ask Ronny about
a bit about Ronny
What do you do and why do you do it?
I work at Google, consulting start-ups and new companies on their first steps into digital advertising. It's a fascinating and challenging position to be in: I create marketing strategies for companies at the most crucial stage of their business. I'm exposed to the newest technology trends, and get to work with remarkable innovative people.
Were you born and raised in Dublin? If not, where did you grow up and what brought you to Dublin?
I was born and raised in Tel Aviv - far away from Dublin! Who would have thought I will find myself here? I came to Dublin for a short summer internship in 2013. I was amazed by the city and the company, and decided to stay.
What’s your current hood in Dublin and what’s the best/worst thing about it?
I live in Rathmines, a lovely neighborhood in Dublin's south side. Rathmines has a great international vibe, which is really unusual because it's such a small hood. The best thing about it is that you can find here everything: From an old school Irish pub to an Asian supermarket, just few steps away from each other.
What kind of music do you listen to and what kind of music do you absolutely HATE?
I listen to a lot of electronic music - in the likes of Bjork, Radiohead and James Blake; I love Jazz, especially Alice Coltrane and world music like Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan or the Turkish musician Erkan Ogur. I'm not a big fan of Reggaeton but hey, who am I to judge!
You’re broken hearted - what tracks does your heartbreak playlist consist of?
"Love Ridden" by Fiona Apple; "Hope She'll Be Happier With Him" by Bill Withers; "Your Love is Killing Me" by Sharon Van Etten. These songs can make get me crying in minutes!
Name the best TV shows of all time, and what makes them so good?
My two all time favorite series are "Six feet Under" and "Olive Kitteridge", there's something about HBO producers that know their job! I'm also a serious foodie so any of Anthony Bourdain shows; Another amazing show is the English show "Grand Designs" - it's an architecture reality show about the most unique houses in the world, it's just fantastic.
Name some spots in Dublin that are good for a Tinder date.
Dublin is a very romantic place in general. The little dimmed pubs are the ideal place, and they're so many. My favorite is Blackbird, a beautiful Irish pub with a great artsy touch of it's hipster owners. It's where I had my first date with my boyfriend so I guess it's close to my heart:) They offer excellent beers and there are many board games that you can both play to lighten up the tension!
Who’s your hero and where in Dublin would you take them out for a serious hang?
My mom is my hero! I'll take her to a serious pub crawl in Dublin. I know she would love it!
Where do you buy those fabulous clothes of yours?
COS; A.P.C; My mom's closet :)
What’s the thing you LOVE to do in your city that you never get to do?
I love walking around the city neighborhoods and look at the different houses. Dublin has a great Georgian Architecture legacy (built at the 18th century) : The city is home to hundreds of three-story townhouses built in this style; you’ll recognize them as typically terraced, with a distinctive arched window frame above the heavy, panelled front door and red stone cover. I wish I had more time to wander around.
Where do you go in Dublin for a casual night out?
I love going to Fade street in city center - It's not only a beautiful street with amazing colonial buildings, but also have great bars where you can either go casual or well-dressed. For a casual night I enjoy Idlewilde, a little bar tucked behind a glassy vintage green door. It's a great spot to meet up with friends on a Friday night.
Where would you go in Dublin to celebrate some freaking good news?
I will go to 777 - no doubt! This Mexican bar offers the happiest, up-beat experience in Dublin. It's a beautiful place too with sexy murals, huge candle holders, great music that makes you feel like you have just entered an underground club . Don't miss their killing Margaritas!
What’s your choice of transportation in Dublin and why?
I walk everywhere in the city, it's the most convenient and trustworthy way. I considered cycling and own a pair myself, but walking every morning along the canal I encounter so many cyclists crashing into each other, I just don't want to be part of the statistics. I also love the Luas, Dublin's tram - it's brilliant and can take you out of the city very smoothly.
What are the Dublin spots a first-time visitor can’t miss?
Don't miss out on Stephen's Green park- It's so peacful and full of swans. Also, I recommend walking around Ranelagh neighborhood and get a sense of the beautiful houses and great lifestyle the city has to offer.
Tomorrow’s your last day in Dublin. How do you spend it?
Visiting Phoenix park, having lunch at Fumbally & treating myself with a nice pint of Guinness .
What’s your favorite vacation city in the world and why?
I love Rome - It's so beautiful that it accelerates my creativity and imagination. One of the only urban environments I can really feel detached, imagining living in ancient times. It's an amazing feeling.