Best of Ireland – It’s A Real Insiders’ Guide!
From Seána Kerslake through Ruth Negga, Aidan Gillen and Miriam O'Callaghan to Dermot & Dave of Today FM, a host of stars feature in our brilliant, definitive guide to the island of Ireland, out now.
Celebrating Ireland, its people and places since its debut edition in 2013, the annual Best Of Ireland has just hit the shelves in newsagents all over the island. Summer’s not far off, after all, and the time is right to get exploring everything we have to offer in the way of fun, food and entertainment – from Dublin to Connemara and from West Cork to the furthest reaches of Co. Derry.
Which is why on this occasion, we have listed The 200 Best Restaurants in Ireland – giving readers the best possible insiders’ guide to the places you simply have to try if you like good food!
Our cover star is Seána Kerslake. The acclaimed young actress burst onto the scene with impressive turns in A Date For Mad Mary and RTÉ’s Can’t Cope, Won’t Cope. She tells us about her whirlwind year and discusses her favourite spots around Ireland for shopping, chilling and sightseeing.
Serious tastiness awaits as we meet chef Catherine Fulvio who tells us about her love affair with Irish food, and offers contemporary takes on culinary classics. We sit down for dinner with Miriam O’Callaghan who reflects on her youthful Stateside adventures, encountering Bob Geldof and George Best, balancing work and family, and the changing face of Ireland.
Best of Ireland 2017 boasts a fascinating interview with Gavan Hennigan, one of the country’s most remarkable athletes, famed for his incredible endurance feats, including rowing the Atlantic solo in under 50 days! We also meet Today FM duo Dermot and Dave, who discuss the places they’re looking forward to visiting on their upcoming tour across Ireland, and why Matthew McConaughey and Cillian Murphy are among their favourite interviewees.
Best Of Ireland is also a comprehensive lifestyle guide. In addition to our fascinating list of Ireland’s 200 best Restaurants, there’s also a special on our favourite Italian restaurants, ethnic eateries, the hottest brunches, and the best venues, music, nightlife, hotels and more. Our contributors' – including Aidan Gillen, Sebastian Barry, Cassie Stokes, David Rooney, Bláthaid Treacy, Donal Ryan, Sharon Shannon and Jess Kavanagh – share their recommendations for entertainment, food, sport, fashion, tours and fun. And, hot on the heels her Oscar nomination for Best Actress, we have an in-depth tete-a-tete with one of the hottest stars in the movie world, Irish-Ethiopian star Ruth Negga, who looks back at her experience growing up in Limerick and speaks out about the importance of racial equality.
In order to capture the essential spark that defines Irish literature, we asked Neil Jordan, one of Ireland’s most sucessful film-makers and writers, to name his three essential Irish titles (the result was so fascinating that the Hot Press journalists wanted to get in on the act themselves, and have chosen their own favourite Irish literature as well!) Also on the agenda in Best of Ireland 2017 is family entertainment, the thriving trad scene, sport and the LGBT scene.
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