide’s Main Street, so off we se

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  • Billy Morris -

    Billy Morris - "I died smiling as I lived." WW1 Remembrance Sunday

    11 November 2012

    When Lucinda O'Sullivan was given a cache of letters, sent by her uncle Billy Morris from Kilkenny while he served with the British army in World War One, it set her off on a wonderful, and deeply moving journey of discovery t

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  • Restaurant Review - Fade Street Social

    Restaurant Review - Fade Street Social

    11 November 2012

    When the cream of Dublin’s restaurant scene is out in force to check out a new arrival, you know it is major opposition! Such was the turnout to Dylan McGrath’s new Fade Street Social eatery that it even included some of those who had challenged his

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  • Our Latest Great Place to Eat - Vaughan's Eatery

    Our Latest Great Place to Eat - Vaughan's Eatery

    09 November 2012

    Vaughan’s Eagle House Pub has always been a landmark pub at the crossroads in the center of Terenure Village but in the last couple of years it has also become a landmark eatery - Vaughan's Eatery. It is a place that combines the wonderful old historic

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  • Our Latest Great Place to Eat - Brennan's Lane

    Our Latest Great Place to Eat - Brennan's Lane

    07 November 2012

    Keith and Siobhan Brennan are really on the nose of how people like to dine out and enjoy themselves nowadays. They know what good food is and they have really put Brennan's Lane on the foodie map,as well as it being a great contemporary pub and nightclub

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  • Our Latest Great Place to Eat - Ashtons Gastropub

    Our Latest Great Place to Eat - Ashtons Gastropub

    05 November 2012

    Long before the word Gastropub was ever dreamt up in the nether regions of London’s ECI at The Eagle on Farringdon Road, Ashtons in Dublin’s leafy Clonskeagh had a reputation for good food that would give anyone a run for their money..

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  • Our Latest Great Place to Eat - The Purty Kitchen

    Our Latest Great Place to Eat - The Purty Kitchen

    03 November 2012

    Living in the Borough of Dun Laoghaire, I am but a veritable stone's throw from the famous Purty Kitchen. The Purty Kitchen has been around since 1728, not in its present form I hasten to add, but it is the oldest pub in the great seaport of Dun Laoghaire

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  • Our Latest Great Place to Eat - The Step Inn & Stone Grill

    Our Latest Great Place to Eat - The Step Inn & Stone Grill

    01 November 2012

    The Step Inn in Stepaside has long been a destination for good food and drink. Built in the style of an old Coaching Inn, The Step Inn in the old days was outside the 3 mile city limits, and consequently known as a ‘bona fide’ pub, which meant it was no

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