Wednesday 13 December 2017

Weekender... Aisling O'Loughlin at home


Aisling O'Loughlin: an early night wins every time these days
Aisling O'Loughlin: an early night wins every time these days

Sarah Caden

I worked almost every  weekend in my 20s, so having the weekend off with everyone else feels extra special. You get to join in with the 'Fri-yay!' chorus. Travelling anywhere with three boys, Patrick (five), Louis (three), Joseph (one), is too much like hassle, so a decent weekend usually involves sticking around Dublin/Wicklow where we live.

Nic [MacInnes] and I may have split up, but we are still very much a family, and see each other most days. One upside is I've more free time than ever, and being in the media means there's always an interesting invite to give you a reason to doll up on a Friday night, if you're so inclined.

On Saturday, we might head to Greystones beach. I've learned the hard way to pack towels and togs. Sitting down in a restaurant is not an option, so we might take away goodies from The Happy Pear or, if it's a sunny day, a bag of chips followed by a 99 ice-cream. See

If the boys are with Nic, I make the most of a Sunday sleep-in. The ultimate luxury is reading in bed. Whelehans Wines in Bray is a great spot for lunch and it's only down the road. The atmosphere is always buzzy.


If I escape into the city centre, I love the interiors at Farrier & Draper on South William Street. It's the perfect setting for a drink, especially a whiskey sour. You'll rarely find me out too late. I don't mind - that box has been firmly ticked; an early night wins every time these days.


Aisling O'Loughlin is ambassador for Academie Scientifique de Beaute, see

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