Monday 17 December 2018

Weekender... Brian Dowling Back Home


Brian Dowling
Brian Dowling

Sarah Caden

I live in London, but as I get older, I find myself spending more time back in Ireland. If I was home for the weekend, I would stay in my mum's in Rathangan on the Friday night. We'd get a takeaway, and then go to one of my sisters' houses, for tea and cake. I'm good when I'm in London, but, back home, I throw caution to the wind.

On Saturday, my three young nieces - they're all six years old - love playing 'hairdressers and beauticians' with me. This involves me lying on the sofa as they take turns doing my hair and giving me hand massages. I must then decide the winner. They are so crazy.

I love to hang out with my friends on a Saturday night. I'd go to Dublin and stay in the Radisson Blu on Golden Lane, or the Clayton on Burlington Road. For me, the best part of a night out is everyone getting ready together. This is where you can pop open a bottle of fizz and have a good catch-up.

I love Peruke & Periwig for dinner; it's so cosy and chic, and the cocktails are on point too. Then it would be House or 37 Dawson Street; both are great for music and atmosphere.

I love a lazy Sunday morning that involves tea and some telly in bed and, of course, a good look at Snapchat and Insta stories from the night before. I love wearing comfy clothes on a Sunday, and especially for brunch. I much prefer brunch to breakfast, and Avoca is ideal for both food and a bit of Dublin shopping.

Brian is improving his smile with Dental Options, Clane, Co Kildare, where Digital Smile Design lets you experience the result before the work begins. See

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