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The Coronas' Dublin Guide

By Visit Dublin

18th December 2015

Dublin native and Coronas frontman Danny O’Reilly explains why Dublin is so special and gives us some top city tips.

Discover his favourite place to settle down and have a pint and his fondest childhood memories (hint: they have a lot to do with All-Ireland finals). Find out where he loves to eat in Dublin, venues that the band love to play and much more...

Danny from the Corona's performing with the band
Danny, you and your bandmates all hail from Terenure in south Dublin. Does it still hold a special place in your hearts? 

Definitely – myself and our drummer Conor actually went to primary school together in St Joseph's Terenure BNS. In the picture to the left, I’m lifting the Cumann na Bunscoil (Primary Schools Association promoting Gaelic Games) cup for Joey’s circa 1995 (I'm about 10!). In the background is my proud granny.

What’s your fondest memory of the city? 
That’s a hard one! Maybe seeing the Dubs lift two All-Irelands [Gaelic football trophies] in the last three years at Croke Park. Dublin on All-Ireland final day is a huge deal in my house!

It’s no surprise then that you actually played Gaelic football for Dublin before focusing on The Coronas. Can we expect a GAA-themed concept album or musical some day? 
Haha no, but thanks for dropping that in there! I'm very proud of my minor Leinster medal from 2003, and I’ll try to remind as many people of it as possible!

As aspiring young musicians, did any Dublin bands or artists inspire you to pursue your dream? 
Yes, absolutely. I remember seeing Picture House in the Olympia when I was about 15, and it blew me away to see a Dublin band in such a venue. I also loved The Frames and saw them numerous times growing up. Last year I got to fulfil a dream of mine and perform with them in Whelan’s for the venue's 25 year anniversary.

The city has never felt so alive, musically. What bands or artists have made you take notice?
Gavin James, Róisín O, Hudson Taylor and Cry Monster Cry are all amazing Dublin acts. It's a great time for Irish music and Dublin is being well represented.

Favourite Irish song?
Mic Christopher – ‘Heyday’.

Favourite Irish album?
The Frames – 'Dance the Devil'.

Favourite Dublin venue?
The Olympia has something special about it. Those six nights we played there will always have a special place in our hearts.

The Long Hall Pub

Have you ever felt starstruck meeting another Irish artist?
All the time! I try my best to keep my cool, but every time I bump into Paul Noonan, Glen Hansard, or Damo Dempsey I'm fan-girling on the inside. We met U2 last month and they were lovely. Bono has this air about him; his charisma effortlessly takes over the room.

Do you remember the first gig you ever attended?
Apart from my mam’s gigs [Danny’s mother is folk singer Mary Black], my first was Slane '95 with REM. The Cranberries in the Point Depot [now 3Arena] was my first proper Dublin one.

Best Dublin spot for a quiet pint and a chat? 
The Long HallGrogan’s or Keogh’s.

What’s your favourite hidden gem in the city? 
Blackbird in Rathmines is a great spot.

What’s your favourite Dublin view?
The view from the stage! But I also really like Sandymount.

It’s an exciting time for the city when it comes to food – lots of new restaurants, initiatives and pop-ups have emerged. Where’s your favourite spot to eat?
I love Beckett & Bull in Rathgar. Bay in Clontarf is lovely, as is Lovely Food in TerenureYogism in the George’s Street Arcade is amazing for frozen yogurt.

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