Saturday 18 November 2017

Weekender: Denise McCormack's Bray


Denise McCormack
Denise McCormack

Sarah Caden

I'm from Drimnagh, and both of my sisters live quite close to my family home. I suppose I thought that's what I'd have done, too. But once you're in Bray and you have the sea on your doorstep, it's very hard to leave. As the boys [Harvey (5) and Sydney (3)] get older, I appreciate it more and more.

On Saturday morning, we like to go out for breakfast. We like Dockyard No8 in Bray, or next door to us is Coffee Delights. It's a lovely greasy spoon, and the kids can get their toast and beans and sausages. Then we'd go down to the seafront, where we love Platform Pizza. It's really child-friendly and the food is great - you don't always get both.

I used to swim in the sea until I was pregnant with Harvey. We lived in Greystones, and I went with a group who swim there 365 days a year, with their tea and cakes for after. Since having the kids, I have a fear of the sea. It's beautiful, but dangerous. Now, we go to the Shoreline swimming pool for our swim.

If I'm in bed after 10pm, it's a late night. I wasn't always like that, but I love it. We get the kids to bed and watch a box set. We're still on Game of Thrones. I love the theatre, but it's a big commitment to get into town. It's an hour each way on the Dart, so often I'd be happy to drive and go on my own.

With 'Dancing With The Stars' I was away so much, so Barry and I try harder to get out for a meal together since. We love Mt Everest of Kathmandu, an Indian in Bray, or, for a treat, the Fern House Cafe in Avoca, Kilmacanogue.

On Sundays, my sisters often come to Bray with their kids. When I moved here, I didn't think they'd come all this way that much, but they love it, too.

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