Tasty and Tempting : Dublin Selected *290


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Our wonderful cover this week might make Supermacs seem a place of great significance to an unsuspecting first time visitor. A romantic replacement for Clerys clock, it's framed like a romanticised image of Katz's Deli in New York. A must see until you see it.

The garish impact that Supermacs and numerous other cheap and disposable outlets have had on our main thoroughfare is both of a source of embarrassment and shame. Of course, they are not solely to blame as they've simply set up shop without a rule or regulation to curb their impact.

Thankfully, at long last there is the countenance of a chink of light and reason. The bleeding obvious is finally being recognised by Dublin City Council. "Councillors urge caution as takeaways, adult shops and arcades face O'Connell Street ban" was the headline in the Independent yesterday.

The proposed scheme intends to finally gives extra planning powers to protect existing shops of "special significance" and discourage the emergence of "less appropriate uses" of premises. This potential includes a ban on amusement arcades, bookmakers, fast-food outlets, mobile-phone shops or "adult entertainment" shops.

Of course whilst this happens, the old sign for the Ambassador cinema which has been there since 1954 has just been hidden from sight with promotional materials for a forthcoming 1916 exhibition. Was permission sought and granted for this?

Whose scratching their Jim Larkin rather than holding their arms aloft this week? Michael or Stephanie?

Pokey LaFarge

by Zara Hedderman

Irish Designers Sample Sale

by Amelia O'Mahony-Brady

Smithfield and Stoneybatter Food Festival

by Zara Hedderman

Secret Garden

by Amelia O'Mahony-Brady

Chris Martin

by Olen Bajarias


by Aidan Kelly-Murphy

Gypsy Rebel Rabble and Attention Bébé

by Stephanie Kelly

Tana Bana

by Olen Bajarias

A World to Win, Posters of Protest and Revolution

by Aidan Kelly-Murphy


by Zara Hedderman


by Stephanie Kelly

Seanie Barron - Sticks

by Olen Bajarias

Coming Home: The Open Mind of Patrick Lafcadio Hearn

by Zara Hedderman

The Wandering Albatross and Other Stories

by Stephanie Kelly

Alan Currie

Currie and chips at Supermacs for our Alan!

They considered calling it Baile but we can be grateful they plumped for DeSelby's. Peter Sweeney tells Le Cool about expanding his food game on to the constantly transforming nom nom strip that is Camden Street.

Photo credit: Killian Broderick

Can you tell us a little about yourself and your background?
I originally come from a visual media background and managed to find myself in advertising for a while. But it wasn't until I took over Lock 6 in Ranelagh that I knew I could pursue my real passion. It was another chance conversation with my now two other business partners back at Christmas that we came together and made a plan for what we were then calling No.9. We have an exciting road ahead of us to get DeSelbys to what we all envisioned back in December. DeSelby's has a great deal of their vision in the business and its going to be very enjoyable working together to get to the end result.

De Selbys – the name is taken from the fictional character in The Third Policeman by Flann O'Brien. How important is the name and what ones were left on the cutting room floor?
The name is important to be honest. We wanted to choose a name that was uniquely Irish. The third police man is my favourite book and DeSelby is a character that has stuck with me because of his relentlessly odd outlook on life and what better way to express that than having his name above the door. We came close to calling it Baile!

Camden Street has become a thriving hub for new food ventures in recent years. Is it the domino effect of this that attracted you to the space? What was previously there?
Yeah there's a lot of really quality food on and just off Camden Street. It's a very friendly area. The locals are all fantastic and so many have popped in to say hi and good luck. That also goes for the bar and restaurant owners too. Bernie the flower lady and Deborah Ireland have helped us out so much. Everyone has been so welcoming and it feels like a real community. I think that's what's attracted us to the location.We just want to be apart of that and help grow Camden Street positively.

We have loads of history in our building that's stood since about 1840, as far as we can see from records. It been a drapery, a clock fixers, and a tailors and much more so we wanted to make sure we keep the history on the walls as we restored the building. We have amazing stained glass that my business partner picked up to complement all the original wood and brick work.

What do you see as the secret to success in the food game in Dublin at the moment?
A great team is essential, both in DeSelby's and the suppliers we use. We only use Irish produce. All our food is cooked to order and made in house apart from our sour dough bread and milk buns. We use Roasted Brown coffee and Wall and Keogh tea too. Our wine is supplied by Bren who is an award winning sommelier from Mackenway wines. And our chef Sam is big on fresh NONE Fried foods. He spent a lot of time in Spain so his food is big on flavour and while using quality flavoursome Irish meat and fish.

How will DeSelby's offering differ from others?
We have big plans for our old building and these will be rolled out over the next few months. We're perfecting our trade by not following trends but offering what we know we all want to eat and drink in a space that is great for chilling out either on your own and getting some work done or for meeting mates. Our Irish influenced flat breads are sure to excite people and our line caught fish sandwiches are unique to this street and any other too.

What innovations in food and spaces in the city excite you most right now?
I love Klaw in Temple bar. We get all our fish off those guys and when I went in to eat a while back I knew we needed to get that sea food in our place too. It's so fresh and completely Irish too. We're doing great things in here with what they send in. Anything to do with oysters is right up my street.

DeSelby's is now open at No. 9 Camden Street from 8am to 6pm daily.

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Le Cool is a free weekly magazine distributed every Thursday that features a selection of cultural events and leisure activities, revealing the things you really shouldn't miss. We filter out, among other things, the best art, film, music, and club nights, as well as a careful selection of extraordinary bars, restaurants and other fine places. Le Cool content is chosen because we believe it is worth your time and will never be traded for money.

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