Ciara O'Halloran musician and stylist based in Cork, Ireland


What does Sunday mean to you? How are your Sundays different from other days? 

Sundays are my day of family adventures when we reset after the week and take some time to enjoy all the beautiful places on our doorstep. I moved back to Cork last year with my husband and daughter and it's been lovely to rediscover it through fresh eyes.

As well as an adventure in the Irish countryside, Sunday also always revolves around our love of food! The rituals of cooking and eating together are my favourite way to spend time with my special people.

Depending on our plans for the day we might start with coffee and pastries from our local bakery. Or if we're heading out somewhere for the day and need to set off early, we'll grab a quick breakfast then work up an appetite through exploring and lots of fresh air and ideally find somewhere new to stop for lunch.

Finally depending on how energetic we're feeling after the day out we'll return home and prepare a relaxed dinner accompanied a glass of wine.

When you catch yourself in moments of quiet, where does this happen mostly?

Being outside in nature is my happy place and helps me to unwind and reconnect with myself after a hectic week. Give me a few hours among the trees and next to water and I can physically feel my energy levels resetting.

Do you have a special location in Cork and Dublin that you insist everyone should visit on a weekend?

While the delights of west Cork are well known and well earned, I find many people aren't aware of the treasures that east Cork has to offer also. Doing the cliff walk in Ballycotton followed by lunch in Ballymaloe House is a treat from start to finish. If you have little ones that love to roam free, Fota House gardens is also a magical space for them to explore!

For Dublin adventures, I love an afternoon wandering in the National Gallery followed by a walk around Georgian Dublin. Our new home is Georgian (though in Cork!) and it's a style of architecture that has always inspired me. I'm very excited to be living with such beautifully thought out details and proportions that are characteristic of the era.

Photography: Ciara O'Halloran @ciara_styleserendipity, Laura Murray @lauramurray (1), Annie B @anniebee03 (9)