My Dublin: The city according to publicist Dorothy Murphy

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Dorothy Murphy is a publicist with Mission PR, who work with clients in entertainment and the arts, including the Olympia Theatre, MCD and the Gaiety Theatre.

A native of Connemara, she tells us about her favourite haunts in her adoptive city.

Home is…

I live with my boyfriend Gary in Thomas Street, right by the Guinness factory. I’ve been there for the past eight years. We accidentally ended up in the area but we ended up staying because we love the sense of community. It’s kind of funny, you’ll be walking down the street and you’ll hear the neighbours shouting across the road to each other.

We’ve really settled in and we can’t see ourselves moving any time soon.

How I get around the city:

I walk everywhere – I always wanted to be brave enough to cycle but I’m not quite at that stage yet.

I’m taking tentative steps towards driving but that has been a little bit of a journey in itself. One day I’ll get there! Cindy, my very lovely driving instructor, is a meditation guru as well so she gives me positive affirmations while I’m driving around the city.

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

The best place in the city for a date:

I think you can’t really go wrong with The Light House Cinema for a date night. They have a really good, curated programme, so I’ve seen some of my favourite films there, like Romeo + Juliet or Prince’s Purple Rain.

They have a gorgeous area where you can hang out beforehand to have a drink or a coffee, and then it’s close enough to town if you decide after the film that you want to continue on in.

The Light House Cinema in Smithfield (Image: Lighthouse Cinema Smithfield)

My favourite pub in the city:

I’m from north Connemara so I have a big preference for old men pubs – I’m not really into modern or fancy establishments.

I love John Fallon’s in The Liberties – it’s just off Patrick Street. It’s tiny, the staff are lovely and they do a good toastie and a pint of Guinness. It’s a nice place to while away a few hours.

My favourite restaurant in Dublin:

One of my favourites would have to be El Grito, off Parnell Square. Amazing Mexican food, the staff are all lovely and it’s a really nice atmosphere. We head there maybe once a month.

Tacos from El Grito in Mountjoy Square (Image: El Grito / Facebook)

My go-to café or coffee shop:

The office is based right on College Green in town, so we’ve got far too much choice for coffees, but I tend to go to Bear Market [on George’s Street] – they do really nice pastries.

On the weekend, I love Daddy’s Café in Rialto. I’ll often do a little walk down there – they have really nice Irish produce.

Where I get my exercise:

During lockdown, I got into at-home workouts online – I’m just glad no-one can see me doing them!

So I do random YouTube dance classes, but then again more walking. We’re really lucky where we are that we have Phoenix Park, the Royal Hospital Kilmainham and the War Memorial Gardens nearby.

My favourite shops:

Jean Cronin Vintage in Powerscourt Shopping Centre. It’s run by two lovely girls, Alison and Jean Cronin, and they have an amazing collection of upmarket vintage – pieces that might be 200 or 300 years old, with really exquisite materials. But they also have an amazing personal collection that they’ll tell you about, and you’ll always find something.

Then for foodie bits, I always find myself popping into Toons Bridge on George’s Street – they have an amazing variety of Irish produce, and of course their own cheeses.

My favourite place for a haircut or pampering session:

My hair is bleached blonde, which was an absolute nightmare during the lockdown as you can imagine! I was running to the hairdressers as soon as they opened.

I go to The Space in Drumcondra – they have a big emphasis on being a good workplace, they focus on meditation and mindfulness as well and I really love it there. It’s a gorgeous space as well, so it’s always a pleasure to pop in.

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

One of my favourite things is to go for a swim in Vico – if you can get it when it’s quiet, it’s perfect.

You can walk down to Dalkey village past Coliemore Harbour and Dalkey Island, and I usually tend to get a coffee in Mugs Café. You could spend a whole day wandering around, it’s lovely.

Coliemore Harbour in Dalkey
Coliemore Harbour in Dalkey (Image: Artur Widak/NurPhoto/Getty)

My favourite place to let my hair down:

I love going to gigs and theatre shows. Dublin nightlife has been really impacted over the last couple of years anyway, so I find we have a little less choice what to do, but I think if you start off in l’Gueuleton and then head on somewhere else like The Sugar Club, you’re kind of set for the night.

The last live event I went to before lockdown:

The last one I went to by choice, which I also worked on, was David Keenan in the Olympia Theatre. And weirdly enough, I ended up going to see him as my first and last post-lockdown gig too, in the Watergate Theatre in Kilkenny – one of the new socially distant shows. So it was a weird kind of synchronicity.

Dublin’s best kept secret:

The Museum of Literature Ireland on Stephen’s Green. It’s a gorgeous museum in itself, but they also have a gorgeous garden café at the back with an olive tree in the middle. If you sit there for an hour, you feel like you’re away from Dublin on holidays.

Source: Dublin News