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Saturday 20 October 2018

Dublin... Then & now - Anthony Fox

Theatre director Anthony Fox explains why he doesn't have a favourite shop and reveals where he enjoys a drink

FAVOURITE RESTAURANT?

Steps of Rome, Chatham Street. They have amazing pizza and an incredible vibe.

FAVOURITE BAR?

The Clarence Hotel bar for a chat otherwise, any pub with sawdust on the floor where a session can develop into full-blown madness!

FAVOURITE HAVEN?

Connolly Books with their mind-altering selection of tomes on bent politics, truth in governments and good, old drama books.

FAVOURITE SHOP?

I don't have one. I freak out at the thoughts of shopping! At a push, I'd say a motorcycle showroom, so I can drool over bikes I can't afford!

FAVOURITE STREET AND WHY?

East Essex Street in Temple Bar. It has got a great cultural vibe.

ARE YOU SPIRITUALLY A NORTHSIDER OR SOUTHSIDER AND WHAT MAKES YOUR SIDE OF THE RIVER BETTER?

I'm from Cavan so I'm not concerned either way. If pushed, I'd say the northside because they have that nice boardwalk. That said, I like the pubs on the southside.

FAVOURITE DUBLIN-ISM?

Fail again, fail better -- Samuel Beckett (pictured below).

FAVOURITE DUBLINER?

Tony Gregory for his war on drugs in Dublin's inner city.

WHO would you choose to BE LORD MAYOR AND WHY?

Mannix Flynn. He took the fight to the halls of Government about the abuse of children. He was brave.

IF YOU WERE TO PRESERVE ONE THING FROM MODERN-DAY DUBLIN FOR ETERNITY, WHAT WOULD IT BE?

The Daniel O'Connell statue on O'Connell Street.

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

Wider bicycle paths, wider footpaths and more parks with play areas for children.

Anthony Fox is the director of the New Theatre in Temple Bar. He is producing a season of new writing at the theatre at the end of August. For details, see www. thenewtheatre.com or call (01) 670 3361

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