Weekender ... with Mairead Ronan
At the weekend, if we're not in Dunmore East, at my in-laws' house, we don't stray far from home in Glasnevin. And it's basically about kids and dogs.
I love town on a Friday evening, though. I'd mosey to the Shelbourne for a mani-pedi in The Salon with a glass of Prosecco. Then I'd meet friends in the bar for more bubbles, but I'd be home, make-up and bra off, by 9.30pm. With kids - Dara (10) and Eliza (one next month) - Friday night can't spoil Saturday.
Saturday morning is manic, but I love it. Dara will have a soccer match or a GAA match, or both. If the sun is splitting the rocks or hail is taking our skin off, we're out there, with Murphy, our dog. Afterwards, it's Andersons on Griffith Avenue for hot chocolate and cookies. Then, it's chill-out time; we've had our fresh air.
On Saturday evenings, we'd walk down to The Washerwoman on Botanic Avenue for chicken wings and sweet-potato fries with chilli mayo. Back home, we'd open a bottle of wine, once I've put on a wash of the football gear.
Sundays, we'd go to the Botanic Gardens, for great coffee, or St Anne's Park, where Murphy can get off the lead and play with other dogs.
We cook the full Mammy roast on a Sunday, or we get an Indian from MintLeaf in Drumcondra. I have a creamy chicken dish; your knickers feel tighter straightaway. I never drink on Sunday. If someone suggested it now, I'd think they were mad.
Mairead Ronan returns to RTE in the autumn with 'Getaways' and 'Ireland's Fittest Family'
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