Meet Barnacles Staff – Lucy

Name: Lu Camilla Slevin
Age: 23
Where are you from: Tasmania, Australia
Hobbies: Songwriting, Pints, Gigs and Hummus. You can find my music here if you are interested. 

Favorited country you have visited?
Denmark (Copenhagen!)

Why is it your favourite?
The city of Copenhagen feels safe and full of life in hidden corners, plus I saw one of the best gigs of my life in the student-run space Studenterhuset. The harbor is gorgeous, colorful houses, boats, outdoor pints and music. 


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If someone else is travelling there, what should they see?
The autonomous Neighborhood of Christiania – art galore, protected architecture, community feeling, vegan food 😉 When we visited, we were lucky enough to stumble upon an artist’s studio, he invited us in to view the space, made us a pot of tea and told us all about the community; he’d been living there since the very beginning in the seventies!

Dream destination you would like to visit next? Why?
There are so many places I’d love to visit, I change my mind everyday on where will be next. For today, I’m dreaming of Greece – hummus, ruins and snorkeling in crystal clear water sounds heavenly!


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Your favourite bar /pub in Dublin? Why?
There are so many to choose from, it really depends on what kind of atmosphere I’m after. Usually I head to The Bernard Shaw, they have a great food market called Eatyard AND a converted bus where they make savage pizzas with vegan options, delish. On Saturdays there’s also a lovely market, everything you could need for a brilliant day out.

Your favourite restaurant in Dublin? Why?
Easily Cornucopia, for any time of day. They do a WONDERFUL breakfast complete with tofu scramble and home-made Veg sausages, there are loads of options for lunch and dinner, for morning/afternoon tea they have a lovely display of cakes, slices and treats – plus a wall of teas; I highly recommend the Unicorn Tears Tea. The fact the restaurant is in a Georgian building with beautiful wallpapers is the cherry on a lovely experience.

How would your perfect day in Dublin look like?
The perfect day in Dublin would have to be sunny in the morning, and hold off on the rain until I’m safely tucked away in a gallery or pub later on. For sure I’d be up early to enjoy some outdoor activity, either the Dart (train) up to Howth for the cliff walk, or a cycle out to Phoenix Park. I’d come back into town for lunch, either pizza in Zizzi’s on Suffolk street or Sushi in EatTokyo Temple Bar. For the afternoon I’d enjoy a peruse through the works in the National Gallery on Nassau Street, and finish it off with some music with pals in one of Dublin’s many great venues – Whelan’s, The Bowery, Sugar Club or Workmans!

What should people not miss when visiting Dublin?
The free galleries and museums! When I first moved here I was particularly blown over by what’s on offer in the Archeology Museum and the Modern Art Gallery IMMA – which is in an old hospital!

What are your favourite spots in Ireland? Where should travellers go after Dublin & why?
The West of Ireland is beautiful, if you’re able to hire a car (over 25) or you’re with someone who can I would definitely recommend exploring the winding roads and gorgeous scenery. For those of us who can’t access a car, fret not! There are many worthwhile tours with options from one day up to one month, and most of the country is accessible by bus, so really you can choose a town at random and stay there a few nights – you’ll be sure to catch some wonderful traditional music sessions in small-town pubs!

Irish expression everyone should know before coming to Ireland?
The following words are used (confusingly) to express how great something is: Deadly, Gas, Savage … I know … You’ll get the hang! 🙂