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Dublin... Now & then: Tom Vaughan-Lawlor

Stage and TV actor tom vaughan-lawlor says the Celtic Tiger destroyed some of his favourite spots but the recession has brought music back to the street

Tom graduated with a degree in drama studies at the Samuel Beckett Centre, Trinity College Dublin and continued his training at RADA. Theatre credits include The Quare Fellow, Translations and The Field. Tom appeared at the Abbey as Christy Mahon in The Playboy of the Western World which toured America. Tom most recently completed shooting the leading role of Nidge in the new TV drama Love/Hate starring Aiden Gillen and Robert Sheehan.

Best thing about recession?

The resurgence of busking on Grafton Street.

Best Dublin insult?

"Ye louses" -- I just find it funny.

What's best: Northside or Southside?

Neither -- they're equal parts of what makes up this great city.

what one thing would you preserve from modern-day Dublin?

The Ha'penny Bridge.

If you were to change one thing about Dublin, what would it be?

I would bring back some of the truly great things about Dublin that the Celtic Tiger destroyed: Old Bewleys, Greene's bookshop and modesty.

Most annoying Dubliner?

Wouldn't be polite to say.

B est Dublin Pub?

The Palace Bar on Fleet Street -- unpretentious, old world elegance.

Best place to play a gig?

The Gaiety Theatre, for its history and atmosphere.

Best place to eat in the city?

Cornucopia on Wicklow Street.

Dublin Buskers -- how do they compare to other European Cities?

Our musician buskers are as good as any in Europe.

What do Dubliners do better than anyone else in the world?

Our capacity to laugh at ourselves.

What would you ban in Dublin -- apart from cars?

Any plan to bring the Luas or underground train system into the centre of Stephen's Green. It would ruin one of the most magical places in Dublin.

Tom Vaughan-Lawlor plays Gar Private in Noel Pearson's production of Philadelphia, Here I Come! by Brian Friel at the Gaiety Theatre from March 10th.