My Dublin: The city according to musician and DJ Siobhan McClean, aka Shiv

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Shiv – real name Siobhan McClean – is a singer-songwriter, musician and DJ from Zimbabwe and Kildare, who moved to Paris in 2020 after spending several years in Dublin. She released her debut EP Me 2 Me in December.

Home is…

I’m from Athy in Kildare and I lived in Dublin for five or six years, but I’m based in Paris at the moment. I was here for three or four months last year – I did a fashion course and then I was au pairing and then I met my boyfriend and we ended up moving back here in August.

I lived all over the place in Dublin, but Inchicore was my last resting spot. I really liked it – I feel like it’s a place with character, like a little village contained in Dublin. Everyone seems to know everyone and look out for everyone. I feel like it’s going to be like the new Stoneybatter – gentrification is on its way.

Drinkers outside Rascals taproom in Inchicore
Drinkers outside Rascals taproom in Inchicore (Image: Supplied)

How I get around the city:

I used to cycle most of the time. Freezing cold in the winter, your hands nearly fall off you, but I feel like it’s the most convenient way to get around Dublin. You can get from A to B without stressing about connecting buses and stuff like that.

The best place in the city for a date:

A walk in Howth – it’s so gorgeous. I think a walk is a nice way to get to know someone – when there are other people around and the two of you are sitting down, facing each other, it can be a bit more pressure. A walk around Howth would be perfect.

Howth harbour
Howth harbour (Image: Getty)

My favourite pub in the city:

The Snug, just off George’s Street. It’s really, really small, and they have really cheap pints and really good Guinness.

It’s very much a traditional Dub, older generation kind of a place. There’s no airs and graces, it’s not particularly fancy or hipstery, or anything like that. You go in for your pint that doesn’t cost, like, 12 euro, and that’s what you stay for.

My favourite restaurant in Dublin:

Izakaya on George’s Street – so good, so tasty and not crazy expensive. And there’s always a nice atmosphere as well in there.

Japanese cuisine from Yamamori Izakaya
Japanese cuisine from Yamamori Izakaya (Image: Yamamori Dining / Facebook)

My go-to café or coffee shop:

Daddy’s in Rialto is really, really nice. There’s really nice staff, good coffee and nice nibbles. It’s pleasant, and it’s a bit out of the city as well. I usually go in for coffee and maybe a little brownie or something.

Where I get my exercise:

When I was living in Inchicore, I used to go for runs down the canal, which was really nice. It was nice to have that very close by – it’s not a part of the canal where there’s a lot of people, so it’s just quite pleasant.

My favourite shops:

I used to shop a lot in the Temple Bar vintage area, so to name a few, I guess Nine Crows, Tola Vintage and Dublin Vintage Factory. Since I moved up to Dublin, I’ve been shopping in charity shops too. My favourites would be the Oxfam on George’s Street or the NCBI in Rathmines – the two of them are always really good.

Nine Crows in Temple Bar
Nine Crows in Temple Bar (Image: Nine Crows / FB)

My favourite place for a haircut or pampering session:

My friend works in DaveyDavey, so I would get my hair cut quite a lot there. They’re great in there and it’s nice and central, and a lovely atmosphere. It’s also off George’s Street – I didn’t realise so much of my favourite stuff was so close to George’s Street!

My favourite place in Dublin to get away from it all:

Ticknock Forest is quite nice. I had a car for a while when I lived in Dublin, and it was lovely to drive out there. It seemed like you weren’t anywhere close to Dublin at all, even though it’s only a 20 or 25 minute drive away.

My Dublin: How to get the best out of the city

My favourite place to let my hair down:

Berlin D2 – I suppose I’m kind of biased, because I spent a lot of my time there DJing, so that’s where I used to go a lot because I knew a lot the staff and the regulars. It felt very familiar. So that’d probably be my favourite place.

It’s quite small and it has that cosy feel. There are always different DJs playing different types of music, pints aren’t too expensive and you can get food – so it’s the best of all the worlds.

Berlin D2 on Dame Street
Berlin D2 on Dame Street (Image: Berlin D2 / FB)

The last live event I went to before lockdown:

I went to something in Paris when I moved here in February, but the last one I went to Dublin might have been three years ago. It was Rejjie Snow in the Academy.

I’ve not really been on the [concert] buzz as much, and I kept missing people that I wanted to see. But I did go to a lot of festivals, so I ended up seeing a good few people that I wanted to see at those

Dublin’s best kept secret:

The Snug!

The Me 2 Me EP is available now. hi-im-shiv.com

Source: Dublin News