Fresh from RTÉ One’s magazine show,, presenter says The Dock Beach in Kinsale was her “tiny saviour” during lockdown.
“It’s just behind The Dock Bar. It’s like a little hub cut off from the rest of the world. It’s so small and sheltered, with not much in the way of waves, a lovely place to go in for a swim or play a bit of beach ball.
“I’ve been going there since I was a kid.
"It became such a vital part of my day during lockdown, walking there, listening to the waves crashing on the shore — the calm that comes with that.”
RTÉ 2FM’shad to postpone her May wedding to her fiancé Mark due to the lockdown.
“It was terrible for anybody who had to do this, but we’re fine,” says the presenter, who adores Coumeenole Beach on Slea Head Drive.
"There’s a part where you can just stand and see the stone walls, old cottages, green fields, the amazing blue wild ocean with the waves crashing in. There’s a little waterfall just above on the cliff that trickles down. It’s stunning.
“Last December, Mark and I went for an early-morning swim in Coumeenole. It was absolutely deserted.
"We were screaming, getting knocked down by waves — horrendous, but fabulous at the same time. Back on the beach, getting changed, a fish fell out of Mark’s shorts. It was one of the best things ever!"
Comedian, DJ andstar grew up in the Marino/Clontarf area of Dublin, with Bull Island on his doorstep.
“Bull Island’s the only place where you can see Dublin Bay in its entirety. Look out to Dún Laoghaire and you’re in the heart of Dublin Bay — you can see Howth Head and Killiney Hill.
“My dad died 21 years ago this month. Hill 16 and Bull Island are the two places where I still feel very connected to him. The first time I drove a car was sitting on his lap on the beach at Bull Island — you’d never be allowed do that now!
"I have a picture of me and Dad getting ice cream from a van at that beach.
“It was ok for kids to be in the nude on the beach back then, and there’s a picture of me without a stitch on, except for an armband, and my dad’s in his full suit, shirt, and tie, dying of the heat. That’s how it was in the 1970s/‘80s.
“It was great to have Bull Island during lockdown. I was so lucky I could walk there from the house and have this place to clear my head. Even within the 5km limit, I still had nearly half the beach to myself.”
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“I can’t wait to go back to Kilmurvey Beach on Inishmore, a two-minute walk from my sister Deirdre’s home.
"It’s a lovely beach, kind of in a semi-circle. On a fine day, you can see all the way over to Connemara. About 12 of us — all family — went for a swim there last New Year’s Day to mark the new year.
“As kids, we always went to Portmarnock Beach. My mother, aunt, a neighbour on the road and all the children would pile onto the bus, first into the city centre, then another out to Portnarnock.
"First thing we’d do is put up the wind-breaker! We always had banana sandwiches on white bread with sugar and flasks of tea.
"When my own children were small, we did the same on Rosslare Strand, another gorgeous beach.”
, programme manager at RedFM and presenter of Dave Mac's Drive on weekdays from 4pm to 7pm, loves Inch Beach in East Cork.
"You can scramble down to the caves and do some exploring.
"You have this view eastwards towards Ballycotton, and you can see the island off it in the distance. Your view is over Cork Harbour, across to Myrtleville.
“If, as a county, we were able to develop a cliff walk around Cork Harbour and back into the city, we’d have one of the biggest tourist attractions — a dramatic, wild walk with sea views.”
Actor, writer, and producerplays Murphy in , which recently started on TNT in the US.
“My favourite beach is Claycastle in Youghal. It curves all the way around to Redbarn — such a glorious, spacious beach. I’ve so many childhood memories of it.
"I learned to swim there — I can still remember the colour shorts my dad wore when he taught me. It’s so vivid I later put it in a scene I wrote.
“My nan had a summer place around the corner, so we went there a lot. I played tennis and football on that beach.
"The abandoned Cork-Youghal railway line snakes up the back of Claycastle Beach. The kids would walk up that, all the way to Perks Funfair — our parents would’ve given us a couple of bob.
“Claycastle has beautiful golden sand, clear water. It’s over 20 years since I’ve been. I’ve lost family members associated with that beach, and I’d like to go back, relive some of the memories.”