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My cultural life: Hugh Wallace, architect

 

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Hugh Wallace

Dali

Dali

Sybil Connolly

Sybil Connolly

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Hugh Wallace

Hugh Wallace is an award-winning architect and has a passion for creative design and believes good architecture is essential to create social cohesion and enhance our enjoyment of our landscape and living environment. He presents RTE's The Great House Revival - his other passion is the restoration of our architectural heritage, from the humble farm buildings to the great houses of Ireland. Outside of the day job, he loves to cook and last year he appeared on Virgin Media's The Restaurant and was awarded five stars. The Great House Revival returns to RTE today while Home of the Year returns to RTE on February 25.

Artist: Salvador Dali

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Dali

 

I didn't like sport at school but loved painting and got an A in the Leaving Cert. I have always loved Salvador Dali, the surrealist. He was a great raconteur and a larger-than-life figure who constantly reinvented himself. He started in the late 1920s and he was relevant until he died. His paintings were chaotic and that was a very chaotic time in my young life so I empathised with him and his work.

Food: Oysters

Food is joy for me. We often rock up to the most unexpected places while filming and I'm always surprised by the quality of food. Take for example The Pilgrim, Rosscarbery. It is stunning.

Designer: Sybil Connolly

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Sybil Connolly

Sybil Connolly

 

I was lucky enough to have afternoon tea with Sybil Connolly in her house on Merrion Square (above, Sybil at home, with a young model showing her designs). The house was known as 'the house that linen built' because all of the walls were covered in linen fabric. She dressed people like Jackie Kennedy and was friends with the Queen Mother. Later she went to work for Tiffany and made stunning porcelains inspired by flowers. To get the opportunity to be in Sybil's presence was amazing. She was a design legend and her influence continues to be felt.

Movie: Pathe films

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I will never forget the Grafton Street Cinema, it was a tiny cinema in the 1960s. They showed Pathe films and cartoons on a continuous loop. You'd come home after for your birthday party and there was an ice cream cake with your name on it. The cake was made by hand and was delivered by the milk truck.

Author: John le Carre

I have read all of John le Carre's books and the best of them is Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, from which they made a mini-series and later a film with Gary Oldman. Le Carre is the master of the twist. You think something is going to happen but the opposite does.


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