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Episode 77 – Jonathan Smith – Ernesto Coffee Owner

Jonathan Smith is a Dubliner through and through.

Born in the same building as poet Patrick Kavanagh and GAA football fan forever, Jonathan opened his coffee shop ERNESTO, in the Dublin suburb of Rathmines, with the view of creating a sustainable business that could contribute to the community around him.

A destination for many Irish musicians, including Mark Geary, Glen Hansard, Damien Dempsey, Steve Wall and Christy Moore and many of them have performed live events in the cafe’ to raised funds for local charities.

“If you run a business in a community, you have an obligation to that community” and that encapsulates Jonathan’s way of life.

You can find out more about Jonathan on his instagram page and of course by visiting the shop for a coffee and perhaps a hug from the man himself.


Jonathan’s Music Choice

Queen – Sheer Heart Attack

Luke Kelly – Raglan Road

Damien Dempsey – You’re the cure

Kate Bush – This woman’s work

Puccini – O Babbino Mio

Christy Moore – How Long

Thin Lizzy – Sarah


All music is available on Spotify in the Social Fabric Playlist


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