My Kildare Life with Naas author Paul FitzSimons

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My Kildare Life with Naas author Paul FitzSimons

Paul FitzSimons

Paul grew up in Jigginstown, with sister Samantha and brother David, and parents Michael, former Kildare Chief Fire Officer, and Ann, a teacher at Curragh Post Primary School. Paulwent to Naas CBS, where he first discovered creative writing. After school, Paul was between Dublin and Naas for a decade or so, before writing found him again in the mid-noughties.

WHAT IS YOUR FIRST KILDARE MEMORY?

We lived, first, in a house attached to the family farm (which is still in the family), then at the other end of the same road, in a house designed by Dad who was a civil engineer. I definitely have lots of memories of growing up here (I still miss Hanrahan’s and The Gem), making great friends and watching Naas and Kildare evolving around me.

It was a great county to grow up in and will no doubt be the place I settle in.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE THING ABOUT THE COUNTY?

I live in Dublin at the moment but Naas is most definitely my home. I love the main street in the town, the canal and many of the coffee joints and restaurants (and yeah, one or two of the pubs).

WHAT WOULD BE YOUR IDEAL DAY SPENT IN KILDARE?

Kildare plays a big part in my writing life. As I’m not being a big fan of sitting at home, I tend to frequent cafes, laptop-in-hand, and the best ones are in Kildare — Book&Cup in Barker and Jones (they know me well in there), Urban Kitchen and Newbridge Silverware spring to mind. A Kildare 'down-day' would likely involve breakfast in Johnstown Garden Centre, a walk along the canal or down the town, a few more coffee-stops and of course a mooch around the bookshop.

what's your FAVOURITE RESTAURANT IN KILDARE?

That is a tough one, there are quite a few! I’m a big fan of the bento box in Lemongrass for lunch. For dinner, Vie de Chateau is great for a posh night out but generally it’s got to be Las Radas for some tapas, can’t get enough of that place. And of course a big RIP to Jolly, miss those pancakes!

HOW IS WRITING GOING?

In the pipeline for this year is the follow-up to Burning Matches I’m also working on a feature film and a TV drama.