Irish Tatler

Objects of Desire: Richard Kennan of Rúibín talks plants, pottery and Irish whiskey

The Galway-based restaurateur on the items and artefacts that never fail to quicken his creative pulse

Richard Kennan of Rúibín in Galway. Picture: Nathalie Márquez Courtney

I collect surfboards and recently started to collect lots of pottery. After I started watching The Great Pottery Throw Down, Alice (Kennan’s partner and co-owner of Rúibín) got me a course with legendary Galway teacher Kevin O’Kelly and I just fell in love from day one.

Richard Kennan’s hand-carved surfboard at his home on Galway

With both Alice and I working in Rúibín, it can be hard to switch off, because it’s our lives. When ...