Terry Ryan – At Home Here in Newfoundland & Labrador

Occupation:  Production Assistant (Locations) REPUBLIC  OF DOYLE and Author

Place of Birth: St. John’s, NL

Currently Resides: Portugal Cove, NL

Where’s your favourite place in Newfoundland & Labrador to grab a coffee?

Hmmm, they’re all downtown St. John’s. Hava Java tops the list but I love the area more than the coffee, so I tend to be nomadic with my coffee joints.

Where’s your favourite place in Newfoundland & Labrador to grab a pint?

Same thing; I love the aura that surrounds old St John’s, so I try and not repeat the same night twice – I like to experience as much as I can and there are many cool spots in and around our beauty downtown.  I do have favourites though – I hit Greensleeves, Trinity Pub, the Bull and Barrell, Rob Roy, and Blue on Water the most.  I have buddies that own those places, and they’re cool spots to have a pint regardless. There are so many bars and restaurants in that area that in order to succeed you must have something to offer – whether it’s the sexiness of the Martini Bar or the classic, old school ambiance of Fiddler’s – St. John’s has a spot for everyone!
Oh, I almost forgot Erin’s Pub – now there’s a legendary drinking establishment. Check it out.

Where’s your favourite place to shop in Newfoundland & Labrador?

I’m gonna sound uppity here but I don’t do much shopping in St. John’s; I usually wait until I go on a trip. Not just because options are better, but because I like to try and dress in original-looking garb.  One thing I find about living in a smaller place is that there may be cool clothes in a store but if numerous dudes are wearin’ them the look becomes exhausted.  I’ve been lucky enough to travel to Europe a half dozen times or so in the last decade for the ball hockey world championships and I stock up over there.  Those Euros always tend to be on the cutting edge of fashion and prices are extremely inexpensive when you’re shopping at ground zero! I also still have ties in Montreal where shopping is top notch of course.  If I do shop for clothes on the Rock, I’ll mostly hit Byron’s, Benjamin’s.  Vogue Furriers is cool.

I’ll now point out that my answer is all based on clothes shopping.  For most things, I’d be lying if I said I didn’t frequent the “Babylon Mall” – there’s a WGB reference for ya.  And of course, my pals know I’m into music and as a local fan that would mean I spend some time at the legendary Fred’s Records on Duckworth.  I like browsing Water St and Duckworth St to kill time and many times walk away with something cool - like a chain from Hempware, a trinket from one of the many heritage shops, or a pastry from Rocket Bakery.

 Where in Newfoundland & Labrador would we stand to see your favourite view?

My family and I love the East Coast Trail and hike there whenever possible.  We often picnic at the point off of Dolan’s Road in between Middle Cove and Logy Bay.  It’s highly elevated and on a clear day in the summer it feels like a slice of Heaven – icebergs, whales, local food, good company, majestic cliffs…I think everyone should check it out.  It really is breathtaking.

I also enjoy the view from the stands at local sporting events!  I go to quite a few – it takes me back to being a kid. Competition is healthy and sports tend to teach good values – especially team sports.  Our province has come a long way in many areas of athletics and it’s motivating to see locals succeed on national and international levels.

Terry Ryan, Mark O'Brien and Allan Hawco after REPUBLIC OF DOYLE hockey game 2013

Name 3 things we’ve gotta do when we visit Newfoundland & Labrador:
1. Go on a boat tour on the ocean.
2. Take in some live entertainment downtown St. John’s has to offer while enjoying a unique local meal (I recommend cod tongues) and pint (if that’s your thing).  O’Reilly’s, Greensleeves, Kelly’s, Yellowbelly Brewery, Bridie Molloys, Shamrock City – all these places are in the heart of our pub district and offer good food and live talent.  They are frequented by locals and tourists alike.
3. Make sure to go to the Rooms, the Geo Centre, the Railway Museum, Cupids, Cape Spear, Trinity Bay…I could go on and on. Any heritage site or museum here on the Rock is full of interesting facts and rich traditions/history.  I mean, Cupids was settled in 1605 – the first year-round settlement in North America – and the whole look of the place reminds one of yesteryear. It really hasn’t changed much when compared to other communities in North America.  Many of the same names, traditions, songs and stories are still as much a part of smaller communities as they’ve ever been – the folklore here is rich and it really is hard to point at one particular place or site and single it out!  For sheer natural beauty, Gros Morne is one of the nicest natural parks you’ll ever come across.

PennyPosh logoOh, and I’d recommend to check out my wife’s new clothing line as well!  She’s worked hard - It’s called PennyPosh and you can check it out at www.pennyposhdesigns.com
 
What makes Newfoundland & Labrador such a special place on earth for you?
I am proud of coming from such a tight place.  Our ancestors chose Newfoundland as place to settle; they were aware it presented harsh living conditions with such a rough climate and such a need to be close to the water, open to hurricane winds, sleet, hail, snowstorms- you name it - but the fish presented a stable life for their families so they stayed.  Over the course of time, we needed to have trust in each other and protect each other, because we depended on each other.  We also learned to entertain ourselves through song, dance, music, and other traditions so we are also naturally artistic.  We are a tight group, us Newfoundlanders, who tend to respect and trust each other.  We are unique, artistic, and live in one of the most picturesque places on the planet.  What’s not to love!

 

Terry & Danielle Ryan with Don Cherry & Ron MacLeanSABS On-Line Hook-Ups for

Terry Ryan

Website: www.firstroundnothing.com

Twitter: @terryryan20

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TALES OF A FIRST-ROUND NOTHING by Terry RyanSABS Note of Noteworthiness

Terry Ryan has played hockey at all levels - from junior to minor pro to the NHL to senior hockey and he's just released his first book "Tales of a First Round Nothing". Based on journal entries he made over the years as a member of many different teams and leagues it gives hockey fans a sneak peak at what life can be like for a player on the verge.  

For more on the book and to purchase a copy click here.

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